Top 10 games to play when you can’t go outside

This list popped into my head because right now, we are in the middle of a pretty scary pandemic. A lot of governments are urging their citizens to stay inside. Most people are working from home, and looking at the same four walls for days on end can drive people to boredom pretty quickly. Therefore, I came up with this list so you will probably not be bored throughout the entirety of your break from the outside world (for whatever reason that might me; you can even use this list after the pandemic!). Two quick things I must mention: All these games are on the PS4 and while not all of them are exclusive, there are at least two that are PS4 exclusives. Another thing- please do not ignore your responsibilities to play video games. I learnt this the hard way. Do you have a job and have to work from home? Great, do the work before losing yourself in a game. Do you have a degree that you need to study for? Yeah, I know it sucks but that pile of reading that you need to do for those four assignments is not getting any smaller when you are spending most of the day playing video games. And yes, I did call myself out there.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Video Games to Play when you can’t Go Outside.

10) Yu-Gi-Oh: Legacy of the duellist.
Starting off with this one because you have all the time in the world! Yu-Gi-Oh is an anime, card game and video game (based off of the card game) which gets progressively complicated. Since you have so much time, you might as well play Legacy of the duellist, learn the rules to the game, and then you have something to play with your friends when you are allowed to be within 6 feet of each other. I recommend this one because it goes through all the anime duels, which means if you really get invested in this game, you have a few animes to watch (trust me, there’s a lot).

9) Skyrim
Skyrim is a no brainer, really. I do not particularly enjoy it, but it is not a short game, and you can basically do whatever you want. Open World Games are definitely something that should be on the top of your list when you are unable to go outside since it means that you can technically go out- just in the game instead of real life. Is there really much of a difference?

8) Fallout 4
Fallout 4 is, again, another pretty big, open-world game. I find that Fallout 4 has a more straightforward story in comparison to Skyrim. It is also a pleasant reminder that you can go back and replay a Fallout game that was not a complete mess and hugely controversial. A reminder that there was a time before Fallout 76 before things really started to go downhill. And, now that you are stuck inside, you do not have to be reminded by real life either!

7) No Man’s Sky
This game is for the point of ‘stuck inside’ when you are completely fed up, think that the world is going downhill and nothing we do will ever fix it. No Man’s Sky started off rough (really, really rough) but they are definitely going strong now. This game gives you a chance to explore different worlds when you are a bit fed up of your own.

6) Shadow of War
This is a beloved sequel to Shadow of Mordor, and as someone who is not a Lord of the Rings fan because of how much my dad used to talk about it (I was named after a flower in it… and they spelt it wrong!), it is pretty decent. It has the Nemesis System, which has different traits that get thrown together to make higher-level orcs that have personalities. I enjoy watching my partner play it, and he, in particular, enjoys making blood brothers fight. It is funny to watch someone who was a particular nuisance to the player come back to life with scars and a new hatred. If you, like me, would find it more entertaining to watch this game, I recommend TearofGrace on YouTube. His reactions are very entertaining.  

5) Spider-Man
This is a game that I played momentarily before getting wrapped up in The Witcher 3. I think it could be the only thing more fun than Persona 5 Royal (you’ll never hear me say that again) in terms of swinging ability. I have heard good things about the detail of New York, which is the main reason I thought of this game for this list. I have both watched and played this game (granted, I have not played as much as I wanted to before moving on). It has a compelling story and great game mechanics. It is great for if you just want to stroll around New York, but cannot.

4) Life Is Strange 2
Okay, this one might be out of place, but hear me out. First of all, you could probably finish this game in a day or two. It is a short yet entertaining and emotionally investing game. It both restores your faith in humanity while reminding you that there are some awful people out in the world. It is beautifully written, and since you have the time, I say why not? I highly recommend this game. It taught me so much as a person, and I would love to play it again sometime soon.

3) The Witcher 3
Again, another open-world game. This time, better. The world of The Witcher 3 is beautiful, and the characters are something wholly different and unique. Plus, when you are done, there is the Netflix show and books that you can read if you are invested.

2) Red Dead Redemption 2
This is a game that I would not usually like, but I do. I have said it before; I do not like shooting games; I do not like games that are not direct with things that you have to do. That is probably why Fallout 4 and Skyrim are so high on this list (I knew if I did not put them in, people would come for my head and the points still stands, they are decently made). Red Dead Redemption 2 is something else. It reminds me a lot of The Witcher 3, which was my favourite game before Persona 5 came into my life. Its story is beautiful. I held off on playing it because I honestly did not think I would enjoy it. I started reading the wiki pages about the characters because I still wanted to know the story, as the parts that I had picked up on from overhearing my partner play it intrigued me. Within a week, I was playing it. I am nowhere close to finishing it (because as you will see, Persona), but I fully intend to go back to it one day. It is a decent length game, and you can roam around after the game is over too. It is beautifully designed (like, seriously, wow). I think this game would be great to play when you are just stuck inside all day, every day, for who knows how long.

1) Persona 5 Royal
Realistically, I think you all kidded yourself if you thought Persona 5 Royal was not going to be on this list. It is a long game. A really, really long game. And on top of that, it is a really, really, really, really great game. With the addition of the Thieves Den, you do not even have to play the actual story- you can literally just play a game of Tycoon if you are really bored and can not focus on the game. New Game + is also good enough for it to be beneficial and a different experience to just play the game again right away. Did I mention that it is a great game?

I hope this helps some people cure the boredom a lot of people are going through. Drop what you are playing in the comment section! Stay safe, and do not neglect your responsibilities!

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