Best videogames for Coronavirus Boredom
Over the quarantine, many kids have been stuck at home all day with little work to do and minimal contact with their friends. Videogames are a way for students to immerse themselves in different worlds, facing tasks and overcoming problems, working in teams, and talking with their friends. After extensively testing many videogames, I have decided on five games that you can explore.
#1: “Sea of Thieves”
“Sea of Thieves” is an open world, pirate multiplayer game in which players can sail, attack, loot, and destroy other ships and build their own crew. Players can choose their ship size: small, medium, and large, each with their own benefits and downsides. With no set rules, the game allows for maximized player interaction, and the fun lies in encountering different crews and ships. Players can build up a reputation and a legacy on the high seas. Players can pursue quests in search of hidden treasures, fish and hunt for their own food, and fight for gold. With 11 tales and two different game modes, this game has a lot to offer. Sea of Thieves also enforces monthly updates and expansions, so new content will keep the player entertained. While very fun, this game has many bugs which could be bothersome. This game is definitely one better experienced with friends.
“Overwatch” is a team-based shooter game with a diverse cast of powerful heroes including characters that represent all people to choose from. For example, you can play as a giant talking gorilla with a tesla gun, a stealthy cyborg ninja, or a scientist who uses her knowledge to bend the reality of life and death. Characters have different backgrounds,special sets of skills, and an ultimate ability. You can play a variety of categories of heroes, including tank heroes, damage heroes, and support heroes. Tank heroes are bulky and lead the attack. Damage heroes have the power and tools to hurt the enemy severely, but they have low health. Support heroes support others by healing allies and enabling heroes to perform better. With six vs. six combat, the game has many modes to appeal to players’ preferences. You may struggle to climb the ranks of the competitive ladder, and come across unfriendly players, but nonetheless, it’s an experience.
#3: “Ori and the Will of the Wisps”
“Ori and the Will of the Wisps” is a beautiful single-player action Metroidvania game, and though a smaller game, it still packs a punch. The sequel of “Ori and the Blind Forest”, which was highly received, this game is a true adventure within a completely hand-painted two-dimensional world. Dramatic and emotional, this game stars Ori, a nimble light creature who is trying to survive in a dangerous world after a crash landing. It has a truly amazing and inspiring soundtrack as well that helps add to the drama of the storyline. You will adventure for eight to sixteen hours in this breathtaking world. Though a beautiful game, some actions, and scenarios are reused resulting in repeating some tasks over.
#4: “League of Legends”
“League of Legends” is a team-based strategy game in which five powerful champions on each team go head to head in combat to destroy their enemies’ nexus, or home base, to win the game. Players can choose from over 140 champions, each entirely unique in their story and abilities. In-game, Minions(AI) spawn at the nexus to assist you on your journey to victory. On the main map, “Summoner’s Rift”, there are three distinct lanes including towers and minions. Players can venture into the closed jungle-like areas in which they may face computer-generated, NPC (Non-Player-Character) enemies to gain coins and unique buffs to help give advantages before and during the battle. While playing and defeating enemies, players gather gold and experience to make their champions stronger. Having to learn many different abilities makes this game a difficult one to master.
#5: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare”
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” is a first-person shooter game that can be both a singleplayer and multiplayer game. Players can partner with freedom forces to prevent full-scale global war. Combat and missions take players from the Middle East to Europe. The game is realistic and cinematically advanced with an in-depth experience. Players fight both during the day and at night through different environments, ultimately creating various scenarios players take part in. Although this campaign compared to other games campaigns is on the shorter side, it doesn’t fall short of expectations. The multiplayer mode tests your skills against other players in different game modes which consist of a simple team deathmatch to capturing checkpoints in Domination.
In the “Warzone” game mode, a massive battle royale is all the heat right now. Jumping off a massive plane and landing with your squad, you fight through hell as you try to find different supplies and weapons to compete against the others. Don’t end up in the Gulag or else you will be forced to fight for your life to have a chance of seeing your friends again. Choosing from different weapons and perks, this iteration of “Call of Duty” sticks to its roots with different scorestreaks. Although an amazing game, some might find certain game modes stale and lose interest if not playing with others.