5 Gaming Go-To’s for App Developers, Coders and Programmers
It’s currently negative eleven degrees in Minnesota; cold enough that the urge to never go outside again is very real. In the frigid months leading up to the spring thaw, what better way is there to spend your time than exploring some exceptional video games? I’ve always been an avid PC gamer, and these are my top five games (available on Steam) to get you through this chilly weather from the safety of your desk chair.
- Undertale – created by the one-man army Toby Fox, is a quirky, pleasant, and emotionally driven storytelling experience. You begin as a child exploring an underground world full of monsters who can either be befriended or killed, depending on the choice of the player. Much like a standard role-play game, these choices affect the game’s outcome, but Undertale manages to do it in several unexpected ways. Beyond the enjoyment of the story, the soundtrack is one of the finest examples of 8-bit orchestration I have heard to date.
- Ori and the Blind Forest by independent developer Moon Studios combines a visually gripping, whimsical art style, a moving soundtrack, and classic adventure game inspiration to create a unique experience packed with nostalgic appeal. In addition, coming of age tales like “The Lion King,” “The Iron Giant,” and much of Hayao Miyazaki’s work were also granted a nod. What unfolds is an amalgamation of whimsy and heart-felt enjoyment as you guide Ori, a spirit guardian, through the 2D platformer adventure.
- Rocket League by independent developer Psyonix can win anybody over with three simple words: soccer with cars. If you are looking for a rousing good time with your friends without having to be bogged down with relentless narrative, Rocket League is right up your alley. It sparks friendly competition between friends (and coworkers) and if that isn’t convincing enough, just ask the folks at the Game Awards who deemed it the Best Independent Game and Best Sports/Racing Game of 2015.
- Life is Strange by independent developer Dontnod Entertainment is great for the casual gamer who is looking for a story-based role-play game. You play as Max Caulfield, a seemingly average high-school senior attending an Arcadia Bay arts academy when her life is turned upside by a new discovery. In an episodic format, the choices you make as the player affect the game’s outcome. It is riddled with twists, turns, and surprises amidst hard-hitting emotional content, all of which create a compelling storytelling experience.
- Tales from the Borderlands by Telltale Games is another one for casual gamers that enjoy choice-based, episodic-format games. Above all, this game is well-written and combines humor, wit, emotion, and a great cast of voice actors. You play as Rhys, a Hyperion businessman, and Fiona, a Pandoran con-artist as their two paths cross when a deal on Pandora goes sour. In addition to the story, The Borderlands franchise has
While there are many other games worth playing (I’m looking at you, Fallout 4,) these five games stuck out to me so far this year as having risen above their peers, offering something wholly unique to the gameplay experience. That, and it is entirely possible to finish all five of these games before the weather breaks.
Video games and animation go hand-in-hand to a certain extent, and I love surrounding myself with story-driven media in any way, shape, or form. Four out of five of these games deliver on a promise to compel you with the stories they tell, allowing you to be a central part of that story as the player. As for Rocket League, sometimes you just need to unwind and play soccer in a tricked-out car with your buddies.
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