With games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Battlefield consistently breaking records; it is really the era of the first-person shooter. Though those games are fun; there is something to be said about the precision and skill that it takes to shoot a bow in real life or the virtual world. Some videogame developers understand the love of the bow and have gone so far as to make the video game experience as close to the real thing as possible. There are still plenty of games on the market that appreciate the art of archery. These are the best that you can play today across the platforms.
This game is older now, but it is still one of the most popular games ever released for the PS4, and with rumors that a sequel is right around the corner it definitely belongs on this list. What is awesome about using a bow in The Last of Us is that they did a great job with the arrow physics. Arrows shoot slower than guns, so you need to lead your target, and arrows will drop over long distances. They make the bow an option because the game requires you to be stealthy sometimes, and the bow is the perfect tool for stealth.
The popularity of Minecraft seems to ebb and flow, but it has enjoyed the revival of late. It doesn’t take much material to craft the weapon, and because of that, it remains a popular item in the game. The bow is so popular in the game that users have built archery ranges, set up competitions, and continue to build on archery strategies in the game.
Monster Hunter is a universe all to itself, and the bow plays a major role in the Universe. With multiple iterations and a new game and movie in the works, there is no way that Monster Hunter is falling by the wayside soon. As a player of Monster Hunter World, I will say that the bow is my favorite weapon to yield, but then again it is in almost any game. The bow can deal great damage when it is charged and being able to attack a monster from a distance has many strategic advantages. The bows in this game are highly customizable and need to be tweaked depending on the monsters that you are hunting.
Assassin’s Creed is one of the most popular game franchises to date with one movie based on the game and a new entry every one to two years. Bows are not the only weapon in this game, but they do play a big part in it. For a game that takes place before the time of guns, your bow is your ranged weapon, and they are basically sniper rifles in this game. If you can find Eros’ bow, you will be good to take out multiple enemies at a time with ease.
Bows are not the only ranged weapon in Horizon Zero Dawn, but they are an important tool. What is especially cool about the bows in this game is that designers went above and beyond to replicate how a bow works. They watched archers, shot bows, and recorded sounds of the arrows hitting the targets, all to make the bow use more authentic in this game. There is a wide range of bows in this game all with unique abilities so you get to play around with a lot of different bows and arrow types depending on your personal preference and the requirements of the quest you’re on.
If you are looking for a way to transfer everyday bow use into the virtual world, this is the game for you. Not that hunters have rainy days, but if there is ever a reason that you can’t get out to use your real bow, this game will simulate the experience surprisingly well.
This game is surprisingly detailed for a hunting game with full day and night cycles as well as amazingly detailed animal behavior. With an open world, you can spend days roaming around and finding animals to take down. But if you don’t feel like a challenge, you can always hop on an ATV and ride it around too. The mechanics of the bow are top-notch. Also, there are options to customize your bow and arrows just like you would in real life.
The Far Cry franchise has been a staple in the video game industry for years; New Dawn is the newest version of the game. Far Cry has a long history with bows. The mechanics have only continued to get better as the game has evolved. New Dawn is a first-person shooter with an open world that takes place after a nuclear war; which leaves the landscape and the people worse for the ware. It is your job to survive. And the bow is one of the most powerful tools in the game to do that.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most anticipated games of the decade, and it continues to be popular despite coming up on its first anniversary. This Wild West game is all about the rifles and revolvers. But the bow is an overlooked weapon that has a lot of strategic advantages in the game. From stealth kills to exploding arrows; even hunting for food in this immersive open-world game the bow holds its own against the gun powder.
The bow has been an important weapon in Link’s arsenal for some time. But it seems to have taken a leap forward in Breath of the Wild. There are several bows to choose from with different stats as well as multiple arrow types for any situation. The bow especially comes in handy when fighting bosses from far. And it is a duel threat when you use your glider and shoot at enemies from midair.
This game is all about stealth, and the bow comes in mighty handy for that. You can use the bow to take out multiple enemies at once silently. It is also used to remove enemies from a location and hang them up in a tree. It can even be used to blow up environmental items to do extra damage and cause chaos.
Future Bow Games
First-person shooters are big business, and developers are always adding new and different guns to the mix. It is nice to see that some companies are still embracing the bow and arrow, even Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is introducing bows and crossbows in some of their game modes. Other games, like Overwatch, for example, have at least one character that uses a bow. Hopefully, we will continue to see bows in games become popular again. They are just plain fun and take a lot more skill than spraying bullets.
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