With the announcement that Overwatch 2 is set to release on October 4th, 2022, the gaming community is growing more excitable by the day. Pro gamers are set to learn all the rules of this new release, while intermediate gamers are just ready to hop into PVP combat and destroy their opposition.
Yet there isn’t for beginning gamers to look forward to. If they join in the game, they’ll just be destroyed by more experienced players, and that isn’t much fun at all. That’s why fans on Ranker put together a list of some of the best games beginners can play, so they can get used to controls and video game art and storytelling before more popular online games hit the market.
Note: Ranker lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.
10 Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons
A unique game wherein players control both of the titular brothers, as they begin a journey to find medication for their sick father, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons depicts an oddly touching story that leaves many fans reaching for tissues by the end.
With unique controls that enable players to move both brothers at once, each puzzle is an absolute challenge, but each are fully solvable without having to search the internet for walkthroughs and hints. While the story is certainly short, it gives new players a taste of a fun and emotional world, as the brothers desperately do all they can to help their dad.
9 Papers, Please
In the fictional country of Arstotzka, politics are ever-changing, and border agents are left to juggle a thousand rules and one. Besides, too many individuals with false papers are desperately trying to get in — some for nefarious purposes, and some with less violent goals. As a Papers, Please border agent, players need to look through each entry visa and passport to see if the visitors are who they say they are.
Though it’s a very weird concept for an indie game, the game is surprisingly fun and tests the concentration of its players. Besides, the branching paths mean it’s very replayable, and players often made difficult decisions or sacrifice their morals for the greater good.
A black and white horror game depicting a defenseless boy trying to survive on his own, Limbo is a side-scrolling platformer that manages to feel eerie at every step. It’s easy to get attached to the boy, making each of his deaths as heart-wrenching as it must feel for him.
Besides, the incredible and unique art style of the game makes it inventive at every turn. Even in dull moments, the game never seems boring, thanks to its fascinating imagery. While it’s a short experience, that only makes it all the sweeter.
7 Thomas Was Alone
Rather different from Limbo, while also being an incredibly beloved indie game, Thomas Was Alone has a strange art style that initially perplexes most players. After all, the player character is nothing more than a rectangle, traversing a long and winding world of puzzles and mysteries.
Yet the game has a story that makes it all make sense. Rather than boxes tumbling alone, each rectangle represents an individual piece of Artificial Intelligence doing its best to escape captivity and enter the real world. Surprisingly dense for a game about rectangles, the story is fascinating, and the art really suits it.
6 Katamari Forever
While not too dissimilar to previous iterations of the Katamari franchise, PlayStation 3 owners loved the game all the same. Though it came out to largely mixed reviews, it’s still a solid game according to fans, which explains why many recommended it be played by new gamers.
It may not be game-changing but for inexperienced gamers, it’s still a fun experience with a wild artistic style that leaves fans wanting for more. The game, which has a wild story that needs to be experienced to believe, really needs a revival, but for now, replaying the game is enough.
A game best for plant lovers, Flower is another game that doesn’t require considerable experience with shooters or platformers. Instead, the game asks the player to do nothing more than play as a gust of wind, carrying flowers past obstacles and across winding fields.
The game isn’t necessarily something that players can really lose, which is likely why gamers recommended it so highly for new players. As a gentle experience with a calming soundtrack, Flower is nothing more than a meditative game that lets players relax and settle in to a genuinely relaxing time.
Rather different than Flower, Portal is one of the most popular puzzle games ever made. When the player is given a portal gun, their job is to navigate through an area with the help of an orange portal and an accompanying blue portal that can be moved at will.
Far from relaxing, the player has to compete with a deadly AI that wants nothing more than to kill the player. Still, as long as gamers are able to navigate their portals, that AI is absolutely nothing to worry about. Players can instead continue to navigate and freely figure out the portal system.
3 Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The predecessor to the game that took the world by storm during the early days of the pandemic, Animal Crossing: New Leaf enables players to help guide a town filled with animals. As the mayor of the town, players can still take part in fishing and bug catching, but they’re also expected to help ensure that everything is improving for the whole town, as opposed to their own abodes like in previous games.
The game also introduced the ability to visit other towns, swim, and customize the player character to a larger extent. While it isn’t a game with a particularly significant story, it’s still a fun experience that thrilled fans.
2 Plants vs. Zombies
Originally little more than a mobile game that gave players the chase to use weaponized plants to protect their garden from invading zombies, Plants vs. Zombies has grown into a franchise of its own. With games like Garden Warfare offering a three-dimensional environment for plant combat, there are options for anything gamers might like.
Fans on Ranker recommended the game, thanks to the fact that it’s one of the best strategy games for beginners, as the difficulty ramps up with each subsequent level. The art is also incredibly bright and fun, which helps keep the experience from ever getting too frustrating.
As the player begins a long and winding journey through a desert, gamers are somewhat surprised to find that no character ever truly has the option to speak during the game. Instead, they’re left to silently traverse the world, hoping to make it to the mountain’s peak before they inevitably collapse.
Surprisingly engaging and depicting a harrowing story, especially for a game without a single spoken word, Journey is a game that truly is a piece of art. Somehow, the game still manages to get the player to root for their quiet protagonist, and, when the final screen appears, the short experience is as rewarding as it is touching.
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