Due to the nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the government has been urging people to stay at home, socially distance themselves from other people (especially those who do not belong in the same household), wear a mask, and wash hands frequently. Speaking of hands, how are your hands? Mine have gotten a little dry due to the constant hand washing.
I understand it’s not easy to be stuck at home, especially if you have been so used to the life of going anywhere, anytime you wanted to. The feeling of being constantly trapped inside the four walls of your home is inescapable, but there’s nothing we can do. We have to follow the health protocols so that we can keep ourselves safe, our communities safe, and those who are vulnerable to this disease safe. It may feel like our lives will never go back to normal, especially since the vaccine is still trapped in the mind of some person, and we are all waiting. Many of us have been affecting, and probably still can’t believe that this is actually happening to us in the year 2020, when we thought everything is modern and can be fixed quickly by technology. Sadly, this is our reality today.
Let’s escape it for the meantime and jump into different realities. How? The answer is simple: video games.
- ANIMAL CROSSING
I’m sure that you’ve heard of this before! It’s gotten quite popular since the beginning of March. Aesthetics wise – it is very cute. This game reminds me so much of the Sims but in a cuter way. Animal Crossing is a social simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo and created by Katsuya Eguchi and Hisashi Nogami.
In this game, you can create your own character and escape to a deserted island. In this island, you can explore, create your own house and little community that other gamers can visit. You can even customize your own clothes, furniture, and let your creativity rise. The game uses a real clock system, with your island changing to day and night, and there are also different animals and fishes appearing based on the time and month.
If you don’t have a Nintendo Switch but you have an android phone, you can try downloading Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. It’s totally free and the best thing is that it doesn’t have any ads! Try it out!
If you want something more heart pumping, you may want to try out Riot’s Valorant. It is a competitive 5 versus 5 first person shooter game. As a player, you can join in whether on the attacking team or defending team, each with five players on it. As an agent, you can have unique abilities and use an economic system that will allow you to purchase their abilities and weapons. You will be able to choose between a wide variety of weapons including sidearms, submachine guns, shotguns, machine guns, assault rifles, and sniper rifles.
There is also a standard game mode in which the player is playing 24 rounds, and the first team ro win 13 rounds wins the match.
There’s also a Spike Rush mode wherein the match is played over 7 rounds. The first team to win 4 rounds wins the match.
- THE LAST OF US 2
The first installment of this game was released last 2013, and it was well received that they released a The Last of Us 2. The game is developed by Naughter Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. As a player, you will be able to control Joel, who is a smuggler with a task to escort a teenage girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States. Unlike Valorant, the game is played from a third person perspective. The players will be able to use firearms and improvised weapons and can use stealth to defend themselves against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures that has been infected by a strain of mutated Cordyceps fungus.
Up to 8 players can engage in cooperative and competitive gameplay.
Whichever game you will choose, I’m sure that it will take your mind away from the stress and worries of real life even just for a few hours. Is there a game that you’ve been playing during the last few months? How has it been for you?
Be sure to leave a comment below! Have a great day!