To begin with, it is worth determining on which platform you are looking for the game, so as not to accidentally buy the wrong disc.
When it comes to consoles, then it is worth finding out what games your gadget will “pull”. As a rule, set-top boxes have a minimal designation or logo that will help you understand the name or at least the abbreviation of the device.
If the choice is between games on a PC, then you need to check the technical specifications of your computer in order to understand whether this or that video game can start and work normally.
If you are not sure about the performance of the game on a PC or cannot figure out how good your components are, then in this case it is better to contact a store consultant, having previously learned the characteristics of your computer.
For example, if you have a GeForce GTX 10XX video card, an i7 processor, and at least 8 GB of RAM, then most games, including new ones, will definitely start for you. You can also not worry if the PC was purchased recently, and it cost about 1000 USD.
As a rule, by looking at the back of the game packaging (or its description on the store page), you can find the minimum and recommended requirements for launching. By comparing these to your PC’s characteristics, you can see how well the game will perform.
But it should be remembered that the minimum specifications guarantee you the game at low graphics settings with a low resolution (720p), and the recommended ones, as a rule, show the characteristics of a PC that can run the game at the highest settings in 1080p or 4K resolution.
Now let’s move on to choosing a game, which can be a real challenge for a beginner. Considering that a person has only recently become acquainted with video games, he will not immediately understand which game is worth buying, and what it is.
If you don’t have your favorite genre or series of games yet, then make your choice in the popular section. It shows the games that other players buy most often. Among them, as a rule, video games, highly acclaimed by both critics and the general public. Buying them should satisfy any gamer.
However, do not forget to look at the genre of the selected game. After all, if you are looking for a traditional Shooter, then it is better to take one of the games like the Far Cry series, and not dwell on Mortal Kombat (Fighting genre), even if it is bought more often.
If you have a favorite genre, then try to stick to it for a while and not experiment too much, because a newbie who likes Shooter is unlikely to immediately like RPG.
It may not be worth buying new items right away, which on the release date can cost from 1,000 to 1,700 US. After all, for example, an excellent game Batman Arkham Knight can now be bought for 800 UAH. This way you save money and get a good video game to boot.
Also, if you liked a video game, but you are not sure about its gameplay, then try looking for a demo version. It will give you the opportunity to get acquainted with the possible acquisition and finally decide.
HOW TO CHOOSE A GAME FOR A CHILD
Choosing a game for a child is not as difficult as it might seem. If you need an educational game, then it is better to contact a consultant or go to the appropriate section. Similar games are of approximately the same quality. Here it is already worth choosing, focusing on the characters who will teach the child. If he likes fairy tales more, it is better to take the game where there are similar characters.
If a child needs a regular video game, then it is best to focus on two things: genre and age limit.
The most common genres that are suitable for children are Platformer and sports simulations. In sports games, there will be nothing that can harm the psyche of the child. If he is fond of any sport, then it is better to take him and a simulator of this sport. Among football simulators, the Fifa series is perfect.
Platformer is usually specially designed to be played by people of all ages. There is nothing violent or unacceptable about them, and their narrative is a little different from modern cartoons.
Lego video games are also an easy choice. They are based on popular films of our time such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and many others. Their unique humor, and the very fact that this is Lego, will not leave children indifferent.
If you are not familiar with genres, then check the recommended age of the game indicated on its box or cover. Age guidelines for video games are written in the lower-left corner. They are marked with numbers (3,7,12,16,18), which represent the desired minimum age to play the game. On the back of the box (or in the detailed description on the website) it is indicated why this age is recommended here. If you think that some battles in fantasy worlds are an acceptable level of violence, then you can purchase the game even with a higher recommended age.
But it’s worth remembering that some games may get a higher age limit due to heavier controls or mechanics. For example, in Legend of Zelda, although there are no elements unsuitable for children, it is built in such a way that it can be difficult for children to understand them. In case you are unsure, it is best to contact a store consultant or video game reviews.