Many people are often interested in using video games to help alleviate the stress of our real-life employment, so it is always a bit ironic when these games also have us holding virtual employment.
We''re talking about games where our in-game players may engage in activities that would match the criteria for a legitimate job in the real world. This may be an optional side mission, a mini-game that earns us some extra money, or a part of the overall gameplay loop. Here are a few games where you can get a job.
6 Papers, Please
In Papers, please, you take on the role of an immigration worker who is required to take over the passports and travel documents of those who attempt to cross the borders of a fictional country called Arstotzka. The game was created in 1982, at a time when tensions are high between the communist nation and its neighboring countries.
In order to weed out suspicious travelers, such as known criminals or potential terrorists, the gameplay involves using various methods and techniques to assess the documents for authenticity. Ultimately, you get to determine if the documents are in order for the stated purpose of the traveler''s trip, but you may be subjected to deducting from your daily income.
5 Grand Theft Auto 4
Many side actions in the Grand Theft Auto series are beneficial to your in-game character money. However, some of these unusual positions aren''t exactly what we would call legal since they require performing one criminal activity or the other. In the end, GTA 4 allows you to take on the role of a legitimate taxi driver by transporting passengers around Liberty City within the specified time limit.
GTA 4 requires you to identify your cousin, Roman, who is infected with difficulties in handling taxis. Once you notice him you''ll prefer to pay extra, you head to the taxi depot and you''re about to start earning some money.
4 Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar decided to shift gears a bit and return to the Old West for their next game, Red Dead Redemption, which was released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010 and will provide a new perspective for many of the development opportunities highlighted in GTA 4.
In Red Dead Redemption, you technically play as a former lawman named John Marston, but it is still possible to get and hold a somewhat decent job as a government-sanctioned bounty hunter. This involves hunting down several criminals with specific bounties on their heads all over the Wild West, and bringing them in for their crimes, both dead or alive.
Moonlighter is an action game combining rogue-lite and life sim elements. It is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. As its title suggests, the game involves you moonlighting as an adventurer by venturing through ancient portals to various uncharted realms in search of loot and glory.
As you look at the day-to-day management of a business in Rynoka, you have the opportunity to select which items you want to sell, set your fees, hire assistants, and upgrade the various aspects of your shop over time, keeping an eye out for potential shopkeepers and other parties who might be interested in steal.
2 The Sims 4
The Sims is considered one of the pioneers of those gameplay features, especially with the PC release of its first game in 2000. It was initially a spinoff of the larger SimCity series, and the offshoot has grown into its own series with four numbered entries and several smaller titles and expansions.
Careers are a standout feature in all four mainline games. These are as certain situations that Sims may take on to earn money. Each one has specific conditions that must be fulfilled before a Sim can receive the job, including their aptitude and level of education. For example, certain career paths in The Sims 2 like Natural Science are restricted to university graduates.
1 Job Simulator
When it comes to this VR game''s unique purpose, there''s little left to the imagination. Developed and published by Owlcherry Labs for PC and PS4 in 2016, the game finds players taking on gamified versions of four real-world jobs.
The physics-based gameplay has you bumbling your way through the daily demands of an auto mechanic, a store clerk, an office worker, or a gourmet chef. Each job has a different set of challenges, requiring you to think in rapid and inventive ways to solve puzzles on the fly while achieving your set goals. It''s a satisfying gameplay loop that allows you to make working enjoyable for everyone.