With the increasing popularity of video games, those unacquainted with the activity may be interested in taking it up as a hobby. Not only is there an overwhelming selection of games — some are also unfriendly to beginners.
To help those new to video games, this list contains three 2018 titles that are accessible while still being compelling enough to demonstrate the best of what the medium has to offer.
1. ‘Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker’
Like many other puzzle titles, “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker” is a fitting choice for those with little to no video game experience — because of its genre, the main objective of each level is clear-cut.
Typically, each stage contains a three-dimensional environment in which players can take full control of a character. As a result, this “Super Mario” spinoff feels more like a traditional video game than the mobile titles many imagine when they think of the puzzle genre.
In most levels, players navigate adventurer Captain Toad or his friend Toadette through miniature, diorama-like settings. Because of the small scale of these locations, the game isn’t intimidating to those accustomed to the simpler puzzle titles found on their phones.
The puzzles involve observing and manipulating the environment to guide Captain Toad or Toadette to collectibles. However, because the game’s camera usually allows for thorough investigation, these collectibles rarely feel too secluded.
Though not the most difficult game around, its large number of collectibles and inclusion of bonus objectives make for a title deep enough to be fulfilling.
2. ‘Diablo III: Eternal Collection’
When players look at their profiles in “Diablo III: Eternal Collection,” they may feel intimidated at the highly detailed statistics regarding their characters’ attributes and gear.
Although these statistics are useful for those who wish to take on the game’s hardest challenges, thorough knowledge of their meaning isn’t a requirement to enjoy the experience.
Generally, as long as players keep leveling up and gathering gear with overall higher attribute values, they can find success in the campaign and the lower-tier trials in Adventure Mode, which provides a practically endless amount of enemy-filled dungeons to conquer.
Players level up and acquire better gear by overcoming foes. Fortunately for those seeking an accessible game, combat in “Diablo III: Eternal Collection” is simple, as there are no button combos to master or complex attack patterns to memorize.
However, because players must choose the battle abilities that suit them best, the combat manages to feel engaging.
3. ‘Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition’
“Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition” is both an action and strategy game, but its compound nature doesn’t make it too complicated for new gamers.
As an entry in the “Dynasty Warriors” franchise, its combat is similar to that of “Diablo III: Eternal Collection” — players can assault enemy hordes with little restraint. Victory is no guarantee, though, as players must make sure they’re powerful enough to attack efficiently.
Overcoming enemies as quickly as possible is crucial to winning the game’s levels, which usually comprise large-scale battles between opposing armies. As enemies lie all over the map, players can’t spend too much time fighting just one.
Because of these enemies’ prevalence, players must also decide how to prioritize them. With strategy that involves time management rather than the memorization of intricate systems, the tactical gameplay is straightforward but engrossing.
Unlike this year’s “Warriors Orochi 4,” this “Dynasty Warriors” spinoff does not require players to have prior knowledge of the game’s universe to appreciate its story. Though based on the “Legend of Zelda” franchise, it allows those unfamiliar with the series to follow along easily.