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10 video games that never bore (2022)

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Video games are meant to be a playable medium, which players can put down and come back to later and pick up right away. They are supposed to be an enticing experience, with stunning visuals and intriguing gameplay that will keep users engaged for as long as possible.

However, even the best forms of entertainment media can get tedious at some point, and video games also suffer from this. However, every now and then a title comes along that becomes an instant hit and offers such a unique combination of story and gameplay that players can’t help but return to it at least once a year, if not more.

Such video games offer a great deal of replayability and narrative that audiences don’t mind re-experience due to their wholesome or exciting nature.

Note: This article reflects the views of the writer.


10 video games that gamers can’t help but return to

1) The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

That The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim became an instant commercial success indicates how good the game was. Developer Bethesda apparently caught on to this soon enough, as Skyrim has now been re-released so many times that it’s hard to keep track.

Skyrim’s appeal comes from its simple yet epic level of fantasy storytelling and the flexibility it offers players. Customizing the look of your character is one thing, but Skyrim’s various character attributes allow for a wide range of builds that you can freely create and try out.

The third aspect that gives this game an endless amount of replay value is the freely available user-generated mods. Bethesda officially recognized them in the Special Edition, which included mod support in the game’s menu.

This feature allowed console users to access certain mods for the first time.


2) Apex Legends

There are numerous Battle Royale video games, but there is a reason why Apex Legends ranks first in terms of player count among other titles like PUBG and Fortnite. The title from developer Respawn Entertainment originally went on sale on February 14, 2019 as a free-to-play game.

Since then, it has slowly grown in popularity due to its version of the game for a Battle Royale title. The action moves quickly in Apex games, where hesitation is usually rewarded with a quick kill.

The fast-paced gameplay is the result of an intuitive control scheme that allows players to quickly jump, slide, climb, and even take to the skies to keep moving.

Aside from gameplay, Apex Legends continually adds new characters with each seasonal update, ensuring that things never get stale. Each character has some distinct traits and abilities that can be used in battle and are crucial to victory when playing as a team.

Apex is in its 14th season and offers 22 playable characters to choose from in each match.


3) Hitman 3

Since the dawn of the series, Hitman has always featured video games that boast replay value. IO Interactive’s latest installment in this stealth game franchise is Hitman 3, which brings together the best aspects of all previous games in one package.

The game consists of numerous levels that are playable once they are completed for the first time. There are additional challenges for each location to keep things interesting, some of which will require multiple playthroughs to finish.

Challenges unlock new items, which in turn help in more matches and open up new opportunities for target takedowns and ideas for creative kills.

In addition to the main story objectives, the title offers a growing selection of user-created contracts that others can attempt. Other modes like Illusive Targets, Sniper Assassin, and Escalation are also present, never making the game feel boring or repetitive.


4)Dota2

Starting out as a Warcraft 3 mod, Dota 2 has since expanded into its own franchise with its highly successful game, which has also recently been accompanied by an animated show. In this multiplayer online battle arena video game, or MOBA, teams of five players face off against each other to capture each other’s base of operations.

The game offers over a hundred heroes to choose from, with each player’s chosen hero leveling up and gaining more power as the game progresses. No two games are the same in Dota 2 and they can last up to an hour as users command troops, destroy enemy structures and fight each other.

Dota 2 is one of two titles that grew out of the Warcraft 3 mod titled Defense of the Ancients (the other being League of Legends). Since then, the game has grown tremendously as a multiplayer video game title, with new content, game modes, and heroes to play.


5) Grand Theft Auto 5

Rockstar Games’ most popular video game franchise has always been the Grand Theft Auto series. The latest installment is GTA 5, released almost a decade ago in 2013. The game took the series to new heights with an immersive open world, a fun story, and some exciting gameplay elements.

One of the most attractive factors of a GTA game is the sandbox that is offered to players as a recreation of the real world, where they can cause as much chaos as they want. GTA 5 did this spectacularly with a realistic layout of Los Santos and outlying areas that served as the game’s main map.

While running around with a bazooka and shooting unsuspecting AI pedestrians can be fun, the story is a great adventure that shouldn’t be ignored. This is possibly one of the best GTA stories to date, with three playable protagonists and a story that will never let users get bored.


6) rust

This multiplayer-only survival video game is the ultimate post-apocalyptic simulator for those who want to prove themselves in such a world. Co-developed by Facepunch Studios and Double Eleven, Rust was made available for PC on February 8, 2018 and received an Xbox One and PS4 release on May 21, 2021.

In the video game, players enter a new server every month, in which they must start with nothing more than a rock and a torch (yes, everyone is naked the first few days). They must form alliances with others to form clans, build bases, collect resources, and even attack rivals for certain supplies.

After creating suitable armor and weapons, users are free to participate in the server as they wish until it is eventually removed. They can go hunting, become merchants, or even warlords; the game does not discriminate.

Other players will react accordingly or in a similar way, leading to clan battles, stealth raids, or direct discussion in voice chat.


7) control

Control is the latest independent title from Remedy Entertainment, in which players take on the role of Jesse Faden. When he finds himself in the Oldest House, a building in midtown Manhattan that serves as the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control, he is swept up in the adventure of a lifetime.

The gameplay of this video game is so unique and fun that it is difficult to find another title that feels the same. Control starts out as a reasonably simple third-person shooter, but it takes a decidedly supernatural turn when Jesse gains access to various abilities. After a certain point, it becomes a power fantasy for users.

With the ability to levitate, telekinetically pull and throw objects, and bend the minds of weak enemies, Jesse almost becomes the equivalent of a Jedi. The story picks up the pace whenever the action slows down, keeping every moment tense and full of anticipation.


8) Rise of the Monster Hunter

The Monster Hunter series comprises some excellent video game titles that are best enjoyed when played multiplayer. The latest in this long-running franchise is Monster Hunter Rise, which released on March 26, 2021 and recently received its first DLC in the form of Sunbreak.

The premise of Monster Hunter Rise is simple and it’s best not to overthink it. Players are tasked with hunting giant monsters with the help of their companions Palico and Palamute. However, having fun with another player is also an option for extra help and extra fun times.

Teaming up with a friend and going out to kill monsters is a pretty surreal experience, and the title offers a pretty diverse selection of animals to hunt. Hunting monsters allows users to craft items that they can use to craft new gear or iconic weapons that will be more effective against higher level monsters.


9) Sims 4

The Sims is one of the most popular video games of all time and will apparently continue to be so for years to come. The latest title in the series, Sims 4, turns eight years old this September and has seen a host of updates and expansion packs that have greatly added to its fun factor.

As with previous titles, The Sims 4 focuses on a personal experience, allowing players to create their own worlds of people and communities that they can control to almost any extent. While some enjoy the simulation of these titles, others immerse themselves in the creation aspect.

The Sims video games have always been an endlessly entertaining experience, allowing people to live out their wildest dreams. With the news that Sims 5 will be a multiplayer-oriented offering, it will be interesting to see if developer Maxis will retain the single-player focus, or if it will.


10) Destiny 2

One of the most popular free-to-play cooperative multiplayer video games is Destiny 2. Every time developer Bungie releases a new expansion pack, the servers light up with players flooding in to enjoy the new content.

It’s now iconic how the title can so safely rely on its user base that it’s almost an in-game joke among gamers.

One of the critical elements of Destiny 2 that makes this game so addictive is its gunplay. Bungie was the developer that put the ideal gunplay into the spotlight back in 2000 with the first Halo game, so it’s only natural that its indie property would show the same caliber, if not more (weapons joke there, for those they missed it).

Teaming up with friends or even random players online and taking on quests in Destiny 2 is considered one of the best co-op experiences out there today. The title is also quite beginner-friendly, with a proper tutorial and some easy-to-complete quests that net you some nice loot.

Note: This article is subjective and reflects the author’s opinion.


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