Video games come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they have in common is they are a lot of fun.

Regardless of whether you spend time playing online with friends, together with your family, or escape into a story by yourself, playing games can be a great way to hit pause on these anxiety-inducing times.

Below are a mix of seven titles that we think have fun gameplay, great storylines - or are just welcome distractions...

Untitled Goose Game (Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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It's a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose.

Unequivocally the breakout star of gaming in 2019, Untitled Goose Game is a stealth-puzzle game where you play the villain for a change, a mean goose. It is just as fun as it sounds.

The goose is an unassuming agent of chaos. By using stealth and your honk, you will try and cause all sorts of bother to the local villagers by stealing their items, trapping them or causing them to argue with each other.

This whimsical adventure is set to the backdrop of Claude Debussy's Preludes, the music of which mirrors perfectly every goose-like movement. It also makes the mistakes (of which you’ll make plenty) feel all the more endearing.

Though relatively short (around five hours long), Untitled Goose Game deserves all the praise it’s earned this past year. It’s incredibly distracting, charming and a honking good time.

League of Legends (PC)

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Over 100 million people play League of Legends every month, so now may be the right time to log on and see what the fuss is all about.

Playing as a team of five, the goal of this free-to-play game is to destroy the enemy 'Nexus' before they destroy yours.

Sounds straightforward, right? But with over 148 characters to play as and against, each with their own unique abilities, there is plenty of game mechanics, storylines and play styles to keep you on your toes.

Matches usually last around 30 minutes, and with a mixture of both competitive and casual modes, League is a perfect game to dip in and out of.

Overcooked 2 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC)

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The phrase 'too many chefs in the kitchen' comes to mind when playing Overcooked 2. It’s a chaotic co-operative game perfect to play with friends or family.

Working as a team of chefs, your mission is to try and complete as many meal orders as possible. You’ll chop, cook, and combine ingredients to specific recipes. One false move and the kitchen becomes chaotic, at which point you’ll unknowingly don your best Gordon Ramsay voice and bark orders to your teammates. They in turn will bark back.

Each level becomes increasingly difficult, with challenges including your kitchen being split apart and counters disappear. Before you know it, everything is on fire.

Incredibly great fun and will test the mettle of any friendship.

Sonic Mania (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC)

'In 1991, one hedgehog changed the world.'

True words when you consider Sonic’s recent smash on the big screen. Now is the perfect time to revisit one of gaming’s most beloved series.

Sonic Mania packages together the best elements of the 90’s game series with the new capabilities of a modern-day console – a perfect blend of nostalgia and retro-revival.

Set over a mix of new and redesigned levels and to the backdrop of iconic Sega melodies, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles are once again hot on the heels of Doctor Eggman and his band of robots.

While gameplay remains true to the originals, levels are now packed full of puzzles, alternative routes and hidden Chaos Emeralds to seek out. And of course, there are rings to collect. Lots and lots of rings.

Competitive and co-op modes add a slight multiplayer element to the game, and with time trials and scoreboards to flex over, there’s huge replay potential. A great pick-up-and-go game.

Dreams (PS4)

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If you have time on your hands and are feeling creative, then look no further than Dreams, where players now become the game creators.

With no coding knowledge required, Dreams lets you build everything and anything from level environments, characters, props, handle lighting, camera positions, music and much more. The only limit is your imagination.

Since its release back in February, there has been a thriving community of players sharing assets and tutorials online. Learning game design couldn't be more accessible.

You also have the option to playtest other player’s creations too – for fun, inspiration or to find that diamond in the rough that might be gaming’s next big thing.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect escapism game with one simple goal - to enjoy the smaller things in life.

It's an adventure sim which sees you create, design, collect and ultimately transform a deserted island into your own little paradise.

You can spend your time whichever way you choose -  catching and catalogue the island wildlife, collecting resources to craft furniture and tools, or spending time with friends on their island, sharing resources and playing together.

There is no right or wrong way to play, no task that needs to be taken care of immediately. And with an abundance of new content for the months ahead, there’s plenty to do – and no rush at all in doing any of it.

Final Fantasy VII – The Original (PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch)

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It's been over 23 years since Final Fantasy VII debuted on the PlayStation 1. Yes, we are that old now.

A game with revolutionary graphics and whose storyline was so in-depth it still tugs on the heartstrings of gamers generations later, Final Fantasy VII was a global success and has become the standard for RPG games to aspire to.

You play as Cloud Strife, an ex-soldier and mercenary hired by an eco-rebel group called Avalanche. The group wants to save the planet from the menacing Shinra Electric Company, who are extracting the planet’s life force as a source of energy.

Initially motivated by money alone, Cloud soon discovers more about his complex past, and the future of the planet.

While we don’t have long to wait for the highly anticipated FF VII Remake (April 10th but who’s counting?), the remake will only cover part of the story, at least initially.

If you’re looking for a gripping storyline and a refresher course in all things Chocobo, Sephiroth and Jenova, look no further than the classic.