Are you over 50 and looking to get into video games? Or maybe games aren’t doing it for you anymore. If that’s the case, these 10 games are for you.
The following experience made me realise that video games for 50 year olds is definitely a thing. Disclaimer though, obvioulsy all of the games mentioned below can be played and enjoyed by everyone.
Along time ago on a job far, far away…
I just started a new job in a far off city, and I arrived at my company’s motel accommodation while everyone was still at work. Fast forward to night time when I’d just finished my dinner and was relaxing in my room trying to rest before my first day of work.
Lying on my bed, I heard these weird whirring noises coming from the room next door with the occasional bump and thud as well. This went on for a while, but it wasn’t that annoying that I couldn’t get to sleep.
“He opened his room’s door for me to look inside, and to my surprise, I saw a full sim racing set up.”
Walking out of my room the next morning, I met my neighbour for the first time. He was a Superintendent at work and well into his fifties. While introducing myself I asked him what those noises were coming from his room the night before. Smiling back at me, he said he was playing a new racing simulator he’d just got – Assetto Corsa.
He opened his room’s door for me to look inside, and to my surprise, I saw a full sim racing set up. A gaming monitor, gaming laptop, steering wheel, gear stick and pedals. He then told me something even more surprising. There was a group of five of them that played racing sims each night, and they were all in their forties and fifties.
Video Games For 50 Year Olds: 10 Of The Best
After some research and talking with… “life experienced” friends of mine, I’ve put a list together of 10 of the best video games for 50 year olds to get into and play today. This list is for serious gaming.
- Assetto Corsa
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X
- Car Mechanic Simulator
- Farm Simulator 19
- American Truck Simulator
- Elite Dangerous
- Project Cars 2
- Train Sim World 2020
- Sid Meir’s Civilisation 6
- War Thunder
Your Racing Simulator for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Laser Scanned Legendary Tracks – Including Silverstone Circuit, Monza, and Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Meticulous Car Detail – Manufacturer data augmented physics giving authenticity in character and handling. Play with controller or steering wheel set up. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is just around the corner, but if you can’t wait then this classic should tie you over nicely.
Take the controls of aircraft such as the 747 jumbo jet, F/A-18 Hornet, P-51D Mustang, EH-101 helicopter and others – an aircraft for every kind of flying and adventure. Select your starting location, set the time, the season, and the weather. Take off from one of more than 24,000 airports and explore a world of aviation beauty that has entranced millions of plane fans from across the globe. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Car Mechanic Simulator
Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 challenges players to repair, paint, tune and drive cars. Find classic, unique cars in the new Barn Find module and Junkyard module. You can even add your self-made car in the Car Editor.
Build and expand your repair service empire in this incredibly detailed and highly realistic simulation game, where attention to car detail is astonishing. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Farm Simulator 19
Become a modern farmer and develop your farm on two huge American and European environments, filled with exciting new farming activities, crops to harvest and animals to tend to. You can drive over 300 authentic vehicles and machines now including John Deere – but also Case IH, New Holland, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Krone, Deutz-Fahr, and many more. Grow your farm online with other players, and download community created mods! Check the latest prices on Amazon.
American Truck Simulator
Experience legendary American trucks and deliver various cargoes across sunny California, sandy Nevada, and the Grand Canyon State of Arizona. American Truck Simulator takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and widely recognized landmarks around the States. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Trade. Fight. Explore. Take flight and experience life as a starship commander in the dangerous galaxy of the 34th century. Enter a massively-multiplayer full-scale recreation of the Milky Way with a small starship and a handful of credits, and join the ranks of the iconic Elite. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Project Cars 2
Building on the success of 2015’s chart-busting debut, Project CARS 2 pushes the franchise and its fans into a blistering new era of motorsport by combining the authentic realism of the world’s most advanced simulation racing game with the pure joy of racing action fun. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Train Sim World 2020
Train Sim World is an immersive first-person simulator perfect for everyone, with complete in-cab interactivity, accurate detail on locos, real-world routes and hours of game play. Take to the rails with the brand-new Train Sim World 2020 Edition and find everything you need to master new skills, from general to advanced operation of locomotives as you operate smooth passenger and freight services, scenarios and much more. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Sid Meir’s Civilisation 6
Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy video game in which one or more players compete alongside computer-controlled AI opponents to grow their individual civilization from a small tribe to control of the entire planet across several periods of development. Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Get into the most realistic Combat MMO & fight for your nation. You’ll experience immersive massive battles with more than 800 steel beasts. Virtual Reality Battles. Historical Tanks & Planes. 10 Million Players. Free 2 Play Combat MMO. Free To Download on PC, PlayStation and Xbox.
It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. Of the five guys playing Assetto Corsa at that one job, three of them had never been into video games at all!
If you’re worried about the cost of entry, check out my article on How gaming can save you money.
What are you waiting for? Get into it!
By Izzy Davis | 2019
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