20 best games to play if you are self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak | London Evening Standard – Evening Standard

As the world slips further into what feels like a sci-fi dystopian novel, complete with lockdowns and numbered trips outdoors, people need an escape from the harsh realities of life more than ever.

This is where video games are having a chance to shine the brightest.

The coronavirus has essentially shut London down and many other cities across the world are looking at a full-on quarantine as they bravely try to combat the spread of the virus.

Whether you're self-isolating, working from home or have unfortunately been let go by your work, video games are proving to be a safe haven to a lot of people. They not only kill time expertly but they can also be a form of socialising for people who might not be able to see their friends and families in these unprecedented times.

If you're an Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC or mobile player, we've got you covered here with the best games for each console that you can sink countless hours into, in an effort to distract yourselves or keep in touch with other like-minded people.

In the gallery below, we've compiled 20 games that you simply must try out if you're staring down the barrel of self-isolation.

So, without further ado, here are the best games to play across all platforms.

Of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons might well be the ultimate game to beat the quarantine blues. From its gorgeously wholesome gameplay to it's relaxing aesthetic and endearing characters, escaping to your own island paradise with Tom Nook is the game we all need right now.

Nintendo

Dance your way out of the coronavirus with this sublime rhythm game made by the same genius studio behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, just set in the colourful world of Zelda. Not only is Cadence of Hyrule pleasing to look at, but you can also grab a friend and dance through the entire game co-op to maximise your fun. Bop and weave your way through multiple dungeons in true Zelda fashion!

Brace Yourself Games

Along a similar vein to Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley offers typically playful and friendly gameplay, with a wholly cathartic gameplay cycle of crafting, gathering, growing your own farm and settling down with one of the villagers there. It's a perfect anodyne to the uncertainty we all currently face.

ConcernedApe

Breath of the Wild is a perfect escape from reality, offering you an epic adventure full of content and an extremely large map to explore. You'll never be lost with things to do as you're compelled by unknown urges to just see what's over the next hill. Combining typical Legend of Zelda gameplay and stunning graphics, the story will sweep you up and you'll never want to leave Hyrule.

Nintendo

While this technically is a PSP Vita game, it deserves to be on this because it offers some of the most impactful gameplay in any JRPG. P4 Golden is perhaps the happiest game about murder ever made, and as you work with your new best friends for life, you'll maintain social links to grow stronger in the turn-based battle system and dungeon crawling. You're also trying to solve a string of murders in the small and charming Japanese town of Inaba. The characters in-game will feel like real people and once it's all said and done, the emotional depth and weight in P4 makes it akin to missing your real-life friends. The game is, simply, a masterpiece that will change your life.

Atlus

Something of a creative mecca, where you can create, share and collaborate on anything from games to gadgets, music to movies, puzzles to paintings and more - all from your sofa. Some people have recreated their favourite games in Dreams, which is a staggering production and holds major implications for the future of game development. The world is your oyster, so it's time to get imaginative.

PlayStation

Boundlessly charming, Child of Light is a veritable gem of a game. The side-scrolling platformer / RPG is stunning to look at and filled with endearing characters and awe-inspiring animations and level design. If that's not enough to distract you from the outside world, then the charming dialogue, which is all (that's right, every word) written in excellent rhyme, and it is wondrous to behold.

Ubisoft

Want to be a supreme monster slayer? Fine. Want to spend all your time gathering, mining or fishing? Even better! Final Fantasy's massively successful online game A Realm Reborn is the perfect way to whittle away any sort of existential dread you might feel. Since it's an MMO, you can build whole communities and relationships (you can even get married in the game!) as you level up and adventure through the story. Close the world out and take a trip to Eorzea, you won't regret it.

Square Enix

Simple graphics, beautiful characters, catchy music and some pitch-perfect writing combine to make Undertale an absolute joy to play. Perhaps one of the funniest games ever made, you won't be able to step out of Undertale and you'll no doubt be thinking about it long after the credits roll. You can even go through the entire game without killing anything!

Toby Fox

Minecraft is the gift that keeps on giving. You're free to create absolutely anything you want and express yourself in every which way possible. It's perfect with friends to create your own private server to live out your best virtual lives and stay social together, or just to scratch an itch to be creative - Minecraft provides a potent escape from reality.

Mojang

If you've played Human: Fall Flat, you'll know why it's on this list. If not, well, you're in for a treat. This is one of the funniest games ever made. It's a quirky, open-ended physics-based puzzle and exploration game set in floating dreamscapes. Your goal is to escape these surreal dreams by solving puzzles with nothing but your wits and physics. It's all executed to devastating effect, especially when you bring along seven other people to join your adventure.

505 Games

In this reporter's humble opinion, The Sims 3 is far and beyond the greatest Sims game ever made. It's old now, but it offered you untold freedom in your characters, homes and spending time with your fellow neighbours. You're not confined to one lot or one neighbourhood (silly, Sims 4) and you're able to step outside into a sprawling city. With all the DLC, you've got so much to look forward here, offering the definitive Sims experience.

EA

Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and exotic world where youll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to unravel Oris true destiny. Boasting some downright pleasing animations and graphics, this adventure is one you'll never want to leave.

Microsoft

Instead of sailing around on a lonely boat by yourself, this game is infinitely better with friends. It offers you a wonderful co-op dynamic where everyone has a role, all for the noble cause of finding buried treasure. With it's cartoonish and endearing characters, you can set sail for adventure for days on end.

Microsoft

Kingdom Hearts 3 offers what everyone wants and needs deep down during the coronavirus pandemic: being able to visit the ebullient and myriad worlds of Disney. From Tangled to Frozen, you can pretend the world isn't on fire outside and relax in the safe, comforting arms of Disney. While you can also play this on PS4, playing on the Xbox feels like a neat novelty.

Square Enix

Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game, inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. The pleasingly childish visuals and audio have been painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. It's the perfect storm to keep you and a friend entertained for hours.

Studio MDHR

Reacting to the spreading of the virus, Niantic has made multiple changes to how Pokmon GO works, allowing it to be played comfortably indoors. You'll be able to bring the Pokmon to you, and not risk yourself getting sick or brazenly flouting the rules and go gallivanting outside.

The Pokmon Company

Travel through gorgeously stunning areas in Summer Catchers. It's an epic road trip adventure of a lifetime, and you'll set out with your trusty wooden car to embark on a quest from the frozen north to distant lands full of mystery and strange creatures. All in an effort to finally see summer. The visuals, story and enjoyable characters will make this a trip you'll never forget.

FaceIT

This OG puzzle game needs no introduction. Why not whittle away some stray hours with a relaxing game of Tetris.

Tetris

Hit the slopes in this endless, serene snowboarding adventure. Join Alto on a journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way, you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders.

Noodlecake Studios Inc

Of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons might well be the ultimate game to beat the quarantine blues. From its gorgeously wholesome gameplay to it's relaxing aesthetic and endearing characters, escaping to your own island paradise with Tom Nook is the game we all need right now.

Nintendo

Dance your way out of the coronavirus with this sublime rhythm game made by the same genius studio behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, just set in the colourful world of Zelda. Not only is Cadence of Hyrule pleasing to look at, but you can also grab a friend and dance through the entire game co-op to maximise your fun. Bop and weave your way through multiple dungeons in true Zelda fashion!

Brace Yourself Games

Along a similar vein to Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley offers typically playful and friendly gameplay, with a wholly cathartic gameplay cycle of crafting, gathering, growing your own farm and settling down with one of the villagers there. It's a perfect anodyne to the uncertainty we all currently face.

ConcernedApe

Breath of the Wild is a perfect escape from reality, offering you an epic adventure full of content and an extremely large map to explore. You'll never be lost with things to do as you're compelled by unknown urges to just see what's over the next hill. Combining typical Legend of Zelda gameplay and stunning graphics, the story will sweep you up and you'll never want to leave Hyrule.

Nintendo

While this technically is a PSP Vita game, it deserves to be on this because it offers some of the most impactful gameplay in any JRPG. P4 Golden is perhaps the happiest game about murder ever made, and as you work with your new best friends for life, you'll maintain social links to grow stronger in the turn-based battle system and dungeon crawling. You're also trying to solve a string of murders in the small and charming Japanese town of Inaba. The characters in-game will feel like real people and once it's all said and done, the emotional depth and weight in P4 makes it akin to missing your real-life friends. The game is, simply, a masterpiece that will change your life.

Atlus

Something of a creative mecca, where you can create, share and collaborate on anything from games to gadgets, music to movies, puzzles to paintings and more - all from your sofa. Some people have recreated their favourite games in Dreams, which is a staggering production and holds major implications for the future of game development. The world is your oyster, so it's time to get imaginative.

PlayStation

Boundlessly charming, Child of Light is a veritable gem of a game. The side-scrolling platformer / RPG is stunning to look at and filled with endearing characters and awe-inspiring animations and level design. If that's not enough to distract you from the outside world, then the charming dialogue, which is all (that's right, every word) written in excellent rhyme, and it is wondrous to behold.

Ubisoft

Want to be a supreme monster slayer? Fine. Want to spend all your time gathering, mining or fishing? Even better! Final Fantasy's massively successful online game A Realm Reborn is the perfect way to whittle away any sort of existential dread you might feel. Since it's an MMO, you can build whole communities and relationships (you can even get married in the game!) as you level up and adventure through the story. Close the world out and take a trip to Eorzea, you won't regret it.

Square Enix

Simple graphics, beautiful characters, catchy music and some pitch-perfect writing combine to make Undertale an absolute joy to play. Perhaps one of the funniest games ever made, you won't be able to step out of Undertale and you'll no doubt be thinking about it long after the credits roll. You can even go through the entire game without killing anything!

Toby Fox

Minecraft is the gift that keeps on giving. You're free to create absolutely anything you want and express yourself in every which way possible. It's perfect with friends to create your own private server to live out your best virtual lives and stay social together, or just to scratch an itch to be creative - Minecraft provides a potent escape from reality.

Mojang

If you've played Human: Fall Flat, you'll know why it's on this list. If not, well, you're in for a treat. This is one of the funniest games ever made. It's a quirky, open-ended physics-based puzzle and exploration game set in floating dreamscapes. Your goal is to escape these surreal dreams by solving puzzles with nothing but your wits and physics. It's all executed to devastating effect, especially when you bring along seven other people to join your adventure.

505 Games

In this reporter's humble opinion, The Sims 3 is far and beyond the greatest Sims game ever made. It's old now, but it offered you untold freedom in your characters, homes and spending time with your fellow neighbours. You're not confined to one lot or one neighbourhood (silly, Sims 4) and you're able to step outside into a sprawling city. With all the DLC, you've got so much to look forward here, offering the definitive Sims experience.

EA

Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and exotic world where youll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to unravel Oris true destiny. Boasting some downright pleasing animations and graphics, this adventure is one you'll never want to leave.

Microsoft

Instead of sailing around on a lonely boat by yourself, this game is infinitely better with friends. It offers you a wonderful co-op dynamic where everyone has a role, all for the noble cause of finding buried treasure. With it's cartoonish and endearing characters, you can set sail for adventure for days on end.

Microsoft

Kingdom Hearts 3 offers what everyone wants and needs deep down during the coronavirus pandemic: being able to visit the ebullient and myriad worlds of Disney. From Tangled to Frozen, you can pretend the world isn't on fire outside and relax in the safe, comforting arms of Disney. While you can also play this on PS4, playing on the Xbox feels like a neat novelty.

Square Enix

Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game, inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. The pleasingly childish visuals and audio have been painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. It's the perfect storm to keep you and a friend entertained for hours.

Studio MDHR

Reacting to the spreading of the virus, Niantic has made multiple changes to how Pokmon GO works, allowing it to be played comfortably indoors. You'll be able to bring the Pokmon to you, and not risk yourself getting sick or brazenly flouting the rules and go gallivanting outside.

The Pokmon Company

Travel through gorgeously stunning areas in Summer Catchers. It's an epic road trip adventure of a lifetime, and you'll set out with your trusty wooden car to embark on a quest from the frozen north to distant lands full of mystery and strange creatures. All in an effort to finally see summer. The visuals, story and enjoyable characters will make this a trip you'll never forget.

FaceIT

This OG puzzle game needs no introduction. Why not whittle away some stray hours with a relaxing game of Tetris.

Tetris

Hit the slopes in this endless, serene snowboarding adventure. Join Alto on a journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way, you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders.

Noodlecake Studios Inc

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons might well be the ultimate game to beat the quarantine blues. From its gorgeously wholesome gameplay to it's relaxing aesthetic and endearing characters, escaping to your own island paradise with Tom Nook is the game we all need right now.

Buy it here.

Cadence of Hyrule

Dance your way out of the coronavirus with this sublime rhythm game made by the same genius studio behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, just set in the colourful world of Zelda. Not only is Cadence of Hyrule pleasing to look at, but you can also grab a friend and dance through the entire game co-op to maximise your fun. Bop and weave your way through multiple dungeons in true Zelda fashion!

Buy it here.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons review - a soothing balm for the soul

Stardew Valley

Along a similar vein to Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley offers typically playful and friendly gameplay, with a wholly cathartic gameplay cycle of crafting, gathering, growing your own farm and settling down with one of the villagers there. It's a perfect anodyne to the uncertainty we all currently face.

Buy it here.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is a perfect escape from reality, offering you an epic adventure full of content and an extremely large map to explore. You'll never be lost with things to do as you're compelled by unknown urges to just see what's over the next hill. Combining typical Legend of Zelda gameplay and stunning graphics, the story will sweep you up and you'll never want to leave Hyrule.

Buy it here.

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