Playing video games is one of the most enjoyable things to do to me. There are a massive variety of game types, stories, backgrounds, and more. So it’s easy to see why a person, myself included, can be sucked into the gaming world and have a good time. But did do you know you can enjoy gaming and its world without picking up an electronic device or controller? It’s true! Sure, it’s not actually playing a video game in that form, but it’s still a way to interact with the world and all it offers. The is form I’m speaking of is reading. There are a ton of books that dive into game worlds, whether taking place before a certain game, during the events of a game, or afterwards. I’ve got a few of them around the house right now that I’m reading that are almost as much as fun as playing the games themselves. I have an active imagination, so when reading I have no issue really visualizing what it is that I’m reading, hence the excitement though I’m not actually playing a game on a screen. The fact that these books take place around some of my favorite games is just icing on the cake. So what am I reading? I’ll tell you and where you can get it!
1. Tomb Raider The Ten Thousand Immortals: This book is great because it takes place right after the game, the rebooted Tomb Raider. It has Lara dealing with the stress and anxiety that you’d expect a young girl to be going through after the harrowing ordeal that was Yamatai. It also portrays Sam dealing with some issues as well from the island, which again, is to be expected. I’m not all the way through the book yet, so I don’t know how it all goes, but I have to say I’m very impressed so far. My wife said I’d not like the end of the book, so I’m not sure what I’m expecting from that. But I love where I am so far and how they are portraying the character, who would be having issues in real life after such an ordeal. I’ll post a link here that shows you where you can get this book for a good price. It’s an awesome read that carries the story of the game forward, so I highly recommend you buy it.
2. Batman Arkham Knight Riddler’s Gambit: This book is great because it shows you more of the Riddler and his story in the Arkham Knight with Batman. It has a good length which is always welcome, and it expands the ever growing Arkham world which is exciting. There are other great comic books to read that are based in the Arkham world (especially the Arkham Origins one that has multiple paths you can choose as you read) that are worth reading, but a good book is always a good thing too. It gives you a chance to use your imagination and make the book feel the way you want it to. I love comics but I prefer “normal” books, but that may just be me. Either way, this books is great and offers a good look at the Riddler and the happenings around Arkham Knight. A very worth purchase for any Batman fan. Get it here.
Those two are the main books I’ve been reading lately that relate to gaming, with an Arkham comic or two to fill things up in the meantime when I’m not reading those two, but there are others that I have to recommend as well. Any of the Mass Effect books are worth buying, they are all a lot of fun to read and are very well written. I consider Mass Effect one of the best game series of all time so I highly recommend you get any of the books. I’ve read a Halo book or two as well that were good books but didn’t keep my interest like Mass Effect. Uncharted the Fourth Labyrinth is a great book too that dives more into Nate and Sully’s adventures and I highly recommend this one as well. I could have done some more on talking about those books, but Riddler and Lara steal the show right now for me, so those are the biggest ones I recommend. Are there any you recommend or enjoy? Be sure to let us know in the comments!