Ordered to stay at home as much as possible, this lockdown has undoubtedly changed the way we live on a day to day basis. Clutching our laptops, glued to a screen, we’re all desperately searching for an escape from reality. I’ve recently rekindled my old love of computer games. Being able to wind down with a good old fashioned 8-bit video game or slashing my way through a dilapidated warehouse looking for zombies; I’ve definitely found my lockdown remedy.
Fortunately, modern technology has compacted a library of fun games easily accessible with the click of a button. You won’t have to queue up for days in the cold or fork out an extortionate budget here as all these games are PC or MacOS friendly!
Here are five games you can enjoy on your device whatever the mood
Set in a post-war society, you play as a manic amnesic detective hired to solve a murder case. A digital haven for critical thinkers and unprecedented freedom of choice, Disco Elysium, is a game you need to download immediately. An open-world RPG, Disco Elysium, is full of whacky characters a twisted plot-line and dialogue like no other desktop game released before.
A 2019 release, Disco Elysium is easy to navigate and friendly to even lower-end PC’s or laptops integrated with GPU. This game won’t eat up the storage of your device but I can guarantee it’ll eat up all of your spare time.
2. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
An utterly traditional desktop game, Pillars of Eternity, is action-packed with a great setting and even greater voice acting. Pillars of Eternity set the bar for CRPG as it beautifully blends modern gaming quality with an old-school charm.
Redefining the meaning of open-world, Pillars of Eternity, gifts you an entire ship allowing you to travel anywhere on the map. Matching action and combat with tactical thinking, the game allows you to exercise your mind in all aspects.
Truly a pleasure to play, Pillars of Eternity is great graphically and immersive, perfect to liven up a boring lockdown evening.
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a game for the ages. Combining fantastic graphics and phenomenal gameplay into one game is an exceptional feat and CD Projekt Red does this so eloquently. Having played both the console version (PS4) and downloaded the CRPG, I must say the PC version is far superior. Forget any misconceptions you may have about the graphic downgrade, this game runs smoothly and is well optimised for all devices. The Witcher is truly a new standard for CRPG.
The Witcher universe is compacted with content and the main storyline is well accompanied with multiple side-missions should you want a break. Fantastically made, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is well-deserving of your time.
4. Oxen Free
Oxen Free is a hidden gem. The debut project of Night School Studios, Oxen free, is a supernatural thriller which combines the rawness of a 1980’s teenage horror flick with modern graphics and excellent storylines and dialogue. It’s hard to fit Oxen Free into a specific genre as it borrows elements from nearly every genre there is and blends them harmoniously.
Oxen free is a great break from the typical slasher and action games on the market and offers a fresh perspective. The gameplay, though creepy, is oddly calming and you tend to forget you’re surrounded by dying characters and ghosts. If you want a great storyline with well-developed characters and never seen before graphics, Oxen Free should definitely be one to check out.
5. Untitled Goose Game
There’s a void in my soul which Untitled Goose Game manages to fill. Must you always play such complicated and thought-provoking games? Sometimes you just have to role-play as a manic goose on the loose who’s mission is to terrorise the neighbourhood.
Without a doubt, the most underrated release of 2020, Untitled Goose Game is a slew of slap-stick comedy and humour in its purest element. Fun for all ages, it can serve as a great tool of distraction for the kids and provide hours of tomfoolery for the adults. I must say, this game has some of the best mechanics I have seen in recent years, if you can forgo that you’re a goose for just a moment and focus on the gameplay, you’ll notice some incredibly detailed work. Props to House House for developing such a comprehensive game.