Like movies and TV shows, video games fall into genres. But unlike passive entertainment it applies to their play style. There are dozens of video game genres, which I won’t get into here. Instead I’ve organize the more popular types of video games by what you’ll get out of them. Include examples using the more popular and latest titles that apply. See which type of video game may be the more appealing for you.
How To Get Into Playing Video Games Series
Modern video games provide entertainment and socialization which works alongside social distancing practices. They are interactive, increasing your interest and engagement. Online multiplayer is a form of remote socializing. Cooperative games allow a family to come together for a shared goal.
Anyone can get into video games, with hardware you likely already own. It doesn’t need a big investment to get started. This series goes over how to get into playing video games on several different platforms. Including your phone, computer, and gaming consoles.
There’s more types of video games than sports and shooters
Like movies and TV shows, video games into genres. But unlike passive entertainment it applies to their play style. There are dozens of video game genres, which I won’t get into here. Instead I’ll organize games by what you’ll get out of them. Listing a few examples.
For perfectionists, overachievers, and collectors. Also good for those on a budget who want to get the most out of their gaming dollar.
Achievements in video games refers to meta-goals outside the main goal of the game. The extras you can earn doing various feats, but aren’t strictly required to play and “finish” the game. They come in many forms, from trophies to in game content unlocks.
Achievements help players learn what is expected and what is possible. They offer goals to work toward, and satisfaction when completed. You develop a commitment to the goal, and thus the game. Done well you hit a sweet spot between effort (putting in the time) and ability (playing the game well). Not to mention potential bragging rights on social media.
Most such games use a “level up” or “gear up” approach. Where you gain new powers as you progress. Allowing you to complete previous feats more easily. As well as opening up newer, harder content to tackle.
- Minecraft (all platforms)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PC, PlayStation, Xbox)
For more experienced players. These types of video games are typically fast-pace with a steeper learning curve. They can prove frustrating if you repeatedly keep failing at a task. But also offer great satisfaction when you get past a roadblock.
Action games include some of the better known video gaming genres.
Fighting – Close-range combat. Often one-on-one fights, either unarmed or with melee weapons. Has a very competitive multiplayer scene. Most of these games are violent.
- Infinity Blade II (mobile)
- Mortal Kombat 11 (PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox)
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)
Platform – Centered around jumping and climbing to reach the end of each level.
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC, Xbox)
- Rayman Jungle Run (mobile)
- Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
Racing – Vehicle based competition games, involving high speeds and fast reactions. There are a few racing simulators. But the more popular games combine racing with other elements.
- Grand Theft Auto V (PC, PlayStation, Xbox)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
- Need for Speed: Shift (all platforms)
Sports – These games simulate sports. Some based on mainstream sports and attempt to be as accurate as possible. Others are more loose or creative with their approach.
- Madden NFL 20 (PC, PlayStation, Xbox)
- Rocket League (PC, consoles)
- Super Stickman Golf 3 (mobile, PC)
Shooter – Running around with guns or other ranged weapons. The action takes place at a distance. Most of these games are violent. Though a few have more non-violent gameplay and goals.
You’ll find many games offer a mix of play styles. Grand Theft Auto V has equal parts racing and shooting. Rocket League is part racing, part sports.
For creatives and those wanting to express themselves through crafting or personality.
Creative type of video games often run in what’s called a sandbox environment. This gaming environment gives more freedom to the player. Goals may still be set, but how you go about completing them isn’t as simple as getting from Point A to Point B. Or you can skip the main goals and play around as you like.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)
- Minecraft (all platforms)
- Stardew Valley (all platforms)
For planners and organizers. People who think long term and can plan ahead.
Strategy games are all about decision making. You need to play your actions against your goals and available resources. With some games you macro-control units rather than micro-control their abilities. In others you control one character, but simply fighting isn’t enough to win.
For extroverts and those wanting to interact with friends online. Or reach out and make new friends.
Any video game with multiplayer can be social. But a social type of video games puts extra focus on player connections. If connecting with people is important to you you’re better off with cooperative (co-op) games. A shared goal helps keeps things friendly.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch) – Everyone playing on the same Nintendo Switch shares the same island. Play separately or together. You can invite friends online and visit each other’s islands. You’ll also find invitations from other players at various Animal Crossing communities.
- Minecraft (all platforms) – Connect to a friend’s Minecraft server to play and build together. Or join a public server to meet and play with people from around the world.
- Sky: Children of the Light (iPhone) – Online multiplayer game based on exploration. Visit and explore with your friends, flying hand-in-hand. Or meet like minded players in the game world.
For immersion and those who enjoy character and plot driven narratives.
Movies, TV shows, and books aren’t the only storytelling mediums available. Many video games also tell a story, just in a more interactive way. Some games are less about the plot and more about the gameplay. But others focus much more on the story. With gameplay being more limited.