Motion sickness is the actual bane of my existence. A 15 minute bus trip can send me reeling, I can’t watch films with hand-held camera (good bye Blaire Witch Project), and finding games that I can actual play is like finding a needle in a hay stack. When I searched online, I found that this was a pretty common problem. It was only this year that I had finally found games that I could enjoy without having to throw up afterwards. So I figured I would share my good fortune, and general tips, with other poor motion sickness sufferers.
Check out some Visual Novels!
So you can’t play awesome games like ‘Skyrim’ or ‘Assassins Creed’, gaming isn’t shut to you forever. There’s a multitude of complex games that you can find under the type ‘Visual Novel’. Visual novel games are mainly text-based, with little to no movement. In its purest form you just have to select some dialogue options, other times you can click around the screen while play mini-games. While there aren’t many ‘action’ visual novel games, my favourite two are ‘Danganronpa’ and the ‘Zero Escape’ series. Both of these mystery games have intricate storylines, fantastic graphics and just generally great characters.
Other popular visual novel games include Steins;Gate, Phoenix Wright, Clannad, Umineko & Higurashi, and a multitude of otome games!
Invest in a PS Vita
One of the main reasons I got back into gaming was through my PS Vita which my dad bought me for my birthday last year. I love my PS Vita as much as I love my cat. It’s a pretty steep set up price, about $200 for the console and maybe another $50-60 depending on what memory card you want. But I really do recommend it, if you have the money. Most of the visual novel games that I mentioned above are available on the PS Vita, and the PS vita also has an incredible library of other games you can play. One really fun game is ‘Persona 4: Golden’, which you can get in the Sony store for about $15. While this game does feature some movement, it is very limited and you can quickly control the ‘camera’ so that it doesn’t move around like crazy.
The final real pro of the PS Vita is that you can ‘remote play’ some games form PS3 and PS4. Unfortunately I don’t have the PS4 version of Persona 5, but you can 100% play that on a smaller screen. Playing on a smaller screen will help with your motion sickness, as the movements will not be as intense.
Gaming Marathons are not for you
Finally and most importantly, know your limits! We’re not built for 3 hour gaming marathons, and definitely not for first person shooter games. I’m currently making my way through ‘Persona 5’ and if I play for more than 45 minutes, I’m in for a bad time. By stopping just before you begin to get incredibly unwell, you can even begin to train your body to not react to movement so much.
Games I recommend
I mentioned a few games above, but I thought I might finish with a few games that I do not have much trouble with. I’m also only listing games that I have played and enjoyed!
- Any otome game! – I personally really loved Sweet Fuse & Code Realize
- Any Pokemon game!
- Animal Crossing – is alright for short bursts of time!
- Danganronpa 1 & 2
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Fire Emblem: Birthright
- Fire Emblem: Conquest
- Hatsune Miku Project Diva F
- Hatsune Miku Project Diva X
- Hatsune Miku Project Mirai
- Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
- Persona 4: Golden
- Persona 4: Dancing All Night
- Root Letter
- Wolf Among Us
- Zero Escape Series