Today, video games are a multi-billion dollar industry (estimated at $91.5 billion in 2015). It can feel like thousands of games are released each and every year across a huge variety of genres, games consoles, and gameplay styles. Thus, it can be incredibly hard to choose a game that’s fit you. Whether you’re looking for action-adventure, sports, shooting, or anything in between, here are the three top tips for making the experience of finding your next favorite video game a little less daunting.
- Selecting a genre
Like any entertainment medium, there are a huge variety of genres in video games. Therefore, when working out what your next favorite game will be, you first need to decide what kind of genre you want to be playing. From high-octane first person shooters like Battlefield, to highly engaging historical strategy games like Civilization V, to even time-wasters such as Candy Crush Saga. Before anything else, it’s important to work out what genre of game you want to be playing. Once that’s decided, it’ll be easy to understand what else your new game needs to contain.
- How involved in it do you want to be?
Some games can just suck you in, so your first priority in finding your next big gaming love should be working out just how involved in a game you want to be. For instance, if all you want is something to play for an hour after a long day at work, you’re better off playing the kind of casual sports games found in series such as FIFA or NBA 2K. If, however, you feel like getting sucked into a whole new world that you can spend quite literally hundreds of hours exploring, monster slaying and just become immersed; you’d be far better opting for an RPG such as The Witcher 3. There are games in every genre that offer varying levels of depth. For example, series such as the Metal Gear Solid are incredibly detailed.
- Single player or multiplayer?
Now you’ve decided how much time you want to spend playing a game, you have to consider whether you’ll be playing alone or with friends. Fortunately, whatever genre you want to play, there’s some great single player and multiplayer options out there. For those who want to play some story-heavy role-playing games, try Bethesda Softworks’ Elder Scrolls or Fallout series for single player. If you want a similar questing background that you can enjoy with friends, try the likes of World of Warcraft. The same goes for almost every genre of game, with some games such as the Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto franchises having both great single player and online multiplayer modes.
I’ve talked about a lot of games to choose from once you’ve decided on what your next favorite video game needs to contain. But for even more information on the best games out there, check out this game blog.