Genres of Video Gaming

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August 12, 2021

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Well known selected gaming genres explained

Sandbox

In sandbox games, players have the opportunity to give free rein to their creativity. This can mean building a base or modeling an entire world. There, players usually play according to the "open-world principle" and are free to decide what they want to do. Examples of this are Minecraft, Garry's Mod, Onset, Staxel, Terraria and many more.

First-person shooter

In a first-person shooter game, the player plays from a first-person perspective in a three-dimensional game world, using firearms to fight other enemies. In most cases, the goal of the game is to eliminate all enemies without getting killed yourself. The first-person perspective is taken by a human or human-like being. Examples of this are Call of Duty, Battlefield, Counter Strike or ArmA.

Hack & Slay

Hack & Slay is a distinct version of the role-playing game that focuses primarily on the aspect of combat. The player's primary task is to beat monsters with various weapons or spells in order to complete a quest or get loot. An example of this is Mordhau, Last Epoch or Path of Exile.

Open-World

Open-world games are characterized primarily by the player's unrestricted freedom of movement. The player can freely decide in which direction he wants to move and which activities he wants to experience. Most of the time, the player also has the choice of which mission he wants to play, since these are not necessarily bound to an order. The most famous open-world game is Grand Theft Auto, also known as GTA.

Simulation game

A simulation game involves real processes that are reproduced as faithfully as possible in a simulation. These processes are not only simulated under audio and video effects, but try to show logical relationships as much as possible. An example of this is Farming Simulator, Satisfactory or Sims.

Survival

Survival is a subgenre of action games in which the player has the task of surviving in a world for as long as possible. In doing so, the player's basic needs must be secured, various items must be produced with the help of crafting, and enemies must be defeated. Examples of this are Ark: Survival Envolved, Conan Exiles, DayZ and Rust.

Adventure

The adventure computer game genre usually has a story in which the player experiences that story by solving puzzles. Most of the time they are single player games. Examples include Memories of Mars, Remnants, or Rune 2.