There are definitely those of us in the gaming community who think that we are bad at gaming. I’ll be honest, up until recently, I counted myself as part of that list, and I’m only just beginning to feel a bit more confident in my gaming abilities. If you think of yourself as a bad gamer and you’d like to improve or at least play some games where you can feel comfortable, these top five easy-peasy games will be a great place to start.
Coming in at number five is a great starter game for anyone nervous about learning how to handle the controls of a game. Pokemon Sword & Shield (they both have the same gameplay, so it’s dealer’s choice) are a part of the Pokemon legacy of making great games easily playable for players of all kinds.
The structure of the games is easy to understand, and the controls are simple in design, so it doesn’t take much practice to completely master everything you need to know how to do on the controller. Pokemon Shield is actually the game that got me back into gaming after years of not playing, and it was a great leaping-off point that helped get me confident on a controller once again.
In fourth place is a game that anyone can pick up and enjoy with very little gaming experience: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game walks you through the controls you will need to know as you become situated on your island, and all of the controls are uncomplicated. Also, in terms of gameplay, there aren’t any stressful scenarios, and you can play entirely at your own pace. AC:NH is a great game in general, and for those of you who aren’t confident in your gaming skills, it will be a great place to start in a relaxing setting.
Coming in at number three, if you’re looking for a little more adventure but want something that will ease you into the game, World of Warcraftis an excellent choice. Yes, there’s plenty of action and adventure, but you can move at your own pace, and you don’t have to do anything too scary if you don’t feel ready for it.
One of the best parts of WoW for hesitant players is that the bad guys you face off against match your level as you move up in the game, so you never have to battle against enemies which are majorly above your level (unless you go up against elite monsters). It’s a small thing, but it’s wonderful that the game moves with you so you can get better without constantly being beaten down.
In second place, for a fun adventure that doesn’t have many controls to master, Among Us is ideal for players who want something fun, but low pressure. Among Us is easy to understand and even easier to play once you get started. The best part is that you can play with your friends, and even though you might be labeled as sus if you move a bit slowly at first (yes, I was pretty sus when I first played), playing with people who know you and can be patient as you learn the gameplay is one of the best ways to ease into a game.
And in first place, naturally, the Super Mario games are excellent for players looking for a stepping stone into the world of gaming because they’re designed for players of all ages and skill levels. If you’re looking for one to start out with, Super Mario Odyssey gives you a taste of everything you could want in a Super Mario game. With recognizable characters, easy-to-learn gameplay, and a low-pressure adventure to get you started, Super Mario Odyssey will put you on the path to feeling comfortable with any type of game.
If you’re nervous to jump into gaming, the worst thing you can do is miss out. Once you pick a game and get started, you’re guaranteed to find that it’s easier than you expected. Any of these games would be a great place to start, and the most important thing is that you find a game which is comfortable to play, but lots of fun, too!