Recommendations for easy-to-learn video games that run on Windows 7
November 8, 2013 11:46 AM   Subscribe

I'd like some recommendations for easy-to-play PC-based video games that an uncoordinated person could enjoy.

I've never been much of a gamer, partly because my hand-eye coordination isn't very good, and partly because I don't have the patience to sit down and learn a complex game. However, I'm starting to get curious about the new generation of games, because the graphics are so cool-looking.

So, I want to try some video games. I have a Windows 7 PC with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a graphics card (ATI Radeon 4890 1GB PCIe).

Here are my criteria for the game (or games):
  • The games shouldn't be too difficult to learn, or should have some kind of "easy" mode where you can't die.
  • The games should have impressive graphics.
  • They should be arcade-type or action games (maybe first-person shooters), where each gaming session is reasonably short. No role-playing, adventure, simulation, or board games, please.
  • They can be played either using a standard keyboard/mouse or a Logitech F310 gamepad
  • The games should be fairly recent -- nothing like PacMan or Millipede or similar, old games.
  • The cost of the games is not an issue.
  • Violent games are OK.
Thanks for any help.
posted by alex1965 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It doesn't exactly fit your criteria, but I would highly recommend the remake/update of X-COM. It's not easy, however it is turn-based so it doesn't punish you for bad reaction times, you can take as long as you want to make a move. However, it will punish you mercilessly for poor decisions . One of the tactical missions probably takes around 20-40 minutes to complete, although the full game is composed of many of these.
posted by spatula at 12:04 PM on November 8, 2013

Orcs Must Die and Orcs Must Die 2. You dont' have to buy them through Steam as linked as far as I know it's just where I got them from.

While the graphics aren't mindblowing they are fun ie you get to watch an assortment of orcs die in many interesting ways. It's a tower defense style game, and while you can die it doesn't do much as you resurrect almost instantly but it can effect your final score. It has an arcade feel to it, and you basically are trying to stop huge waves or orcs getting from one end of a map to another using traps and shooting them. It's fun and gets the adrenaline going and is super easy to learn and a map doesn't last more than say 20 minutes or so depending on how much time you spend planning and laying the traps.
posted by wwax at 12:16 PM on November 8, 2013

You might try the Lego games from Traveller's Tales (Marvel, various DC games, Harry Potter, etc). Simple games with nice graphics for the most part, lighthearted and entertaining.

If you are interested in open world games I enjoyed Sleeping Dogs, the graphics on PC are supposed to be great (I have a PS3), and it's not one of the more difficult open world games.
posted by selfnoise at 2:33 PM on November 8, 2013

The Portal Bundle is cheap and the first Portal in particular is a wonderful introduction to first-person gaming. The puzzle chambers are relatively short and have a gentle learning curve -- not just in terms of game mechanics, but also in terms of teaching players how to navigate and get around. The first few rooms, for instance, don't even require you to worry about looking up or down.

The most recent Lego game, Lego Marvel Super Heroes actually looks great graphically, and if past Lego games are anything to go by, it'll entertaining and non-loseable. As in, you can't run out of lives or anything like that but better performance does net you a higher score.
posted by Monster_Zero at 2:34 PM on November 8, 2013

Trine 2 is a good sidescroller with impressive graphics. It involves both fighting and puzzles, with a Puzzle Assistant who gives you hints after a while. You can adjust the interval the assistant waits before giving you a hint. Combat difficulty is adjustable.

Mark of the Ninja is another sidescroller with good graphics. They look good in a cartoony kind of way. It is a stealth game which might be less up your street, but the advantage there is that getting through a level involves more planning and less lightning reflexes.
posted by squinty at 2:35 PM on November 8, 2013

Antichamber requires very little in terms of dexterity, but plenty of unconventional problem-solving.
posted by pipeski at 4:13 PM on November 8, 2013

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