Some of you are familiar with the feeling you get when you and a couple of friends gather around a screen and watch someone play, either really well, or really badly. No matter what type of game it is, there’s a shared joy in watching someone else make it through a video game.
It’s even more exciting when the person playing is a non-gamer being introduced to the video game industry. Although, there are video games they should stay away from, at least until they master the basics. But given the vastness of your video game collection, what are the best game for beginner & non-gamers?
Well, keep reading and you’ll find out. Here’s a list of 10 games for beginner & non-gamers to start with. Note that these games were taken from those available to current-gen consoles. There are still plenty of older games out there you can get started on but we wanted to keep this reasonably current.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
If you or your non-gamer friend is looking for a crash course in the mechanics of a first-person shooter, the third in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series is a fantastic place to start. The story has very little to do with the plotline of its predecessors so you’ll have no trouble following it…well, you might, but for an entirely different reason. The popular FPS game throws you straight into the action while managing to simultaneously ease you into the mechanics of the game. You’ll have an easy time of getting acquainted with it all, especially with aim-assist on.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Online
Moving at a considerably slower pace, this fantastical MMORPG is the perfect environment in which to dip into the genre. Unlike most other MMO communities, that which surrounds Elder Scrolls Online is full of other people just looking for others to share an adventure with. You’ll find little to no hostility here, in fact, others are willing to help oftentimes, and you’ll be free to learn at your own pace while savouring the memorable landscape of Tamriel.
Mortal Kombat X
If friendliness isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, you can always tear your friendship apart as you tear their characters to shreds in the famed versus fighting game, Mortal Kombat X. This fighting game is perfect for the newcomer or beginner gamer simply because winning or losing depends largely on what combinations you can remember. There’s not a huge amount of thinking to be done in this, so you don’t have to focus as one might for other video games, so you can focus on the required skill and slowly develop from the button mashing video game neonate to the masterfully dextrous gaming champion, just don’t expect anyone else to admit it.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Current-gen consoles (and PC) come with ergonomically ideal controllers, making it easier to master the controls of a variety of demanding games. Previous games in the critically acclaimed Uncharted series relied heavily on quick-time events, the latest entry however, features a combat system that allows for better movement and adaptation to the environment. That sounds technically more complicated than it should so, simply put, it’s the perfect game to begin your journey toward mastery over action/adventure RPGs, especially with the ever helpful on-screen prompts. As for the narrative of the game, the last entry in the series, as with any, may not be the most sensible place to start, but it isn’t difficult to catch up to by listening to expositional dialogue or just reading about their backstory, alternatively you could start with the entire Uncharted Collection for the full narrative experience.
If you’re eager to get into the enchanting world of video games but you’re just not sure if you’re ready for the kind of commitment (like, two hours tops) it takes to master your respective console controllers, you could look to Until Dawn to whet your appetite. With the captivating voices of such famous actors as Hayden Panettiere, Rami Malek, and Peter Stormare, and the simplicity of gameplay, Until Dawn promises an engaging tale to play through without ever asking you to think about which button does what, since it’ll be holding your hand almost the entire way.