Life seems a little confusing right now. The state of the world is in disarray and we have no idea when it will return to normal. However, one thing in our life does remain constant. And that thing is video games. We here at Gaming Access Weekly completely understand and we know many of you either have games in your backlog that you need to play or you are looking for games that you might have missed in the last few years and are wondering if it is worth playing now. Now that we have all this time on our hands.

So we put together a list of a whole bunch of games, in all different genres, at all different price ranges, so that you can get your game on. We made sure to put in games that were single-player and multiplayer so that you were never feeling alone very long. Let’s Begin, shall we?

Community games

Animal Crossing

(Nintendo Switch)

If you have been on Twitter at all these past few weeks you will know that almost everyone and their mother is playing Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing is a game that is like Minecraft but 100x cuter and not as creative. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to do in this game, but you cant recreate Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings in it.

However, Animal Crossing has one of the best communities in the video game world. Everyone you meet has created new designs they are willing to share with just about anyone who wants them. They will invite you to their island for better turnip prices, they will invite you to discords to meet other Animal Crossing enthusiasts. There are Reddit threads, Tumblr pages, and Twitter pages all dedicated to amazing things and explanations for newcomers. I’ve never seen a more open community.

Having friends that already play is great and visiting each other islands feels like a fun play date. While this is a full-priced game and it’s only for Nintendo Switch, if you are looking to dump 100 hours easily into a game full of mindless, but extremely cute, gaming, then I highly suggest Animal Crossing.

Dead by Daylight

(PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One)

If Animal Crossing is the cutest community game, then Dead by Daylight is the most horrific, but in a good way. This game is played as a one versus four online multiplayer where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught and sacrificed to the Entity.

It is a horror fan’s greatest online treasure. What makes it a great community game is that while, yes, there may be some annoying toxic players, they are far and few between. You will find people that will eagerly help you get better as both killers and survivors. The developers over at Behaviour Interactive are also in on the fun and they continue to put out new, and sometimes free, content for players. They have added characters from all kinds of horror icons, from older ones like Freddy Kreuger to newer ones like the characters from Stranger Things.

There is always some new event going on and you can find tips and tricks from Reddit to their own Steam page. Prices might vary from system to system (around $15-20) but if you own Xbox Game Pass the base game is free. Most of the DLC packs are five to seven dollars.

 

First/Third Person Shooters

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Warzone

(PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Call of Duty has been around for ages as one of the top FPS games out there. While every year a new game comes out Modern Warfare Seems to have finally nailed what made these games great. While the full game is great and multiplayer is a lot of fun I wanted to mostly point out Warzone. Warzone is MW’s newest Battle Royale and it is making headway on one of the best out there.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the other big three (Apex, Fortnite, and PUBG) are still going strong, but they are going to have to make room for number four. Warzone is a Battle Royale that is showing off everything that makes Call of Duty a great game. The gunplay is great, the map is fun, and the action is stacked. Season Three just started so even if you wanted to jump in now there isn’t too much of a fall behind.

Warzone also has a fun little gimmick that after you die you have a few chances to come back. One is the Gulag. Once you are downed and taken out you’ll be thrown into a jail cell being forced to fight in the Gulag. This is a one-on-one gun battle that allows you to respawn and get back into the match. If you win your Gulag fight, you’ll redeploy immediately, however, if you lose, that’s ok too, your team can work on reviving you by picking up cash spread across the map to actually buy you back from a workstation.

All in all, Warzone is a great Battle Royale and the best part is even if you didn’t buy the base game, you can still get it for free on your system of choice.

Remnant: From The Ashes

(PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

 

This game came out last summer and might have slipped through your radar but now is a perfect time to go back and try it. Remnant answers the question “What if the Dark Soul’s series had a baby with Borderlands and the Left 4 Dead games?”

The game incorporates a third-person shooter element where the player can wield up to two gun weapons; one main weapon and one sidearm, alongside their melee weapon. Remnant: From the Ashes is set in a post-apocalyptic world where it has been thrown into chaos by an ancient evil from another dimension which is now overrun by monstrous creatures. While this game can be played alone, it is way more fun to play with a couple of friends.

Remnant has a fun and interesting loot system and an interesting story to wrap it all up nicely. When you and a few friends are blasting away foes with weapons that you crafted from the remnants (get it?) of your latest boss kill, it’s hard not to do so with a smile on your face.

Action

NieR: Automata

(PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Let me just start by saying that there are few video game directors that I worship. While many of you out there think that Hideo Kojima is a god, that is how I feel about Yoko Taro.

Nier: Automata is a hack & slash action role-playing game in which players take the role of combat androids from the YoRHa units across an open world environment. While most of the game is you running around the open world full of robots that you can beat up, you can also use a special item that allows you to ride a wild animal, and in some other scenarios pilot a flying mech to fight enemies.

There aren’t many games out there that make me cry but I got incredibly upset playing this one. There are 26 different endings also. This game is a roller coaster of an emotional hack-and-slash with a few amazing twists and turns. I promise that it will hold your attention.

I have 110 hours on my PC and then I downloaded it on Xbox One Game Pass for free so I could play it again. If you don’t have XGP, NeiR: Automata is frequently on sale as well so be sure to be on the lookout. The game is beautifully crafted and has one of the best soundtracks since Final Fantasy VII.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

(PlayStation 4)

Everyone knows the story of Spiderman; Peter Parker gets bit by a radioactive spider and becomes one of the best superheroes of all time (don’t @ me). However, Marvel’s Spider-Man goes deeper into the lore of this loveable webhead in one of the best PlayStation 4 games to ever come out. Not only that, but it is debatable as one of the best superhero video games to ever be released.

While almost every Spider-Man villain makes the scene in this game from Rhino to Kingpin, Spidey doesn’t fight alone. The stealthy Mary-Jane sections are just as fun and important has swinging through NYC.

By the way, swinging through the streets of New York City is definitely one of the best parts. The map is fairly accurate too. So, since we are trapped inside and you’ve always wanted to see the Big Apple, now is your chance.

Horror

Layers of Fear 2

(PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Making a sequel to a horror game is tricky. You have to think about how to update it in the right way without it being exactly the same. Layers of Fear 2 is a pretty great example. If you haven’t played the first one, do that too. However, you don’t have to play this one. Layers of Fear 2 is a first-person psychological horror game with an emphasis on exploration and story.

It is the type of game that you need to continue on with to just scare yourself. It’s a walkthrough where you are a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.

That is all I want to tell you about it because this is a game that needs to be experienced. It is both beautiful and horrific and the experience will change you.

Hunt: Showdown

(PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

When I think about a multiplayer game that gives me actual chills, its Hunt: Showdown. I can run through most multiplayer games with no issue but this game actually scares the pants off me. Not only is it action-packed but it’s full of creepy monsters that want to turn me into a snack.

Hunt: Showdown is a first-person shooter survival horror published by Crytek. The game is set in the late 1890s in the swampy areas of Louisiana. You play as a bounty hunter who is hired to take down various monsters that have overrun the world. Your main goal through this is to survive because if you die with that hunter you’ll have to hire a new one.

You aren’t alone in the swamp either, not only as these disgusting-looking monsters out for blood, but you will also have to try and take down your main target before a few other rival teams get to them. This game takes the Battle Royale element and turns it into old-timey survival, it takes strategy as well as an iron will to get you safely out of this game.

You’ll find it on the Xbox and Steam store at a discount for spring but otherwise, the game is only about $35 normally. It’s a good price for a great multiplayer that will scare the pants off you.

 

RPG

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

(PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Whether you are a Dragon Ball Z fan or not this game is one of a kind. While it’s made with the fan at heart, Bandai Namco made a wonderful action RPG with one of the best animes of all time as its subject. If you are a fan of JRPGs at all it is worth a try.

As a kid I grew up watching this show, I know the story backward and forwards, and yet I couldn’t help myself getting upset at certain parts or laughing at others. The fighting is well balanced and you need to keep training to learn some higher super moves. Flying around as Gohan, Goku, Piccolo, and Vegeta never gets old. I could have done it for hours.

Just turning on the game you will first realize how much of an undeniable and marvelous sense of love for the source material there is. The kind that you’d have to actively fight to resist the smile wanting to creep onto your face. Revisiting all of these characters and stories is a joy in itself, and despite a few minor issues with it, it’s probably the most efficient way to enjoy the story of Dragon Ball Z. It’s colorful, fun, and immersive. The music and sounds of the game bring you back to your childhood.

Also, people that are new to the show, that love a fun, 3D JRPG will get a kick out of the action. There is also a Dragon Ball Super DLC coming out soon so you’ll want to jump in on this if you want to fight with Beerus.

The Outer Worlds

(PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One)

There are all kinds of RPGs out there but The Outer Worlds gives players a unique tour through space. However, it all feels kind of familiar. Considering the developer is Obsidian Entertainment that shouldn’t surprise you.

The Outer Worlds is an action RPG from a first-person perspective. You’ll be able to create your own character and unlock a ship, which acts as the game’s central hub space. While you won’t be able to fly the ship directly, the onboard AI is snarky and witty enough for you to not notice. It also serves as a fast travel point to access different areas in the game and acts as the player’s inventory space.

Gun and melee play is easy to grasp and feels natural. The way you build your character is as important as it was in Fallout. Consider more medical/science since it’s a space-age game. However, the game lets you play any way you like. The (mostly) open worlds are fun to explore and designed well enough to make it feel like space travel.

Playing the many hours of The Outer Worlds feels like wrapping yourself in a nice warm blanket and sipping cocoa from your favorite mug. It isn’t breaking new grounds as far as RPGs go but it is familiar and fun. The banter with NPCs, the fighting styles, and the creature creation are all recognizable and it just makes you happy to play. You’ll find this 60+ hour game for about $40/50 unless you have Xbox Game Pass in which you’ll be able to play for free.

 

Well, that is about it for this list. There are plenty of hours of games here for you to enjoy while you have the time. We also had a few runner-up games that didn’t quite make the list but are still worth your time.

Runner-Up:

  • SMITE – A MOBA game that has the least toxic community and pits gods and goddesses against each other.
  • DOOM Eternal – Newest DOOM game, great sequel, still full price anywhere you look but a lot of fun.
  • Star Wars Battlefront II – This game originally had a lot of issues, but after EA fixed everything it is one of my favorite Star Wars games to date. They even continue to add characters and make updates regularly.
  • DragonBall FighterZ – Great 2.5D action fighter for those that needed a fighter game.
  • GOAT OF DUTY – Paraody game on Steam that made me laugh so hard I nearly choked to death.
  • Code Vein – Fun anime Vampire RPG that has a Souls-esk Difficulty level.
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake – Came out the day this was published. Full price. 100% worth it, especially if you never played the original.

If you want to add your favorite game to this list that you think people should play, tell us in the comment section below.

 

A word from the Writer:

Everyone here at GAW would like to say that we hope everyone continues to stay safe during this confusing time for the world. We appreciate all of our fans and hope that our content keeps you grounded in uncertain times. Please remember that you are not alone. Reach out to friends and family (via phone call, discord, or FaceTime) because they may feel just as alone. While many of us have these games there are many that do not and are confused (and bored).

Wash your hands, cover your face, and practice social distancing. We will all meet on the other side of this again at big conventions someday. Let’s all try and be a little less toxic to newcomers to games also. Some people are just picking up your favorite game for the first time.

Remember that now is the time to treat each other with respect, we all have some idea of what they are going through now. Thanks for reading!

About The Author

John D
Chief Operating Officer

John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.