Well, this time last year, the coronavirus was still in its infancy and I don’t think anyone could have guessed that 12 months later, the virus will still be with us. Oh, how innocent we are. But here we are, after roughly 150 days without any new local transmissions, and once again the coronavirus counts are restarted. Although more cases doesn’t necessarily mean a full spike, a new wave of restrictions is being placed on large-scale gatherings, with some outright events being canceled or postponed. What’s more, with the tyrannical chill blowing across the city and dropping the temperature by nearly ten degrees, even the short walk to the nearest shop feels like you’ve been exiled to Siberia.
So even though you haven’t historically been a video gamer, it’s not a bad time to take it as a way to kill time. Instead of going out and tormenting yourself in a hell of a completely freezing cold, or potentially exposing yourself to COVID, why not stay inside, dress in comfortable clothes, order a little hot pot, and start the year off with a healthy game. entertainment. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few options that seem to suit our situation.
Plague Inc: Healing
When it was released eight years ago, Plague Inc. has quickly become one of the most popular games on the iOS and Android app stores thanks to a unique perspective and a distorted theme: conquer the Earth with a virus of your own making. But neither gamers nor developers could have predicted that it would reappear on the most downloaded lists on several platforms years later, and even be used as a simulator for studying the spread of COVID-19 by scholars and academic institutions. Likewise, in the midst of a pandemic, game developer Ndemic Creation announced that they will make a major update in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization. An updated version, Plague Inc .: The Cure, now assigns players to stop the spread of the contagion rather than creating and releasing it. Obviously, not everyone has ever been or will be at the forefront of medical care, and the game offers valuable insights into issues that medical staff and scientists may face, while hoping to provide some useful data for future researchers.
Platform: iOS, Android (Original version also available on Steam (PC))
Lowest Price: $ 0.99
Microsoft Flight Simulator
International travel has still not been taken into account, and with COVID-19 continuing to hit many countries, it is safe to assume that things will remain this way for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, Microsoft re-released Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) 14 years after the first generation was launched. As one of the most beloved simulator franchises, MFS is known for its cinema standard graphics and accurate recreations of the real world. At MFS 2020, not only have the visuals been drastically enhanced with the latest ray tracing technology – based on the Bing satellite image database – the game is also able to retrace every corner of the world in real-time. As an airplane pilot, you can control the plane and travel between more than 40,000 airports around the world while facing the challenges of weather patterns and turbulence that are actually synchronized with the real world. In a later update. If you is it right Getting into it, MFS becomes compatible with most mainstream VR headsets allowing you to enjoy a more immersive flight experience and observe our beautiful planet while the journey is under strict restrictions.
Platform: Steam (PC), Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S
Lowest Price: $ 1 (free to play with monthly Xbox Game Pass for PC), $ 59.99 (to buy individual games without Xbox Game Pass for PC)
Regardless of how optimistic we are, we still have to admit that for many people 2020 is a year of loss: Missing the opportunity to see a movie in the cinema, missing the opportunity to travel, or even losing a job and loved ones. Spiritfarer is at its core a game of loss, where you navigate a ship across a boundless sea and make friends with various creatures, learn their stories while upgrading your castle at sea and exploring undiscovered lands hiding behind a mysterious fog. However, at some point, you have to say goodbye to your friends one by one and watch their souls go to the afterlife. No matter how rich you are or how intimate your relationship is, this fate is inevitable, and learning how to say goodbye is the most rewarding experience of this indie game. They may no longer be able to accompany you on future adventures, but their legacy and skills will remind you of the time you spent together and continue to guide you, even on the darkest of nights.
Platform: Windows, macOS, Linux, Google Stadia, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch
Lowest Price: RUB 386, approx. RMB 33.5 (at Nintendo Eshop Russia before Jan 3)
Super Mario party
Planning a party soon, but tired of those same ice-breakers? Then a Mario Party is made for you. With over 80 mini-games that challenge memory, luck, strategy and more, this is one game that’s sure to close the gap to strangers in no time. For example, you can try playing in Sugoroku, a Japanese game similar to Monopoly, where you play as an iconic character from the Super Mario series. Each round sees all players collaborating or competing with each other in mini-games for coins and bonuses. Super Mario Party allows four players at once. Needless to say, there is something for everyone here. After all, they don’t call it a party for anything.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Lowest Price: HKD 299 (RMB 253.49) (at the Hong Kong Nintendo Eshop before 12 Jan)
Club House Games: 51 World Classics
Prefer your game to be a little more old-fashioned and require less physical activity? Then 51 Worldwide Classics is for you! Unlike other boardgame aggregates, 51 Worldwide Classics also serves as an archive of some of the most famous and oldest board games including hanafuda, the traditional Japanese card game that Nintendo focused on before turning to the video game industry. Each game has a short, fun animation that introduces its history and signature features. Nintendo is even attentive enough to planning multiplayer action, meaning if two friends are playing on separate systems, only one person needs to buy the game. But why play separately when you can play together by combining your screens in mosaic mode and enlarging your playground! Unfortunately this feature only works for a few games, such as fishing and slot car racing.
Platfotms: Nintendo Switch
Lowest Price: around RMB 215 in Taobao
Depending on how strict the new call for social distancing is, it’s likely that you won’t be going to a club anytime soon. But fear not, because with Just Dance, the club is here to you! And considering it’s updated annually with a new lineup of tracks – the game just celebrated its tenth anniversary last year – you won’t have to hang up the DJ for relying on outdated sets! All you need to do is grab your controller or phone and follow the steps on the screen, dancing like nobody’s watching. You can dance with up to five friends, as long as your living room is large enough to accommodate everyone.
Platform: Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S
Lowest Price: $ 29.99 (before 4:00 pm, Jan 1)
The adventures of Ringfit
Just Dance might make cardio fun, but it’s Ringfit Adventure that actually manages to combine video games and sports. Ring’s incredible design and technology allow the Nintendo Switch to track a variety of fitness routines, ensuring that all your muscles are equally swollen. It’s a pretty damn new idea – fighting monsters while exercising – and surprisingly effectively gets people to stick to their #goals. During 2020, when gyms around the country were closed, Ringfit Adventures became the go-to choice for home workouts, so much so that the game sold out and was resold at three times the original sticker price due to hype. Now, however, prices have stabilized, which means it’s time to get it yourself and burn that holiday fat.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Lowest Price: around RMB 540 in Taobao
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