10 Best Video Games for Beginners
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.
The same can be said for any of the numerous Telltale games out there—Telltale Batman, Telltale Game of Thrones, and Telltale The Walking Dead, to name a few. These episodic point-and-click adventures feature thrilling stories, a heavy focus on storytelling and dialogue options. If you’ve never even looked at a video game before, you’ll find that these games each offer an amazing place to start. There are various changes in pace and you’ll quickly learn to master quick-time events, which every gamer knows is ‘gaming 101’.
Some of you might say, “I don’t need anyone holding my hand, certainly not a video game!” well then try Tomb Raider, the game that’ll give you training wheels while letting you feel as though you did it all by yourself. Yes it’ll give you the occasional on-screen prompt and quick-time events are present but, for the most part, you’re free to succeed or fall prey to the mysterious island of Yamatai. It is quite evident, just looking at the level design, that this game wants you to survive, and like a questionably strict parent, it’ll punish you dearly for failing. You’ll face waves of enemies, the difficulties of which increase just gradually enough that you or your gaming newbie friend will be able to adapt and really familiarise yourselves with the controls. It’s a great way of easing yourself into third-person action/adventure games.
If action/adventure isn’t quite your thing, and limitless world-building entices you, the famed Minecraft is something we definitely recommend you look into. You’ve probably seen screenshots of the creative monoliths users have spent countless hours building and maintaining. Despite the threat of green cubic zombies or spiders, Minecraft is a game in which you can calmly mine for resources, and construct anything you can think of. The really fantastic thing about this game is that it’s incredibly easy to learn and can be played in both first and third person.
Infamous: Second Son
The first thing you should know about this game is that it is aesthetically awe-inspiring. If you want an epic introduction into video games, Infamous: Second Son may just be the intro for you. The story and world in which it is set is not wholly connected to the rest of the Infamous series so you don’t need to worry about feeling lost. In fact, the entire game is quite beginner friendly, from the aforementioned story to gameplay in general. You can feel free to traverse over this fictional Seattle and destroy everything like only a delinquent turned-super powered hero/villain (depending on your choices) can. The protagonist, Delsin, is easy to control and it makes manoeuvring across the city that much more enjoyable for third-person fledglings.
Rome: Total War II
There are games out there that challenge the strategic mind, none better for the newcomer than Rome: Total War II which, as with others in the Total War franchise features both RTS (Real-Time Strategy) and turn-based strategy elements, so you can either rule from above and conquer Europe with complete confidence in your generals and armies or, you can micromanage and lead your armies into every battle you face, and make no mistake, you will face a lot. The game includes a thorough tutorial for the beginner gamers, so you won’t just be thrown to your place atop the empire with no idea of what you can and can’t do, unlike some. We’re looking at you, Elagabalus!