Mobile gaming has increased exponentially over the past half decade as smartphones become more readily available. At the end of the day, the heart of most gamers will always be on the PC platform when it comes to true gaming. As laptops/PCs get smaller, faster, better and cheaper, gaming is becoming more accessible — especially for students on limited budgets.
Here are some gaming options for students who need to step away from homework for a bit and enjoy the escape video games provide. But remember what your mom and dad said, “Don’t stay up all night playing those games!”
Dota 2 and League of Legends (MOBA - Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)
MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) based games are becoming more popular by the day. There are currently two popular games out on the market, Dota 2 and League of Legends. Surprisingly, both titles and the MOBA genre itself were inspired by the mod, Defense of the Ancients, a custom game for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. You know the genre is the real deal when the United States government now recognizes League of Legends players as professional athletes. MOBA-related games have a high learning curve, but it’s extremely rewarding and fun once you get the hang of things.
Starcraft 2 (RTS - Real Time Strategy)
If you’re interested in something more macro-intensive, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is the game for you. If you’re not familiar with the RTS (Real Time Strategy), is essentially chess on hyperdrive. The player has a choice between 3 races (Terran, Protoss and Zerg), with each one having a unique play style. The thing that makes this game so unique is the fact that every single unit from every single race has a weakness. The general rule of thumb is; adapt or die.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (FPS - First Person Shooter)
You can’t have a list of games without including an FPS title. This franchise needs no introduction. Call of Duty has proven itself to be a premier IP no matter how many iterations are released. Call of Duty: Ghosts is next in line and is set for a November 5, 2013 launch date. You can bet FPS fanatics will be in line in front of Best Buy the midnight before the launch date.