Up For Debate - What game have you enjoyed the most and got you through lockdown?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Apr 18, 2021 5:00 PM
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As the world braced for the COVID-19 pandemic last year, everyone had to embrace the life of lockdown. This meant more demand for PC hardware that certainly didn’t help the short supply of graphics cards already at launch, but it also meant lots more time to focus on our backlogs and get lost in a truly immersive game world and story.

So this week we want to ask you guys: what game have you enjoyed the most and got you through lockdown? Has it been 1 specific game? Or multiple games?

Video games, being a form of entertainment, are one of the most popular pastimes people choose to relax or get away from things. But even more than movies, or books etc., video games can truly pull you into their world with a level of immersion unmatched by any other digital media.

Not that everyone does it, but I can certainly guarantee that most people will play video games to escape. For me, there have been 3 very distinct games that have gotten me through lockdown: Red Dead Redemption 2, Cyberpunk 2077, and Death Stranding. All 3 of which provide massive open worlds with hours upon hours of content to get lost in. They’ve provided some emotional highs that I have only experienced in a few other titles before them, and they all came out relatively close to each other.

I’ve also just started playing Path of Exile, but I’m worried that’s a rabbit hole I’ll never get out of now. Either way, those are the games that got me through lockdown, but what are yours? What game(s) have gotten you through lockdown? Which one have you enjoyed the most? Let’s debate!

Did you spend more or less time playing games during lockdown?

Did you play more or less variety of games during lockdown?

Did video games help you cope during lockdown?

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23:59 Apr-29-2021

this quarantine got me back to past titles liek FONV, DOS2, and Batman Arkham Knight

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00:31 Apr-20-2021

the division - because i was living my worst case covid dreams lol

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22:44 Apr-19-2021

More of course. Currently doing Kingdom Hearths, should be done with first game soon. I am happy series got to PC. Before that it was Yakuza: Like a Dragon. I do think I am playing wider variety of games. I mean I used to not even like turn based games and now I played Divinity Original Sin 2, Baldurs Gate 3 and then Yakuza Like a Dragon... I am playing awfully lot of those lately... :-D

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14:28 Apr-19-2021

Definitely Red Dead Redemption 2 was the game for me during most of the last year. The world and the story keep you engaged for many hours of great experience.

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08:09 Apr-19-2021

When Covid started, we didn't know what to expect, so I've been playing a lot. During summer we had soft lockdown I enjoyed as much summer outside as I could while avoiding people. Got Covid from a family member in October and been working non-stop since then. So I've played more than usual last year.

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05:13 Apr-19-2021

Replaying "No One Lives Forever" series,Painkiller and Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition and some other goldies and oldies.And with all that time i realize i can't hit a damn thing in FPS anymore.20 years ago i was top shelf,they say,in Duke 3D,Unreal Tournament 1999 and Quake III Arena,but now it's frustrating how bad i am at shooters.Time get us all,right?

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02:22 Apr-19-2021

Animal Crossing is definitely what got me through the first part of lockdown. It was such an amazing experience and nothing has ever felt like it for me.

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02:13 Apr-19-2021

Nice topic, in my case it was Dragon Age Series all over again + some World of Tanks / Racing games.

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21:15 Apr-18-2021

Normally i play a game that i like as soon as it's out. So that i did back in 2020 as well.
In the meantime when ive beaten these games, i did play fifa and lotro as i used to do before.
But in the end of december, i started playing through the witcher games again which i finished halfway februari.
And now since that kingdom hearts is for pc, i play that. Im now halfway kh2 :)

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19:48 Apr-18-2021

It wasn't just one, but many.
Europa Universalis 4, Doom Eternal, Civilization 5, Company of Heroes, Bravely Default, Final fantasy 4,13,15,7 remake, Elder scrolls online, The outer worlds, Halo MCC, Monster Hunter 4, Yugioh Tag Force 2 and YGO Pro.

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18:18 Apr-18-2021

Funnily enough.. through lockdown I stopped playing games entirely and socialized way more.
But right now I'm quite enjoying Enlisted. It's really fun.

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17:55 Apr-18-2021

I can safely say yakuza series from 0 to 7 has helped me go trough COVID times that and RDR 2 i bought around march 2020

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22:47 Apr-18-2021

Yakuza 0 the greatest of the franchise THE game that finally broke out into the wider western audience. The setting and mini game galore is out of control i love it.

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17:33 Apr-18-2021

Previously I had only played through Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode One and Episode Two. Also ignoring achievements. During Lockdown I decided to finally play through the previous HL games, so I completed HL1, Opposing Force and Blue Shift. Then I played through HL2, Episode One and Episode Two again but this time getting all the achievements for all those games. That was a lot of fun. Especially achievement hunting on Episode One and Episode Two. That was both fun and hilarious.

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17:40 Apr-18-2021

In Episode One you had to finish the entire game shooting ONLY one bullet. So you only were allowed to use the gravity gun, crowbar, rocket launcher and grenades. The one bullet was for a scripted part in the game where you had to unlock the door by shooting the lock.


In Episode Two you had to carry around a garden gnome for almost the entire game. When the time comes for you to shoot enemies you have to put the gnome down in a safe spot and remember where you placed it. Then hope that something didn't knock it away.

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17:30 Apr-18-2021

Being a introvert at heart nothing changed. More than anything its been like 5 months for me since a game i wanted to buy/play.

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17:55 Apr-18-2021

Im also an introvert and kinda enjoyed the lockdown

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19:41 Apr-18-2021

Same. Felt like a kid again.

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17:29 Apr-18-2021

played and finished bunch of games but my top one is either Serious Sam 4 or RDR2

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17:53 Apr-18-2021

Oh, i did not know serious sam games were good i tried 1 and 2 and got bored as heck just shooting enemies left and right and the story wasnt really compelling

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18:43 Apr-18-2021

well story is nothing special especially in serious sam the first encounter and the second enccounter which i guess are the 1 and 2 you speak of, in thos the story is almost none existent but as you sayed thos games are just run around and shoot but then there are many others that are just that like doom.
tho best part is that entire serious sam franchise is playable in coop.


serious sam 4 just like previous ones made just to be on line btw fun and cringe but thats its charm, its story is far from being good, its gameplay as well is not that good either yet for some reason i had so much fun playing it, last time i had that much fun playing a game was back in 2016 with doom 2016

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19:41 Apr-19-2021

I agree, i definately enjoyed doom 2016 more than eternal, maybe because eternal was more like a dark souls game and 2016 made you feel like a god (died over 300 times in eternal while only died like 2 times in 2016)

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22:36 Apr-19-2021

same, in doom 2016 i didnt have much trouble to on nightmare while in eternal i died a lot on easiest difficutly, that probablly because eternal forces you to use dashes, gadgets, chainsaw and you have to use enviorment for fast movement and evading attacks while in 2016 you didnt had to do any of that just point the gun and shoot

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17:19 Apr-18-2021

Been enjoying Battlefield 5 a whole lot more. But for brain dead fun ive been playing a lot of Teardown

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17:17 Apr-18-2021

I played a lot of my usuals; Rocket League and Guild Wars 2. Played Sea of Thieves with my brother-in-law, beat Horizon Zero Dawn (PC), went back to Titanfall 2 campaign on Xbox. But then I also delved into some classic oldies: Age of Empires 2 and Unreal Tournament with some friends. Grew a discord channel with them and now it has over 40 people in it playing different things. That replaced my social interactions when the lockdown was at its worst here.

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17:20 Apr-18-2021

Without that discord channel lockdown would've been unbearable, I live alone with my dog and am used to being around people (work/friends/family). We had very strict measures, basically don't leave the house except 1 day a week (according to your ID #) to get supplies. For nearly 4 months. It was rough to say the least.

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