One of my passions in life is video games.
They are not for everyone, but they’re definitely for me. I’ve been playing games for as long as I remember. Whether it was playing on my cousins ancient Nintendo 64 or playing Zoo Tycoon 2 on the family computer, I’ve always been playing them. They give me a whole other world to escape to and great artistic inspiration.
Today I would like to recommend some story based games and game series that make me feel good and that are my absolute favourites. Games that have stolen my attention for hours and I look forward to playing.
The Dragon Age series (Bioware)
This is a fantasy roleplaying game with a wonderful world and lore. At this point in time there are three games, Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age 2, and Dragon Age Inquisition. I started with Inquisition and at first I didn’t know what was going on, only because I wasn’t used to the play style. But then I fell in love with it. The characters were written so well and so was the world it’s set in. There are romance options as well with a few LGBTQ+ options. It has many locations to explore and enemies to fight. So if you want a good story based series, Dragon Age is a great one. I haven’t gotten around to playing the second one but I plan to eventually.
The Assassin’s Creed series (Ubisoft)
If you have read any previous posts of mine, you will know I am a big Assassin’s Creed fan. So naturally, I recommend it. Each game features real historical figures and events, and teaches a lot about whatever time period it’s set in. Each game is story based and set in the same universe and continues the story in a modern timeframe. The fictional main characters in each game have stolen my heart, each being so unique with their own personalities and reasons to fight. The historical worlds are brought to life and completely explorable in an open world setting. From ancient Greece and Egypt, all the way to 1860’s London, England, and everything in between.
The Grand Theft Auto series (Rockstar Games)
This is one of the most famous and controversial game series in the world. With 15 main games featuring robbery, violence, and sometimes torture, the latest title Grand Theft Auto V was banned in some countries all together. It is also, of course, my favourite out of all of them. It has three main playable characters, all totally different in personality (and sanity), and an excellent story. This game is definitely 18+, I wouldn’t recommend buying it for your 10 year old. But if you can handle gun violence and extreme language, play it, if you haven’t already. Theres also an online version of the game that you can play with friends, complete missions, customize your own character and rise in the ranks. Other titles I loved from the series were GTA Vice City an GTA 4. I have fond memories of sitting in my cousin’s room playing on his PlayStation 2 going on rampages with my other cousin in GTA Vice City and I’ve loved the series ever since.
Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft)
I haven’t included any other Far Cry games just simply because I haven’t played them, only a bit of Far Cry Primal. But Far Cry 5 is a great game, complete with bear and cougar sidekicks and an array of weapons to go ham with. Every game in this series is a new story, and this particular one is taking down a cult who have brainwashed basically an entire county. It’s up to you and a community of survivors to take them down. The landscape is beautifully inspired by Montana, USA and its full of wildlife to hunt as well. With its first-person view you can experience it yourself.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware)
All Mass Effect fans will shun me saying Andromeda was the only title in the series I have played. It is the latest addition in the series and wasn’t as well received as the other games, although a lot of people, including myself, loved it. It is a fantasy roleplaying style game set in space, complete with characters customization and many different locations to enjoy, along with unique alien races. Something about being able to explore even a fictional fraction of space is magical. Along with the Dragon Age series, it has romance capabilities with LGBTQ+ options.
The Elder Scrolls series (Bethesda)
Almost everyone as heard of the game Skyrim. Its a extremely popular game, even now, and the game came out in 2012. With graphical and gameplay altering mods, it keeps the game fresh and relevant while having the authentic feel to good ol’ Skyrim. But there have been other noteworthy games in the Elder Scrolls series, such as Morrowind, which came out in 2002, still is a fun adventure. It has a special place in my heart, being a game I’ve loved even as a kid. The Elder Scrolls is set in a huge, mysterious world of magic and weapons, elves and humans, even some anthropomorphic cat and lizard people. This is a first person roleplaying game, with seemingly endless gameplay. I have been playing this game since its release and I know for sure I haven’t done all the quests yet.
Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
Again, I am ready to be shunned in the gaming community because the fourth game in this series is the only one I’ve played (so far). The Fallout series has an interesting twist of being set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of mutant bugs, animals, and questionable humans. Fallout 4 is about finding your son after being frozen a certain amount of time in a vault after a nuclear explosion that ruined the earth. This is a first person roleplay style game once again, with a huge map of destroyed Boston and surrounding area to explore. The weapons and enemies are really well designed, along with a few companions to have along the way. My favourite being a German Shepherd named Dogmeat.
If you haven’t gotten into gaming yet, these are some great series to start with. These games captured me and I feel like I’ve visited these fictional lands in person. The imagination and creativity it takes to create a whole other world is amazing, and these companies are some of the best to do it. I’ve played all of these games more than once, and its worth it every time.
When you’ve got the time to sit down and play a game, don’t let anyone tell you its a waste of it.
Thanks for reading!