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TOP-10 Games to distract yourself from Gambling
For some gamblers, online casino games are not only fancy entertainment but also addiction, which prevents to live. As soon as this amusement turns into a problem, you have to take some measures. Much has already been said about various ways to cope with the problem. And one of them was to find a hobby or an activity to take one’s mind off gambling. In this article, we will tell you about the games that can help you not to think of gambling, distract yourself from it and concentrate on a game. Here are the Top-10 games to stop thinking about gambling.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game from Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. It is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series. It was released back in August 2012, for Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
There are two teams fight against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both fighting sides have tasks to neutralize the opponents and complete different missions. The Terrorists are to plant the bomb or defend the hostages. In their turn, the Counter-Terrorists team has to defuse the bomb or rescue the hostages. There are nine game modes with different characteristics.
There are several categories of weapons, such as rifles, sub-machine guns (SMGs), heavy, pistols, and grenades. All of them offer different properties and different in-game effects.
As it was mentioned before, there are 9 game modes:
- Arms Race
- Flying Scotsman
- Danger Zone
- Weapons Course
For example, in Competitive mode, the participants play against each other in 2 teams. The game round takes about 45 minutes. In Arms Race mode players are to upgrade their guns via killing enemies.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a lot of positive reviews for its gameplay. Since it was released, it has united more than 11 million players per month. In December 2018, Valve switched the game to a free-to-play model.
Defense of the Ancients 2, better known as Dota 2, is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game from Valve developer. It is a sequel of Defense of the Ancients.
Let us talk about the gameplay. Dota 2 is about playing between two teams, each consists of five players. Each team occupies and defends their own base on the map. Each of the ten players has his own powerful character (there are 119 heroes in the game), a “Hero“, that has some unique ‘abilities’, weaknesses and playing style. While playing the game, participants collect experience points and hero’s items to be able to defeat the opposing team. It is a player versus player combat.
As we said before, each Hero has its own unique basic attack and powerful abilities; a player uses them while fighting. At the start, the Heroes have the first experience level, only having access to one of their abilities. To get the most powerful “ultimate” ability, a Hero has to reach the sixth level. To activate your ability you need “mana points”. All the Heroes also have an ability-increasing system, so-called “Talent Tree“; players may choose how to develop their Hero.
“Neutral creeps” also present on the game map; these are the enemy characters to both teams. They are marked in special locations known as “camps”. The most powerful neutral creep is “Roshan”, who is a unique boss. Each Hero can try to defeat him in order to obtain special items. Roshan rebirths in ten minutes after being killed.
A team wins by being the first to destroy the other team’s “Ancient”, a large structure located within their base
The game went through a lot of criticism because of its overall complexity. However, Dota 2 was highly acclaimed for the quality. Many players around the world consider it “one of the greatest video games of all time”; it still remains one of the most played games on Steam.
World of Tanks
World of Tanks (WoT) is a massively multiplayer online game from a Belarusian developer, Wargaming. It is a tank game, and the action is set during WW2. The game is based on the freemium business model that means the game is free-to-play, but players can also buy some “premium” features. It offers a player vs. player gameplay, where each participant controls an armored vehicle.
A player has to control an armored vehicle, its movement, and firing; also, you can communicate with other players through a text or voice chat. To win a match you must destroy all vehicles of the opposing team or capture their base. World of Tanks offers different game mechanics: camouflage, shell ricochets, and module damage.
There 6 types of battle:
- Random battles
- Team-training battles
- Tank-company battles
- Team battles
- Stronghold battles
- Special battles
Playing random battles, gamers can also play in platoons. World of Tanks has five different types of tanks: light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks, tank destroyers, and self-propelled guns, as well as a few main battle tanks. In total, the game offers over 600 tanks from Britain, China, the Soviet Union, the United States, and other countries. Players are allowed to use national flags, pre-designed slogans, and camouflage.
World of Tanks is one of the most-talked games having many positive reviews. GameZone gave the PC version 8/10 for many good aspects.
Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) was created back in 2013. It is an action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. The action of the game takes place in a made-up state of San Andreas, based on Southern California. The single-player plot is about three criminals and their crimes. Thanks to the open-world design, players can get around the fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles.
You can play from a third- or first-person, on foot or by vehicle. You have to pilot the three characters and switch among them. You are tasked with completing many missions involve shooting and driving gameplay. In a single-player, you control one of three characters: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, and Franklin Clinton.
Each hero has eight skills in specific areas, including shooting and driving. Those skills can be improved through the playing process. The eighth “special” skill shows an ability that is unique to each character.
The game also offers an online version, GTA Online, where up to 30 players can cooperate and compete. The game is playable on PC, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. GTA V broke industry sales records and became the fastest-selling entertainment product in history, earning $1 billion in the first three days.
It is the third best-selling video game with about $6 billion in the worldwide record
So far, Fortnite is one of the best battle-royale games on the market. According to the developer, Epic Games, back in 2018 Fortnite hosted 3.4 million players and that was record-breaking session. Fortnite offers a lot going for it, such as approachable gameplay, bright graphics, and an excellent construction system. Fortnite is also the most-viewed game on Twitch.
Fortnite offers three different game modes, using the same engine and having similar graphics and game mechanics. These are:
- Fortnite: Save the World. This mode is designed as player-versus-environment one; four players cooperate to complete various missions. According to the plot, 98% of the Earth’s population disappeared, and zombie-like «husks» attack the survivors. The players collect resources, save survivors, and defend equipment.
- Fortnite Battle Royale. It is a player-versus-player mode for up to 100 participants. You are allowed to play alone, in a duo, or in a squad. Players get out of a “Battle Bus” on the game’s map. They have to look for weapons, items, resources, and even vehicles trying to stay alive.
- Fortnite Creative. It is a so-called sandbox game mode, similar to Minecraft. Here players can do everything they want: create battle arenas, racecourses, platforming challenges and more.
All the game modes are free-to-play, but not the Save the World mode
Hearthstone is a free-to-play online card game by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released in March 2014, based on the Warcraft series.
Hearthstone is a card game between two opponents. Players use constructed 30-card decks with a selected hero having a unique power. There are limited mana crystals used for playing cards, abilities or summon minions to attack the opponent. The main goal of the game is to destroy the opponent’s hero. Winning matches, you collect gold, new cards, and other in-game prizes. Players can buy packs of new cards to improve their decks.
Hearthstone offers four different types of cards: minions, spells, weapons, and hero cards. These cards are ordered by rarity. Legendary cards are the rarest ones. Epic, Rare, Common, and Basic are less valuable. When it is your turn, you have to use the cards from your hand using “mana”; all the cards have various mana costs. Thus, you have to develop a strategy, thinking of what cards to use.
The base gameplay mode is one-on-one matches. But, there are also other modes: the Arena, Tavern Brawls, and Battlegrounds. Also, you can try many solo adventures.
In comparison to the other Blizzard games, Hearthstone was an experimental game developed by a smaller team. However, the game was recognized as a good one and now it attracts more than 100 million players around the globe.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Blizzard Entertainment; it was released back in 2004. It is the fourth game in the Warcraft fantasy universe. The action takes place in the Warcraft world of Azeroth. Since it was launched, the game has had eight expansion packs: The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, Legion, Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands. To play World of Warcraft you have to pay, using a credit or debit card. If you do not want to pay, you may use a trial account, but many features will be locked.
Players pilot a character avatar in a third- or first-person view. Your avatar explores the landscape, fights with various monsters, completes missions and communicates with other players. To enter the game, you choose a realm to play in. Available realms types are:
- Base realm. The game process is focused on defeating monsters and completing quests. You take part in player-versus-player fights here;
- RP (roleplay). It works the same way as a base realm but in roleplaying mode.
Before creating a new character, you have to choose between the two opposing factions – the Alliance or the Horde; then, you will play for the faction you have chosen. You also select your character’s race, (orcs or trolls for the Horde, or humans or dwarves for the Alliance). Your game avatar has to represent a certain class, such as mages, warriors, or priests.
Throughout the game process, you develop the character you play with, gain various talents and skills. World of Warcraft offers different quests to complete. These quests are usually available from NPCs. You can be rewarded with some experience points, items, and in-game money.
League of Legends
League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena video game from Riot Games. The game offers a freemium model that has been already described.
There are two game modes to play:
- Summoner’s Rift
- Howling Abyss
Players are to compete in matches, from 20 to 50 minutes each. Playing League of Legends, as a “Champion” with unique abilities, you have to fight with other gamers – “champions”. The main goal is to destroy the opposing team’s “Nexus”. It is the main structure well protected by defensive structures. At the start, all the champions need to increase their strength by collecting items and game experience.
If you lose your health, your character will rebirth automatically in some time. Participating in matches, you can earn rewards for your account progress. Player accounts always begin at the first level; a player level is separate from a character level. In other words, both a 20-level account and a 5-level account have to begin at character level 1.
League of Legends’ developers did their best to create the game; it was well-received. League is one of the most-streamed games on many platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. The game brings together nearly 8 million users daily.
Assassin’s Creed is an action-adventure video game by Ubisoft Montreal set on the Anvil engine. It tells us about a centuries-long struggle between the Assassins and the Templars. The first ones want to live free, and the second ones are eager to control. The game is about historical and science fiction, and characters. Playing the game, users pilot an Assassin in the past historical time.
The video game’s plot is based on the Prince of Persia series. The first title was released back in 2007, and since then eleven main games have been created in total. The latest one is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Assassin’s Creed gameplay is set in an open world and you play from the third-person. As a character, you explore the environment by completing various missions. Players have a great opportunity to explore the historical settings while finishing quests.
The main games of the series were awarded positive reviews for visuals, game design, and narratives; they have received a lot of nominations, including Game of the Year awards.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game from a like-named PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Bluehole. PUBG was released for Windows in 2017, and for the Xbox One in 2018. Also, you can download a free-to-play mobile version for Android and iOS. Statistics show that Battlegrounds is one of the most-played games of all time.
Battlegrounds is a player versus player shooter game. According to the plot, up to one hundred gamers play online in last-man-standing alive rounds. You can play solo, duo, or with a small team of up to four people.
The last person on the map alive wins the match
At the beginning of each round, players parachute from a plane. A map area is approximately 8х8 kilometres, 6х6, and 4х4 in size. Players start a game having no equipment at all. Once they land, they have to find weapons, vehicles, armour, and other equipment. Players have an option to play either from the first-person or third-person perspective. It depends on the situation in the game, as each option has its own advantages and disadvantages.