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Five games to keep you sane

NOWADAYSMost of us, if not all of us, feel stressed, whether it is from studies, work, or life in general. One could argue that our brains are still in lockdown mode. So, isn’t this the perfect time to enter a world of creativity and find new ways to relax our brain? These are the games that you can play quietly while making some friends along the way:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Escape to the private island of your dreams and conjure up a paradise as you explore, create and customize the land of your dreams. The island of your choice has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to your most bizarre conveniences. From daylight to sunrise, there are multiple activities you can explore. You can hunt bugs at sunrise, decorate your paradise for the whole day, or even enjoy the sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean.

When it comes to your own island, you can do anything, how you want, when you want, and where you want. Build a community from the ground up on a deserted island of your choice that is bursting with possibility. Create your own version of the sky, customize your character, home, decorations and even the landscape itself. Then, use what you’ve created to give your island your personal touch. See how the time of day and seasons match up with real life, even in your hemisphere. Get to know the island’s residents before showing off your paradise to other people like you. You can play on the same system with a total of four people, or play together online or wirelessly for local fun with up to eight players.

Minecraft

The world is yours in the making in this reality. Get ready for a specialized adventure of limitless possibilities as you build, mine, fight mobs, and explore the ever-changing Minecraft landscape. There are always new tools, locations, and spaces for you to explore. Play while you create because you can build anything you can think of. Enter creative mode so you can use your imagination and unlimited resources to enjoy the creation of your choice.

Play as you survive the battle mobs, build a shelter to be safe at night, and explore the landscape. It’s a tough world, especially when you’re trying to survive and thrive in the harder survival mode. Play with your friends, build, search and have fun, all while running away from mobs. Without a doubt, the world of Minecraft is even better when you explore it with your best friends.

Don’t starve together

Don’t Starve Together is the standalone multiplayer expansion to the uncompromising wilderness survival game, Don’t Starve. Survival, Wilderness, and Endless are the three game modes that can really make you delve into different parts of your consciousness. Enter a dark and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures to match your survival style. Play as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land, all while trying to live.

Cooperate with your friends in a private game or take a chance with strangers online. Work with other players to survive in the harsh environment or fight on your own. Either way, the goal is Don’t Starve Together.

stardew valley

Have you ever wanted to spontaneously move to the middle of nowhere after inheriting your grandfather’s old farm in Stardew Valley? Armed with used tools and some coins, this is the new life you will have to live with.

It is a life you will learn to love. Create the farm of your dreams, turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm. Learn to live off the land, raise various animals, go fishing, tend your crops, and craft items. It is a choice you will have to make.

You can even come and be a part of the local community as there are over 30 residents you can become friends with. You may even meet someone special, as with 12 inhabitants to date, you may even find the love of your life.

Explore the vast and mysterious caves. Find monsters and treasures deep underground. Customize to your heart’s content. It even comes with an optional multiplayer game mode where one to four players can play in the same world over the Internet or LAN.

The forest

The Forest is an open world survival horror game. Build, explore and survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator. Enter a living forest, where every tree and plant can be felled. Explore beyond a vast network of caves and underground lakes.

Crash your landing alone or with friends in up to eight player cooperative multiplayer. Cut down trees to build a camp or build a fire to keep warm. You can choose to search for food to avoid starvation or find and plant seeds to grow food. Build a small shelter or a sizeable fortress by the sea.

Decorate your home with found items. Place traps and defenses to maintain a secure perimeter. Explore and build during the day and defend your base at night. Craft weapons and tools, seek out the night, or take the fight directly to the enemy.

Use stealth to evade enemies or engage them directly with crude weapons made of sticks and stones. Defend yourself against a clan of genetic mutants who have their own beliefs, families, and morals.

These games are a perfect getaway for when times are tough and the mood is bleak.