Seeking an escape from the worrying headlines of coronavirus updates or boring routines of being stuck at home? It would be a great time to consider getting yourself a gaming console or upgrading your PC into a gaming setup. At a time when social distancing is the new norm, online gaming platforms like Twitch, and Discord also lets you socialize through voice/video chat options to stay connected. Diving into the virtual world of games can help loosen you up and make sure you do not follow the same boring routine at home. Plus, there are literally hundreds of virtual Esports (electronic sports) championships and tournaments online for various multiplayer games like F1, MotoGP, PUBG, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Counter-Strike, and FIFA. Some of these tournament rewards are also much higher than your average paycheck, taking the whole ‘make money from your home’ quote to an entirely different level. For professional gamers, it would be just about the perfect time to consider starting a streaming channel in popular vlog platforms like YouTube. Gaming tips are in huge demand, and since most of us are restricted to our homes, there will always be interested viewers waiting for updates regularly.
If you are new to gaming and is interested in purchasing a console or gaming PC, consider your available options. If you decide to proceed with gaming consoles, you can choose between PlayStation (PS) by Sony, Xbox by Microsoft, or the Nintendo Switch. If it is the PC way you are going, you can either go for a customized build with independent parts purchase or check out some of the online pc builders who will do the research and comparison for you. You can also check out some of the options for VR gaming, which feasts your eyes with realistic visuals from the safety of your home. If you are already a light gamer, who is interested in trying out some new games, we present to you a list of top-notch games to play during the lockdown. It would be a good idea to reserve your parking spot in advance before leaving your home for the gaming purchase. Try visiting stores like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy for assured purchase of your favorite games. There is also curbside pickup offered for some of these stores. Having a WayPass subscription can help you visit all of these stores in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles at some of the most affordable rates.
The Lockdown List of Games and Platforms
The most fun thing about gaming is that literally, anybody can access it for free. While most of the high-end games require you to purchase a game disc or go for paid digital downloads, you can still access plenty of free games online. With technology regularly being updated, many of the popular multiplayer games like Grand Theft Auto, PUBG, Call of Duty, and several others have mobile versions available for free download in Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Check out the curated list of games for some exciting lockdown challenges.
Grand Theft Auto V (PS/Xbox/PC)
Released in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games still ranks as one of the most played games even amidst lockdowns. With the ever-changing GTA Online regularly introducing patches and updates, the game never gets boring. Even if you are playing the offline version, the fictional town of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles, is so large than you can explore for months and months from day one itself. Unlike its predecessors, the game’s free-roam does not have any blockades and can be explored entirely from the beginning. You also have minigames like SCUBA diving and paragliding along with several other locations like nightclubs and bars to make sure you can enjoy these locations virtually (something’s better than nothing!). The online version of the game can be used along with Discord in custom servers to enjoy multiplayer GTA action with your friends. From hosting meetups to mini-tournaments inside the game, GTA Online has limitless options for virtual entertainment, making it the ideal game to play during the lockdown.
Missing your favorite team’s basketball games due to the lockdown. Visual Sports in association with 2K Sports has you covered with one of the most realistic basketball games out there. NBA 2K20, the 21st installment of the National Basketball Association (NBA) game franchise, is a serious facelift from its predecessor and lets you immerse yourself into real-life Basketball arenas. The game also introduces the Women’s NBA (WNBA) league into the mix, making it more of a complete game. Take on the mantle of your favorite NBA stars or play as your home team. The game also features an online mode that lets you compete against fans from other teams in real-time. You can also go back in time and play as legendary teams from the past like the Chicago Bulls of 95-96 to the latest addition of Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch/Wii U)
If you are someone who is not really into the genres of sports and gunslinger games, then the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the perfect choice for games to play during the lockdown. Set in the fictional world of Hyrule, the game also features an open-world environment that allows players to explore as they please. Armed with a sword and other makeshift weapons, you can craft, explore the endless scenic terrains of Hyrule. The good thing about Breath of the Wild is its addictive gameplay. There are dynamic weather patterns, deadly bosses who can knock you out with one shot, and innovative puzzles that will test your riddle-solving skills. There is also an excellent connection with reality. For instance, AI has been set in such a way that most of the Non-Playable Characters (NPC), including animals, react realistically to interactions. Start your lockdown adventures in Hyrule and never be bored again.
Battle Royale Trio – PUBG, Call of Duty & Fortnite (PS/Xbox/PC/Mobile)
Battle Royale games have taken the online gaming world by storm. While games like Counter-Strike and BattleField garnered a huge fan following to the whole player versus player genre, the impact made by PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds), and Fortnite Battle Royal undoubtedly stand apart on a different level. First-person shooter giants Call of Duty who also joined in on the Battle Royal genre recently. Call of Duty: Mobile and Call of Duty: Warzone (PC/PS4/Xbox One) are two games that have definitely made their presence felt along with games like Apex Legends. With the global pandemic largely restricting movement across the world, the battle royale games have all received a considerable boost with tens of thousands of returnee players. All three games are also hosting numerous tournaments and challenges in social medial for great in-game rewards. Another significant advantage of the battle royale games is that they have comparatively lower download sizes and can be accessed without going around looking for physical copies, making them ideal games to invest during the lockdown. All the battle royale games also feature solo and squad gameplays, with each squad having teams of 4-5 players each. Features like team voice chat ensure you get to spend time with your friends on the game as well. It would also be best to consider picking up a good quality headset/headphone with microphone support to help aid in-game communication and coordination. There are also several controller aids to access more flexibility while playing Battle Royale games on the console.
Just Dance (PS, Xbox, PC, Wii, Nintendo Switch, Mobile)
The name of the installation is self-explanatory for this rhythm game developed by Ubisoft. Just Dance is a motion-based multiplayer dancing game that features a collection of songs – that all have their own dance choreography challenges. Players have to mirror the dance they see by following the commands on screen – matching the timings as well. The points are defined based on the accuracy of the player mirroring the onscreen moves. As hitting the gyms or even going for a morning jog is restricted in several parts of the country, Just Dance can provide the best alternative to burn some extra calories off. Some of these fast-paced choreographies require you to have reasonable amounts of stamina to complete successfully. The only downside of the game is that you either need motion controllers or camera devices like Kinect or Wii Remote to play the game.
Still Bored, Try VR Games (PS/Xbox/PC)
While still in a budding stage, Virtual Reality (VR) is here to stay. The benefits of VR in relieving stress, and helping people stay engaged has already been proven. Quarantine or lockdown means that the role played by VR takes on an even greater space than ever before. So, if ordinary gaming does not seem to satisfy your cravings of going out, try some of these VR games and take on the challenges personally. What’s even better with VR games is the fact that with these games, you can actually do physical activity like slashing swords and lightsaber, and not end up as a couch slouch. Game developers also see great potential in VR games and of late have introduced plenty of games in various genres. From the fantasy adventure of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, to the all-time classic Star Trek are all available in VR today. You will need some extra gear which can be brought together as VR Kits, and also a room with adequate space for you to flex your arms safely.
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