Adrenaline addicts are likely to be finding lockdown particularly hard, especially football fans.
With sports around the world cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, people have been left needing to find new ways to fill their time during this difficult period.
Games based on football have seen an explosion in their popularity as a result. Here are a few ideas to get you started if you are unsure which one to go for at this time.
The obvious place to start is with FIFA 2020, the biggest football game around. With more than 25 million players in the world, the chances are your friends might already be playing FIFA.
Ultimate Team is the main game mode on FIFA 2020, giving players the chance to build their dream squad. The Weekend League part of Ultimate Team is famous for getting the adrenaline pumping, though there is no doubt it can be a very frustrating experience at times as well.
Those who want more thrills from their football game could opt to try out VOLTA. New for FIFA 2020, the game mode is inspired by the phenomenally popular FIFA Street game from a previous generation of consoles.
Premier League stars have also been showing off their FIFA 2020 skills during lockdown through the ePL invitational tournament. The inaugural event has signed up England internationals Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold, as well as celebrities like Arsenal fan Josh Franceschi from the band You Me at Six.
eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
FIFA’s main rival when it comes to console-based football games is eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, which is the latest in the Pro Evo series – also known by fans as PES.
Made by Konami, some football fans have been put off by the lack of glitz and glamour in PES compared to FIFA, especially as the game has lacked licenses for real players and teams.
But the Master League is the key to eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020’s appeal. Players have the chance to build their squads from the ground up, which can be extremely rewarding.
Football-themed slot games
Adrenaline addicts can get plenty of excitement out of playing football-themed slot games during lockdown. Slot games are always fun and the major bonus is the chance to win real money too.
Football: Champions Cup by NetEnt and the Microgaming slots Shoot and Football Star are some of the best football-themed slot games that are available to play right now.
An alternative option is Football Frenzy, a great game from Real Time Gaming. The Penalty Kick bonus that has been included on this football slot is quite unique and well worth trying out.
Some online casinos even allow players to test out football-themed slot games in demo play. This means users would not even have to risk any of their own cash to play the games.
Football Manager 2020
Many football fans have got addicted to Football Manager over the years and the latest version of the game seems set to be more popular than ever due to the lockdown. The makers of the game, Sports Interactive, even made it free to play for a short period recently to give people a chance to try out Football Manager 2020 without opening their wallet.
Unlike in FIFA 2020 or eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, players do not take control of the games themselves, having to watch on from the sidelines. The level of realism in the game seems to get deeper every year, giving users more control over what happens on the pitch. There is nothing quite like seeing a tactical change work out with a vital last-minute winner.
Football Manager has come a long way since the old Championship Manager games of the past. But people who want a more casual experience can try out Football Manager Mobile.
New Star Soccer
Another game based on football that is ideal for mobile users is New Star Soccer. Available for both iOS and Android, New Star Soccer is now one of the most popular football mobile games.
Players start out in the game as a 16-year-old and have to work their way up through the ranks. Considering it is just a mobile game, New Star Soccer is incredibly addictive and immersive.
There are role playing game elements too, as players can spend their money and develop romantic relationships, as well as having to keep their sponsors happy off the field.
Developers New Star Games have also launched New Star Manager, which has built up its own loyal audience, but the original New Star Soccer is still the best.