Back when video games first became a thing, you could pop a cartridge into a console or drop a quarter into a cabinet and get busy smashing pixels. Nowadays, you have to download massive amounts of data or keep your system online just to be able to play something, but not every game requires an Internet connection. Some games still let you jump right in and play without connecting, and many are a lot of fun to play.
This list highlights the very best games that are available for play without an Internet connection. If you find yourself in the middle of an Internet blackout, be sure to have a few of these downloaded and installed before that happens. If you like any of these video games from 2020 and beyond that don't need Internet connections to have fun, be sure to vote them up to see which one rises to the top!
Did You Know? The PS5 and Xbox Series S/X don't require an Internet connection for *most* single-player games, so long as you have the disc.
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X | Nintendo Switch | PS4/PS5 | PC
Genre: Puzzle-Platformer, Survival Horror
Details: Little Nightmares II is the first follow-up to the popular game that was released in 2017. A young boy named Mono wakes up in a strange world littered with mysterious TVs. He and Six, the girl in a yellow raincoat, must make their way through the Pale City and survive the horrors that await.
There are multiple locations to explore throughout Pale City, including the School, Wilderness, Hospital, and the Signal Tower. The game will feature a cast of frightening new monsters such as the Teacher, the Bullies, the Patients, the Doctor and the Hunter among others. The Thin Man himself may even appear. Get ready for a scary good time!9018Worth playing unplugged?
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Details: Ever since the first Legend of Zelda game was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, the franchise has been going strong with somewhat regular releases. There have been dozens of games in the franchise, and they all have various traits in common, but when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released in 2017, it changed the franchise forever.
The new title featured a massive open-world that begged to be explored, and people have played and beaten the game multiple times just so they could jump back into it. In the game, the player takes control of Link a century after the Great Calamity. It's up to Link to rebuild his power and take the fight back to Hyrule Castle to once more reclaim the land that Ganon has taken. Oh, and he has to save Princess Zelda, of course!
This is a very "Big" game in scope, but it doesn't need an Internet connection to play it. You can throw it into your Nintendo Switch and take it with you wherever your travels take you.5121Worth playing unplugged?
Details: Back in 2018, Insomniac Games released an incredibly fun and comic-accurate Spider-Man video game as an exclusive title for the PlayStation 4. In that game, the player was introduced to Miles Morales, a young man who also received a bite from a radioactive spider that turned him into the Amazing Spider-Man! In 2020, Insomniac released a follow-up to that title centered on Miles, and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales doesn't disappoint in any way.
Players take control of Miles as he makes his way through New York City while his mentor, Peter Parker, is out of the country. As you might expect, the city quickly falls to threats from every side as Miles finds himself in the middle of a massive conspiracy, terrorists, and Spider-Man's familiar villains as he learns to master his powers and do his very best as the newest Spider-Man hailing from Harlem.
The game has an extensive adventure, and you can get lost swinging through the buildings of NYC, but you don't need an Internet connection to do it!5225Worth playing unplugged?
Platforms: Xbox One | Nintendo Switch | PS4 | PC
Details: If you're a fan of games from the Fallout franchise but felt that they should be set in space instead of a nuclear wasteland, The Outer Worlds is the game you've been missing. The game's directors are Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, and while those names might not be familiar to most gamers, it's important to know that they created the Fallout series. To be clear, The Outer Worlds isn't a Fallout game, nor is it made by Bethesda... it just has a LOT in common with the franchise.
That's not a bad thing, and playing a Fallout-esque game in a different setting is as fun as it sounds. The game has a massive single-player campaign that can take between 12.5 and 24.5 hours to complete. It also doesn't require an Internet connection, so you can sit back and play it anywhere you've got some electricity, a TV, and something to play it on.307Worth playing unplugged?