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CNY Special: Chinese Zodiac Animals and their compatible video games

By Kenneth Ang - 22 Jan 2023

Happy Chinese New Year!

Note: This article was first published on 13th Feb 2021, but the recommendations are still valid.

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The ideal game for every zodiac sign

Alright, listen up you astrology-obsessed stargazers. The fact that you clicked on this article just proves two things: first, that you're interested in a way to spend your long Chinese New Year weekend (and possibly your angbao money) and second, you have a hunch that you're only going to open crappy 16s in blackjack and would rather invest in "fixed assets". 

Naturally, we're kidding about that second bit (hopefully), but that's not really important now. What's important are zodiac signs. Every year during this period, it's common to see folks queuing up at shopping mall atriums to read through the fortunes for their respective sign, which are basically a list of animal associations for personality based on their birth year. Different signs will have different recommendations for romance, career and wealth, so we thought it'd be amusing to do up something similar for video games too. In the meantime, here's to a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!


#1: Rat

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Our friends who are born under the sign of the Rat tend to be quick-witted, resourceful and highly versatile people, making them excellent problem solvers even when they're in a pinch. They're great at making the most of what they have at the moment, on top of being quick at putting two and two together. Translating such qualities into a game is pretty easy - social deduction titles like Among Us or even strategy games that require you to adjust on the fly, like Hearthstone, Legends of Runeterra or even competitive Pokemon battling seem like the kinds of things they'd enjoy.


#2: Ox

Image: Firaxis Games

Those who are born under the sign of the Ox are mostly known for being tenacious and diligent people who have backup plans for backup plans. They never handle tasks without a clear-cut strategy and possess the determination to see things through to the end. You could say they prefer a "slow and steady" approach as opposed to the Rat's "quick and decisive" tempo, so city builders like Tropico 5 and Sid Meier's Civilisation VI might be right up their alley. Oh, and if they need something a little spicier, a multi-faceted stealth title like Hitman 3 sounds good too.


#3: Tiger

Image: Respawn Entertainment

Based on the astrology books, folks born in the year of the Tiger are usually brave, confident and oh-so-charmingly competitive. They're not afraid to go into a situation guns blazing, and they like to come out on top, to say nothing of the fact that most of them end up doing just that. Anyway, as you might have guessed, their bravery, valour and never-say-die attitude towards most things in life make them rather suited for competitive shooters, be it a 100-player battle royale or just good old Team Deathmatch. So, stuff like Apex Legends and Valorant might do the trick, though non-PVP alternatives like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Zombies mode can work just as well. 


#4: Rabbit

Image: Square Enix

Our friends born in the year of the Rabbit are known to be mysterious, yet elegant individuals who handle their affairs with near-unparalleled grace. They often retreat into the safety of their own imaginations, which makes them surprisingly adept creatives as well. Here, titles with gorgeously-rendered worlds and the freedom to explore them like Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, The Pathless or Cyberpunk 2077 could be titles they'd be willing to sink time into. Heck, you could even consider Microsoft Flight Simulator a valid option here. 


#5: Dragon

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As the only "magical" animal among the twelve members of the zodiac, those born in the year of the Dragon tend to radiate the same charisma and majesty as their namesake, making them fearless, effective and ambitious leaders. Like the Tiger, the Dragon is also willing to dive in head-first if that's what the situation calls for, and to us, it seems like they would enjoy games following the same train of thought. As such, intense, adrenaline-pumping titles like Borderlands 3 and Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers seem like the kind of stuff they'd be great at, though they might also enjoy leading other players on raids in TERA or World of Warcraft too. 


#6: Snake

Image: Fireproof Games

By far the most mysterious folks in the zodiac, our friends born in the year of the Snake don't like baring their chest and showing the world what they're all about. Instead, they tend to prefer taking the "loner" route, which only adds to their enigmatic aura. However, when the need arises, they're also shrewd tacticians with a keen eye for detail, capable of devising solutions quickly and effectively. Puzzlers should pose no challenge to them, so they might want to look through titles like The Room series (a personal favourite of mine) or if they're feeling really, really brave, maybe Little Nightmares 2 as well.

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