I love playing video games, and I play games of so many different types and styles. Through all the stuff I’ve played, I’ve discovered that there’s a game for just about everyone. So I’ve compiled some games that I think would be a great place to start for people who don’t normally play games. Whether you’re wanting to get into this fantastic hobby, or you’re wanting to introduce a loved one to it, this is the article for you!
Life is Strange
Life is Strange is a story-driven, dramatic story game where you follow high school student, Max as she discovers her ability to reverse time and manipulate reality. This also follows a murder mystery while Max and her friend Chloe try to figure out what happened to some girls that went missing. The game is primarily focused on decision making and it’s so good for just getting into narrative-driven games.
Life is Strange has a spin-off game (Before the Storm) and a sequel that follows different characters (Life is Strange 2)
Other games a lot like this are the Telltale Walking Dead games (and most of the Telltale games), Detroit: Become Human, and The Supermassive Games (Until Dawn, and the Dark Pictures Anthology) We even have an article about this style of game you can find Here.
Portal is a puzzle game that mixes in some First Person Shooter elements. You go through tests with a portal gun, where the goal is getting from point A to point B, using the portal gun to transport yourself. This game can be incredibly challenging and frustrating at times, but with few combative enemies, and no time limits, Portal is really good for figuring out the controls at your own pace. It’s really the perfect game for people who like problem-solving.
Portal has a narrative tie to the Half-Life franchise, and it has its own sequel (Portal 2)
If you enjoy Portal, games like the Turing Test, the Talos Principle, and the Stanley Parable might be right up your alley.
Okay, so I’m cheating with this one by picking a general classification instead of a specific game. Well, I think a lot of games fit here. Mario Party is so goofy and fun like even if you are bad at the mini-games, or you get bad rice rolls, you’re still spending time with people you care about, and that is one of my very favorite things about gaming.
The JackBox games are always big hits for this kind of thing as well, JackBox party packs feature an assortment of different party games for small the larger groups, it’s really a fantastic concept.
Then there are games that I treat like party games that aren’t really. Tetris Attack (or Puzzle League or Panel De Pon) is one of these. It’s like a match-3 game, but in a battle format. This series has games on the Super Nintendo, N64, and different Nintendo hand-held devices. But they even put the original Japanese Panel De Pon on the Switch SNES collection, you’ll just need to get past the Japanese text and find the correct mode selection.
Pick up a plastic guitar, pick a song you like, and press the button, and strum in time with the colored indicators on the screen. It’s simple in concept but it still offers a solid challenge. There are so many different Guitar Hero Games, and DLC for more song packs!
Other games like this are Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, and Parappa the Rapper. I mean, who doesn’t love a good rhythm game?
So, that’s what I recommend for new players, what do you think would be a good place to start?
Play on, Pals
By: Benny Uhlich, CruelFan.com