With COVID, a lot of students are finding themselves back home, miles away from their university and friends. One solution to this? Video and virtual games! However, if that isn’t your thing, we’ve got plenty of other suggestions.

Video games have always played a big part within modern communities, because they can be a way to pass time, or to immerse yourself in a world completely different from real life.

However, recent events have meant that more people are playing video games, many of which can be played with your friends thanks to multiplayer mode. This article will talk about the best virtual games to play with your pals, with the aim of finding something for even the most casual of players.


Animal Crossing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the newest edition to the series, was quickly swept up by gamers all over the world after its release in April, and it’s not hard to see why! This game features a cutesy nature aesthetic focused around building a community of your choosing on an island. You’ll find that you’re not alone in this adventure either. Throughout the game, multiple animal villagers such as rabbits, sheep, and bears will move in to provide you with company and entertainment as you build your ideal town.

One of the most commonly appreciated areas of this game is, of course, the multiplayer feature. Through using this, players can visit each others towns, trade items, and even bring friends villagers to their town! Hours can be spent exploring, fishing, and interacting with characters in-game, but the sky is the limit where imagination is concerned. If you’re looking for a chilled out game to play with your pals, then this might be the best option for you.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Another long-standing series from Nintendo, Pokémon is meant for players that enjoy competitive games paired with a fun storyline. During the course of this game, you might find yourself catching pokémon as the title suggests, but also battling other trainers and filling the pokédex with all of your findings! Much like every other game in the series, Pokémon Sword and Shield has a multiplayer feature allowing you to participate in raids with your friends. These are battles that can earn both you and your team rare items all while having fun together.

Splatoon 2

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A slightly older Nintendo title, this game focuses on the team battle aspect of gaming. While there is a story mode available for those who prefer to play alone, this is not used as much as other aspects of the game. The main aim of the game is to make two teams and play against each other, with the goal of filling as much of the rival’s base with coloured paint. At the end,  the winners are those who have covered the most ground with paint. This game is ideal for competing virtually between friends. It is like a form of virtual paintball, which makes it a great choice for the more adventurous!


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Whilst this is also a Nintendo title, Minecraft can also be found and played on other consoles such as the Xbox and PC. With a significant focus on world-building, this game utilises square blocks to create vast landscapes of different kinds, including deserts and grassland. These creations can be as small as a dog house or as large as a city, and with the various animals and trees in the game, it is easy to start building a community.

Online servers allow this game to have multiplayer options through saving your creations and keeping them safe for you to view at any time, even when no one is online. This is the perfect game to play casually during your free time, whether it be through virtual means with your pals or alone. With plenty of things to do, like fighting any monsters that come around at night!


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This game isn’t quite as new but has taken the world by storm all the same, especially with teenagers and young adults. Fortnite revolves around team battle, much like Splatoon, but also involves building structures. In the game, the seasons every so often, and there are plenty of items and achievements to get. So if you’re looking for a game to play with your friends that doesn’t stick to a storyline, then this is the game for you!

We hope one of these games have gotten your interest enough to try with your friends, and that you enjoy them as much as we do. Good luck with gaming!