video games are pretty cool. knowing my audience you’d probably agree, but some games are a perfect blend of story, gameplay, sound, and are more an experience rather then a game.
section 1: story/lore
i’ll put it here: not every video game needs everything here. example: doom 2016. or really any doom game. there’s barely any story or deep lore, and more just says “here gun go there shoot thing”
some games also only do one thing, like hollow knight. there’s not really any deep story i think please don’t hurt me, but there’s something bad going on and you can tell.
however, sometimes you get a game which is the perfect blend. and these games hit different. example: titanfall 2. i won’t spoil anything, but it’s usually 20, 30 bucks on steam and you have no excuse to not buy it. the story and lore are a bit weak, but the ending kinda just makes you sit back the first time you play through it.
section 2: gameplay
of course, a game can’t just show you story and not have good gameplay, or else it’s not really a game.*
oh, hi there mr. asterisk! like with story, there’s always exceptions to the rules. like abzu, a game i’ve played recently. it has an ok story, but the gameplay is mostly just you swimming around with no risk. and you should also play it
a key example of good gameplay is left 4 dead 2. less story based, but the core gameplay loop of get gun / shoot zombie / loot / shoot more zombie / safe room is a fantastic thing, and it’s a good game. there’s also the reload animations but we don’t have time to go on a massive tangent
section 3: sound
i’m going to dive straight into two examples: fallout new vegas and minecraft.
fallout new vegas is a first person shooter which has amazing sound design and also radio new vegas. a cool feature of the game is that your pip-boy (read: inventory/map/etc that makes canonical sense) can pick up radio signals. sometimes this is used for a quest, sometimes not, but radio new vegas is just fun. it mostly plays good songs from the 50s and has an ai newsman that loosely keeps track of your progress and generally narrates slightly.
and then there’s minecraft. you DID NOT have a childhood if you didn’t hear this playing the legacy version of minecraft on your xbox 360 or playstation 4.
they told c418 “hey just make something light and fun for creative mode” and this man wrote a MODERN MASTERPIECE.
in conclusion you need to buy every game i’ve talked about here. they are all just good. thanks for reading or something.