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45 Great Games Like Death Stranding

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Death Stranding and have found the following:

Death Stranding is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your actions. This unusual aspect is amplify through its unique physics-based controls that make even a simple task like walking up a hill, challenging. It's a game that looks like an action adventure but hides within it a study of loneliness and landscapes.

Unfortunately, Death Stranding is not available on Android, Mac, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Stealth

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Hideo Kojima EN (@Hideo_Kojima_EN)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

30 Hand Picked Video Games Like Death Stranding

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Death Stranding. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Death Stranding, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 18 or ESRB MATURE 17+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 19/05/2015

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: CD Projekt Red (@CDProjektRed)

Players: This is a single-player game

In this game you play monster-hunter Geralt in a vast open world as he searches for his missing adopted daughter. The game responds to your actions and has dynamic environments, weather and day–night cycles that affect the creatures you hunt. It’s a...

Subnautica (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

Players: This is a single-player game

Subnautica is an open-world adventure where you explore the ocean on an alien planet after crashlanding. You collect resources and fight creatures to survive. This enables you to establish an underwater base, gain new craft and equipment and explore...

The Last Guardian

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/10/2016

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Last Guardian is a running, jumping and exploring adventure about a boy who befriends a giant half-bird, half-mammal creature, Trico. You work together to navigate the world, solve puzzles and reach new heights. Unusually, you have to build trust...

Marvel's Spider-Man (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Price: 35% off

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Stealth

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. There are also many side quests and missions you can take along the way.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Price: 21% off

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Stealth

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-adventure game based on the Marvel Comics superhero Miles Morales. It is similar to the first Marvel's Spider-Man game in mechanics although Miles Morales extends this...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-18 year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

This game departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon...

Super Mario Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Price: 27% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Astroneer

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 16/12/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: SES dev (@SES_dev)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Price: 68% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Respawn (@Respawn)

Players: This is a single-player game

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fighting-adventure game set five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 14 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is hunted through the galaxy by the...

Grand Theft Auto V (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019

Price: 46% off

Platforms: Android, DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 30-player online game

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.

No Man's Sky

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 48% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hello Games (@HelloGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...

Subnautica Below Zero (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

Players: This is a single-player game

Subnautica: Below Zero is an open-world adventure game that follows the original game, Subnautica. You play a scientist on an alien planet searching for clues about the research team that vanished there. To do this you explore and...

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 18/05/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

Red Dead Redemption is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.

The Crew 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Race

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Ivory Tower Offic (@IvoryTowerOffic)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

The Crew is a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played on PlayStation...

Shadow Of The Colossus

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS2, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Ubisoft MTL (@UbisoftMTL)

Players: This is a single-player game

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...

Watch Dogs Legion

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 48 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Watch Dogs: Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Price: 12% off

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Race

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 72-player online game

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 25/08/2009

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Stealth

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an open-world adventure game. It's the first game in the Batman: Arkham series. In the game, the Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum trapping Batman inside and watching him as he tries to escape, sending various enemies after him...

Batman: Arkham City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/10/2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and his dwindling reputation,...

Batman: Arkham Knight

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/06/2015

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment of the Batman: Arkham series. Nine-months after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Gotham seems safer as crime drops significantly. All good things must come to an end, as it is Halloween night and the...

We Kill Monsters

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Glass Revolver (@Glass__Revolver)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

We Kill Monsters (in early development) is an adventure set in a land lost in a deep valley. You explore on foot through forests, mists and moors with the sole goal of reaching the bottom. The world is huge and labyrinthine and invites you to lose...

Super Mario Sunshine

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Super Mario Sunshine is a running, jumping and water-shooting game. It follows Super Mario 64 as the second 3D Mario game. You play Mario, who is marooned on Isle Delfin, convicted of vandalism and graphite. You explore the island to visit other...

Watch Dogs 2

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/11/2016

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Watch Dogs 2 is a futuristic adventure game where you explore a city and use technology to foil your enemies. It's the second game in the series and set in a fictionalised San Francisco Bay Area. You explore the city on foot or in vehicles that you can...

Ico

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...

Vane

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Friend and Foe Dev (@FriendAndFoeDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the dessert and climb your way...

Fallout 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2015, updated in 2016

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Bethesda (@Bethesda)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fallout 4 is an open world role-playing and shooting game. Set in a post apocalyptic world called The Wasteland, you explore a large map, interact with inhabitants, collect useful items to sell or craft with, build your own settlements, and defend...

Watch Dogs

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 27/05/2014

Platforms: PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Stealth

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Watch Dogs an open world adventure. It's the first instalment in the Watch Dogs series. You navigate and explore the world on foot or in a variety of vehicles. The novelty is the futuristic setting that highlights the use (and misuse) of social media to...

Burd

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/03/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: Crap Weasel (@Crap_Weasel)

Players: This is a single-player game

Burd is a jumping and flying game where you play a pixilated bird who can feed worms to a larger bird to save his world. But to get the worms you have to sacrifice eggs. It starts simple but soon feels ominous, dark and questionable. It's an...

Rain World: Downpour

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/03/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform, Simulation and Stealth

Developer: Videocult Media (@VideocultMedia)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Rain World, and the expansion Downpour, are traversal and survival games where you play a half cat, half slug in a living breathing world. You must venture out and brave the other predatory creatures to find food before the rain comes and you have to...

16 Video Games Like Death Stranding Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Death Stranding. This includes games from the Adventure, Creative, Open World, Narrative, Role-Play, Action and Stealth genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Death Stranding

If you like the sound of Death Stranding but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Death Stranding Accessibility Report.
 

Death Stranding is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Death Stranding in the following lists:

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

Gaming 101: Big Budget Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at big budget games.

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.

For new players these can be overwhelming as they combine a number of genres like Strategy games, Shooting games, Adventure games, Role Play games. Still, they are a good way to see how these different elements combine in a large and ambitious experience.
 

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.

In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

DualSense Haptics PlayStation 5 Games

The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller added new features over the PlayStation 4 DualShock controller. It added a higher-quality microphone, a larger more sensitive touchpad, longer battery and more robust USB C charger cable. That last one is a welcome addition as DualShock controllers charge cables often wore out over time.

In addition to these improvements it added two new features:
  • Haptic Feedback - Detailed vibration and movement from within the controller to extend immersion of the game to your hands: the pattering of rain or a blast of energy.
  • Adaptive Triggers - The triggers on the controller can be made harder or softer to press by the game. This offers a nuanced way to feel more in the game, while also to provide more information about aiming.

The games in this list all use these Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers functionality.
 

Adventure With Meditation

Video games are usually non-stop. They invite us onto a ride that takes us to all sorts of places. They invite us to continually engage and interact with the worlds they create. However, some games create space for us to pause the action, sit, and take in the environments they have created.

We have other lists of games that players use to gain a sense of calm or meditative state. The games in this are those that include the chance to get your character to actually stop and meditate themselves.

This can be a specific meditate option, like in Sable, or the ability to get your character to sit and listen when you stop moving, this is a powerful way to get a taste of how meditation in real life can help us come back to ourselves and in so doing, rediscover the world around us.

Games like Kena depict the breath slowing and draw attention to the sights and sounds of the natural world. Then there is Journey that allow us to sit when we stop moving or Flower that encourages us to slow our pace with scenes of where we have just been. Then there is Sky Children of the Light where you need to go to special locations to meditate.

Even violent or desolate games can offer powerful moments of stillness. Stopping in Death Stranding or Ghost of Tsushima means you can simply sit and relax. In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla you can use meditation to see the sun to quickly shift across the sky. In The Witcher 3 you can stop and meditate to restore your health and pass time.

Or there are hidden moments of meditation in games like Uncharted The Lost Legacy where Chloe will work through her Yoga poses on top of a tower. Spiritfarer is similar, you have to find a snake named Summer and complete their quests to be invited to meditate with them.

There are also games that offer Photo modes that don't specifically depict the feature as meditation. It offers a chance to pause, take in the action and the world as you pan the camera, frame an image or adjust the depth of field.

Finally there are games like Animal Crossing, Conan Exiles, that don't offer specific meditation but let you sit on benches, stare out to see, or watch the sun rise.
 

Eggplant Podcast's Games of the Years

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games, is a podcast that offers a candid conversation with game creators that dives deep into the art, craft, and process of making games. It's an amazing insight into the mind of people who understand and highlight how game/play mechanics can do unexpected, magical and surprising things.

This is the list of games they have picked as their Game of the Year 2018-2021. These awards also include board games, escape rooms and game-like TV series. We have included video games here, where we have them on the database. (And in many cases have added video games to the database after listening to the show.)

It's hosted by:
  • Nick Suttner, an independent game writer/designer/consultant, who has worked on games like Celeste, Bloodroots, and Carto.
  • Andy Nealen, a game creator and scholar, artist and music maker, architect and structural engineer, and professor of cinematic arts and computer science at USC.
  • Sarah Elmaleh, actor, consultant and event organizer with a passion for collaborative creation - both as a seasoned performer and as an advocate for best practices in the games industry.
  • Zach Gage, who makes deep games that are easy to get into, like Really Bad Chess and SpellTower.
  • Douglas Wilson, who is a co-owner of Die Gute Fabrik, a games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked on Johann Sebastian Joust, Sportsfriends, and Mutazione.
  • Laura E. Hall, is an an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer focusing on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.

The team is usually joined by Laura E. Hall for the game of the year episodes. She is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer who focuses on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.
 

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.