Gaming worlds to get lost in

Chances are you’re not going anywhere anytime soon in these unprecedented times 🦠😷

As the world continues to come to grips with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s hard to not to feel overwhelmed and isolated.

Yet in a digital era, the concept of community is already changing. It’s even my job to foster them online!

Social media, Netflix watch parties, subreddits and more help open up this locked down world – but nothing is quite as immersive as gaming.

Whether you choose to play online or offline, single player, multiplayer or “backseat driver” player, here are some stunning game worlds to explore for hours and hours 🎮

Note: I’ve stuck to Nintendo Switch editions mostly – the cherished console I got for Christmas from my beloved 🤓Most I’ve played firsthand, others are highly rated from trusted sources 👍

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

🎮 Genre: Action-adventure, Open-world, RPG elements
🎮 Description: travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open world adventure
🏆 Ratings: Mine 9.5/10, Metacritic 97%, IGN 10/10
⭐ Best for value and sensory immersion. You get at least three games’ content in one and you will struggle to put it down
✅ Finished? Try a game from the Final Fantasy series

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

🎮 Genre: Action-adventure, Open-world, RPG
🎮 Description: a story-driven, open world adventure set in a dark fantasy universe. You are Geralt of Rivia, mercenary monster slayer. Expect razor-sharp swords, lethal mixtures, stealthy crossbows, and powerful combat magic. Explore a war-torn, monster-infested continent and track down the Child of Prophecy – a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world
🏆 Ratings: Mine 8.5/10, Metacritic 93%, IGN 9.3/10
⭐ Best for: a refreshing retake of the fantasy genre, plus you can relive the story on Netflix. It’s also a great one to watch if you feel like hanging back and enjoying the story
✅ Finished? Try The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

🎮Genre: RPG
🎮Description: explore the massive world of Dragon Quest. You are a hunted hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate, with the help of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. Embark on a quest taking you across continents and oceans as to learn of an ominous threat facing the world
🏆 Ratings: Mine 9/10, Metacritic 86%, IGN 8.8/10
⭐ Best for: classic turn-based battles, stunning animation, satisfying dungeon crawling and iconic character design by Akira Toriyama
✅ Finished? Try Grandia HD Collection

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

🎮 Genre: RPG
🎮 Description: brave the mystery dungeons as a Pokémon and solve the mystery of your strange predicament by befriending other Pokémon and traveling through dungeons that change every time you play. Battle enemy Pokémon and collect treasures to discover as you continue your quest
🏆 Ratings: Mine 7.5/10, Metacritic 68%, IGN 6/10
⭐ Best for reliving your childhood
✅ Finished? Try Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

🎮 Genre: Fighting, RPG
🎮 Description: develop your own warrior, create the perfect avatar, learn new skills from mentors and help fight new enemies to restore the original story of the Dragon Ball series. Join 300 players from around the world in the new hub city of Conton and fight with or against them alongside the main cast of characters
🏆 Ratings: Mine 9/10, Metacritic 75%, IGN 7.5/10
⭐ Best for time travel enthusiasts
✅ Finished? Try Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

🎮 Genre: Platform
🎮 Description: a fully remade collection of the three original Spyro games that started the phenomenon: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Play as Spyro alongside Sparx as he torches Gnasty in the Dragon Realms, singes Ripto in Avalar, and crème brûlée’s the Sorceress in The Forgotten Worlds
🏆 Ratings: Mine 9/10, Metacritic 82%, IGN 8.5/10
⭐ Best for platformers
✅ Finished? Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy or Yooka-Laylee

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

🎮 Genre: Kart racing game
🎮 Description: Crash is back in the driver’s seat! Go fur-throttle with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled – it’s the authentic CTR experience plus a whole lot more, now fully-remastered and customisable additions to character and kart designs
🏆 Ratings: Mine 8.5/10, Metacritic 83%, IGN 8.2/10
⭐ Best for wannabe rally drivers and multiplayer
✅ Finished? Try Mario Kart

On my radar 🤩

Games bookmarked in my Wishlist or that I’ve downloaded and are waiting for some attention:

🎮 Sword Art Online: Hollow Realisation
🎮 Octopath Traveler
🎮 Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
🎮 Dragon Ball FighterZ
🎮 Super Mario Odyssey
🎮 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
🎮 Trials of Mana
🎮 Xenoblade Chronicles 2
🎮 Fire Emblem: Three Houses
🎮 Dragon Quest Builders 2
🎮 Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Special mention 💯 Tomb Raider: Legend

🎮 Genre: Action adventure
🎮 Description: sprawling environments, complex puzzles and fast-paced combat are what defines Tomb Raider series games. Lara’s greatly improved mobility is a particular standout feature of this edition
🏆 Ratings: Mine 8.5/10, Metacritic 82%, IGN 8.2/10
⭐ Best for asking your fellow gamer flatmate to try and kill this serpent boss over and over because it is just so ridiculously difficult and hilariously funny to watch
✅ Finished? Try Unchartered

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