If there’s one thing those of us who love video games have, it’s a certain ease in keeping ourselves at home. Why fool ourselves? Digital leisure is one of the best reasons to spend time indoors, in the comfort of our armchairs, blasting away the vice with our favorite games. Just please dont forget to drink water or use the hydrate app reminder. This time we’re going to review a series of games that can be downloaded for free or, if you have a subscription to different types of services such as Xbox Game Pass (details below), which will give us more reasons to spend these complex days of pandemic indoors, yes, but at least, extremely entertaining.
If you like Devil type games, you’re in luck because Path of Exile takes a lot from Blizzard’s winning recipe, but gains bodies as it’s a completely free game. It offers dozens of hours of content, lots of loot to get, a deep customization module for your characters, elaborate maps, and much more. If you get hooked, you could go well beyond the 14-day quarantine. No doubt PC is the recommended platform to play it, but if you’re interested in the proposition, you’ll also find it available on Xbox One.
The Forza series is acclaimed by all as one of the great driving games whose greatest strength is that it offers a tuning system to make it the arcade racing game of a lifetime or the most demanding of simulators, depending on your preference. Forza 6 Apex has been around for a while, but it still looks amazing. It offers the same technical expertise as its full-featured counterpart, the same handling of physics and simulation. It’s a reduced version: six internationally known tracks and 60 super fast cars.
We now move on to the Sony console and inaugurate its presence in this list with no less than Let it Die. Imagine that you are in front of a Dark Souls but post apocalyptic, but passed by the stylistic filter of acclaimed designer Goichi “Suda51” Suda (No More Heroes, Killer 7). It’s full of humour, has highly intelligent combat mechanics and inventory management and also has a gameplay side that runs while we’re not playing, which is about bases, enemy capture and invasion. A real gem that always gets content and could entertain you during quarantine and beyond. It also has its version in Steam.
If you have PlayStation 4, you probably have PlayStation Plus (How else do you play online?) and if so, you can’t miss the free game offered throughout the month of March: Shadow of the Colossus. It is the remastering of one of the most transcendental masterpieces of video game culture; a classic developed by Team Ico and the brilliant Fumito Ueda, in which we are told an emotional story while we hunt huge stone giants. This remake has an amazing graphic section, playable settings and offers about 8 or 10 hours of magic, so know how to supply them with wisdom.
Tetris is by far one of the best games in history, whose mechanics are still effective today. Nintendo Switch players who subscribe to its online service can access -in addition to the NES and SNES emulators- the incredible Tetris 99, which in my opinion is one of the best games of last year. The free version of Tetris 99 allows you to play its main mode that bears the name of the game. It’s a Battle Royale where you face 98 other players, where the one who defends himself best from rival attacks is the one who will have more chances to win. It is deep, has many tactics and ways to play it, and most importantly, synthesizes perfectly the spirit of the Battle Royale, but playing Tetris. They’re not going to be able to throw it away anymore.