The wild, wonderful world of video games spans multiple platforms, with a variety of experiences across a plethora of genres. The depth of the gaming industry can be seen through the unique journeys available to us. From catching a Super Bowl winning pass to saving the world from the clutches of evil aliens and more. The Best Buy gaming crew is here to provide an overview of each genre, covering what’s trending, and the upcoming titles you should keep eye on.
When I think “action” it conjures up images of Hollywood blockbuster films with big explosions and pulse pounding sequences. Action games are cut from the same cloth, testing your mettle, reaction times and your overall dexterity. Some of the franchises that have become staples of the action genre are titles like Call of Duty, Devil May Cry and Super Smash Bros. If you enjoy fast paced gameplay that will test your skill, you’ve arrived at the right spot, here are some of the best the genre has to offer:
The action-adventure genre is far and away one of my favourites, melding high octane action with great stories and puzzle elements. Classic franchises like Assassin’s Creed, God of War and Uncharted are some best in class examples of action-adventure experiences. Survival horror can also be categorized here, games that will terrify like Resident Evil 2, Alien: Isolation and Layers of Fear will provide plenty of thrills and chills.
Must-play action-adventure experiences:
These games are all about puzzles and plot, forgoing heavy action sequences that require hair-trigger reflexes. The name of the game here is the story and exploration experience, they come first and foremost. Games like Myst, The Secret of Monkey Island and The Walking Dead follow the adventure game formula.
Role-playing games, or RPGs, let you build your own character to varying degrees, some let you pick a class or build your appearance from scratch. Based off the classic board game Dungeons & Dragons, RPGs use similar rules to put you in the shoes of a hero and their party. You can use the unique attributes of characters like melee, magic and ranged attack skills to navigate through enemy encounters. RPGs traditionally have massive maps to explore with side quests and a sprawling main story. Like a great novel, if you are looking for an experience to lose yourself in, RPGs are the gaming equivalent.
Here some great recently released RPGs to adventure through:
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to fly a plane, run a city or control an entire country, the sim genre might be for you. Some of the most popular franchises out there like The Sims, Farming Simulator, Tropico and Microsoft Flight Simulator offer something for everyone. One of my current personal favourite sims is Jurassic World Evolution. You get to manage and build your very own park, right down to handpicking which dinosaurs will roam the grounds.
This genre helps fulfill fantasies of being a pilot, farmer or Jurassic Park manager and beyond!
Fun sim experiences to check out:
The strategy genre is essentially a game of chess, you need to carefully plan your next move to outwit your opponent. This virtual chess board in video games comes in a variety of shapes and forms from ancient battle fields to those in the distant future. Sci-fi military titles like Starcraft, are all about resource management and massing your forces.
In games like Sid Meier’s Civilization series you can change the course of history On the battlefield or developing the cradle of civilization, if you enjoy carefully calculating your next move strategy games could be a great fit.
Sports games are massively popular, carrying the thrill and excitement of the real life teams! If you are a fan of the NHL, NBA or NFL you’ll feel right at home with their virtual counterparts. Each year sports games go through a refresh adding better graphics, new gameplay mechanics and features that continue to get closer to the real thing. If you are hitting the ice, court or gridiron all your favourite players await.
An experience for everyone!
No matter what type of experience you are looking for, the wide variety of gaming genres has something fun in store for you. From action to deep thinking strategy games there is something out there that will perfectly fit your style of play. I love to dabble in all of the genres experiencing the gems each has to offer. The best part of the video game industry is there is always a unique, new experience on the horizon looking to evolve the gaming landscape. I hope the overview above helps to get you started, or broadens your video game horizons.
Let us know what your favourite games and genres are in the comments below!