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PC Games that are perfect for Newbie Gamers
By Declan Barry - 24th Jan 2021Games
These titles are a great way to start your games library
If you’re looking to get into gaming as a way to relax or connect with friends, then you’re not alone. Gaming is increasingly becoming a way to escape from the real world and relieve stress for people.
In this blog post, we will highlight ten games, with varying styles, that are perfect to become one of the first games in your collection.
Whether you’ll enjoy building a house, running fast and collecting coins, or traversing tricky terrain in a truck, there will be a game in this list that you can kick back with and relax.
The Sims 4
The Sims 4 allows you to express your creativity better than most games on the market. Whether you’re creating your own characters to extreme levels of depth - such as how high your cheekbones are, to running their lives, and determining their careers, relationships, and happiness.
This game allows you to go at your own pace, and build a virtual life as you play God for your families. Earn money as your characters and you will be able to upgrade your house with complete control of the size, contents, and even the wall colors!
Sometimes playing with experienced players will help you level up your gaming skills quicker (yes, that was a gaming pun). Overcooked! 2 is perfect for this as you can play with up to three other friends and family as you aim to complete meals for impatient diners at speed.
The mechanics of the game are pretty simple with the option to pick up, chop, and drop food in order to make delicious dishes. However, the high intensity of being on the clock for every dish means that chaos will ensue.
If you’re looking for a game where you can connect with your loved ones then there’s little better than Overcooked! 2, and you’ll soon get familiar with playing on a controller or keyboard and mouse, and the need for quick reaction times. Key skills for any future game you’ll play.
It may be tricky to go to a theme park right now, but you can always get the thrill virtually. In Planet Coaster you will be able to plan out your own park for your digital guests to enjoy.
Design the park exactly how you like with you able to create the rollercoasters yourself! If you like loop-de-loops then you can add them in to your heart’s contempt, or build a drop like no park has seen before. You are only limited by your creativity in Planet Coaster.
If that’s not all, you can even test drive the rides you create in a first-person mode that will get your adrenaline racing.
If you want something a little more real, then Tabletop Simulator allows you to connect with friends online to play your favorite board games. With fan modifications, you can choose from 1000s of real games, including Chess and Poker.
Within the game, you can also make your own game. If you want a Unicorn dungeon RPG, you can do that with the ability to import your own assets and set up dungeon scripting.
If you’re a bit of a sore loser then don’t fret, as you can also flip the table in a rage! It’s everything you love about board games but in the virtual realm.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Have you ever watched the TV at a game show and thought “I’d like to do that”. Then Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is for you.
You will progress through the courses until just one player has been crowned the winner, facing different obstacles in different games as you compete in both individual and team-based challenges. You will have to learn to master the controls and get to know the games though, with the slowest people or the losing team eliminated in each round.
With short game times, even if you don’t win, you will be back in a new game very quickly as your own adorable jelly bean. The more you play, the more you can customize your character with outfits, emotes, and color schemes to unlock.
Off-road driving doesn’t have to be muddy, you can do it virtually instead! Spintires puts you behind the wheel of massive trucks in the dangerous Russian wilderness.
Battle against extreme weather on dangerous roads with a realistic take on driving that you can use a controller or steering wheel with.
If you don’t want to play alone, you can even play with friends as you team up to traverse the landscape and use cranes in missions to save trapped vehicles from mud and water.
Most of the world knows about the blue hedgehog, Sonic. The fast-running Sonic Mania is a blend of old-style retro games that you may have played when you were younger and new mechanics.
The game is all about speed, you will be running through levels at a fast-pace as you collect coins, defeat robots, and most importantly get to the end!
With three characters to play as, including the beloved hedgehog, the game is a homage to the classic games of the past, but it has an incredible depth that will bring it to modern-day standards, whilst not being overwhelmingly complex.
Killing Floor 2
If you’re looking for a shooter game to start your journey into the popular genre with, then Killing Floor 2 is the game for you.
In the game, you fight against waves of infected, known as Zeds, in single-player or multiplayer. The game is gory, but with a variety of weapons, you will be able to master different types of shooting as you battle against the waves of the undead.
Plus, with the game being wave-based, you can hop into a new round quickly meaning that dying doesn’t leave you feeling frustrated.
Human: Fall Flat
Human: Fall Flat combines several popular game mechanics without feeling overwhelmed. In essence, the game is about solving puzzles as a little character in order to progress through the levels.
The physics of the game makes you feel like a ‘drunk baby’ and may take a few minutes to get to grips with, but once you know the basics, Human: Fall Flat is a fun game where you learn as you continue.
Each light-hearted level is based on a different place and will have new mechanics to master. For example, the industrial location will be all about switches and cranes. Whilst a medieval castle level that has you flying through the air thanks to a catapult.
All of the levels can be tackled on your own, or with friends through co-op mode. We heartily recommend playing with friends as the game is a barrel of laughs, but it’s just as good in single-player.
The game is constantly updating with new levels, the last being a neon-lit City in November 2020, so there will be reasons to go back again and again.
My Time at Portia
Building your own farm in the chill environment of My Time at Portia is a great way to end any difficult day.
In the game, you will craft items, grow crops, raise animals and befriend fellow townsfolk. You can really escape in the world of My Time at Portia with incredible relationships able to be formed within the game, and a whole world of customization with your house’s rooms, furniture, and decorations able to be personalized. It will be like a home from home!
It’s not just the farming simulation though, you can also complete tasks for villages and venture into the dungeons around the town to defeat monsters as you explore the secrets of the town.
There are also mini-games to be able to play. You can kick back and relax with some afternoon fishing, or animal riding if you so wish. In the game, the choice is yours on how you play it, and this makes it perfect for those who may not be confident in going into battle with monsters, but would like to in the future.
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