While gamers from all over the world are praying for the coronavirus to stop affecting premieres planned for this year, we decided to remind you about the games that are relevant during the pandemic. Without violating quarantine rules, you can save the world from plague rats and cyborgs.
1. The Walking Dead (All parts from 2012 to 2019)
Developer: Telltale Games
About: This one is the most plot-driven game on this list. The player’s actions can affect the plot and impact the game’s story, which is quite alluring. In each part, you need to make about fifty decisions, choose allies, share or not share antibiotics, and sacrifice someone or something. Even the fact of not giving someone some water can make you lose your partner. Here’s a point for you to understand how charming this game actually is: each part has several endings. If you pass the first part and proceed to the second, the results of the first automatically affect the gameplay of the current chapter. If you change them, you get a completely different story. In total, hundreds of potential storylines exist. It’s a Rubik's cube, which you can twist at your own discretion.
Difficulty level: Easy. W, A, S, and the mouse are your best friends in this game. Be prepared to follow conversations and choose your options.
Who will like it: Those who love realistic dialogues and are able to quickly make decisions in non-standard situations.
2. The Observer (2017)
Developer: Bloober Team
About: It’s 2084, and the whole world is under the control of the Chiron Corporation, which cyborgized humankind. Those who are not microchipped or cannot boast of a bionic hand are considered religious "meat" fanatics. Here you will find cyber-communal networks with digitized walls and pigeons, drug addicts taking dope from oil serum, and organ dealers cloning pigs.
Philosopher Nick Land, who studies the dark layers of the Internet and machine mechanics, would love the game. In the future, he says, algorithms will be far more dangerous than biological weapons or warheads. Why spread anthrax strains when you can send a Trojan through the chips around the world? And you can't argue with that.
Difficulty level: Medium. This is a walking simulator with no shooting and where it is almost impossible to die. But from time to time, you still have to clear out. And sometimes, with the help of special gadgets, you can connect to the brain and get into the machine unconscious of cyborgs, which resembles a descent into hell.
Who will like it: Those who love horror and fans of cyberpunk and cybergoth.
3. The Last of Us (2013)
Developer: Naughty Dog
About: The most popular game on this list that people do quote quite a lot. Before creating the characters, Naughty Dog's writing rooms were inspired by the fungus. The spores of tropical cordyceps land on the insect, the fungus grows inward, captures the nervous system of the insect, and then controls it.
In the game, the same thing happens to a billion people. The main character, Joel, is not the most pleasant person in the world (he eats bark and mice), is smuggling and moping in mutating America. In exchange for a weapon, he agrees to escort a girl named Ellie, who is immune to cordyceps, through the contaminated area. Pay attention to how well the game is thought out, and this is 2013.
Difficulty level: Medium. You will have to control the shooting with a gamepad, not a mouse, which is not very convenient for an experienced gamer and very difficult for a beginner. There will be many enemies, few cartridges, so brace yourself.
Who will like it: All moviegoers and those who love streaming services. The game has a beautiful picture, a lot of shootings and fights, and drama with believable dialogues.
4. A Plague Tale: Innocence (2019)
Developer: Asobo Studio
About: This game is about the major neuroses of the suffering Middle Ages. France, 1348, protracted Edwardian War and “blooming” bubonic plague. The main character, fourteen-year-old Amicia de Rune, loses her family, noble rank, and, together with her younger brother Hugo, is forced to flee from the Inquisition, which interrupted her dynasty. Children will have to wade through blackened corpses, ocean numbers of rats, and the mud of holiness. These children are just children, without super abilities, which means they can die from fire and rats, and everything in the world in general.
Difficulty level: hard. The game turns into a game of chess, where you have to think over each action two or three steps forward in order to remain unnoticed.
Who will like it: those who know how to hide and wait for the right moment for a long time.