5 games you can play inside other games

Games within games - Shenmue III
Shenmue

As technology improves, video game worlds become increasingly indiscernible from real life, with worlds in which you can go for a drive, eat a meal, visit friends, and occasionally play video games. Even though numerous games have allowed you to play other games within their fictional worlds, it’s still a unique novelty that thrills us every time. Here are five times developers put a video game in your video game, so you could game while you game.

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As technology improves, video game worlds become increasingly indiscernible from real life, with worlds in which you can go for a drive, eat a meal, visit friends, and occasionally play video games. Even though numerous games have allowed you to play other games within their fictional worlds, it’s still a unique novelty that thrills us every time. Here are five times developers put a video game in your video game, so you could game while you game.

Space Harrier and Hang On

Shenmue’s You Arcade contained a surprisingly comprehensive collection of time-wasters including the classic Sega games Space Harrier and Hang On.

Crash Bandicoot

Never mind the high-stakes drama and swashbuckling action, our favourite part of Uncharted 4 was this lovely moment, playing the original Crash with Elena.

Zork

Black Ops’s menu saw you strapped to a chair about to receive the interrogation that kicks off the game’s campaign. But did you know that if you press the triggers to wriggle free, you can get out of the chair and access a nearby computer? This will let you play the text adventure Zork, as well as an original top-down shooter called Dead Ops.

Wolfenstein 3D

2014’s Wolfenstein reboot contained a loving tribute to its predecessor Wolfenstein 3D, letting you play the first level of this classic game by taking a nap in a certain part of your home base.

Timesplitters 2

In one of the most surprising crossovers in gaming history, the first two levels of classic shooter Timesplitters 2 were playable in military shooter Homefront: The Revolution.

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