The best games to play with your friends
With many of us currently isolating at home and being advised to stay indoors, you may have suddenly found yourself with a lot of spare time on your hands. And, for those of us who are still working, when you get home after a hard day you’ll probably want to relax and blow off some steam, which is why there’s never been a better time to immerse yourself in a good video game.
Online gaming is a great way to connect with your friends and remain social, in fact many of the best games are designed to be played with others and just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t visit new places or entirely new worlds for that matter. So, to help you decide which games you should be playing, here’s our list of the best games to beat the boredom and stay connected…
Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone and Apex Legends
Ok, we’re cheating a little here by bundling these three together, but the truth is we couldn’t just pick one and we didn’t want to fill the article with battle royale games. Also, and perhaps more importantly they’re all free to play! So, you can give them all a go and decide which if any is right for you. The basic premise of all three is a large group of players drop onto an island and battle it out with the last person (or team) standing winning. It sounds simple enough and it is easy to pick up, but there’s a surprising amount of depth to be found in all three and the thrill of victory is a pure rush unlike that in any other shooter.
Minecraft is huge! Both in terms of the game’s content and it’s cultural impact. In it you enter a world created entirely of blocks and what you do from there is almost entirely up to you. Play in survival mode and enjoy a somewhat traditional game in which you must mine raw materials and craft tools and structures to help you survive and thrive. Or jump into creative mode and let your imagination run wild in a game that could be described as a digital Lego playground. However, you choose to play bring your friends along too for a fantastic social experience.
The Crew 2
The Crew 2 is an open world driving game in which the entirety of the USA is your playground – sure, it’s a significantly shrunk down version of America but it’s still pretty darn impressive! Grab your friends, form your own crew and then start taking over the roads, rivers and even the skies as you jump from cars to boats to planes and back again in an instant for some truly inventive races. With hundreds of vehicles available and a variety of event types from street races to air acrobatics there’s sure to be something here for everyone.
There might not be any football on the TV at the moment but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the thrill of your favourite team storming to victory and arguably winning is even sweeter when it’s over your friends playing online! Play FIFA Ultimate Team and create your perfect squad then rise through the online ranks buying and swapping players as you go, or just grab your favourite team and face off online against friends and FIFA fans around the world. FIFA 20 also adds the new Volta mode which takes the action from the stadium to the streets for intense 5-a-side games, adding in some more variety and making for a nice change from the usual 11v11 gameplay.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Making a fresh start on a desert island sounds pretty enticing right now and with Animal Crossing you get to do just that but without any of the necessary Bear Grylls skills required. Move to an island filled with anthropomorphic animals and develop your community from a huddle of tents to a thriving town. Catch fish, hunt bugs, grow fruit, trade turnips – it’s all very colourful and relaxing making it the perfect getaway from the real world and what’s more you can bring eight of your best (Switch-owning) friends with you. Visit each other’s islands and explore together – it’s fun for the whole family regardless of age or skill level and makes for a nice break from being stuck indoors.
Bonus: Words With Friends and Draw Something
Social distancing has really killed our boardgame nights unfortunately, but luckily anyone with a smartphone can still enjoy Scrabble and Pictionary-like experiences for free online. Both of these games have been around for a little while now and it feels they’ve never been more relevant than they are today. Challenge your friends and family and discover who’s the best at spelling or who’s the most creative artist.
If you haven’t already, you can pick up the latest games consoles through your Technology Benefit scheme. Many of our console bundles also include a choice of the latest games, extra controllers and more so you’ll be ready to jump straight into the action. Keep your eyes peeled for your next order window and check out our wide range of games consoles and exciting home technology online.
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