The battle among video game platforms has been present for many years, along with the argument of whether players have a better experience with PC gaming or consoles. Of course, there are advantages to both.
There is no specific genre that gamers can’t play well on the PC. Some game genres are better on PC because of the available accessories, such as a flight stick for a flight simulation game. Players can even have a better experience playing online casino games on their PC, but it won’t give them more of an advantage.
Still, specific genres offer players more on the PC, such as better graphics, more advanced controls, and the ability to modify games to generate more excitement. That’s not to say those aren’t also good on consoles. They’re just better suited for playing on PC.
PC gaming trends can change within months, and it’s challenging to predict the future. As a result, there are a growing number of interesting genres available for PC gamers.
FPS and TPS Shooters
This genre has existed almost as long as the PC itself. It is primarily made up of two sub-genres: first-person shooter and third-person shooter. However, the two can sometimes overlap as many titles allow the player to toggle between both views. For example, most battle royale games, such as Fortnite, can be played from a first- or third-person perspective.
These games all have a simple premise and have been offered in many different ways throughout the years. Shooters are also a frequent element of other games, such as GTA 5, one of the top games in the sandbox genre that has many aspects of a TPS (it can also be played in first-person).
Real-Time Strategy (RTS)
Real-time strategy games were available before most players had a name for the genre. However, they have become more popular over the years, have branched into new and popular sub-genres, and are still a major part of the modern video game environment.
The typical RTS title lets players control teams or factions and compete against each other in real-time instead of taking turns. These games typically feature a top-down view that includes map and resource management. Games like Warcraft and Age of Empires are the most popular in the genre.
The sandbox genre is most commonly associated with open environments with unlimited player choices. There are typically less concrete goals players must conquer, and they can accomplish tasks in many different ways.
This presents players with more immersive gameplay and encourages them to experiment with other mechanics. As a result, this once-small gaming niche has grown to include a wide selection of titles.
Sandbox titles include games like The Sims and many popular franchises like Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft. This genre is expected to overlap with others as game worlds get bigger and their descriptions diversify.
Sports and Simulation
With the recent advances in gameplay graphics, this genre has started to offer players more immersive experiences with incredible detail that displays how far these games have come in the last few years. In addition, sports games now offer more variety, with detailed simulations of basketball and football, like the Madden NFL and NBA 2K franchises.
This genre also includes some sandbox titles, like VR and world-building games, focusing on creating a more immersive virtual world. The Sims and Minecraft are a couple of simulation titles that also fit into the sandbox genre.
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)
MOBA games share many of the same features as real-time strategy titles, with a top-down view and real-time competition between players based on map and resource management. However, MOBA games also put multiplayer and team play as a priority.
Some titles offer AI-controlled elements, but the gameplay is usually against human players collaborating to meet the conditions for victory. Titles like DOTA 2 and League of Legends dominate this genre and have become massively popular spectator games in the popular world of eSports.
Lynn Martelli is an editor at Readability. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and has worked as an editor for over 10 years. Lynn has edited a wide variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, and more. In her free time, Lynn enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.