10 Best PlayStation Games To Play During Self-Isolation

By Nathaniel Whelan on April 30 2020 in Entertainment

Spider-man for PS4 features memorable Spidey villains and boss battles. YouTube
Spider-man for PS4 features memorable Spidey villains and boss battles. YouTube
  • The crowning achievement of Battlefield 1 is its explosive and comprehensive online gameplay.
  • Originally slated for May 2020, The Last of Us Part II has been pushed back due to COVID-19, which makes now the perfect time to rediscover its predecessor.
  • Swing through a jaw-dropping open-world map as you battle classic villains like the Sinister Six in 2018's Spider-Man.

When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, society seemingly flipped on itself overnight. In an attempt to flatten the curve, the collective governments of the world encouraged people to self-isolate to prevent contracting and spreading the disease. While the idea of staying at home might have been appealing at first—all day pyjama party!—boredom has certainly set in as a threat. To stay busy, people are relying more and more on entertainment, video games being near the top of the list. The following are ten of the best PlayStation games to play while stuck indoors.

10. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018)

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features an expansive world. Image credit: imdb.com

Travel back to ancient Greece with the eleventh installment of the main Assassin’s Creed franchise. Set during the famed Peloponnesian War, a mercenary—either Alexios (male) or Kassandra (female)—hunts for answers concerning their family lineage. Odyssey builds masterfully upon the previous installments by expanding the world and leaning more into the role-playing aspects such as customizable character options and updated combat styles.

9. Battlefield 1 (2016)

Battlefield 1 offers a variety of maps and roles. Image credit: gameranx.com

Battlefield 1 is the fifteenth installment in the franchise of the same name. The previous games set players in various conflicts, including a new ice age, but this first-person shooter (FPS) takes place during the First World War. It has a complete story mode, but the crowning achievement of Battlefield 1 is its explosive and comprehensive online gameplay. Choose between a variety of maps and roles, such as soldier, aircraft pilot, and tank driver.

8. Fallout 4 (2015)

Fallout 4 features numerous side quests. Image credit: www.imdb.com

Looking for a video game that will burn daylight? Fallout 4 is an open-world role-playing game (RPG) with a long and intricate storyline, but it is the side quests that will have you looking at your watch several hours later in bewilderment. The game begins in a satirical version of 1950s America, but soon plunges players into a post-apocalyptic wasteland crawling with giant cockroaches and other mutated beasts. Play for the worldbuilding alone which is impressive and fully immersive. Nuka-Cola anyone?

7. Kingdom Hearts III (2019)

Kingdom Hearts III features an amazing fantasy world filled with Disney characters. www.playstationlifestyle.net

There might be a “three” in its title, but this game is actually the twelfth installment in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, a series which spans multiple gaming systems including Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable. It concludes the storyline that began with the original fifteen years earlier, and hosts a cast of characters such as Heartless, Nobodies, and Donald Duck. Yes, you heard that correctly. The game follows anime-inspired characters as they zoom around to worlds plucked right out of famous Disney movies.

6. The Last of Us (2013)

Originally slated for May 2020, The Last of Us Part II has been pushed back due to COVID-19, which makes now the perfect time to rediscover its predecessor. Survive the journey across post-apocalyptic America as Joel and Ellie struggle against the Infected, horrific zombie-like creatures. The Last of Us was initially designed for PlayStation 3, but was remastered for PlayStation 4 a year later. It has won numerous awards, including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming at the annual D.I.C.E. Awards.  

5. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) is set during the decline of the Wild West. Image credit: nintendolife.com

Think Fallout 4 but with cowboys. Released eight years after the original, Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) is set during the decline of the Wild West. Play as outlaw Arthur Morgan as he evades lawmen and fellow gang members. Featuring realistic graphics, RDR2 takes full advantage of its open-world gameplay. Feel free to roam the expansive map hunting and robbing whoever you please. Just watch out for Pinkerton agents!

4. Spider-Man (2018)

Swing through Manhattan as ol' webhead in Spider-Man for PS4. Image credit: YouTube

Now you, too, can do whatever a spider can in this incredibly immersive experience based on everyone’s favourite web-slinging superhero. Swing through a jaw-dropping open-world map modeled after Manhattan as you battle classic villains like the Sinister Six and take selfies in front of familiar landmarks like Avengers Tower. As you play, upgrade your abilities and unlock all 38 unique spidey suits. Spider-Man can only be described as the pinnacle of superhero-based games.

3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019)

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an epic Star Wars experience. Image credit: gamer-network.ne

Journey to a galaxy far, far away in this third-person game set after the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Following Palpatine’s dreaded Order 66, Cal Kestis finds himself on the run and hiding from the Empire. Play as Kestis as you attempt to complete your training and restore the once glorified Jedi Order. With breath-taking graphics and a cast of unforgettable characters, this is the Star Wars experience fans have been waiting for.  

2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016)

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has a meaningful story and fun gameplay. Image credit: theverge

Fans of Indiana Jones are probably already familiar with this video game series, but for the uninitiated, the Uncharted franchise is an action-packed thrill ride. A Thief’s End picks up three years after Uncharted 3 and sets retired protagonist Nathan Drake on an adventure to save his long-lost brother. The gameplay is fun and incredibly detailed, and the smaller character-building moments in between the action make for a more meaningful experience.   

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

Slay monsters as Geralt of Rivia in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Image credit: thewitcher.com

Already binge-watched The Witcher for the third time on Netflix? Now step into the world yourself with Wild Hunt. Making his PlayStation 4 debut is Geralt of Rivia. Play as the famed monster slayer as he tracks down the Child of Prophecy against the backdrop of a war raging throughout the Northern Realms. Wild Hunt is an epic RPG with captivating mythology worthy of its original source material, the fantasy book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

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