The Best Open-World Games of All-Time

Do you love subverting the status quo in gaming? Do you skip every tutorial, only to look it up later? Do you love immersive worlds and plots, but hate linear game mechanics? Well then, you must be a fan of open-world games. Open-world is a type of game where the player can roam freely, usually to complete sidequests that are adjacent to the main story. In some of these games, the main story is optional, meaning that every player’s experience is different, and players usually have to replay the game several times before unlocking every secret. These games are well regarded as some of the best open-world games and, while this list is not all-encompassing, it does include many fan favorites.

Fallout 4

If you’re familiar with console gaming at all, you knew this was coming. Fallout 4 is a blockbuster success and a fan favorite, with highly customizable gameplay and enough side quests to keep even the most thorough players happy. You are dropped into a post-apocalyptic version of Earth, and it is your job to find your missing son, surviving the harsh world around you with your loyal attack dog, Dogmeat. Vault Boy is an instructor with the best intentions, and the balance of humor and fighting weaved throughout the game makes for a thrilling experience.

Grand Theft Auto V

Another highly successful fan-favorite is Rockstar Games’ GTA V, an open world concept unlike any other. The player explores the fictional city of Los Santos, San Andreas, free to do whatever he or she pleases. There is a running system of heist-centered gameplay that makes up most of the essential storyline, but the real fun is in the side quests and NPCs (non-playable characters). Every single NPC (and there are a lot of them) has their own unique set of dialogue that is so in-depth that in each gameplay the player can potentially hear a different part of a dialogue that they haven’t before, just by being in the right place at the right time. This mountainous amount of dialogue, coupled with the true open-world dynamics of this game (along with all the raunchy fun it involves) makes this game one with very high replay value.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda is one of those game franchises that have taken over the world in popularity. Any Nintendo veteran remembers staying up late after school to binge on fruit loops and play Majora’s Mask on GameCube, and now with Breath of the Wild becoming a bonafide success on the Nintendo Switch, the franchise is doing anything but slowing down. This new installment features an open world where almost everything is climbable. See that gigantic mountain over on the horizon? Yep. Climbable. A boulder in the middle of the road? You betcha. A gigantic tower that doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the scenery so it must be part of the story? Heck yeah. Players have spent a lot of time figuring out the extent of this game’s possibilities, including how to make flying machines that are supposed to make travel easier, but usually end up being a clunky mess. But by messing with character abilities, like Link’s rune power, players can do some pretty amazing things, like making trees fly.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Another huge gaming success is Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, where players are immersed in the world of Tamriel, a medieval-inspired continent with more dragons, magic, and spider-filled caves (unfortunately) than they can handle. The incredible success of this game is due in part to the complex and lore-filled storyline, and the ample amount of side-quests, ranging from silly to life-threatening. Fans of this game are not regular fans, they have a unique obsession with the game’s lore and world, making this 2011 game still at the top of most gamers’ lists.

Subnautica

A favorite of Markiplier and other YouTubers, Subnautica has stolen fan’s hearts and proved how truly terrifying the ocean can be. Stranded in an alien ocean, the player must fight to survive and collect different artifacts to rebuild their broken spaceship. With a seemingly endless ocean to discover and bone-chilling aquatic creatures like the Reaper Leviathan, a colossal foe as horrifying as its name, it’s no wonder that this game is a favorite of thrill-seekers and horror-fanatics alike.

If one of these games tickled your fancy, give GameTruck Charlotte a call at (704) 900-7798. They can hook you and your best buddies up with the newest consoles and the best games – open-world or not.

How To Throw The Best Fourth of July Party

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning the festivities!

While adults and kids alike are looking forward to backyard barbeques, fireworks, and spending time by the pool, the host of the party is usually met with one question – how do you throw the best Independence Day party?

Never fear – here at Gametruck Charlotte, we’ve made a quick guide to help you host a Fourth of July party the neighbors will be talking about for the rest of the year!

Food

You say party; we say FOOD!

Food is the guest of honor at almost any party, and you’ll be pleased to hear that the Fourth of July doesn’t require any fancy meals. Your guests will be more than happy with the traditional barbeque featuring hot-dogs and burgers. If you’re adventurous and want to add a little twist to the favorites, check this recipe out for a fun take on the classic hot-dog or explore vegetarian and vegan alternatives!

Another way to make sure guests don’t run out of yummy treats during the party is to ask guests to bring snack foods and desserts. It’s a great way to strike up a friendship with a neighbor you just haven’t gotten the chance to talk to (while saving a bit of money as well).

Decorations

What’s a party without some decorations?

The decorations are what sets the tone of the party, and they’re the first thing guests will notice when they arrive. So it’s important to stay on theme, but also keep things simple. Visit your local dollar store for affordable decorations – anything works as long as it’s red, white, blue, or sparkly!

And here’s a pro tip: white plastic cutlery and paper plates and napkins tend to cost less than blue or red ones. Your wallet will thank you, I promise.

Entertainment

Now the million dollar question: how do you keep everyone entertained until the fireworks start?

It’s not as hard as it looks! Set aside an area in the yard for some outdoor sports and games, like volleyball, frisbee, and bean bag tossing. If you want to keep guests of all ages happy, book GameTruck Charlotte and guarantee that everyone has so much fun, they won’t even notice the time passing!

No matter what you do, remember to stay safe by providing sunscreen and insect repellent, and by keeping an eye on adults that are drinking. The important thing is that everyone’s going to have a blast just by spending time together.

Book GameTruck for Your Fourth of July Party!

It’s hectic to plan a party, but we make it easy for you here at GameTruck. With our trucks preloaded with the newest games and consoles, your next party will be one that people will be talking about for years to come. Contact us today at (704) 629-7128, or visit our website to see how we can make your next party one to remember!

5 of the Coolest Moms in Video Games

Mother’s day is coming up, and in honor of it, we’re going to celebrate moms in gaming! None of us would be where we are today without our mothers. And if there is anything video game and action adventure have taught us, much like real life, we owe a lot to our mothers. So here are our top 5 picks of the awesome moms in video games starting with number 5 and then ending with 1.

#5 Pokemon Mom

The mothers in Pokemon are much like you; they want you to be the very best. They’re willing to let their ten-year-old child go off on their own adventure to capture stray animals. They travel to battle within stadiums far and wide, hurrying them to the door to make their dreams come true! Come to think of it, they could either be known as one of the coolest moms in the video game world or the most irresponsible. Either way, your pokemon mom is there to support you in your endeavors. They’re your financial advisor in Pokemon Silver and Gold and, if you visit your mother from Pokemon Red and Blue, she’ll remark about how much she missed your character and how proud she is of you.

#4. Clementine, The Walking Dead Game

In Season 2 of The Walking Dead Game, Clementine becomes one of the caretakers of baby AJ, whose biological mother dies. By Season 3, she’s already playing the surrogate mother role to AJ. And she doesn’t just serve as AJ’s mother. By Season 4, she admits to feeling like a mother for the entire group. Clementine goes to dangerous lengths to protect AJ and seek out medical attention for him. Her motherly instincts eventually drive her to become the lead caretaker for the group through their adventures. Mothers are our first teachers of what is right and what is wrong. They remind us of what being human means and consists of. It not only means taking care of each other and being mindful, but also never giving up in the face of the harsh realities that life brings upon us. No one personifies that more than Clementine.

#3 Ness’s Mother in Mother Series: Mother 2 EarthBound

Ness’s mother ensures that he eats, has a warm bed to sleep in, and equips him with what he needs. When he leaves his mother’s house, he is empowered with full strength. Moreover, she is an integral component in saving the world! When Ness gets homesick, his mother comforts him on the phone. Without her support, Ness risks losing in battle with little strength. A theory amongst avid gamers suggests that she may be Ana from the first Mother game, who carries the same weapon and has the same hair color. Overall, Ness’s mother embodies a strong woman who cares for her child and supports him in his endeavors.

#2. Sophitia, Soul Calibur Series

Sophitia is the mother of Patroklos and Pyrrha. She is an Athenian who fights on behalf of the Greek God, Hephaestus, to regain Soul Edge. Sophitia wants nothing more than to keep her children safe from the corrupting force of the Soul Edge sword. However, her daughter Pyrrha, drawn to its power, became influenced by the blade’s evil energy to the point where she could no longer survive without it. This dark sword, the cause of all her suffering, was now the only way her children could go on. Sophitia faces a strenuous moral decision, however, she chooses to stop any righteous warrior who comes to destroy the blade. You might think she’s selfish to put her children before the fate of the world, but when you’re a mother, your children ARE your world. Sophitia is a tragic hero, but as far as mothers go, she’s one of the most badass in video games.

#1. The Boss in Metal Gear Universe

The Boss, known as “The Mother of Special Forces,” is the mother of the Revolver Ocelot. Some mothers show their love by supporting them, some by disciplining them, some by challenging them, pushing them towards greatness. They share a common theme: When you’re child walks out the door to face the world, you want to make sure that they are stronger, smarter, and capable of tackling the challenges that face them. The Boss does that and more. Even after her death, she continues to have a massive presence in the game. For these reasons, The Boss tops her competitors as the coolest mom in video games!

Share a day with Mom

Moms sacrifice so much every day to ensure that their children become better off then they were. They make us recharge when we’re low on battery and they prepare us for when we leave the nest to face the world. We owe our lives to our mothers – literally.

So share a day doing what you love with your mom! Show her all the mothers in video games that remind you of her and give thanks for all the personal sacrifices she makes by spending a day with family! Book a party for your cool mom today by calling us at 704-629-7128 or get a free quote by visiting our website at www.gametruckparty.com/charlotte.