An interesting trend has presented itself in video games over the last few years, gambling. Wondering in to a saloon in the wild west or dressing up for a casino in L.A, the locations are glamorous and the drinks don’t come with a hang over.
The idea of gambling with out risk is an odd concept compared to the real thing, but with ever more games including side missions and achievements around betting, its hard to ignore. Here we look at three popular titles that include gambling and hope to get to the bottom of why placing a bet can compare to slaying a Dragon or shooting down a space ship.
Enjoy the fictional land of Albion as you gather your forces and recruit your allies to defeat your evil brother and become King. The noticeable difference between this game and other equivalents is the idea of employment. In many other titles you gain money for completing missions, in Fable III you have to hold down a modest job to finance you adventures.
You can risk gambling away your hard earned cash in many of the taverns of Albion. This addictive betting experience contrasts the painfully dull employment tasks, meaning you can work hard for half an hour, giddy with excitement, knowing you will soon be able to hit the tables in your local saloon. You will feel the need to expand your gaming habits soon enough and I recommend trying this Fortune Palace guide before you put down any hard cash.
Fallout: New Vegas.
Set in an alternative future were nuclear holocaust has considerably reduced the human population of the earth. The remaining people desperate to regain their former glory, go about rebuilding civilisation. This quirky game shows the naivety of us as people in amusing ways, such as bottle caps being the new currency and mutated zombies walking amongst us as slightly less than equals. This sequel to Fallout 3 continues the story in the new location of former Nevada. Proving that even an A bomb can’t close a casino.
The gambling in this game is much like a real trip to Vegas. Blackjack, Roulette and Slots all feature. You win some, you lose some. If you walk out of the Casino with a profit you feel a real buzz of excitement. The main unique feature is the “Luck” attribute. Through out the game you can improve yourself as you level. Speed, strength and weapon skill being the most likely to spark the players interest. Luck can be developed also which greatly raises your odds of winning and means you can turn a hansom profit to spend on guns, ammo, food and clean water. Just be careful to keep your winnings modest, as with real Casinos, if you win too much they make it clear you are no longer welcome.
Far Cry 3.
A first person shooter located on a remote tropical island in the Pacific. After your holiday goes a bit off course, you must shoot it out with pirates to rescue your buddies and escape the island paradise once and for all. This game boasts impressive AI and lots of frantic firearm fun.
The gambling is presented in the form of Texas Hold’em. The player is encouraged to play the player and not the cards as the betting is given a more psychological twist. Work on your poker face and bluff your way out of trouble if the cards dealt are not to your liking. You also sit across from your fellow players which gives a more personal appeal then the faceless Vegas of the future.