When you choose video games you might be choosing them as a gift, or for your children, and you know how to do that, but what about when you are choosing games for yourself? The following are some simple solutions for making your way through the millions of available video games so you can choose the one that is right for you:
1.Choose a game genre or category. With the endless options out there, it is important that you narrow those down by choosing what kind of games you prefer. You might like RPGs while someone else likes simulators. So, narrow the choices out there by choosing a category that fits your interests. If you like several kinds, then look at the games you have and choose the five you like best from that and determine from that what genre you prefer the most.
2.Next, check out the popular gaming websites for your chosen genre of game. For example, if you chose an RPG, then check GameSpy and see if it recommends any RPGs. There are a lot of game sites, and places for gamers to post reviews, so take the time to do some research. It is amazing how much you can determine about whether or not you will like a game by looking at information about it. If you read a review that says it rocks because there are lots of cool explosions, etc. you might see the part about explosions and say, “Not for me.” Even though the review was positive, your feelings may be negative.
3.Go to your local or cheapest games shop. There is a good chance that the person at the counter is pretty familiar with gaming, and plays often. So ask if they know of any good games in your genre. If you are unsure about their selection, ask why they chose that. Thye may love it and have totally different interests then you. Next, ask what they sell the most of. You may find that while they love MMORPG, they sell a lot of simulation games.
4.Once someone tells you about a game they recommend, you have to make sure you are not getting spoofed, so check the price. The most expensive isn’t always the best, and you do not want to buy a game on recommendation that is going to put you out a whole lot of money without knowing you want to play it. So, make sure that you check the back of the box, and see what it says about the game. You can always ask if you can play it. Some shops let you test games.
5.Buy from a shop that allows returns/exchanges/refunds. Sometimes a game can look good but can actually play poorly, or is just not good for you. So, this is a good way to choose the right game because it means that if it is not the right game you can trade it for one that is right for you. Some places won’t let you return new games, so buy used.
6.Play the game before you buy it. A great way to choose the right video games for you is to test them out. Go to a rental store and try the game out. If you like it, then you can spend money to buy it. If you don’t, you are only out the three or four dollars it costs to rent it.
7.Talk to your friends. A lot of people play video games with their friends, and their friends play similar games, so your friends could tell you what games they enjoy, and chances are you will enjoy them as well.