There are some days when you just want to play single-player games and immerse yourself in a good story.
Then there are other days when you want to play video games with others, but just don’t have anyone to play with.
Maybe you want to play a game where you can meet new people and make friends, if that’s the case, check out these games to play when you feel lonely.
This might come as a surprise to you if you’ve never tried VRChat, but you don’t need a VR headset to play it.
Also, VRChat is free to download and play. The links are below.
If you’ve never played or seen someone play VRChat, you pick an avatar of what you want to look like. It’s very common to see people walking around as pop culture characters from anime shows or various video game characters. You can even design your own avatar if you know how to use programs like Blender.
Then just pick from the hundreds of rooms to join and the rest is up to you.
If you have social anxiety and don’t want to join a crowded room, there are less populated rooms you can browse through before joining.
If you are interested in checking out VRChat you can download it for free on Steam.
If you don’t have a Steam account or prefer to not have it on Steam you can download it on the official website.
2. Final Fantasy XIV
If you love getting lost in a good story in a big world, you might want to check out Final Fantasy 14, an MMORPG from Square Enix.
If you are familiar with other games from this franchise, then you know what to expect from these games. Final Fantasy XIV is no different despite being an MMO.
It is also the perfect video game that lets you choose when you want to play by yourself or with others.
If you’ve played MMOs before, then you should be familiar with guilds. Guilds are large groups of players that come together to do end-game content like raids or PvP.
There should also be guilds that are just for casual gamers that want to build a nice friendly community.
The only real downside to Final Fantasy XIV is that is a subscription-based MMO, you’ll have to keep paying each month to keep playing, as well as buying new expansion packs when they release. Other than this minor hiccup, Final Fantasy XIV is an amazing game.
Final Fantasy XIV has plenty of content to keep you busy for months to come, maybe even years. All while allowing you to make real friends on your journey, and we don’t mean the NPCs, but actual people.
Alternatives to Final Fantasy XIV
If Final Fantasy XIV ends up not being your cup of tea, but you are still interested in MMOs in general that you should check out these games as well.
We didn’t list put these in our list otherwise it would be filled with MMOs. Also making friends in MMOs tend to be similar, you join a guild with like-minded people and can make friends that way.
Here’s the list of alternatives, some are free, and some you need to buy and/or subscribe to:
- World of Warcraft – You have to purchase the game and pay a subscription fee each month
- Runescape – Completely free to play
- Lost Ark – Free to play
- Elder Scrolls Online – Have to purchase the game has plenty of DLCs, no subscription fee
- Black Dessert – Have to buy the game, no subscription fee
While already being a very comfortable and relaxing game, Minecraft is also a great way to make friends online. You don’t have to build and explore alone. There are plenty of community servers to make friends on.
Now finding a community server might be a bit tricky since it is not provided in-game. It also depends on what kind of content you want to play.
Do you want to play survival with others, or perhaps other custom game modes like Bed Wars, Skycraft, or other custom game modes?
Maybe you wanted to try various Minecraft mods in a community setting. There are tons of options and it can be hard to find the server that suits your needs.
Fortunately, there is a website for this. We’ll link it down below, this particular link showcases community-based servers.
These are servers meant for relaxing and friendly gameplay, you can also view a server’s info to see if it is what you are looking for. Simply click on the server that piques your interest.
We sort of jumped the gun on this one and forgot to talk about the game itself. To quickly summarize Minecraft, it is an open-world survival game. Explore a randomly generated world, craft items, build anything you want, and do whatever you want.
Minecraft has no forced goals or time limits.
If you are interested in purchasing it here is the official website link:
4. Pokemon GO
Remember the craze that this game had on release? The popular phone game encouraged trainers from all over the world to go outside to catch Pokemon.
There were also various stops where you could collect items and participate in gym battles to help your team rise above the competition.
Well, what better way to make friends than to play a game that encourages you to go outside and explore.
Who knows, you might meet someone that’s also playing the game, and before you know it a friendship is born.
Pokemon GO is also just in general a fun game to play that still gets updates constantly despite not being as popular as it once was. Not to mention the game is still free!
5. Garry’s Mod
You might be surprised to find that this game still has a very active community and is still getting free updates.
This game allows you to play all sorts of random game modes or just mess around in the classic sandbox mode.
Game modes like Trouble in Terrorist Town are similar to games like Among Us, or you could play Prop Hunt. There are tons of different modes to try with plenty of servers to choose from.
All with friendly communities and a great place to make some friends and connect with people if you are feeling lonely out there.
Garrys Mod is a cheap $10 game you can purchase on Steam.
Link to the Steam Page
We’ll try to answer some questions you might have about any of these games as well as anything else we might have forgotten. If you have any questions that we forgot to cover please leave a comment down below!
Why didn’t you list X game?
X is any video that you think fits this list. For example, we didn’t list Valorant.
When making this list, we wanted to just pick a list of games that weren’t competitive and can be played casually by anyone.
If you feel like a game should have been on this list, feel free to leave a comment down below.
That being said, this Is by no means a list you have to follow. If you find it easier to connect with other people in a different game, by all means, play it!
Can Competitive Games be good for Making Friends?
They can, but we believe it is much harder to do so in the game.
When you play competitive games like Apex Legends, Valorant, CSGO, Rainbow Six Siege, League of Legends, and other popular competitive games, people are looking to win, not make friends.
These games also tend to have very toxic communities and are not very friendly towards new or casual players.
That being said, it is still possible to make friends in these games, but we suggest doing it outside the game. Try asking on the official forums, a Discord community, or social media and ask for people to play with on there.
Just let people know beforehand if you are new and are just looking to play casually and make some new friends.
I played a game you listed but didn’t make any friends.
First off, we’re sorry to hear that it didn’t go so well.
Second, if making friends isn’t something you are good at it, you should know it’s not always going to be easy. Especially if you suffer from social anxiety, shyness, or just have difficulty carrying a conversation.
The only advice we can offer is to keep trying! For example, if you play VRChat, it’s common that you won’t vibe with everyone you meet and that is ok. There are plenty of rooms to choose from.
If you enter a room and find it filled with kids yelling on their Oculus Quest 2s, then find another room. Keep searching until you find a room that seems suitable at first and find someone to talk to.
The best way to keep a conversation going is to ask questions! Ask them what kind of games they like is a good start.
Saying you didn’t make any friends the first time you played a game is like going on a dating app like Tinder and saying you didn’t get any matches or didn’t find anyone you like.
That’s perfectly normal, but the point is to keep trying because you never know who you will run into. Your new best friend could be waiting right around the corner, waiting for you to meet them.
Do you have any advice for making friends online?
Being friendly is a good start, we feel like toxicity has become rampant on the internet. Everywhere you look on social media, forums, and even in the games themselves, people can be very nasty to each other.
That being said, there are plenty of friendly communities online, you just have to know where to look.
We can point in the right direction. Discord is one of the most popular apps for communicating online, it also has hundreds of thousands of servers. Find a community that tailors to your interests and start chatting!
Another piece of advice we can offer is to help a new player! Maybe you’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIV for a while now and know your way around.
Why not use that knowledge to help out a new player and make a friend in the process.
This can apply to just about any game, doesn’t have to be Final Fantasy XIV.
Conclusion: Best Games to Play When you are Lonely
Being lonely sucks. That doesn’t mean you have to lay down and accept it.
Get out there and try out some of these games we listed and make some friends!
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t make any friends the first time you play or even the first several times you play. Don’t give up!
Leave a comment down below if this blog post helped you find some new friends to game with.
Lastly, if you enjoyed reading this blog post, we write about other topics too. From gaming laptops to VR, and video games, of course, feel free to check those out.
Thanks for reading, and best of luck to you making some new friends.