Everyone loves playing games. In fact, this pastime is arguably the most popular form of entertainment on the planet and have the real potential of engaging players for hours. Video games really hit in the late 70s, and since then we have seen a whole host of titles appear. Furthermore, there is an extremely wide range of games to choose from, all with various degrees of skill, features, graphics, audio, prizes, etc. Today, there have been loads of games which have experienced huge success, and so one of the common questions that always come up is, what actually goes into making great games? Or more to the point, what do gamers consider absolutely essential in a successful game.
First of all, there has to be a great idea. When the game is in its infancy, there has to be a vision for it and this usually includes a story and also what to expect of the gameplay too. In some cases, great gameplay will actually outweigh a good story, but in others, it’s the story which wins through. Realistically striking the right balance between great gameplay and a great storyline is the way to go, and this will help keep players engaged for longer as not only will they be enjoying how the game plays, but they will be hooked by the story too.
The look of the game is often what attracts players to play it in the first place so it’s vital that the visuals and artwork are state of the art and perfectly suited to the game. Players these days not only want the characters to look great but their surroundings and the environment too; especially with the advancements that have been made in technology of late which means there are no excuses when it comes to under par graphics. You could say that it is indeed the visuals of the game which help to immerse a player, especially with them being so realistic these days.
The visuals and artwork that goes into the game can really only take it so far, so they key is to get the gameplay spot on too. This means that the game must be easy to pick up but in a way difficult to master. People play games to be entertained and to have fun, however, they also want to be challenged as well; and this has been the case since video games ever came into existence. It has to be difficult in terms of progressing but not actually impossible, this is vital in keeping players coming back for more. If the game is too easy, with little or no effort required, the audience will quickly lose interest.
While the majority of us will have different tastes when it comes to gaming, if a game is great, we will most likely play it, whether it’s our favorite type or not. Some like the action games such as Call of Duty, while others prefer games driven by storylines like The Last Of Us. They all follow a very similar pattern though, in that, they all start with a great idea and a vision of where the game should go, together with what it should focus on. It is also worth noting that all these factors are consistent with any type of game on is considering, whether it may be video games, mobile games, and even slot games.
In fact, it is not uncommon for one theme to be employed across the board, with all types of games covered. A perfect example of this is games like Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Jurassic World, and Monopoly. These games have all been successful in their own right as video games, board games and even as online casino as well as slot games. Testimony of this is these games are some of the most successful as PlayStation games as well as being some of the most popular at renowned online casino brands like Unibet.
At the end of the day, game developers have a good idea of all the main components that need to be included for any game to have any chance of success. However, there is no real scientific or set rules that will guarantee the success of any game. Up to this day, the success of a game is just down to how the vast majority of players feel about it.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Nerd Stash. An avid gamer since I could walk and can be found in Ashland, KY, where he hopes to find inspiration and uniqueness in life by meeting awesome people, development friendships with companies, and become more nerdy.