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Video Games That Will Help You Scratch Your Exploration Itch While Under Lockdown

The lockdown equation is simple: The longer we are forced to stay inside, the greater our urge to eventually go out is. Humanity is... stubborn like that and it’s why a lot of us are looking for other forms of escape as we go through the necessary self-isolation and quarantine period in order to stay safe from the coronavirus. Sure, we’ll stay inside, no problem, but that doesn’t mean that we’d enjoy or feel good about it.

Because of this, more and more people are turning to video games to help escape cabin fever. And it’s a good thing too because thanks to years of practice, gamers have become sort of experts when it comes to staying inside for long periods of time without getting bored.

So if you’re itching for a little adventurous romp while staying inside and keeping safe, here are some of the best video games that’ll help scratch that want. Enjoy!

Forza Horizon 4

Nothing says adventure than seeing the world from the window seat of a car, so why not give this Xbox exclusive game a go? Offering stunning country roads and cities that are as faithful to real-life as they are beautiful, this driving simulator will have you singing Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway” all night long.

No Man’s Sky

If you’re bored of driving cars, then how about a spaceship? Exploration is basically the name of this game because that’s literally all you ever do in the world’s infinite galaxies. And with procedurally-generated maps, replayability is at an all-time high with this one.

Death Stranding

If  you ever want to know what delivery people are going through while doing their job this quarantine, then look no further than “Death Stranding,” where you literally play, well… a delivery man. Instead of a quarantined America, you go through a wasteland filled with ghosts, monsters and rain that makes you age. Expect walking, lots of it. Oh, and an overarching message about how little things can go a long way.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Tired of modern times? Then how about a video game trip to the American frontier? If your answer is yes, then look no further than Rockstar’s latest offering. In the game, you play as a Western cowboy type, which means you get to crack whips, have stand-offs and, of course, ride your faithful steed alongside a train as you try to rob it. In addition, the game also offers a huge open world that you can explore as you please.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

One of the Nintendo Switch’s best games, BOTW puts you in the first-ever open world “Zelda” game, where you need to save Hyrule as Link once more. Exploration is a key part of this game, which works hand in hand with the game’s physics system, meaning that everything you do has an effect in the game.

Video game controller Playing video games can shape the brain and your behavior — for better or for worse. Photo courtesy of Pexels, Public Domain

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