Our selection of video games to play during containment! (Part 1)

“Animal Crossing”: New Horizons” is finally coming out this Friday, giving players the chance to travel to an island paradise and build a community there. For players with quite different tastes, on the same day, “Doom: Eternal” will also make its debut, allowing those at home to fight against the demonic forces of hell. Either way, it’s an escape.

And for many, a break from reality is necessary right now. With the French and other governments advising citizens to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, there are few better options for entertaining while isolating oneself than to immerse oneself in a new video game.

Whether you’re looking for a game to play with family and friends, want to have some social interaction online or just want to have some fun and pass the time, here are some great games that you can immerse yourself in for a few (hundreds) hours.

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If you want to focus on in-depth story

(Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Stadia)

Hu, cowboy! Playing as the outlaw Arthur Morgan, players traverse a declining Wild West as they accomplish goals and survive against bandits, rival gangs and law enforcement agencies. Along the way, players explore an open, vast and richly detailed world and encounter a wide range of characters, opening up a deep and ambitious story that has been hailed as one of the best in video gaming.

(Available on: iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Fans of the TV series and comic book “The Walking Dead” already had many reasons to watch the episodic Telltale series, but even for those who don’t, Clementine’s fight through the zombie apocalypse is worth watching. Plus, four seasons of the game are available, offering a ton of captivating stories to wade through (and dramatic choices to make).

If you want to explore a beautiful open world

(Available on : Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

Before the appearance of the Netflix TV series based on the Fantasy novels of the same name, video games were very popular. They followed incumbent wizard Geralt de Rivia as he sought out his long-lost companion and adopted daughter. Even if you haven’t played the two previous games in the series (or read the books or watched the series), it doesn’t take much to fall in love with this open world full of “Wild Hunt” stories.

(Available on : Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)

It’s never too late to start playing the game that inspired countless open worlds after him. The fifth installment of the “Elder Scrolls” series has completely innovated the genre and, despite dozens of glitches (some of which are endearing and hilarious, others are exasperating and break quests), it holds its own, especially the remastered “Special Edition”.

If you're taking advantage of the fact that no one can see you raging right now

(Available on: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, MacOS, Nintendo Switch)

Cuphead” is sometimes so difficult that it’s easy to forget to appreciate the wonderful drawing paw, typical of the 30s – but you mustn’t. What’s more, this Run-and-Gun-style title offers a two-player option, in case you and your social distancing buddy want to go wild in harmony.

(Available on : Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)

We can’t have a discussion about the difficulty of video games without mentioning the “Dark Souls” series. The game is notoriously ruthless, spawning countless compilations of rage and Twitch challenges – but it makes success all the more rewarding.

If you want to play with your family or with your companions

(Available on : Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Mac, Xbox One)

An easy-to-remember title for players and non-players alike, this cooking simulation will test your communication skills (for better or worse). If you play long enough, you and your partner will work like a well-oiled machine. And remember, you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.

(Available on: Nintendo Switch)

If you’re not worried that the competition will damage your relationship, consider entering the “Smash” franchise with this Ultimate version. With so many well-balanced characters, players can spend hours trying them all out (or just practicing upgrading their main character).

If you need to entertain children (but also want to have fun)

(Available on: Nintendo Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey” takes up the sensations and joys of the old Mario Bros. games while offering a lot of freshness and novelty. Whether you are a young player who has never tried the franchise or you miss the “Super Mario 64” era, you will be fulfilled.

(Available on: Nintendo Switch)

Even players who haven’t won a Pokemon title in a while (or ever!) can enjoy “Sword and Shield” and its British-inspired region. Plus, two expansion packs will be released later this year, so now’s the perfect time to catch up.

Don’t miss the rest of the list in the coming days! And until then, have a good game! 

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