Top 10 Qualities of a Good Video Game

We all love sinking into our couches, headsets on, snacks within arm's reach, and controllers in our hands, ready to dive into virtual worlds where anything is possible. But what is it that hooks us? What takes a game from "just okay" to "I need to play this every day for the rest of my life"?

Each of us might have our own ideas about this, and that's perfectly fine. After all, one of the great things about the gaming world is its vast diversity, where there's something for every taste. Maybe you're into the cinematic, emotionally charged storytelling that leaves you gasping, or perhaps the adrenaline rush of an online multiplayer match is your cup of tea. For some of you, it might be the intricate puzzle-solving that keeps your mind sharp, while for others, the thrill of exploring lush, sprawling open worlds may be irresistible.

But, while our tastes and preferences might be different, it seems there are a few common threads that most of us agree on. These are the qualities that, regardless of genre or platform, make a game unforgettable.
The Top Ten
1 Good Gameplay

Great controls, smooth movement and frame speed, fantastic level design, stunning graphics...these are all things I look for in a great game. People are going to disagree with me on this one but I think Sonic Lost World definitely has all of these things. Yes, I actually like the controls in Sonic Lost World. Holding the run button isn't a big deal and it really just feels like you are holding down a run button for Mario. Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario 3D World also have this. The list goes on.

2 Originality

I don't care about multiplayer. You always have that annoying kid on either team. And gameplay is indeed something, but nothing ever comes close to originality.

For me, a good game needs to be something unique, exotic, and different from any other games. Sure, it might be severely underrated, but I've had enough of shooter games with the same plots over and over again.

A good game also can be original by genre. I mean, you don't always need a multiplayer kind of game to enjoy gaming. Sure, your friends can't play with you. But the point of any game is mostly based on its story, not playing together. Game devs need to experiment with other game genres, like maybe horror. There's not that many spooky games after FNaF, or maybe something related to exercise?

So please, if some game is different from your everyday games, appreciate it. It's one of its kind.

3 Good Multiplayer

Example: Halo Reach - It wasn't Call of Duty, it had good maps, and a lot of great game modes, the best being Grifball, Infection, and just regular Slayer. The best part was when killing an enemy, confetti would pop up and children would scream, "YAY!"

Good multiplayer. Absolutely. You need a fantastic game with two to four players and you've got yourself a pleasant experience. Super Mario 3D World, for instance.

It's fun to have a multiplayer mode in a game.

4 A Long Story Mode that Lasts for Hours

Spiderman on the PS4 is a 6 or 7-hour story game, but it took me at least a week (not in game hours though) because of other things I needed to do.

Games like Skyrim will entertain you for hundreds of hours and you're still not even close to being done.

Yes, you want to have a great story with massive character development and interesting level design.

5 Responsive Controls

Games are much more enjoyable and tolerable if the controls work well with them.

This goes well with the overall good gameplay.

6 Stunning Graphics

This can be true. It doesn't necessarily affect anything (unless it's barf on the screen like Sonic Boom). Super Mario 64 DS is one of my favorite games of all time and its graphics are outdated nowadays. FNaF Sister Location's graphics are somewhat lacking compared to FNaF 4, but it is still my favorite game in the franchise. Undertale is 8-bit and it is such a good game.

To me, graphics are a plus to the overall game. If the game itself is good, then the graphics are just a wonderful bonus.

7 Compelling Characters
8 Good Story
9 Good Characters
10 Good Protagonist

I mean...Mario isn't necessarily a great protagonist compared to Sonic, but Mario's games are more polished and high quality than Sonic's. So yeah, this may be true in some instances, but not all.

The Contenders
11 Made by a Good Video Game Developer
12 Good Use of Details
13 Good Soundtrack
14 Epic Boss Battles
15 Minimal Glitches

A few glitches can make a game more fun or easier, but too many glitches in a game can ruin it.

About every 3 minutes it glitches. What's the point of playing?

16 Lots of Replay Value
17 Intense Violence, Blood, and Gore

Example: Manhunt - The most violent video game of all time. It contains extreme blood and gore, and shows executions with paper bags and intense fights. It's the best game for the PS2. It was so good I would even play it on my PS4 today.

People, he's not saying that all good games have gore, but just that a lot of them do.

18 It Works
19 Challenging
20 Likeable Characters
21 Good Sound Design
22 Good Camera Angles
23 Good Cinematics
24 No Blood and Gore

The reason I added this is because there was intense violence, blood, and gore on the list.

Like the item that said blood and gore makes a game good, it depends on the game itself.

25 No Repetitive Fight Scenes
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