Life

Online gaming: why it’s time to try it, and the games to match your personality

Posted by
Francesca Brown
Published
backgroundLayer 1
Add this article to your list of favourites
Online gaming

Step away from Candy Crush, lockdown calls for some serious gaming. 

Frankie Ward, 31, an Esports host and Twitch streamer who’s been named one of the 100 most influential women in gaming, thinks online games are exactly what we need right now. “Gaming is great for both escapism and entertainment, plus it’s got a social element because you can chat with friends – ones you know and ones you make – as you play,” she tells Stylist. Here, we asked her to choose the best new games to suit everyone – even if you’re not usually a gaming fan…

You may also like

Netflix’s High Score: the surprising mental health benefit of playing video games

Best online game for book lovers: Disco Elysium

“This won three 2020 Bafta Games Awards and was made by a London-based studio called ZA/UM. You wake up as a horribly hungover detective who must try to find out who you are and solve a murder through a series of interrogations. It’s so immersive and all about thinking and feeling your way through the story.” (£24.99, PC)

Best online game for traditionalists: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

“The premise is you start off with a small house and pay off a debt to a racoon called Tom Nook. You can grow vegetables, harvest them, make friends with the neighbours and build your own furniture, which actually gives you a real sense of achievement. It’s about playing it over a long time (some players commit to it for years) and you can visit friends’ houses so it’s good for social stimulation.” (£49.99, Nintendo Switch)

You may also like

Terrifying video games guaranteed to scare even the bravest of horror fans

Best online game for creatives: Ori and the Will of the Wisps

“Quirky and whimsical, this game feels more like a Studio Ghibli film thanks to its gorgeous soundtrack and graphics. It has a compelling narrative and you unlock spirit animal Ori’s abilities as you move through the game. It gets harder as you go along but it’s really worth persevering.” (£24.99, Xbox One and PC)

Best online games for thrill seekers: Diabotical 

“This is due to be released on 1 June but you can sign up to play while they’re beta testing by going to diabotical.com and they’ll send you a code. It’s a fast-paced first-person shooter game, but you’re playing as an ‘eggbot’ so there’s no gore, just bouncy, flashy mayhem. You can play on your own or as a team and it’s got a real old-school, fun feel.” (Free, PC)

PICTURES: MARTA MIKLIŃSKA, GETTY IMAGES

Topics

Share this article

Author

Francesca Brown

Francesca Brown is books editor for Stylist magazine and Stylist Loves; she also compiles the Style List on a weekly basis. She is a self-confessed HBO abuser and has a wide selection of grey sweatshirts. Honestly, you just can’t have enough. @franabouttown

Recommended by Francesca Brown

Long Reads

Netflix’s High Score is trending, and for good reason

It’s time to talk about the psychological benefits of playing video games…

Posted by
Kayleigh Dray
Published
Careers

Unusual careers: this woman designs video games for a living

Jodie Azhar designs and codes gamers’ adventures

Posted by
Chloe Gray
Published
Opinion

Is TikTok the perfect antidote to isolation?

The app is more popular than ever.

Posted by
Natasha Preskey
Published
Life

23 horror films to stream if you need distracting from the horrors of real life

Let’s stick the telly on, have a cup of tea, and wait for all this to blow over.

Posted by
Kayleigh Dray
Published
Fashion

8 fashion documentaries to watch for some stylish indulgence

Get your fashion fix from your sofa.

Posted by
Lara Faye
Published