Gamers are known for having hyper-specific interests. Most stick to certain gaming genres, whether MOBAs or FPSs or casual storytelling games. Even if a gamer switches genres, jumping from a game like GTA to Red Dead Redemption, they’re likely to stick to what they know.
Much of that comes down to gaming mechanics and even gaming format. In other words, once a gamer has gotten accustomed to playing something like Counter-Strike on a PC, they’re unlikely to switch the game or the format. They can respond in-game with muscle memory, which helps them perform better.
Though it’s common for gamers to stick to their favorite titles, it can prevent them from trying out something new—and possibly even finding a game that meets their interests better. If making a larger jump is too scary, then consider shifting toward a new game that’s similar to one of your favorites. Start with the suggestions below.
From Poker to Blackjack
For fans of card games
Though not nearly as popular as a poker variant like Texas Hold’em, blackjack is played at just as many online and brick-and-mortar locations around the world. And it’s not uncommon for poker pros to make the switch to blackjack.
In some cases, it’s to help develop their critical thinking skills by undertaking new challenges. In other cases, it’s about using the skills they’ve already developed to beat the house. After all, poker involves bluffing, raising, and dozens of hand rankings… but the challenges in blackjack are a lot more straightforward and based on hardboiled probabilities.
From Hearthstone to Gwent
For fans of DCCGs
At the moment, Hearthstone is considered the world’s most popular digital collectible card game. The game draws on the popularity of Warcraft, which remains a cult classic in the gaming industry. But what about Gwent, another digital collectible card game? The original release came back in 2017, drawing on the popularity of The Witcher franchise similar to Hearthstone and Warcraft.
If you’re a fan of Hearthstone, you’ll find that Gwent offers a more skill-based approach to the game. The latter is more about flash, including unique animations and plenty of incredible voice acting. In other words, it’s all about having fun… while Gwent will push DCCG fans to strategize with every turn.
From Monument Valley to Alto’s Adventure
For fans of visual design
Monument Valley helped put casual mobile gaming on the map when it was first released. The indie project requires players to navigate an increasingly difficult series of optical illusions, combining adventure, stunning graphics, and a few mind-bending puzzles. It’s a tough premise to top—but Alto’s Adventure just might do it.
With a similar feel given its dreamy graphics, Alto’s Adventure is a ‘runner’ title. Rather than interact with optical illusions, players have to keep their character snowboarding through an endless winter wonderland.
From Zelda to Dark Souls
For fans of adventure RPGs
Zelda is one of the world’s most recognizable video game franchises. And why wouldn’t it be? Over the course of 29 releases, Nintendo has turned Link into a cultural icon. Each release stands out for its adventure, fighting, and narrative sequences… but it may fail to hit the right note with gamers who prefer more adult themes.
If you love the adventurous nature of Link’s exploits, then consider upgrading to Dark Souls, another open-world RPG. But buckle up for the ride. Along with Zelda classics, Dark Souls is regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time… along with one of the most difficult.
From Grand Theft Auto to Minecraft
For fans of open-world sandboxes
A sandbox game is an open-world game that allows players to craft their own adventures. Rather than follow a progressive storyline, gamers decide when they undertake side missions—or just wreak havoc in general. Worldwide, Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft are the most popular open-world sandboxes.
Minecraft takes the cake as the best-selling video game of all time with over 17 million active players. If you’ve been enjoying the mindless chaos of GTA, then consider switching to Minecraft. It includes various modes that enliven the action, including launching clan wars or basic survival.