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GameCentral readers revealed what games they played the most this year, from Zelda: Breath Of The Wild to Red Dead Redemption 2.

Questions for Popular Topics this week were raised by Iceman readers, who asked what games you have been playing for hours so far and why? Is it something to do with corona virus lockdown or are you going to play that much?

As you would expect, lockouts do affect a lot of answers, with many people playing back favorite games or finally getting a game that they have never had before. Although there are also many that mention the game as a service title such as Apex Legends and Overwatch.

Real-life hangouts
Thanks to last month or more definitely Destiny 2, which is not something I expected to say at the beginning of the year. But that applies to many things today. The reason is simple, because even though I was fed up with the game last year, it was the game most played by friends in my real life so we basically used it as our chat channel.

There is a social area to hang out, you can wonder the open world doesn’t do much, or you can attack so there are good backgrounds to keep you busy while you chew food. But at the same time the game became a big disappointment because Bungie took over 100%.

Nothing they have done since was very interesting or proving why the game should continue, not just for sequels. If it wasn’t for coronavirus, I would never touch it again. But I must say, what was lacking as a game was made as a chat channel.
Kimble

Guilty pleasure
All I can say is thank God for video games, or I think I’m going to go crazy during this lockdown. I have played many games and will not be sure which one spends the most time to be honest. It had been split between a big single player game that I had never done before, starting with Zelda: Breath Of The Wild which, to my surprise, had not fulfilled expectations. That’s more than them!

Seriously, this game is amazing and I’m sure I have to play with my jaw wide open most of the time, on the size of the game world and the level of interaction you have with it. This is an extraordinary thing that really deserves review. It’s so good that I really feel a little happy about the locking because without that I might never be able to do it, or at least don’t have the time to dedicate like I have.

Another type of game that I have played is an online game for chatting with friends. The free is definitely the best for this, so there are lots of Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone.
Henkel

Long awaited
To be honest, the first few months of the year have become a little fuzzy now, but with so few new games being released I don’t remember playing many things. Since it’s been locked even though I’ve been stuck in Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, both of which I look forward to.

Resident Evil 3 is disappointing. As GC said, it is too similar to the Resident Evil 2 remake, far more than needed by cutting out some locations and replacing others with what is clearly reusing assets from the last game. It’s still playing well but it’s disappointing.

Final Fantasy 7 remake is very good, almost perfect remake and as someone who is worried about the new battle system, I don’t have good words to say about the battle system and the story. I was worried about the direction after this match, but to get me through the lock so far it works well.
Gibbs

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Slow start
This is hard considering how little I played games at the beginning of the year and how much I played them in the last few weeks. Animal Crossing: New Horizons have become permanent friends (Switches are truly extraordinary, the portable aspect is a blessing even when you are stuck at home) and I have also played Final Fantasy 7 Remake and enjoyed it – taking the time and not in a hurry, like I might have to do if we’re unlocked.

The one I play the most is probably Fortnite. Not because I’m an angry teenager, far from it, but because it’s free and everyone gets it. Staying in touch with friends going to play the game at the same time (or at least having something to do, I don’t pay much attention most of the time) has been a great way to stay busy, stay sociable, and at least give my finger some practice!
Candle

Keep busy
The games I played the most this year were Her Story (PC), A Plague Tale: Innocence (PlayStation 4), and Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One). The story I really enjoyed and I wanted to get the best from experiencing most of the content before I finished it. And when I finish it, I look for Achievements that I have missed in them, because they are not too difficult to obtain and there isn’t much left to play for a while.

I did see a video on YouTube to explain the game, because I felt it was quite complicated and the YouTube video helped me understand the game better. I will buy Telling Lies at some point too, the next game by the creators of Her Story. I really enjoyed A Plague Tale and I decided for Platinum because I really enjoyed the game and some trophies added a little more to the story to open by collecting collections, which told you more about the era in which it was set and added new ways to play the game. I don’t want to give spoilers, so I won’t, but the way it makes you play to get a few Cups means it makes the game harder but it’s still very fun.

I usually play co-op with a friend on Xbox One every weekend and this year we have played Halo 5: Guardian co-op campaign, because at the end of last year we finished all the games on Halo: The Master Chief Collection (during 2019, not all in December!). We only play a few hours every weekend and then when we finish we go for some easier Achievements, Legendary is too difficult for me!

This was my first time playing Halo 5 and the Master Chief Collection, because I didn’t become a normal first person shooter, apart from Half-Life 1 and 2 and Wolfenstein: New Order was not my type of game. I prefer immersive first person sims and other genres. I played all of these games before locking. I tend to play a lot of short games so that not too often I play one game that is 50 hours or 100 hours.
Andrew J.

Real game
What I can say is that I am very happy Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not show you how many hours you have played as I thought. This game is indeed amazing but as a way to forget the trauma of the lockdown it’s just magical.

I spent hours trying to catch a broken turtle one day and the pride I gave to Blathers was real! Then knowing you can buy bushes from Leif, let alone defeat bosses or win Fortnite, planting bushes is a real game!
Prince Caspian

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Virtual outdoors
This is an interesting topic and there must be a locking factor that makes me think a little differently about how I want to experience the game.

Technically, I have a Metro Exodus, Subnautica, and Metal Gear Solid 5 plan I think, but my longing for the wild has changed my gameplay a little. Metro Exodus overall is probably the most played this year but over the last few days Red Dead Redemption 2 has taken over big time. I started playing it a while ago, but now it must be closed in the room.

Metal Gear Solid 5 is an open world but it is mostly close to the same type of environment and Subnautica feels crowded when I get farther from heaven above the ocean and explore the darker depths of the deeper seas, especially with the abyssal part of the game where it is not there is sunlight that reaches it altogether.

Red Dead Redemption 2, however, is something that breathes fresh air, with the feel of the wind in an open landscape that looks amazing with a variety of terrain to explore. Even the cold or finally warm atmosphere of Metro Exodus is still a hunch compared to the hills and large fields, the extraordinary sunlit forest, the spectacular mountain range, and the border cities.

I like walking and hiking in various places in the real world and knowing that I can’t visit many of these places makes me crave them. So Red Dead Redemption 2 is well suited to a faster and more direct approach to action.

This is a fantastic way to get past this lock (which I hope will not be extended again in just two weeks or more) and temporarily take my mind off the uncertainty and horror of what is happening in the real world. I laugh more with characters and story lines in this game than I have with other games.

I think games like Animal Crossing and Red Dead Redemption 2 can be as difficult as how serious you want to play this game. When normality finally returns, another game might keep me away from my current game, but for now we all just have to deal with the hands that have been dealt with us and make the best of this situation. Keep everything safe.
Alucard

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