Ten Games To Play If You Aren’t A Gamer

This post is for the awesome people from my Facebook, who make up 99% of the viewers of my blog, and who, for the most part, don’t even play games. You read my blog to show your support, and that’s awesome! So I decided to make you a list of the best games to jump into, and to see why so many people love video games so much.

This isn’t a top ten of the best games list. For one thing, such a list would be much longer than just ten games. For another, while I love games like Dragon Age and Fallout, those are massive games intended for the hardcore gamer. They definitely aren’t gamers that I would suggest a new gamer jump right into. The list I’ve compiled is intended to give you an idea of what you should try if you’ve barely ever picked up a controller before. Whether it’s just you, or if you want something to play with your significant other or with your kids, hopefully there is at least one game on this list that peaks your interest. These games are in no particular order, so play whatever sounds like the most fun to you!

Journey

Journey

Developer: thatgamecompany

Release Date: March 13, 2012
Platforms:
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Rating: E for Everyone

Nope, this isn’t a game about the popular ’70s band. We’ll just get that out of the way right now.

You may have heard the argument that games are art. Ask any passionate gamer, and they will most likely vehemently insist that that is true. I certainly believe it is! There are many games that prove this point rather well, but probably none more so than Journey.

I hesitate to say too much of what this game is about, as it’s really up to your interpretation. I will say that the first time I played this game, I played it completely wrong. My brother and I sat down to play it without knowing what it was, and joked and laughed the whole time, and completely missed what it was trying to do. The proper way to play it is alone, preferably with no distractions whatsoever, so you can just play through it uninterrupted. It’s not a very long game (maybe an hour or two), and you’re basically just traveling from point A to point B, but the emotion and art direction behind this game is undeniably powerful. If you want to understand this weird “games are art” mentality, this is the game for you.

The Walking Dead: Season 1

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Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date:
April 24, 2012
Platforms:
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Playstion 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Android
Rating:
M for Mature

If Journey is the game that will open your eyes to the amazing art that can go into a game, The Walking Dead is the game to show you how amazing the story in a game can be.

For a long time, I didn’t even consider playing this game. I don’t like the show, and the few times I watched someone else play, it didn’t appeal to me. Once I actually started a file for myself and started making decisions of my own though, I was instantly hooked.

You play as a man named Lee, right as the walkers start terrorizing the world. Almost right from the beginning, you’re charged with looking after a little girl named Clementine, who has been separated from her parents. This game was unique at the time in that you basically control the story. You make decisions throughout that determine who lives, who dies, and what other characters, including Clementine, think about you. You can be the stand up guy that does everything you can to save everyone, the selfish asshole that only cares about himself, or anything in between.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

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Developers: Obsidian, South Park Digital Studios
Release Date:
March 4, 2014
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Rating:
M for Mature

Another game that pushes the envelope for what a game can do, South Park: The Stick of Truth will probably make you laugh more than any other game will. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll notice a ton of references and characters that have appeared on episodes over the years. It’s an impressive game in those regards, even if the RPG mechanics and graphics are somewhat simple in relation to other AAA games. Basically, if you like the show at all, you owe it to yourself to play this game.

Limbo

Limbo

Developer: Playdead
Release Date:
July 21, 2010
Platforms:
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, SteamOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, OnLive, Wii U
Rating: T for Teen

Limbo might be a simple looking, 2D sidescroller, but don’t let the black and white aesthetic turn you off from it. It uses minimalistic imagery and sound to pull you in, and you’ll want to keep going until you’ve figured out why this little boy is stuck in such a hellish nightmare. Some of the puzzles can be quite difficult, but I’d just advise you to check online for a solution if you get stuck. The atmosphere in Limbo is awesome, and it won’t take you longer than a few hours to reach the end, provided you do accept help.

Mario Kart 8

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Developers: Nintendo EAD, Bandai Namco Games
Release Date:
May 29, 2014
Platform:
Wii U
Rating: E for Everyone

Chances are that, even if you don’t play games, you’ve heard of Mario and his kart games. They have been around since the SNES, and they’ve appeared on almost every Nintendo device since then. I’m recommending the newest one, since it’s by far the prettiest one, and it’s also the easiest to find in stores right now.

It’s probably pretty self explanatory, but the point is to choose your favorite character from the Mushroom Kingdom, and race to the finish line on a lot of different maps, using many different vehicles. Mario Kart is a lot of fun to play with other people, and even offers different speeds (which act as difficulty levels) for a higher level of play. No matter if you’re playing with your kids, your friends, or your spouse, you’ll find a mix of settings you can all enjoy.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS

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Developers: Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games
Platforms: Wii U, 3DS
Release Date: 3DS- September 13, 2014; Wii U- November 21, 2014
Rating: E for Everyone

You can get this game on either one of Nintendo’s current consoles, but I’d suggest the Wii U version if you own one. You can play couch co-op with up to seven other people on the Wii U, providing you have enough controllers. If you have the 3DS version, the only way to play with someone else is if you each have a 3DS, and a copy of the game. Besides, playing on a TV is just the better way to play in my opinion.

Smash Bros. has been a smash hit (get it!?) since it debuted on the N64. The idea is that a bunch of Nintendo characters come together to beat the crap out of each other across a bunch of different locations from different Nintendo games. Not only is it a blast to play with friends, but it’s also an amazing look at the history of Nintendo games over the last 30 years or so. It used to be strictly Nintendo properties in the Smash games, but recent entries have included other third party characters such as Sonic, Cloud Strife, and Ryu from Street Fighter, just to name a few.

Until Dawn

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Developer: Supermassive Games
Platform:
PlayStation 4
Release Date:
August 25, 2015
Rating:
M for Mature

I haven’t actually played Until Dawn myself, I’ve only watched a friend play it for an hour or two, and followed it online a bit, so I’m not sure how easy it is to just jump in and start playing. The reason I include it in this list is because it’s almost a perfect adaptation of a teen slasher thriller movie into a video game. If you like movies like Scream, Halloween, or Nightmare on Elm Street, give Until Dawn a try.

Until Dawn is another story driven game where you make decisions to decide the fate of the characters. Eight high school age kids visit a cabin in the woods, and things turn deadly fast. You can either save everyone, cause them all to die, or save any combination of them by the end. It’s truly amazing how many different endings are possible.

Rock Band 4 / Guitar Hero Live

RockBand4

Developer: Harmonix
Platforms:
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date:
October 6, 2015
Rating:
T for Teen

GuitarHeroLive

Developer: FreeStyleGames
Platforms:
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS
Release Date:
October 20, 2015
Rating:
T for Teen

I know I’m cheating by including two games right here, but in my experience, you either play Rock Band, or you play Guitar Hero.

Rock Band is all about getting a few friends together, and forming a band that includes a vocalist, a drummer, a guitar lead, and a bass player. Guitar Hero on the other hand, focuses more on the, yep, you guessed it, guitar side of being in a band. I haven’t played these newer versions, and while I’ve heard that they were somewhat underwhelming, that’s apparently only in relation to the previous entries. If this is your first time hopping into a music rhythm game, either one is a fine choice. They both make fun party games.

Super Mario Maker

SuperMarioMaker

Developer: Nintendo EAD
Platform:
Wii U
Release Date:
September 10, 2015
Rating:
E for Everyone

I could have included any 2D Mario game, and each one is a fine choice, but Super Mario Maker takes all of those games and boils them down into one awesome experience. Using art styles from four different Mario generations, Super Mario Maker is pretty much an all in one package. You can play levels made by Nintendo, other Nintendo fans, and you can even make levels of your own. Nintendo has even been patching in new character models, so you can play as Link, Samus, and even a Mercedes Benz. You won’t find as much fan service in a Nintendo game as Super Mario Maker besides the Super Smash Bros. series.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Developer: Nintendo EAD
Platforms:
Nintendo 64, GameCube, Virtual Console, 3DS
Release Date:
November 21, 1998
Rating:
E for Everyone

With all of the other games on this list, I had the goal in mind that anyone could just pick up a controller and play them relatively easily. I made an exception for Ocarina of Time. It’s definitely more “gamey” than anything else on this list, but it’s also frequently credited as one of the best, if not THE best, game of all time. If you’re interested in playing games even a little bit, you owe it to yourself to play Ocarina of Time. I can’t stress that enough.

You can easily spend 50+ hours playing this game. You explore dungeons, fight bosses, collect and equip different items, and go on one of the most epic quests in all of video game history. If you dedicate your time to beating it, your only regret will be not playing it earlier in your life. Thank me later.

So there are the ten games I suggest to anyone looking to ease into the video game hobby. Try one, or try them all. Let me know what you think of the ones you try, or let me know what games you would have put on this list, and why. Thanks for reading!

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I'm just a guy that loves nerd culture, and video games in particular. My earliest memory is seeing a copy of Super Mario World, and wanting nothing more than to play it.

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