Y Magazine

Top 5 games that went viral overnight!

The Y Geek Squad pits their wits against five games that blur the lines between fiction and fact. 




1) Fortnite


This game has not so much imitated life as life itself has imitated it. To be more specific, the game, Fortnite, has grown on to become a viral fad worldwide. And if you’re thinking why a third-person cooperative shooter game is gaining traction across the globe – and not just in the United States – then we must let you know that it’s famed for something you would least expect it to have: its fancy dance moves. We’ll be honest; we’re quite hooked on the moves too but with millions of videos garnering billions of views on YouTube, we can’t help but say that Fortnite is anything short of a 21st century sensation. Of course, when you’re not dancing around the arena, you’ll be pitted against 100 players in a do-or-die battle – most of which are against pesky 12-year-old kids.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Mac OS, iOS


2) Sims 4


Let’s face it: Sims 4 is borderline creepy – but it works in today’s world. The game imitates – or shall we say, simulates – the life of a character you’ve drawn up (most likely like you in appearance). But hey, we’ve seen worse. And who are we to judge? One of the best things about the game is that you get to practise daily routines from your ‘real’ life. For instance, you get to meet new people, make friends and forge new relationships, buy clothes and groceries, upgrade furniture, and so on. Think of it as a test run for the days that lie ahead. We’re expecting Sims 5 to be released soon – and we’re hearing speculation surrounding an extra virtual reality functionality.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Mac OS


3) Kholat


This is a creepy one too – but for different reasons. Kholat is based on real-life events from the infamous 1959 ‘Dyatlov Pass Incident’, in which a group of Russian hikers meet their ends under mysterious circumstances. As the protagonist, it’s up to you to retrace the footsteps of the hikers and get to the bottom of what actually happened at the site. Of course, the latter part of the game is purely fictional as the details from the incident continue to remain an enigma.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One


4) L.A. Noire


In the 1940s, Los Angeles was home to some of the US’s most notorious criminals – think mobsters Joseph Ardizzone and Jack Dragna. That, coupled with the heyday of Hollywood, meant there were several notable incidents from the era. This game sets out on an adventure to seek and solve some of LA’s most infamous crimes. The game has long been touted as one of the best renditions of a crime drama in the virtual world, and with the addition of virtual reality to the mix, you can be assured hours of pure investigative fun. It’s almost like you went back to the 40s for a taste of all the action.

Platform: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox 360


5) The Town of Light


Games that portray the struggles of people suffering from mental health illnesses fail to gain much traction in the gaming world for obvious reasons. The Town of Light, however, does an eerily good job of shouldering the responsibility of telling the stories of suffering patients. The game follows the life of Renee, a girl who explores an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Tuscany, Italy. But here’s where things take a turn: Renee was a patient of the hospital herself. So, what you see on screen is a retelling of what the woman experienced during her childhood. As she walks the now-empty corridors of the hospital, she recalls some of the hospital’s barbaric practices such as electroshock therapy and induced comas that were common practice at the asylum. Chilling indeed.

Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Mac OS, iOS