Lock and load: the best games to play during the lockdown and where to buy them

UPDATE: As the lockdown is lifted, the game deals get better and better for those self-isolation days! Here are the best value titles for your hard-earned money.

Welcome to the lockdown, we’ve got fun and games. 

...not sure that’s how that Guns N’ Roses song goes but luckily, we’re not talking about them. We’re talking video games, and at a time like this, they are more important than ever. 

With the stay at home rules in place, everybody has a lot more time to sink their teeth into some new experiences, so we’ve collated (and will continue to update) this list of the best games worth your hard-earned money to make those hours pass by like a breeze. 

Criteria – the game has changed

Now, normally there would be plenty of great games we could recommend here, but in the age of COVID-19, not every “great game” is the same. That’s why we’ve put some key criteria in place, which are: 

  1. Longevity – following the news, you’ve probably seen we’re going to be doing this for a while, so you need a game that can stand up to the test of time, whether that’s through a deep 40+ hour story or a seriously addictive multiplayer mode. 
  2. Value – some of us are incredibly lucky enough to be able to work from home and still get the full pay, whereas others (shout-out to the local pub for keeping team Stuff well fed and watered) are set to be living on not that much until the end of April when the Government’s scheme comes into effect. Price is critical. 

Pick your console

Whatever you're playing, we've got you covered!

Playstation 4 (scroll down) | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch

PlayStation 4

Flying your flag from the PlayStation camp? Here are the best games with serious longevity – perfect for those long days at home. 

The Last Of Us Part II

A game seven years in the making, which shines as one of this generation's best. Naughty Dog has put together "a rare superior sequel that can be uttered in the same breath as The Godfather Part II." Want to read more? Check out our full review.

Now, as a brand new game, it's not going to be as cheap as others on this list. But with a 20+ hour single player, a delicious feast for the eyes and ears and the kind of story that's going to stick with you for a long time to come, this is worth it.

Dreams (£34.99)

Rather counter-productively to the idea of listing the best games, we start with something that can’t really be described as a game. 

Dreams is an ever-expanding platform of creativity, as more and more users flock to use the amazing tools and build some stellar experiences for you to play. Whether you’re looking to muck in and realise your idea for a game to be shared with the world, or you just want a never-ending tap of games to jump into, this is a great place to go. 

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Persona 5 Royal (£49.99)

When you think of longevity, JRPGs are pretty high up the list of taking up lots of your time. And as far as the PS4 goes, Persona 5 is one of the best out there!

You could go cheaper and buy the standard version for just over £30 (still comes with nearly 100 hours of gameplay), or you could go one step beyond with the recently released Royal edition.

Get your copy here

Red Dead Redemption 2 (£24.99)

Anxious about the real world? Let’s go be cowboys instead! Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece, which we kind of expected after the team at Rockstar spent eight years making it. 

As we say in our review, there’s a world of incredible characters and scenery to lose yourself in via single-player – paired with a multiplayer universe that just keeps on expanding with modes and missions. This will last you a good long while. 

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Two Point Hospital (£28.39)

Remember Theme Hospital? Remember how much fun that was? Chances are many of you are raising your eyebrows with confusion. Chances are some of you may not have even been born by the time it was around! 

Two Point Hospital brings the addictive admin and world building mechanics of that along with some seriously addictive gameplay, interspersed with challenges throughout your hospital that keep you going for hours at a time. 

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Marvel’s Spider-Man (£23.99)

Insomniac’s web slinging adventure became a true summer blockbuster for the PS4, and rightly so! The gameplay was perfectly crafted to make you really feel like Spider-Man, the orchestral soundtrack is everything you’d expect from a superhero movie, and the visuals are still seriously impressive nearly two years on from its release. 

Plus, the version we’ve found at this amazing price comes with all the story and mission DLC – providing more bang for your buck. 

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The Witcher 3 (£14.99)

Toss a coin... 

Before we get to enjoy CD Projekt Red’s super-hyped Cyberpunk 2077, go back to The Wither 3 – owner of over 800 awards. 

This is a seriously meaty RPG – packed to the gills with missions, side missions and everything in between, all within a fantastical open world, purpose built for endless adventure. 

Get your copy here