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The most common features of successful online games

By William Davis


Mar 19, 2024

Reading time: 5 min

Popular games in 2024 may look different, but their foundation is similar. Some common features are the bedrock of these online games, making them as successful as they are.

Games never cease to amaze us. They feature many interesting mechanics, characters, plotlines, and more. Moreover, they engage players as they transport them to a virtual world. So far, there has been a trend of online gaming. Due to the younger generation of gamers, it’s a trend that’s here to stay. Titles like Fortnite and PUBG are some of the most common ones. However, there are other popular online titles out there.

Gamers have varying tastes and go for different kinds of online games. The titles will have several similarities that make them popular. In other words, they’ll have some enticing features that have players coming back. Think of them as the most common game features.

The story might differ, and the design might differ, but there will always be a selection of features present in all online games. As a gamer, you’ve seen a couple of them. As a future game fan and enjoyer, you’ll see a lot more.

Providers have such features because they know they work. They get players’ attention and keep them around. Considering the results, they’ll keep using them.

Stunning visuals and responsive interface

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Players will play hundreds of online games, and the first thing they notice is the quality of the visuals. In other words, the way a game looks can draw them in or make them go look for something else. Many online game studios take great care to mesmerize players with their games’ visuals.

When players see pleasant faces, plains, and locations, they know the provider put effort into making the game look good. Star Wars The Old Republic is an example of an online game with good visuals. It feels like an online RPG with a story, but it looks like a triple-A title. All the main characters look splendid, as do the NPCs, merchants, and so on.

Another example of stunning visuals would be any title at an online casino. The iGaming industry has many providers competing to create unforgettable games. To do so, they take care of the visuals first. If you delve into a casino game section, you’ll find plenty of slots with colorful themes. They will also have wonderful effects and animations that take the gaming experience up a notch.

Another important thing is the interface. Each casino site will have a user-friendly interface. In other words, it’s an intuitive interface that allows players to quickly find what they’re looking for. Additionally, the interface is mobile-friendly, so players can enjoy their favorite titles on the go.

When it comes to the gaming industry, all online games have an intuitive interface. Titles like PUBG and Fortnite are cross-platform games. In other words, players can enjoy them on PC, smartphone, tablet, and consoles.

Engaging gameplay mechanics

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The visuals paint a pretty picture. The mechanics make the picture come alive. Visually stunning games are good, but mechanic-rich titles are better. Even if an online game doesn’t look that good, but has great mechanics and will attract many players. In short, mechanics matter.

There are many online games, but they fall into different genres. Most can be divided into two groups: FPS and RPG. The former acronym stands for First-Person Shooter. To put it simply, you shoot other players when playing such games.

As a shooter, it needs to have adrenaline-rushing mechanics. It’s a fast-paced game that has players running through corridors, jumping over obstacles, crouching, and hiding in many places. Such mechanics are visible in many FPS online games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Players can deal damage to each other with guns, rifles, and knives. The damage will be greater depending on the weapon and where the player shoots. For example, a shot to the leg won’t do as much damage as a shot to the upper torso or head.

Then you have RPGs like Dota 2. It’s a role-playing game in the form of a strategy where you control one character or hero. The basic mechanics of making the hero walk or cast a spell are there, but you’ll come across additional ones. With new updates, heroes get better features such as abilities and spells. Each one has unique characteristics. Some of them are spell casters, others are warriors and ranged heroes. Their unique abilities are the game’s unique features.

Customization and personalization

There’s a horde of online games that allow players to customize their characters. Personalization is vital if a gamer wants a unique character. They can make the characters look like themselves more, or they can go the opposite direction. Gamers can create various avatars for their profiles too.

The RPG genre has several examples of titles where players can go for the custom approach. We can turn to the Old Republic again in terms of character creation. At the beginning of the game, you get to choose the character’s gender and appearance. You’ll also get to pick the race, and the Star Wars world has some interesting ones. For instance, anyone into Darth Maul might go for a Zabrak. Then they’ll choose a class such as Jedi, Bounty Hunter, Sith Warrior, or Inquisitor. Also, they will ally themselves with the Jedi or Sith.

While they’re enjoying the game, they’ll get to buy and earn clothes and armor. They can customize their load-outs with specific guns, grenades, sabers, shields, and so on. Players can modify their robots, speeders, and more.

Progression and rewards

The final and essential component of any online game is progression. Leveling up and rewards go hand in hand. Whenever a player reaches the next level, they get prizes in the form of gold, experience, and a new feature. Many titles feature progression systems, and there’s a reason for them. In other words, the higher their level, the stronger they are. They can visit more areas and take on stronger enemies.

No online game is complete without good visuals and mechanics. Players can customize their characters and personalize them as they enjoy the game. When they level up, they get the next challenge forcing them to up their game.


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