Before a game developer can embark on the exciting yet tedious task of game design and development especially for PCs, it’s important for them to first understand the categories that exist and which are popular among gamers. You don’t want to invest time and resources developing a game that is not likely to be enjoyed by many.
Here is a list of the 8 popular categories of PC games.
Simulation games are meant to give a player an experience that is as realistic as possible. It will mainly be played through an actual real-life vehicle such as an aircraft, car, and bike and so on where you learn how to control these vehicles. These games are even used to train professionals in various fields.
Real-Time Strategy (RTS)games
Real-Time Strategy games typically referred to as just RTS give players an opportunity to play concurrently without having to take turns. They often involve strategy whereby players build armies, inventory, and so on as they strategize on how to outmaneuver opponents.
Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games
Massively Multiplayer Online games typically referred to as MMO are meant to be played over the internet or LAN which enables multiple players to connect and interact in a virtual game room. It enables players from around the world to either collaborate or compete in various games.
Adventure games are often set up in a fantasy world and will involve a main character who is required to overcome a set of challenges which advance in difficulty as the game progresses. They are often single player games.
As the name suggests, action games are often intense and competitive games where players are pitted against opponents in fights. Players get to select special characters with different abilities to be their proxies in the fights.
First Person Shooter (FPS) games
First Person Shooter games typically referred to as FPS are games that give the player the ability to be the protagonist, and it’s designed to make the player view the game through their own eyes. It’s a very immersive game and can be really enhanced with the right gaming accessories.
Sports games enable players to take part in various sports like football, basketball, tennis, athletics, and more through their PC. The games are based on real life sports with characters in the games resembling their real life counterparts including the skills they are programmed to have. These games are designed to give a very realistic feel of popular sporting events.
As the name suggests, puzzle games are meant to appeal to gamers who enjoy solving puzzles. They usually range in terms of different difficulty levels because most are meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages therefore there is a puzzle for all ages.They are typically designed to engage the payer’s brain.
It’s important to note that some of these categories may end up overlapping because a developer wants to enhance the gaming experience by designing the game to accommodate multiple categories. As a game developer, there are no rules. If you can make it work you are free to experiment with the various categories.