If there was ever a time to pick up gaming, it’s now.
As we are at home far more often now, could it be time for you to start the ultimate home-only activity? There are plenty of games out there, even for n00bs who have never touched a video game in their lives. Whether it’s a family title or an adaptation of a movie, we’ve named some of the best games for those just getting started.
1. FIFA 20 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
It’s very simple to pick up the basics of the annual FIFA games. You’ll definitely have been at someone’s house while they enjoy a very laid-back game of (virtual) footy over a few beers. You can play together in person or online, and it guarantees hours of fun for diehards or the most casual gamers.
2. Pokemon Sword/Shield (Nintendo Switch)
Nothing beats the nostalgia-trip of taking your new Pokemon out into the wild and taking on other trainers. In a new open-world feel, Pokemon Sword/Shield take you on a classic adventure all the way up to the Elite Four. With a universe of new and classic Pokemon to catch, there are hours of fun at your fingertips. What’s more, you build from the bottom-up with simple instructions along the way to help any level of gamer become the master-trainer.
3. Marvel’s Spiderman (PS4)
Having picked up the prestige Game Of The Year accolade, Marvel’s Spiderman has been on every gamer’s radar since its release. In the world of superheroes, what’s not to like about jumping around New York City using your spidey senses to rid the city of crime? It can be picked up quickly by anyone and promises hours upon hours of joy.
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
Mario Kart needs no introductions. This is one that’s been with us through everything, bringing joy to the whole family. It’s the kind of game you could get your grandparents or your two-year-old niece to have a go at on the Wii edition. Just remember not to let them loose on Rainbow Road. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the game to keep the family entertained through the whole lockdown. Whether it’s Mario, Yoshi or Baby Donkey Kong you want to play with, there’s hours of fun through all the different levels to smash through. Just watch out for those pesky red shells coming up behind you.
5. Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One)
Racing games are perhaps the best way to get into gaming. It’s the most straightforward way to channel any competitive traits in a simple concept: get from A-to-B faster than anyone else. If the colourful, cartoony nature of Mario Kart puts you off, then you should graduate to the fast-lanes of Forza Horizon.
6. Star Wars JEDI: Fallen Order (PS4, Xbox One)
A bridge for any Star Wars superfans to get into gaming lies right here. Battle it out and complete the training on the way to becoming a Jedi master.
7. Batman: Arkham Collection (PS4, Xbox One)
Another movie franchise to get fans into the realm of gaming. Batman video games are known to mimic, the dark, noir-ish moments of the hit films and bring it to life. In this edition, users get three-games-in-one to enjoy each generation of Batman gaming.
8. Skate 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)
One of the most beloved franchises of the last twenty years, and one of the easiest to get into. We’ve picked Skate 3, but you can’t go wrong with any of the titles. Yes, these are on the previous generation of consoles, but you can still play it via backward compatibility on Xbox One. The main reason I’ve included this though, is to send a direct message to EA who hasn’t made a Skate title since 2010. WHERE IS SKATE 4?!
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