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Playing computer games used to be only a pastime for kids. But now, more and more adults have become hooked on playing PC games. And why not? It is fun, improves eye-hand coordination, connects people around the world, and can even be a source of income (Many e-sports tournaments give out big cash prizes!).

So if you’re someone thinking of getting into playing computer games, go for it! But before you go buying yourself a gaming computer, you need to know about the types of PC games you can play. Check out three of them here.

Strategy games

Probably the most mentally challenging of PC games, strategy games require tactical planning and wise decision-making for players to emerge victoriously. Usually, these games involve building an empire or winning a war. One excellent strategy game is Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. In this turn-based game, you will take on the role of a famous world leader and rule a country. You can, for example, take the part of Gandhi to lead India to a Cultural Victory. But if cosmic battles are more your style, you should take a look at strategy games like Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2, Stellaris, and Neptune’s Pride.

Combat games

pc gamerCombat games used to be played only at arcades and on game consoles, but they have made a jump to PCs (and even the movies!). As their name suggests, combat games involve pitting two characters against each other. Players need good reflexes and skills to execute complex fighting moves and combinations using a keyboard or a fight stick. If you’ve played video games on a game console before, you’re probably familiar with Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Tekken. These popular combat games are now played on PCs, as well, so you might want to check them out. There are also great crossover combat games that feature characters from two successful franchises. If you want to see Captain America, Black Widow, or even Thanos take on Chun-li, Mike Haggar, or Chris Redfield, for instance, you should play Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Sports games

Many people admire professional athletes, so sports games appeal to fans who want to be in the shoes of their sports heroes, even if just virtually. These games, of course, will require players to have at least some basic knowledge of how a particular sport is played. For basketball fans, the NBA Live series is a very popular choice. With NBA Live, you can pick the Golden State Warriors, for example, and make Steph Curry and Klay Thompson take turns shooting 3s in a game. You can try your hand at managing professional sports teams, as well. Football Manager, Out of the Park Baseball, and Motorsport Manager are three of the best sports management PC games out there.

Whether you’ll be playing to simply while away your time or become a professional gamer, it’ll serve you well if you learn about the different types of PC games first. This will ultimately help you decide which PC games — be they strategy, combat, sport, etc. — will be the right ones for you. Happy gaming!

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