If you are not a hard core gamer, then it can often be hard to find a game to play that doesn’t involve warfare, shooting, or intense tactics. As someone who loves playing video games, but lacks the hand eye co-ordination to be able to progress very far with any games involving sharp shooting, I’m always on the look out for new games which I can play.
The Lego Franchise
The Lego games franchise has been a long time developing, and they combine nostalgia for a certain wider franchise (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Batman) with genuinely fun game play. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is one of the best games of the Lego franchise, because of the combination of all of the Marvel characters into one glorious mess. You get to play as Captain America one minute, and then the lesser known Squirrel Girl the next. With a storyline which brings multiple Marvel villains together, and side missions given by none other than cult favourite character Deadpool, the game provides so much more than just the storyline. Part of what makes the Lego games so enjoyable is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is just great fun to play. After all, who wouldn’t want to swing round New York City as Spider-Man?
Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank is one of the few games which has made the transfer from generation to generation of console, and is full of exciting visuals and interesting gameplay. The first game, Ratchet and Clank follows the adventures of Ratchet, the last Lombax left alive in an expansive space, and Clank, one of the most adorable little robots you will see. The game combines adventure storytelling, with old fashioned enemy destruction, and part of what makses the game so replayable is the creativity in the creation of alien enemies, and the innovative storyline. With the original Ratchet and Clank game being re-imagined for the Playstation 4, it looks like the franchise is not going anywhere any time soon, which can only be a good thing for people who like a lot of escapism and wonder in their gaming experience.
One of the longest running franchises, which I first remember playing on an old desktop PC, the Rayman franchise is still as fun today as it was in the early 2000’s. You can now get Rayman on the PSP and PS4, and it is well worth the purchase – the game is fast paced, and includes some great innovations, including levels where you run along as Rayman to music. This, along with the mini games means that there is plenty to play through the game. The game also involves local multi-player, which means that you can play along the game alone, or with a partner. Involving very little violence, Rayman proves that games don’t have to include excessive blood and gore to be a great play.
The Tomb Raider franchise is one of the games which crosses between a game for serious gamers, and for more casual players. The franchise, particularly the newest reboot instalment, does require more hand eye coordination in terms of the action parts of the game – Lara Croft does have a lot of enemies that you have to shoot to progress through the story. However, what makes the game more playable as a a casual player is that it goes beyond the running and shooting at enemies. Figuring out tombs, finding collectables and doing side missions are all integral parts of the franchise, which make it far more enjoyable as a game.