The Successful Incorporation of the Casino In Video Games

There’s no real general consensus as to what distinguishes a great video game from one that is simply considered good or decent, but part of the criteria for making a successful title lies in the enjoyability of the gameplay and variety of activities and tasks that players have to undertake. One of the more interesting and engaging elements present in a large number of modern classics is the incorporation of casino-based mini-games, such as blackjack or roulette, where it is often of paramount importance that the player is well aware of the rules. Some games even require the player to beat the dealer or at least turn some sort of profit, and while this can often be quite a tricky ask, the incorporation of such games have generally gone down extremely well amongst both avid and casual gamers  Below are some of the biggest titles that have successfully interwoven forms of casino games into their storyline to compliment the game’s settings and character development.

Fallout: New Vegas

Bethesda’s Fallout series started off as a post-nuclear apocalyptic RPG back in 1997 when the first game was released and the majority of the games in the franchise contain some sort of gambling element, but Fallout: New Vegas went a step further with this by introducing a variety of casino-based in-game features, with the roulette mini-game being a particular fan favorite. Online roulette is quickly becoming one of the most popular online casino games globally, owing to its fast paced and exciting nature and Fallout: New Vegas perfectly replicates the exhilarating feeling of watching the roulette wheel spin. Moreover, as is the case with online versions of the game, roulette rules are easy, with many types of bets available to the player including Les Voisins du Zero, which is a 9 chip bet on numbers between and including 22 and 25 as explained as in the article at 32Red. Apart from the in-game currency in Fallout: New Vegas being bottlecaps as opposed to chips, the game provides one of the most realistic roulette experiences in a video game to date, with the croupier even stopping at regular intervals to check the roulette wheel for bias!

Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption was the best selling game of 2010, and in order to obtain the treasure hunter outfit, the player must play blackjack at the Rathskeller Fork saloon and leave the table with a profit. The player starts with 200 chips with the maximum bet being a fairly meager 10 chips and while making any sort of considerable profit is no doubt a challenge, the in-game casino games featured in Red Dead Redemption certainly help to enhance the gaming experience and give the player an insight into some of the strategies and tricks needed in order to beat the dealer when playing online blackjack. It is also possible to play poker and roulette games akin to those over at Pocketwin, while engaging in some rather hilarious table talk and once again, this feature has been praised for its realism, with your character having to actively look at his cards again if you forget your hand.

Far Cry 3

Critically acclaimed for its open-ended story and complex world design, Far Cry 3 contains eight poker mini-games dotted throughout the map, with the gameplay taking place in a number of secret backrooms with computer generated random opponents. As is the case with online Texas Hold em poker and similar based games where you’re required to go head to head with someone other than the dealer, each opponent plays differently and exhibits their own inimitable style, which gives you something to think about when deciding whether to bluff your way through to the river or throw your cards down and go again in the next turn. In addition to the poker mini-games, if you make it as far as part 35 of the story, there’s a mission centered entirely around an absorbing, tense game of Texas hold em with Hoyt, the game’s main protagonist.

A Match Made in Heaven

The fact that there are widespread examples of a budding relationship between the casino and the video gaming industry, it highlights just how seamlessly that these elements have been incorporated. Roulette games such as the ones over at Caesar’s casino have been particularly well received, owing to the fact that its high octane nature goes hand in hand with the hustle and bustle nature of the large majority of the video games it’s included in. Moreover, most of the games successfully mimic the experience of playing online roulette games on 32Red and elsewhere, and provide an interesting and welcome distraction from street-racing, completing missions for an intimidating gangster or shooting people in the head (although we do concede that is a lot of fun).

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