The best older games to revisit when stuck inside

While some people are cooped up inside with new games, you don't have to break the bank to stay sane.

If you are facing down a lengthy spell indoors over the next few weeks, it can be tempting to look for new things to keep you occupied.

With the imminent release of Half-Life: Alyx, Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are plenty of new worlds to entice you into (in the case of Valve's VR hit, almost literally), but you don't need to splash out on fresh worlds.

Before you go handing over your hard-earned bells to Mr Nook's travel agency, have a look through your backlog to see if there's somewhere you can return to without shelling out your precious cash. Many of our favorite games have plenty left to do in them even if you've completed the game; from collectibles to new game +, you can still squeeze out some fun.

Here's what we consider to be the best old games to revisit during these trying times, so if any of these are in your library then what are you waiting for? And as an added bonus, even if they aren't already in your pile of shame, they could have some nice discounts this long after launch. Check in our weekly gaming deals roundup to see!

Untitled Goose Game

There's never been a better time to dive into the joyful world of being a nuisance. Getting out in the fresh air of a model village on a Sunday morning feels even better from the comfort of your own duvet nest on the couch. While Untitled Goose Game is a relatively short game, there's plenty of replayability with the speedrun tasks as well. You could even try the Hoarders Challenge of gathering every item in the game into one place. If you're looking for something more to get out of this wonderful game, check out all the Untitled Goose Game secret lists to complete.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Minecraft and its bretheren are great companions when you want to feel creative and productive. But those sort of sandbox experiences have always been missing just a tiny bit extra, and Dragon Quest Builders 2 fills that gap with a lovely story. There's so many charming bits of furniture to make and characters to meet, and the way the story guides you through everything is undeniably cosy. Even after making a decent dent in the game, there's so much left beneath the surface waiting to be discovered on a second dip. Want to fill up your Builderpedia by finding all Dragon Quest Builders 2 room recipes? Look no further, we've got all the layouts and item combos you'll need to 100% it this time.

Hollow Knight

Might be a good chance to get back to grips with the world of Hollow Knight before Silksong comes out. It's been a while since this 2D platformer/metroidvania got its cute claws into us. So long in fact that we'd forgotten how far we'd progressed down the tunnels beneath Dirtmouth. If you, too, got lost in the dark and then lapsed away as other games came out to take your attention now is the perfect time to head back underground. Maybe you got stuck on the Mantis Lords and didn't look back? Don't let them beat you this time. If you're looking to get all the endings in Hollow Knight this time around, then we can help out with that.

Breath of the Wild

Pretty much everyone should have played BOTW at this point, but we've found on a second go round it's even better than before. The game world is so massive, and just taking the time to explore every little crevice is a good way to fill the time. You could try completing it as fast as possible as well, just heading straight for Calamity Ganon's lair from the start. Or take your time and find all 900 Korok Seeds, if you really want to drag the game out. You could even find your way into the secret Gerudo club with the right password. There's so much left to see and do in Hyrule, and playing through the first before the BOTW sequel drops (hopefully) next year would be a nice way to ease back into that world.

The Witcher 3

If you've been watching the Netflix series then maybe this has piqued your interest for the first time. But for the rest of us it's a long affair to return to. There's been plenty of DLC so perhaps you've got new locations to explore on an old save, or you just want to see how many of the game's quests play out differently with the choice you avoided the first time. A game this vast has plenty of threads, so if you want to get every ending in The Witcher 3 you'll need to dedicate quite a lot of your time to it.

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