Up for some great single player video games to keep you entertained at home while you’re social distancing during this time of COVID-19? We’ve got more than a few recommendations for you, from some of the best single player PC games to the best single player Switch games and beyond!
Read on to see what we love and think you should be playing too.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
Square Enix’s modern take on one of the world’s most beloved games is a blockbuster in its own right. It allows players to take the role of Cloud Strife and the other classic Final Fantasy VII characters and enjoy this JRPG’s renowned setting and storyline reinterpreted using cutting-edge graphics and modern gameplay. In contrast to the original game which was turn-based, the new game showcases real-time combat, but is nothing if not a mindless slaughterfest. A true classic reborn for today’s gamers.
Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
The pandemic has left many sporty folks in the lurch and unable to head to the gym or otherwise enjoy their sports of choice. If you’re one of them and are a Switch owner too, then Nintendo may just have the solution for you. Ring Fit Adventure is an adventure game that involves a ring-shaped accessory—make your way through a plethora of obstacle courses bearing a mythical weapon known as “Ring” to amp up your strength and eventually defeat an enormous dragon. Work up a healthy sweat and have fun while saving the world, all from the safety of your home!
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)
The original Xenoblade Chronicles firmly established itself as one of the top JRPGs of the last ten years. This new edition of the beloved game is just as expansive and engaging as the original, while also benefitting from a significant graphical overhaul, especially an updated UI. Enjoy playing as Shulk and explore all corners of Bionis while Mechonis looms overhead. And enjoy the great new 20-hour-long epilogue Future Connected while you’re at it.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Up for an immersive RPG? This one might just be what you’re after. On all three of its platforms, the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a terrific RPG that allows players to take on the role of Gerald of Rivia and look for his ward Ciri while fending off the otherworldly Wild Hunt, and enjoy this game’s vast expanses and all-around excellence—including battle scenes that only get better moving forward until you reach the game’s memorable and explosive finale—while you’re doing so. Truly a great game to while away one’s time stuck at home.
The Outer Worlds (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
This space frontier-themed adventure RPG is set in an alternate future, in a colony that spans an entire solar system called Halcyon where corporate feudalism holds sway. Work to help a mad scientist revive other colonists from hibernation, and become embroiled in morally ambiguous local politics and conflicts. Those who’ve played Fallout before might feel somewhat at home with this terrific game format-wise.
Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
Who doesn’t love Spider-Man? In this acclaimed game, you’ll take on his persona and swing from building to building while confronting the superhuman crime lord Mister Negative as he hatches a plot to take over New York City’s criminal underworld and threatens to unleash a deadly virus—while also juggling Peter Parker’s numerous and never-ending personal problems and issues.
Civilization VI (PC, macOS, Linux, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
A new update to one of the most venerable and beloved franchises in gaming history, Civilization VI stays true to its original formula—going one turn at a time, take a single tribe and transform it into a superpower that dominates the world, while deciding on which of the many numerous ways you can do so—as you partake of the game’s many improvements that give it added depth and complexity.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch)
Widely recognized as one of the best solo games for PC as well as one of the best games ever made, this action RPG lets you play as the Dragonborn on his quest to defeat the dragon known as Alduin the World-Eater, destined by a prophecy to obliterate the world. Complete quests and help your character level up by sharpening skills—but also enjoy the freedom to explore the game world from top to bottom and to postpone or even ignore the main quest entirely as you see fit.
Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Another action RPG. Assume the role of a Hunter and harry down and either trap or kill monsters that infest the game; amass loot that enables you to build up your armor and inventory so you can hunt down deadlier monsters. And enjoy the opportunity to play with up to three other players through the online multiplayer function. It’s not Jurassic Park, just the opposite!
God of War (PS4)
Time to seek vengeance. Play as Kratos, first as a Spartan warrior tricked by his former master, the Greek war god Ares, into slaughtering his family, and later on as a family man whose wife has died and who wants to fulfill her dying wish, and ride a tide of gore that heads to war with the mythological pantheons of gods. This game is a little heavy on the violence, but that being said has been praised as being one of the best action games of all time.
Final Fantasy XV (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia)
If you miss being with your friends, then this acclaimed action RPG might be the one to help tide you over until you can see them again. You’ll play as Prince Noctis, heir to the throne of Lucis, who must save the world of Eos from eternal darkness by retrieving the magical Crystal stolen by the enemy empire of Niflheim. Noctis is accompanied every step of the way by his buddies Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis—close friends whose relationship is at the heart of this game.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
This just-released game, the fifth in the overwhelmingly popular Animal Crossing series and one of the world’s most popular as of the moment, lets you set up shop in a deserted island, explore the island how you see fit while gathering and creating items, capturing fish and insects, and developing the island into a full community populated by animals.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U)
Rightly recognized by many as one of the best games of the past 10 years—indeed of all time—this entrancing game tasks you to control Link, the main character, while exploring the kingdom of Hyrule via nonlinear gameplay. Wander about however you see fit, and explore at your own pace. What better way to preoccupy yourself while staying safe at home during a worldwide pandemic?