Video Games That Can Change The Way You Look At Video Games
Video games can change the brain. There has been enough research done in recent years to suggest it. There have been scientists exploring the possibilities that game engines can have in teaching us skills for the real world. Games are being proposed as planning tools, for building systems like in Minecraft, for teaching soldiers to interact and behave with people in war zones, explore the politics and geometry of war and so on. Here are 5 games that can change your life.
World of Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment brings another installment of an epic fantasy with a plot full of nostalgia, peopled with dwarves, elves and other creatures straight from a Lord of the Rings-style world. In World of Warcraft, you will need to build an army to be able to fight for Draenor against a powerful enemy. This is no traditional expansion-style game, as Blizzard entertainment is known for. You will of course have to build farms, workshops, stables, trade routes and so on as a start. Then you will need to recruit people into your army, send your recruits to complete quests, loot dungeons and so on.
But what sets this game apart from others in its genre is the real sense of plot progression, along with a sense of the stakes. The home base is tied seamlessly into the real world of the game – there is always danger lurking nearby. There are a million things to distract you from your main quest, in a good way. If you're longing for a game that gives you the thrill of exploration, World of Warcraft is IT.
It beats Sun Tzu's Art of War in offering you the experience first hand of how to wage war. Make tough decisions about what buildings and/or gear you need, learn to make the most of your resources, convince characters to join your cause, and it all begins to feel like a real rather than fictional world, despite all the fantastic creatures, especially since the world goes on even while you're offline.
Resident Evil 4
Yet another survival game to experience what it is like to have to struggle for your life from your armchair, Resident Evil 4 puts Leon S. Kennedy on the trail of Ashley Graham, the kidnapped daughter of the US President. He must travel to a remote village in Spain to recover her.
There he finds a plague has been unleashed, that can control the mind. The result is darkly intelligent and cunning enemies that have shed all humanity to make more horrifying foes. There are many interesting characters he meets along the way, and the atmosphere is creepy and somber. Excellent, well-defined graphics and realistic locales make the game very visceral.
The challenge in the game's combat comes from a system which locks you in place when you aim, so that you have to take shots intelligently. And you always have to watch your back. If this doesn't keep you on your figurative toes, make you more alert and aware of your surroundings, then nothing can.
Portal 2 by Valve is an award-winning puzzle action game that is mind-bending, unique and physics-based. There are plenty of things to learn at the rusty Aperture Science facility, when you go beyond the strong story, the huge world and surprising character development. There is a charming sarcasm that runs in a thread throughout the cruel jokes and the comically deadpanned death threats that will have you laughing even while you furrow your brows in an effort to solve puzzles.
You're playing as Chell, a character that carries over from the first game, and almost as soon as you enter the world of Portal 2, you meet a spherical robot named Wheatley. The environment will always keep you on your toes and mentally alert, as you move through yawning chasms underground to shut-in test chambers, past whirling metal girders, redirecting energy beams, making quick decisions and reacting quickly to events around you. This is one game that will definitely make your gray cells move, rearrange and multiply.
The Journey, developed by thatgamecompany, is one of the most beautifully-crafted games of its time, set in a mysterious desert and played as an enigmatic adventure. You play a cloaked traveler without a name or history, whose only task is to travel towards the shining mountain in the horizon. Along the way, you may meet other character and discover secrets in the desert. There is no conventional statistics, lives or scorekeeping in this game, as keeping with others by thatgamecompany.
There is terrible danger as well as beauty in the world of Journey, and it's an emotional experience more than a game. Equipped with a scarf, you can glide through the air. There is magic in the air, and creature made of cloth people the world. The only actions possible to you are walking, speaking and jumping, but the beauty lies in the detail of the world, the music and the landscape in which the shimmering sand and sunlight are offset by the beautifully sinister ruined monuments that rise out of the sand.
Journey is a surreal experience that you can't come out of without having changed in some way, because of the emotional investment that goes into it. Sadly, this short, brilliant piece of art is available only for Playstation, so PC gamers will have to make do with watching YouTube gameplays, if they're not willing to get the console.
Age of Empires III
Another installment of a classic game to thrill explorers at heart, Age of Empires III by Ensemble Studios brings you the same strategy gameplay with some gorgeous visuals and an inventive, interesting twist in the original system of the home city. Set a few hundred years into the future from its original games.
Here you have cannons and musketeers in a colonial world where eight European powers fight for control over the New World, and the Industrial Age with its flying galleons and gunpowder are a reality in the game's world. Just like any of the other games in the series, there are expansion and combat strategies to employ here, making for hours of enjoyable world building and plenty of tactical choices to be made. There really is not much more that needs be said about this sequel to the much-loved series, except that it has a simpler gameplay than Age of Empires II in a good way, while still keeping most other elements the same.
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