This is a difficult time for everyone, especially with the weather turning hotter outside, and the weeks of quarantine dragging on. Video games have never been more important, and whether you're a hardcore gamer or just going crazy with nothing to do, a number of game companies are handing out their games for free to help whittle away time in these trying times. \n \nNo matter your gaming platform, there are free games for you this week. PlayStation is offering its Uncharted Collection for free, as well as the incredible and atmospheric adventure game, Journey. Both are 100% designed to transport you to another world, nothing better during a time when you're stuck indoors. The free games start today and can be played through May 5. \n \nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/PlayStation\/status\/1250435221339516928 \n \nAs well as PlayStation, UPlay and Ubisoft are offering a free game too: the classic Assassins Creed 2. All you need to do is download the UPlay launcher and you can download and keep the game for free. Ubisoft may get a lot of flak for its launcher, but its free releases are some of the best in the industry. I've picked up Black Flag and others totally for free. \n \nFrom Xbox, you can play Crackdown and Crackdown 2 for free, as well as Fable Anniversary and Project Cars 2 on Xbox Live with Gold. It's possible that Microsoft will step up its free game roster in response to Sony's generosity, but that'll be something to keep your eyes on. \n \nOn PC and Steam, there are a number of free weekends and games coming up, though the one I'm most excited about is Total War: Shogun 2 going free from April 27 to 1 May. Despite the game being 9 years old, it's still one of the classic Total War games of its era, and a must-play if you haven't played it before. \n \nLastly, there is a wide range of weird and wonderful available for free on GOG.com for free this week. What about the 1980 roleplaying adventure fantasy game Akalabeth: World of Doom? Or the 1992 Click and Point Adventure game, Lure of the Temptress? Yes. It's all pretty weird and wonderful, and a good few hours of fun if you've looking for something unique.