Lockdown: Popular Games You Can Play With Friends and Family During Coronavirus Outbreak

Updated: Mar 25

The COVID-19 has forced many countries to go into lockdown. Companies are requiring their employees to work from home and some are even offering paid leaves.

However, many are unable to figure out how to pass their time during this period.

For gamers, the lockdown serves as a good time to revisit some well known title

1. PUBG (PC/Mobile)

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is an extremely popular game and has a huge fan base. It follows the battle royale format where around 100 players are dropped in a huge map where they have to search for weapons and equipment, gear up, and eliminate other players to be the last one standing. The battle royale can be played in teams of four, two, or you can head to the battlefield solo. PUBG is available on PC on Steam, console, and mobile, and while the mobile version is free, you'll have to pay for the PC (Rs. 999, Lite version is free) and console version (Xbox – Rs. 1,300, PS4 – Rs. 1,999). PUBG Mobile can be downloaded from the Play Store on Android devices and App Store on iOS devices.

2. Call of Duty: Warzone (PC/PS/Xbox)

Warzone is another battle royale that you can play on both consoles and PC. Even though it is an added game mode to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone can be downloaded for free. Since its release earlier this month, Warzone has seen more than 30 million players drop in to the game which means you'll easily find people to play along with. The game adds some new and interesting mechanics on top of the standard battle royale experience. Warzone also allows up to 150 players to be on the same map, making it even more intense. So, if you're interested in checking out Warzone on PC, head to Battle.net and download the game. Console players can visit the PlayStation store or the Windows store to get the game.

3.The Last of Us. (PS3, PS4)

Naughty Dog has a reputation for releasing games with amazing storytelling and detailed visuals. It's prime example is their Uncharted series. But in 2013, the company released 'The Last of Us' and it was a 360-degree turn from their previous games.

The Last of Us tells the story of Joel and Ellie making their way through the wastelands of the U.S. after a zombie virus outbreak.

In my opinion, it had one of the best storytelling for its time when it was first released on the PlayStation 3. It became even better when they remastered it for the PlayStation 4 and until today, remains as a must-play game if you own that console.

Also, if the opening scene doesn't make you cry, then you're a monster!

Console players can visit the PlayStation store (PS3) or the PlayStation store (PS4) to get the game.

4.Resident Evil series. (All platform)

Resident Evil tells the story of a genetically created virus that got released in fictional Raccoon City located in the U.S. Throughout the series, you play as many different protagonists who are trying to find the source of the virus and stop it.

I never actually went deep into the series when the first game launched on the PlayStation 1.

So when Resident Evil 7 released back in January 2017, I got my hands on the PC version of the game.

It was the first game in the series that incorporated a first-person perspective which elevated the horror level of the game to new heights.

Imagine getting your hand chopped off by your loved one through the eyes of the main character.

Developers of the franchise, Capcom, also remade Resident Evil 2 for current generation consoles as well as on PC. Resident Evil 3 is slated to be released on April 3, 2020.

Console players can visit the PlayStation store or the Microsoft Store to get the game.

5.Prototype (PS, XBOX, PC)

The first entry - and the only entry you should play because the second game sucks big time - tells the story of shapeshifter Alex Mercer who is fighting against the BLACKLIGHT outbreak, a form of virus that mutates people into hideous monsters.

You're tasked with finding out who started the outbreak and how to stop it in a medium-size version of Manhattan, New York.

If you're a fan of open-world games that gives you Marvel's Venom-like powers then this should be right up your alley.

6. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is another popular PC first person shooter (FPS) that is consistently among the top played games. There are two teams, Terrorists and Counter Terrorists, and the main objective for the Terrorist is to plant the bomb at designated locations on the map. The Counter Terrorists have to either eliminate all Terrorists before they plant the bomb or defuse the bomb after it is planted. You will have to purchase weapons at the start of every round so spend your money wisely. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is available for free on Steam for Windows and Mac users.

7. Mini Militia - Doodle Army 2 (Mobile)

Mini Militia offers a 2D online multiplayer experience for up to 6 players where they have to fly around using a jetpack and kill their enemies using the weapons found in the map. It has both online and local multiplayer. You can team up or play free-for-all in the 20+ maps that you can choose from. The controls might take some getting used to but once you do, it's really fun. Be sure to do some offline practice before you head online. Mini Militia - Doodle Army 2 is available for free on the Play Store and the App Store.

8.Call of Duty: WWII (PC/PS/Xbox)

This is the fourteenth game in the COD series, and the only game to be set primarily in a World War since the 2008 version – Call of Duty: World at War. 

In case you didn’t know, Call of Duty is a first-person shooter-style video game that allows the player to complete missions and play online multiplayer battles. 

It’s super fun, and an exciting game to play with your friends, especially if you’re all playing against each other online. 

This version of COD was released in 2007 by Activision and developed by Sledgehammer Games.

If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, then you should know that it’s available to play on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

9. Red Dead Redemption II (PC/PS/Xbox)

Red Dead Redemption II was developed and published by Rockstar Games and released in October 2018. 

It’s a western-style action-adventure game that’s available to play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

It’s the third game in the Red Dead series, following the success of Red Dead Redemption in 2010.

In the game, you play as Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang.

You’ll find yourself having to deal with the demise of the Wild West, whilst trying not to be killed by rival gang members and government officials. 

It’s a pretty sick video game if you ask me, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular video games right now!

If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, then you should know that it’s available to play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

10. Grand Theft Auto V (PC/PS/Xbox)

Grand Theft Auto V – an action-adventure video game released in 2013 by Rockstar Games. 

Any of the GTA games shouldn’t really need an introduction; as I’m almost certain most people know what it is by now. 

But for those who don’t, GTA is an action-adventure video game that allows you to play as a criminal, committing heists and evading government and police officials.

Its played in either a first or third-person perspective and players have the freedom to get around on foot or vehicle of their choice. 

Its spot among the top three most popular video games right now has a lot to do with the fact that it’s the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.

It earnt approximately $800 million in its first day and $1 billion within three days of going on sale. 

If you start playing this one, you’re going to find it hard to stop! It’s super addictive.  If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, then you should know that it’s available to play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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