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Growing up playing video games has taught us that controllers with two sticks are a good way to move around a game. One controls looking and the other controls movement. Or maybe you prefer a mouse and keyboard? However, the prevalence of these somewhat awkward schemes (similar to the prevalent but inefficient QUERTY keyboard layout) means that motion controls are often overlooked. This was made worse when the Wii failed to offer many high-end games and made motion synonymous with kid’s games. The reality of well-implemented motion controls for aiming can make a profound difference to how approachable and accessible the experience is -- especially if two sticks don’t work for you or are unfamiliar.We’ve worked with Jibb Smart on this list of games that offer motion controls that work as a viable (and often enhanced) replacement for stick control. He is pioneering well-executed motion controls and has created open-source tools JoyShockLibrary and JoyShockMapper to help explore the potential offered by the gyroscopes in these controllers. His website GyroWiki teaches developers how to implement these features well. In this list, we highlight games that put motion controls to good use in a way that is effective and well-executed.Much of Jibb’s work focuses on the potential of gyro aiming. “It replaces the mouse with gyro controls. And since mouse control is a core pillar of PC gaming, it bridges a significant gap between PC and console players.” But motion controls is a very broad category. It’s worth breaking it down into more specific types of control that can help players in different ways:
This list includes 3 games from the last 10 years, with 71 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to use motion controls rather than sticks.
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Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds
Release Date: 19/06/2020
Price: 67% off
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting and Stealth
Accessibility: 48 features
Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)
Players: This is a single-player game
The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...
Release Date: 12/08/2012
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy
Accessibility: 26 features
Developer: Valve Software (@ValveSoftware)
Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...
Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2021
Price: 63% off
Platforms: PC and PS4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth
Accessibility: 29 features
Developer: Bend Studio (@BendStudio)
Days Gone is a survival adventure game set in a post-pandemic Oregon. You roam an open world pulsing with life (and zombies). It's unusual for its scale and sheer number of enemies. Add to that the changing light and weather and Days Gone creates a...