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TOP 5 Intelligent Video Games and How They Train Your Brain

Let’s be honest, for the vast majority of people video games are just the way to entertain themselves. They imagine a teenager that plays the computer for days. But today, a video game is much bigger. And to prove this statement, we want to share with you some statistics. First of all, do you know that the average male gamer is 33 years old, and for female, this parameter is even higher  - 37? In fact, not only teenagers like games. Secondly, the industry's market capitalization is steadily growing from year to year. And thirdly, according to a computer science professor at the University of Washington Dr. Popović, they may help improve the neuroscience. So games can make you smarter, keener, and quick. In this post, we took away 5 of such games. Let’s start!

The Last of Us Remastered

Genre: Action-adventure and survival horror game. 

The Last of Us Remastered gameplay

The initial release of the game was in 2013 when it was designed for the PlayStation 3. In 2014, the Naughty Dog, game’s developer, announced the release of the new version in this series – The Last of Us Remastered. It has a lot of new features to improve the gameplay, enhance graphics and rendering, for example, increasing draw distance and higher frame rate.  And with all these improvements, the title also includes one of the best pieces of DLC ever made. Not in vain, the Last of Us Remastered get over 200 Game of the Year awards. 

The title is played from a third-person perspective. You will find yourself on Earth that is radically changed after the pandemic. All the people became wild and have to kill each other for food and weapons. You will play as Joel. His mission is to smuggle Ellie, a 14 years-old girl. But what first looks like a quick and small job transforms into a long and dangerous traveling across the USA. You need to think really creatively and be brave to complete the mission in a post-apocalyptic world. Can you save the girl without dying? The game helps to train your strategic and tactical abilities and teaches to be attentive to details in an interesting way. 

BioShock Series

Genre: The first-person shooter game. 

BioShock Series gameplay

The game was developed by three companies: Irrational Games, 2K Australia, 2K Marin, and published by 2K Games. It is considered as a spiritual sequel to the System Shock series, on which the core team of developers had worked before. BioShock combines the elements from the first-person shooter and computer role-playing game. The series has three games that were released in a period from 2007 to 2013. In fact, BioShock games are an example of one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. For example, as for May 2019, more than 33 million copies were sold across the world. Also, the game has a mobile version that was developed in 2009 by IG Fun. 

This series is notable giving the person freedom to make a decision in the game. It is called immersive sim. In the BioShock, users have a relatively broad array of their abilities to create an unusual solution. The game allows for multiple approaches and ways of gameplay development. Moreover, it raises a lot of moral and philosophical questions, especially about objectivism and American exceptionalism. The first game in the series describes the world similar to the one in the Ayn Rand books, the second game is more focused on the individualist's extremism. You always need to make the difficult moral choices to pass the game. 

Deus Ex

Genre: Stealth, action role-playing, and first-person shooter game. 

Deus Ex game poster

It is one of the most famous games’ series in the role-playing video games category. It consists of six titles: the first of them was released in 2000. You can download Deux Ex on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PlayStation, Wii U, and Xbox. What makes the game stand out is the combination of different gameplay styles and genres such as adventure, role-playing, and first-person shooter. The interesting fact is that before the Deus Ex appearance, most of the shooter games didn’t have a completed and detailed plot.

The game really checks your stealth. Without this ability, it is almost impossible to win the Deux Ex. Also, your choice is the crucial feature and the factor that influences and changes not only the game’s world around you but also the behavior of non-player characters. If you always dream about feeling yourself as a human with enhanced technology abilities, this is your chance. The game teaches you to interact with different characters and get useful information from them, also you will know a lot about the terrorist world. 

Victoria II

Genre: Grand strategy game. 

Victoria II gameplay

If you need to boost your strategic skills, Victoria II is the game that you shouldn’t miss. It was developed by Paradox Interactive in 2010. Since then, the title gained a lot of popularity across the world. The game is a sequel to Europe Universalis but it has a number of improvements including streamlined interface, automatization of various tasks (trade and population promotion), and others. 

Victoria II copes with a lot of aspects of life that you have to manage in economic, political, diplomatic, military, and technological spheres. All events take place in the 19th-20th-century (from 1836 to 1936). Your task is to think about the lands that you need to colonize like Sub-Saharan Africa or North-Western Canada. Victoria II rises all problems and troubles referred to industrialization and socio-political changes in a country that has 8 different government types. In the beginning, you need to choose the country which you want to rule and guide it to the mighty state. Can you save the balance between different social groups and keep the crisis from spinning out of control?

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Genre: Action role-playing, third-person shooter, and space opera game. 

Mass Effect: Andromeda game poster

It is the newest game on our list. Mass Effect: Andromeda was released in March 2017 and developed by the Canadian company BioWare for the Xbox, Windows, PlayStation, Wii U, Android, and iOS platforms. Although, the initial release was in 2007. As for March 2018, at least 2.5 million retail copies of the last game’s version in a series has been shipped for $110 million in revenue. It is an ideal variant to play for all people keen on space adventures and science. And we advise you to pass all previous three games before playing the Andromeda because they all tell a consistent story. 

You will assume the role of Commander Shepard in the game, a soldier who has to save the galaxy from Reapers — dangerous mechanical creatures. It strongly reflects every choice you make, and, according to that decision, has multiple endings. You will be really impressed by the storyline where a lot of things and events have a scientific base. So if you want to improve your knowledge about space, pump the ability to creative thinking and just enjoy the game, you definitely need to try Mass Effect. 

To Sum Up

It is obvious that despite the reputation of a time-waster, video games can really help you to train your brain abilities in an unusual and fun way. Action games are useful if you want to boost your fast thinking, ability to focus or train the memory. Puzzles can pump the brain function, and games from the strategy category improve so-called ‘cognitive flexibility’. These effects were proved by the number of different scientific studies. And what is your favorite game’s category and why? Share with us in the comments below.

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