The gaming industry is rapidly growing as more and more people give the entertainment medium a chance. According to DataProt there are over three billion people gaming across the entire planet, making it a bigger industry than both movies and sports in North America. One of the reasons why video games are so popular is because of the number of immersive gameplay elements developers add to their projects. This includes completing other tasks in the game outside of the main one, like side quests and minigames. With this in mind, developers will add downloadable content (DLC) to their video games to keep the player base engaged. Minigames come in all shapes and sizes, but the card minigame seems to be the most popular. The rules are easy to explain and in a lot of cases players, especially poker players, already know the rules. For this piece, we’re going to cover four of the best card mini-games within major titles.
Grand Theft Auto 5 – 3 Card Poker
Grand Theft Auto 5 is the #1 Best-Selling Console Video Game of All-Time and this is because of the immersive experience provided by Rockstar Games. In 2019, Rockstar introduced the Diamond Resort & Casino, allowing users to play a number of casino card games and take part in side quests. In the Diamond Resort, one can engage in three card poker and earn in-game currency. 3 card poker is more accessible as the user just plays with the hand given and only against the dealer. With Grand Theft Auto VI slated to release in 2025, it’s only a matter of time before we see how Rockstar has evolved the Resort and casino minigames.
Persona 5 Royal – Tycoon
Atlus’ re-release of Persona 5 in the ‘Royal Edition’ is an 100-hour plus RPG adventure. But when one isn’t focused on the main story, users can explore Tokyo and engage in minigames. In the Thieves Den portion of the game, users can play a card game called Tycoon. In Tycoon the objective is simple, get rid of all your cards first. On each turn, one has to set down a card higher than what was placed on the previous turn. This is a low-stakes card game with no currency on the line, yet still a minigame that can distract from the main quest.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Texas Hold Em’
Rockstar’s sequel to Red Dead Redemption somehow managed to surpass expectations and immerse gamers into a late 1800s Western world. Once again Rockstar made sure to give players plenty of minigames and ways to step off the path of the main quest. Red Dead Redemption 2 has a number of card games to engage in, and one of them is the Texas Hold’em version of poker. Rockstar prides itself on making an accurate version of the game, and in the first Red Dead Redemption the main character could actually cheat to increase their profit even more. In the sequel, winning rounds of Texas Hold Em’ provides in-game currency for the player. This allows the user to buy upgrades, camp improvements and more.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – 21
The Capcom Classic Horror series Resident Evil is known for its single-player narratives creating a terrifying atmosphere for the user. With Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Capcom rebooted the series and gave gamers a completely new 3-D environment to explore. Resident Evil has always had minigames and sidequests, but in the seventh installment of the series Capcom decided to throw in the classic card game 21. Included in the Banned Footage Volume 2 DLC, 21 is another game that’s easy to play, the goal is to reach 21 points through the cards dealt. Royal cards are worth 10 points each and numbered cards are worth their preassigned numerical value.
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