We all have those lazy afternoons kicking back on the couch, snacks close at hand, ready for a nice long day of nothing much. What better than some online gaming to keep your mind and fingertips occupied?
These Are the Best Online Games to Play on a Lazy Day
Online gaming was already a massive deal even before the pandemic hit, but once COVID-19 confined us to our homes – and continues to for a lot of people – online gaming is more popular than ever.
Not only that, but a whole new demographic has been drawn in, with mobile now a legitimate and respected platform with gamers.
Many console classics have made the successful migration to the screens of our smartphones and tablets, and plenty of tailor-made games are widely available and often free to play. Let’s take a look at some of the best games to while away the hours.
One of the most popular series in video game history, GTA Online was critically acclaimed upon its release in 2019 and is a powerful presence in the world of online gaming.
GTA Online differs somewhat from the other games in the series, focusing more on multiplayer features rather than long solo missions.
Players can run their own gangs together, get various jobs at different businesses, race cars against each other as well as play multiplayer staples such as deathmatch and last man standing.
Characters can be heavily customized with clothing ranging from snazzy tuxedos to redneck garb, and a whole host of wacky options, adding a level of individuality to the multiplayer environment.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
One of the most engrossing and realistic depictions of military combat, the Counter-Strike series is one of the most popular shooters out there. Millions of players worldwide mean you won’t have any problem joining a session or starting a squad.
Teamwork and tactics make online multiplayer intense and exciting – modes range from deathmatches to more objective-focused missions such as defusing bombs. You won’t find much better heart-racing entertainment.
One of the really terrifying horror games out there, Phasmophobia’s power rests in its simple premise – four players head to the houses, or schools or prisons to investigate ghost sightings and other paranormal activity.
You have a list of tasks and a check sheet, and you simply have to observe and document the goings-on you find. Sounds a bit dull?
Well, the actual ghosts you encounter are hair-raising, whether they are lurking in the shadows or hiding in plain sight. The atmosphere of the game is incredibly tense and makes for an immersive and unsettling experience.
Online casinos have risen in popularity over the last couple of decades, commanding millions of players worldwide, contributing to a global industry worth billions.
Whether you see yourself as a bit of a poker shark, prefer the classic card table games such as baccarat or blackjack, enjoy the iconic spin of the roulette wheel, or just spin the ubiquitous slots, or maybe something more exotic like teen patti, or andar bahar, you’ll find places to play all over the internet, with websites dedicated to finding your ideal casino experience.
Game development and technology also means that casinos are more interactive than ever, with live dealer card games, interactive elements, and even VR casinos available.
League of Legends
At one point, the most popular game on earth, League of Legends (LoL) put Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video games firmly on the map.
One of the great things about LoL is that it is constantly being updated by developers, therefore it gets better and more detailed week by week.
It has a rampant and dedicated following, and with such a vast range of characters (known as Champions) to play with, you’re sure to find one that fits your gaming style – or have fun switching between them.
Forza Horizon 4
One of the best racing games out there, Forza Horizon 4 can also be played offline, but really comes into its own as an online multiplayer experience.
See other players whizzing around the track in their custom race cars, and compete in a racing year – these are split into seasons which are weather affected – a chance to see the gorgeous British countryside and more in all its glory. And that of course means changeable driving conditions, meaning more exciting on-track action.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
A little beacon of online gaming joy, Animal Crossing has really come into its own in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
You play as a character who has moved to a deserted island and must build, and decorate your home, all the while catching butterflies or growing turnips to sell to other players.
Interactive, charming, and endlessly addictive, you’ll find yourself with many ‘best friends’ – a status that helps others get the most out of your island.
These are just a handful of the amazing online games. No matter what kind of games you like or what platform you prefer to play on, the choice is dizzying, and you’ll surely look forward to your lazy days.