Our Top Picks For Best Games Within A Game

Mini games have been my bread and butter of video games for years. The game within games are more common in role playing games, as a means to flesh up the game’s world. In this article, I’ll be listing my favorite mini games in recent memory.

1. Watch Dogs

Even though Watch Dogs suffered from poor reception, I was heavily entertained by the mini games. Not only were the mini games well-polished, the diversity is also pretty astonishing. Some of the mini games include chess, poker, in-game alternate reality games and drinking games. Among the mini games, I remember playing the drinking game the most.

I would still prefer to play chess on a dedicated website like https://247chess.com/, especially as it’s free. Still, there is no doubt that this was a nice little break from the main story in Watch Dogs.

I went through the QTE (quick time events) just so that I can get the trophy of winning all challenges.

2. The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 that was released in 2015 ended up being the game of the year. Not only did the game have one of the best storytelling and most elaborate universes, there were many mini games that were fitting of the theme. But the one that stopped Geralt of Rivia from saving Ciri for a very long time is Gwent. Upon the realization of the mini game, I ended up setting the collection of all cards as a priority. Gwent is expected to release officially in 2018 as a stand-alone game so don’t forget to give it a try once it’s out!

3. Yakuza Kiwami

Having missed the initial release on the PlayStation 2, I’m very glad that I managed to get the definite edition on the PS4. In Yakuza Kiwami, Kamuracho (based on Kabukicho in Shinjuku) has a lot of mini games to offer. Although I’m playing as Kiryu Kazuma, I can’t help but to feel like a kid in a candy store. The mini games include bowling, darts, batting cage, picking up hostesses, mini 4wd racing (tamiya track cars), arcade machine and even a underground gambling den.

The mini 4wd racing is the most fun for me. Not only are there a lot of parts that you can get in the game to customize the best racing set up, the expression Kazuma makes when he loses to one of his challengers is definitely a highlight. If you’d like a glimpse on how the mini 4wd racing aka the Pocket Circuit was like, check out the video below:

Until next time, find me hunting monsters!

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