One of the biggest pieces of news in the world of video games recently was the launch of the new Diamond Casino in Grand Theft Auto Online. It’s an update that was teased for years before finally being released, and gives gamers a chance to gamble in-game. While there are plenty of casino video games out there, including Prominence Poker and Pure Hold ‘Em, sometimes gamers want something more. There are also games that include gambling minigames, to offer players a distraction from racing or battling bad guys. Here are the best ones out there.
The Witcher 3
One of the most popular parts of The Witcher 3, a fantasy role-playing game, is a card game. When you’re not slaying monsters, you can find a tavern and relax with a game of Gwent, a turn-based card game. Gwent is only a side-quest, not part of the main story, but it’s proved surprisingly popular. Last year, a standalone videogame of Gwent was released, which got rid of all the distracting parts of The Witcher 3 and let gamers play Gwent whenever they desired. You can find out more about the card game here – https://culture.pl/en/article/gwent-the-most-postmodern-card-game-out-there.
New Super Mario Bros.
In this classic 2.5D platformer for the Nintendo DS, there are plenty of minigames in there to take your mind off the challenge of defeating Bowser. The best of these can be found in Luigi’s Casino, which is not quite the same as any other casino – there are more mushrooms in this one. While you’re there, Mario’s brother will guide you through games of poker, roulette, and more. You can even play a variation of blackjack, known as Luigi-Jack. The classic table game has inspired a number of spinoffs and variants, such as Paddy Power’s Multi-Hand and Cash-Out, with the online casino industry breathing new life into the table game: https://games.paddypower.com/c/blackjack.
Red Dead Redemption
This Western game is from the makers of Grand Theft Auto, so it’s no surprise that you can gamble in it. If you’re not riding around on horseback, you can play several games, including blackjack and poker, in one of the saloons (it’s true, honest – https://www.theguardian.com/technology/gamesblog/2010/may/17/red-dead-redemption-game-review). There’s a dice game, Liar’s Dice, and five finger fillet, in which the aim is to not chop your fingers off. You can even challenge other characters to arm wrestling.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
This Star Wars game is often considered to be the best out there, topping lists such as https://variety.com/2019/gaming/features/star-wars-games-ranked-1203192304/. That’s mainly because of the story and the characters, but it’s partly because of Pazaak. The card game was described as an ancient game of chance, and was created just for this game and its sequel. Players can win credits playing Pazaak, and can easily spend a few hours trying to win big.
Fallout: New Vegas
This post-apocalyptic role-playing game is set in the ruins of Las Vegas, so of course, there are casinos to be found. It doesn’t look quite as glitzy as it does now, but there are still six casinos operating. You can play blackjack, roulette, and slots at these places, and if you’re lucky, you’ll also get to enjoy complimentary drinks, steaks, and a VIP hotel room. Just try not to win too much, or you’ll get banned.