Top 7 Games about Dangerous Epidemics and Viruses14 August 2020
The theme of big epidemics raging on the Earth and killing thousands of people is not new for video games. However, such kind of content has become especially relevant in 2020 when humanity has faced coronavirus. While combating COVID-19 is a difficult task in reality, such disasters are possible to cope with in the virtual world.
Below, you will find a selection of seven games about epidemics and dangerous viruses designed for different platforms. The list includes games where players can act as not only fighters against infected monsters but also creators of disastrous viruses.
Resident Evil 2
Released in 2019, Resident Evil 2 is a remake of the same-name iconic survival horror game, which came out in 1998. The game was developed by the Japanese company Capcom R&D Division.
The story sets in Raccoon City that suffers from the leakage of virus created by Umbrella Corporation. The virus turns people into zombies, and animals – into mutants. Main characters are Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield. In the game, they will face many battles, as well as explore levels and solve brainteasers.
Resident Evil is not simply a game about hazardous virus. This franchise consists of eight main games, three remakes, six films (world famous Resident Evil series starring Milla Jovovich), four animated movies, etc.
Resident Evil 2 remake is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Plague Tale: Innocence is an adventure stealth-action game with elements of horror. The game developer is a French company Asobo Studio.
The events take place in France in 1348-1349, when the country suffered from war and plague epidemic. Main characters are a 15-year-old girl and her younger brother that lost their parents in the midst of epidemic. They need to hide from Inquisition soldiers and plunderers, as well as to beat rats that spread an incurable disease with the help of fire.
Developers managed to render sufferings of people found in the thick of spreading of the deadly disease quite realistically. Besides, they managed to combine an interesting storyline and engaging gameplay. Despite the fact that main heroes are children, the game includes blood scenes and other horrors of war.
A Plague Tale: Innocence is available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
This video game is a multi-platform strategy simulation. The developer is the British company Ndemic Creations.
While heroes fight against the spreading of dangerous epidemic in the majority of games, everything develops differently in Plague Inc. The player creates a virus and takes it under control. The goal is to spread the disease, adapting to different conditions, and to kill all people.
Namely Plague Inc has become the game affected by the situation with COVID-19. In the light of coronavirus pandemic and on request of players, developers added a new mode to the game, where players need to save the world from the dangerous infection. Invention of vaccine, shutdown of countries due to quarantine – the new mode offers these functions.
In China, the strategy became a top-selling mobile game in January of 2020. At that time, local social media wrote that the Chinese were trying to cope with the fear of the new disease using the game. But in February, the game disappeared from all app stores. Mass media reported that the reason was the ban of the game on the territory of China.
Plague Inc is available for Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
The action role-playing game was developed by Japanese companies FromSoftware and SCE Japan Studio. Bloodborne stands out for a high level of complexity and a small number of tips from the side of developers.
The action starts in Yharnam city that struggles against epidemic of plague. Under the influence of the disease, citizens turn into monsters. The main hero, who turns into the Hunter after the blood transfusion ritual, has to move around the town and eliminate different monsters. While exploring the city, the player gradually finds out about its dark secrets and the origin of plague.
The game is available only for PlayStation 4. Currently, a PC version is under development. Insiders report that the new version can be released in 2020.
Planet to Save: Infection Battle
Planet to Save: Infection Battle is a mobile game dedicated to saving the planet from the virus. The game was developed in Belarus and released in 2020 when COVID-19 pandemic is raging in the world.
The player needs to stop the virus that spreads throughout the whole planet with the help of Planet to Save Corporation.
stages of the game have references to events that took place due to coronavirus pandemic. For example, the player has to protect passengers of the cruise liner against infection, prevent spreading of virus at the nightclub, find an infected passenger on the plane basing on a photo and isolate him.
Players can download the game on Play Market.
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead is a multiplayer first-person shooter and survival horror. The game was developed by Turtle Rock Studios.
According to the plot, a virus epidemic outbreaks in the USA, causing symptoms of rabies and mutations. An unknown infection turns people into monsters. Main characters have to fight against beasts to survive.
Left 4 Dead is a team game, so cooperative is its main mode. The team can consist of one to four people. Missing players are replaced with bots. In the multiplayer mode, rival teams find themselves in different conditions: some play for survivors, and others – for infected and strongly mutated characters.
Left 4 Dead is available for Windows, Xbox 360, and MacOS.
The Last of Us
The last game on the list is The Last of Us action-adventure with elements of survival horror and stealth. The project was developed by the American company Naughty Dog.
In The Last of Us, the pandemic is caused not by a virus but a mutated Cordyceps fungus, which parasitizes certain insect species in real life. After getting into human body, it turns people into something that looks like zombies. The action takes place 20 years after the disastrous pandemic. Heroes need to protect themselves against enemies, reach the safety zone, and save their lives.
In The Last of Us, players not only fight against mutants but also explore the surroundings and solve different brainteasers.
The game is available only for PlayStation 3. The Last of Us Remastered is designed for PlayStation 4.
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