Videogames have incredibly diverse genres in which they choose to provide entertainment. We have action adventures, fantasy genre, horror genre, all of which have given us many incredible products over the years. Sometimes though, the developers choose to not cross the boundaries of reality, and create entertainment value solely through activities that are possible to replicate in real life.
Casinos on the other hand have been around for centuries now, proving the industry to be super consistent and exciting for millions of people. With various thrilling high-risk high-reward mini-games, often built around the RNG system and luck, it is not difficult to see why so many people have indulged in them.
What happens when these two hyper successful entertainment industries merge with each other, and when videogame developers choose to provide sort of a simulation as to what casino mini-games are like in real life. Well, we get games similar to that which we will cover below, by briefly discussing the game itself, as well as the mechanical implementation of the actual casino system.
Number 3, Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy IXV is the one that implemented the casino mini-games system, but before that let us briefly talk about the game itself. Final Fantasy is an MMORPG (Massively Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game) that puts thousands of active players in massive worlds filled with exciting enemies and combat system, and overall interesting exploration.
Currently Developed by Square Enix, Final Fantasy is one of the most successful in the genre, as would be evident from the amount of games the franchise has produced, which, not including remakes stands at sixteen. It is important to note however, that the games themselves are not connected or intertwined, and stand alone in lore, often is separate worlds.
Back to the Final Fantasy IXV though, the adventure takes place in the vast world called Eorzea. As you get tired of slaying dragons, or exploring rich dungeons there is an option to sort of unwind at a place that may be familiar. It may not be expected for a fantasy RPG game set in medieval times to have casino mechanics, but they are present there nonetheless, and fit in great due to constant high active player count.
The place is called the gold saucer, and as you play mini-games and win, you get MGPs, similar to casino chips, that you can trade for other items in the game. Because of the setting, you will not see some classis games like slots for example, but you still have chances to win expensive lotteries, while participating in other games like Doman Mahjong.
Number 2, Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption 2 is often regarded as simply one of the greatest videogames ever created, and is not hard to see why. Rockstar studios simply nailed so many aspects of the project that make it iconic, ranging from technological elements like visuals and audio, to performances which are regarded as top notch in the industry.
Set in the late 18th and early 19th century, during the decline of the old west, the game provides a western theme, open world action-adventure experience, impressing many mechanically as well as writing wise. As you immerse yourself in the beautiful, massive open world, and get invested in the resolution of the story and the fate of the characters, there are other activities present in the game that may help you relax and have more calm experience.
Red Dead Redemption 2 specifically, offers a decent selection of classic casino mini-games, ranging from blackjack casino classics to poker. Unlike online casinos, where users play for real money rewards, these mini-games are tied to the game’s currency system, which makes the experience worthwhile. There are even options to play games against real people, now that RD online is available, spicing up the matches further.
Number 1, Grand Theft Auto
GTA series is one of the most popular franchises out there, and to many it would be no surprise it occupies the top spot on the list. In fact, financially Grand Theft Auto V is the most successful videogame of all time, bringing in a total of 7.7 Billion Dollars across the ridiculous 170 million copies sold.
GTA V’s single player is often praised for its open world and incredible amount of activities and opportunities one has to entertain themselves. Aside from the decently crafted story and missions, surprisingly likable main characters, side quests and exploration of Los Santos, there are countless activities including sports Mini-games such as tennis or racing, skydiving or submarine exploring, visiting clubs or bars as well as purchasing and organizing businesses.
Surprisingly though, the casino element is introduced not in the mainline single player mode with Michael, Trevor and Franklin, but with the Online mode, which often does get criticism for being way too dependent on further micro transactions. Sticking to the topic though, GTA Online has the most diverse selection of Casino mini-games, as it is set in modern times, replicating actual casinos present in real life.
Along with many other activities, in GTA Online, whatever tool a player may want to use in order to test out their luck, the casino system will have it. That includes card games, roulette, as well as slots and baccarat.
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