Video games have been getting bigger and bigger over the last couple of years. So much so that games like Red Dead Redemption 2 boasts a massive open-world that’s both detailed and feature heavy. Games with sprawling worlds offer players a seemingly endless amount of things to do. In fact, games nowadays have become so immersive that they contain other games within their virtual worlds.
Games within games have become increasingly popular, as they add a level of realism to the digital landscapes of the games. One of the more popular variations of this are the casino games found within popular titles. This shouldn’t be surprising as casinos are filled with different games to choose from. Given this, it’s important to sort the good ones from the not-so-good ones. To help you out with this, we’ve picked out three of the best casino games we’ve tried in various video game worlds.
Grand Theft Auto V – Blackjack
Despite coming out in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V is still pretty active thanks to a massive player base and continuous updates from the developers. One of the most significant updates is the Diamond Casino & Resort update. Given the fast-paced nature of the sandbox game, this update was a welcome addition as it gave players a chance to take a break from the action to take part in some casino mini-games.
This is because included in the update is one of the most immersive blackjack experiences across all video games. The blackjack game in the Diamond Casino update makes full use of Grand Theft Auto V‘s stellar graphics to the point that you almost feel like you’re in the casino yourself. And while the game itself is great, the prizes that came with the update made playing even better. The virtual money from blackjack meant that you could get new clothes, vehicles, and weapons.
Fallout: New Vegas – Slots
While it may be hard to believe, there was a time when the Fallout games were considered good. Prior to the trainwreck that was Fallout 76, Bethesda gave us one of the best rendition of the post-apocalyptic world in the form of Fallout: New Vegas. New Vegas brought the nuclear wasteland to the arid deserts of Nevada. Players had free reign on how they would navigate the world — total freedom to do anything they wanted with the only goal being to survive.
Now, New Vegas wouldn’t be right if it didn’t have casinos. And one of the more notable games in the casinos in New Vegas were the slot machines. Gala Spins details how slot machines have always been a favorite thanks to their array of themes, features, and prizes. They often use a three-reel or five-reel format that with varying payouts depending on what combination of symbols lines up on the machines. The slot machines in New Vegas function the same way with the only difference being that they dispensed bottle caps instead of money. The slot machines were a nice break in between fighting radroaches and raiders and were a quick way to get some bottlecaps to buy a couple of stimpaks.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Poker
As we mentioned above, one of the most immersive game worlds is Red Dead Redemption 2. The game not only lets you play as an outlaw in the Wild West but it lets you take part in the activities period-appropriate activities. Whether it be hunting or fishing, Red Dead Redemption 2 lets you do just about everything.
One interesting addition to the game is multiplayer poker. VentureBeat details that you can use the game’s online feature to play with other outlaws by sitting down at active poker tables in the different towns within the world. You can also challenge your friends to private games of poker. The multiplayer function is what truly sets this game apart, as it’s basically a full game within a game.