Gamers like to play the types of games they’re familiar with. If you really like role-playing games, you probably play a lot of RPGs and may not touch sports games or puzzlers or first-person shooters. On the other hand, many gamers dabble in numerous genres rather than specialize in a few. Whatever your personal preferences, digging into an entirely new genre can be a somewhat uncomfortable experience. It’s a commitment to learning new rules and tactics, almost like learning a whole new sport. This process is what makes crossing into the new territory both challenging and exciting. The following genres are ones that have piqued our interest for some time, but that we just haven’t found the time to dive into yet.
The recent appearance of the Soulslike genre is super interesting to me. I’ve heard nothing but glowing things about the Dark Souls series, but the games’ reputation for punishing difficulty and the commitment it entails has kept me away. Although Dead Cells fits more into the “roguelike” category, its surface level similarities to Dark Souls’ leveling system is one of my first forays into games where death is truly punishing rather than inconvenient. I’m hoping that my newfound addiction to Motion Twin’s sidescroller can trigger a deep dive into the masochistic heart of FromSoftware’s Souls series and its imitators.
I feel like I really missed out on the Battle Royale craze. PUBG seems so 2017 and even though Fortnite is still hot, I don’t want to invest the time to become decent at it. The concept of an entire genre emerging around the concept of Last Man Standing is super cool though. Nobody wants to give credit where its due. Smash Bros. for Wii U started this trend with 8-player Smash. And if Smash Ultimate gives us 100-player Smash, that’s when I’ll go all in on the Battle Royale genre.
CRPGs are a genre of games that has interested me but never grabbed me. One, I’ve never owned a gaming PC, but they’ve also always felt so complicated and imposing. Yet games like Baldurs Gate, Pillars of Eternity, and the original Fallout games are held in such high regard by those that played them, it’s always intrigued me.
After having learned to play and enjoy tabletop RPGs such as D&D, and having experiences from modern RPGs that have taken cues from CRPGs such as the recent Fallout games and even Mass Effect, I feel I am in a better place to appreciate the pace and complexity of this genre. And with games like Divinity Original Sin receiving carefully crafted ports to fit a console experience, it seems the timing has never been better for me to get on board… that is if it weren’t for Spider-Man and Red Dead 2 just around the corner.