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READY PLAYER ONE: Five video games to sink your teeth into

With our entertainment options having rapidly declined of late for obvious reasons, ways to pass the time amid this lockdown are at a permium.

Sure, platforms like Netflix are a Godsend but surely there are only so many times you can listen to Joe Exotic call Carol Baskin a bitch, right?

Well, thankfully the video game industry is still churning out product and some awesome releases have been hitting the shelves over the past few weeks making 2020 the perfect time to get your game on or even rekindle your love of gaming that was sparked playing Double Dragon at the local takeaway.

So, here are sone awesome recent releases that are literally packed with HOURS of content to help you while away the hours in isolation.

Nioh 2
PS4

If you like to be challenged, then this brilliant prequel to the 2017 action role playing game is just the ticket.

Taking place in 1555 feudal Japan at a time when all manner of miscreants and fantastical malignant beasts roamed the countryside Nioh 2 tasks you, a shape-shifting samurai, with roaming said countryside and disposing of those baddies using an array of traditional Japanese weapons, such as the katana, tonfa, and odachi.

The combat is visceral and tough with absolute precision necessary for even the easiest of enemies. Button mash at your peril.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Nintendo Switch

This joyous little title could very well be the perfect antidote to the current global gloom.

In New Horizons, make a little digital you and then move to a deserted island after buying a ‘desert island package’ from raccon dog Tom Nook.

It is then up to you to explore your newfound island paradise and se4t about collecting its bounty, crafting items, befriending the island’s cast of cute anthropomorphic animals, and developing the once deserted island into a digital wonderland.

This whimsical game is packed with charm and hours of fun for the whole family.

Doom Eternal
PS4/XBOX

Does the idea of galavanting around a dystopian hellscape doing the most heinous things to a variety of Satan’s own spawn sound like your idea of a great time?

Welcome to Doom Eternal – the latest iteration of the franchise that essentially birthed the first person shooter genre.

While there is a story attached to this unabashed killfest – it kind of takes a backseat to the joy or roaming across worlds and dispatching these filthy hell beasts with everything from shotguns to chainsaws.

Things that make you go boom.

Persona 5 Royal Edition
PS4

When this Japanese RPG dropped back in 2017 it dropped jaws thatnks to its uber stylish art design, BANGING soundtrack and literally hundreds of hours of content.

Well, this revamped edition brings all that and more to the table with EVVEN MORE stuff to do in this already stacked title.

Essentially a fantasy based on reality, Persona 5 follows a group of troubled high school students (led by the silent protagonist Joker).

Not wanting to give too much away as the story is truly mindbending and quirky, by day you have to live your life as a high school student in Tokyo ( you study, attend classes, go to the movies and even work a part-time job.)

By night, though, your gang heads into another dimension called the Metaverse, turning into the Phantom Thieves who are doing their best to stop an earth shattering global conspiracy.

It’s weird and whacky and while the turn-based combat system may not be for everyone, Persona 5 is a masterpiece of a game.


Resident Evil 3
PS4/XBOX

Yes, we are in the middle of a global pandemic but, hey, at least it’s not zombies, right? A fact that this game so terrifyingly illustrates.

A remake of the classic 1999 title from the iconic survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 3 puts you, playing as former Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) member Jill Valentine who finds herself smack bang in the middle of a zombie apocalypse in the fictional Racoon City.

To add insult to injury, Jill is being doggedly pursued by uber-zombie Nemesis who will stop at nothing to tear you limb from limb.

For the most part, Nemesis is completely invincible, meaning that your only option is to run which makes for some truly tense gaming moments.

It’s bloody, it’s gory and with jump scares aplenty. Definitely not one for the feint of heart, Resident Evil 3 will have you gaming with the lights on.

Written by Newcastle Live

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