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Learning From The Best Action Adventure Games Is Compelling. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Media. Entertainment.

If there’s one video game genre that is challenging and difficult to explain in a nutshell, it is action-adventure. This genre is deep and often merges with elements of other games, making it the most diverse genre. Two completely different genres fall into one category. Two common traits of this hybrid genre are:

  • The problem-solving nature of the adventure games
  • The reflex-testing gameplay of action titles.

Here are some valuable points to learn from previous action adventure games:

  1. Exciting Game Mechanics: Every designer knows that gameplay is the heart of Action Adventure games. These kinds of games last for many hours; you’ll want to keep players hooked from start to finish by giving them several ways to interact with the world. Introducing new play weapons, mechanics, and abilities that build upon those you have introduced previously will keep your players entertained and curious. The game that has challenging gameplay and combines shooting, exploration, and puzzles are perfect for this genre.
  2. Enemies That Don’t Get Old: Enemies are one of the most crucial elements of a game, particularly in action-adventure. We all must have played a game that became dull just because it kept casting the same bad guys our way. If you’re designing a game where players will have to face some form of enemies, then there needs to be variation, so that things don’t get dull and boring.
  3. A Compelling Story: There are acclaimed Action Adventure games that don’t highlight characters or deliver an enthralling story. However, the best Action Adventure titles charmed us at every step because we considered the main character and their goals. The heart of their story is conflict. The characters are engaging in conflict. Your player should be able to control a character who must overcome obstacles. Order those obstacles together sequentially and with increasing the difficulty to create a compelling story. These are basics that will keep your player engaged till the end.
  4. Fun Places To Explore: Good Action Adventure titles commonly allow players to explore various areas as part of an adventure. Nobody wants to run around the same forest for countless hours, adding caves, towns, mountains, etc. make the games more interesting. Great action-adventure games also need to ensure that these different places deliver something valuable both to proceeding the story and giving the utility to the player. This means that the level design also had to be on point.

Good action-adventure titles also provide a variety of objectives and side-quests to make the game even more engaging.

What are your observations and learnings from the best Action Adventure games? Let us know in the comments section or Tweet us @essjay_ent!


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14 thoughts on “Learning From The Best Action Adventure Games Is Compelling

  1. Farhan says:

    Story and location gets me hooked, regardless of genre. But more so in action and adventure. Nice article!

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  2. Mico Robin says:

    I could not agree more if the story is top notch. The game will be a household name for a long time.

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  3. Doreen says:

    I would put emphasis on gameplay and lots of sidequests! LOL! Still learning to code and slowly developing my storymaking skills!

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  4. miaka Yuuki says:

    I know others prioritize gameplay. I agree but not entirely. The classic games why do you think they are still around? It is because we grew with the characters and you need a story for that.

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  5. Maury Cheskes says:

    Sweet advice. I think you should plot out an adventure game the same way you plot out a mix tape. Start out strong, have a good balance of hard and medium bosses then have a killer climax! Good read.

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  6. Dark Vader says:

    Story and places makes you play it even more for me. Always so on hooked with that.

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  7. Rebi says:

    I want games that are very challenging but not that difficult to play!

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    1. Ulric says:

      Me too Rebi. Do you know any games like that?

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  8. Gary says:

    Do you know any action adventure game out there? I think it would be fun to check that out.

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  9. Antony says:

    Replayability, which means the game has multiple ending. And whats even better is if there’s multiple character to try on. That way the player will have lots to learn even from their 2nd play through,

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  10. Burt says:

    I’m not into action-adventure games. I played Tomb Raider and Uncharted before but I just didn’t like it. I prefer horror games because it’s much more exciting.

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  11. Hafish says:

    Thank you for these tips guys. I’ll keep these in mind once I get to develop my own game. Should be something like Flappy Bird meets Temple Run!

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  12. Saleh says:

    I think there should be a balance between level difficulty and challenging players. It ain’t fun anymore if you can’t beat the game y’know!

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  13. Thanks for sharing this valuable post.

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