There’s no better time than the now to slip down the glorious wormhole of playing computer games.
For those who want to escape, who want to dabble in a moment of puzzle-solving or who want to build and create an entirely different realm, we hear you. We’ll be honest, the world of computer games is a big one and if you’re not a seasoned gamer, it’s pretty hard to navigate.
However, we’ve gone and pulled together the absolute best computer games so you can throw all that glorious free time away.
These are the best computer games to play right now.
She’s a no-brainer but Sims 2 is an absolute classic PC game to throw all your free time at. Any avid Sims-player will tell you this simulation version will live on as one of the greatest and most entertaining, with various food recipes to cook up for your sim, clothing designs to customise your sim and life aspirations to fulfil. If you have to step outside of this, then Sims 3 Island Paradise should tide you over for now (you’ll get to explore houseboats and the luxe life of five-star resorts).
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
If you watched the brilliance of The Witcher on Netflix last year, then brace yourself for a whole lot more of Geralt antics. It may seem odd to kickstart your Rivia adventures on the third vault of The Witcher (quick math will tell you there are actually two games that were released prior to this one) but if you’ve only ever seen the first season, that is, you’ve never read any of the books, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pretty much spans all the characters and adventures brought forward to you in season one of the TV series.
It’s either perfect or horrendous timing to play a survival game in this period but regardless, Subnautica is worth your time. The underwater survival game will have you descend into the depths of an alien world where you’ll have to craft equipment, pilot submarines and outsmart wildlife to further explore coral reefs, volcanoes and caves.
It’s just that if you haven’t already, you really should. There’s no need to get too excited either and throw yourself at the entire spin-off series because the original Minecraft is the only beautiful time-waster you truly need in your life. This bad boy includes a decade’s worth of updates and you’ll get to dive headfirst into a 3D-generated world where you can extract raw materials, craft tools, build structures and either compete against or cooperate with other players in the same world.
Far Cry New Dawn
If semi-hectic computer games aren’t your thing then, you can politely move along. Far Cry New Dawn is not for your “occasionally I play Tetris” gamer so don’t expect your run-of-the-mill puzzle game. Instead, you’ll be required to battle it out in a post-apocalyptic world (relevant, no?), where, for the remaining people left on earth, a heap of factions have divided the population into a new world order (and that means a hefty fight for survival and protecting others).
If it’s God you want to play, then hover your mouse over to Block’hood. The city building simulator game is a sensory treat for your very eyes and focuses on ideas around ecology, interdependence and decay. You’ll basically get to envision a neighbourhood (by building structures out of a catalogue of 200+ blocks) and be challenged to maintain an ecological balance as each block placed will consume and produce resources of different kinds.
Plants Vs Zombies
You may remember this little guy from the games of old high school’s past (think all the way back to 2009) but Plants Vs Zombies has had many an update since the first time you played. You could very well delve into the original game but we suggest stepping things up a notch and kicking some “grass” in Garden Warfare. You’ll still be playing in third-person shooter mode but say goodbye to 2D graphics and hello to 3D gameplay, customisable characters and the option to expand your forces into four-players.
Meet Yarny. He’s a tiny character made from a single thread of yarn that slowly unravels as he embarks on a seemingly larger than life journey (and he’s very, very cute). While you play Unravel, you’ll unlock a heartfelt story of re-connecting the memories of a long-lost family and you’ll have to use Yarny’s “thread” as a means to interact with the environment around you to solve puzzles (that means swinging across a tree gap or even hitching a ride on a flying kite). On a side note, the graphics of this one is inspired by the lush scapes of Northern Scandinavia so prepare to be in absolute awe.
If you have never, ever played Monument Valley, any seasoned player will be extremely jealous of the sense of epic discovery you’re about to endure. This indie game is truly like no other with the ability to make you think and solve puzzles while also being ironically zen at the same time. Your mission is to lead Princess Ida through mazes of optical illusions and “impossible” objects while manipulating the world around her to reach various platforms so she can reach the next level.
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