CNY Special: Chinese Zodiac Animals and their compatible video games
The second half of the zodiac pizza
Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the rockstars of the Chinese zodiac - folks born in the year of the Horse are known to be extremely (almost absurdly) energetic and active people, with a taste for the limelight and just being awesome in general. Their amicable and friendly nature makes them a pleasure to be around too, and you can definitely count on them to be game for a race - titles like Forza Motorsport or Dirt 5 are viable choices, and if they don't mind waiting till later this year, perhaps Gran Turismo 7 as well. Of course, we don't think we need to explicitly mention Mario Kart here - that much should be obvious!
Just like the Snake, people born in the year of the Goat like to spend time lost in their own thoughts, although that doesn't explain how they manage to be so damn fashionable all the time. These folks like being presentable, but contrary to what you might think, they're not snobbish about it. Plus, their innate gentleness and friendliness make them great coffee buddies when they're not out searching for the best-looking things to wear, or doing the same for their characters in games like Diablo III and Minecraft Dungeons. Yes, it's all about aesthetics with them, but while they might spend an eternity and a half in various character customisation menus, you can be sure they'll have your back when the party runs into a pickle.
Widely credited as the most excitable member of the zodiac, people born in the year of the Monkey live for one thing, and one thing only: adrenaline-pumping thrills. Mischievous, witty, and intelligent, they're always in search of life's next adventure, and they adore trying their hand at new things too. As such, a game that can capture their interest is usually one that constantly evolves and changes, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fits the bill perfectly. Alternatively, given their fondness for open-ended challenges, they might also enjoy messing around in titles like Grand Theft Auto V or Cyberpunk 2077 as well, where there's no black-and-white route to completing objectives.
As the only sign who can really give the Horse a run for its money when it comes to the limelight, your buddies born in the year of the Rooster are a rather unique lot. Unlike the Horse, whose natural energy attracts people to them, these people will make it known that they have arrived in the room. This charming pride of theirs complements their outspoken nature, although they do have a knack for being resourceful and observant when the situation calls for it. On that note, if you need to fire everyone up before you depart on a high-level Monster Hunter World: Iceborne boss fight or any MMORPG party quest in general, then you know who to call.
People born in the year of the Dog are devoted, loyal, and in some cases, pretty darn pessimistic, although it also means they're extremely practical individuals. Despite their glass-half-empty outlook on most things, they have a strong sense of morals and justice, perhaps the strongest among the zodiac, and won't hesitate to jump in head-first if it means protecting something they believe in. Taking all of that into account, a solid, enrapturing tale about heroism and brotherhood sounds like the right call, so titles like God of War, the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Yakuza: Like A Dragon are great picks here.
Trustworthy, helpful, and diligent - our friends born in the year of the Pig are walking barrels of compassion and honesty, with an infallible determination to wrap it all up. Like the Rat, they're great at staying calm in a pinch and taking stock of their situation, allowing them to find viable (and often ingenious) solutions. Of course, being able to maintain your composure when you're cornered is no easy feat, especially when you're playing titles such as the Demon's Souls remake, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Ghost of Tsushima where one wrong step can mean death. However, with their small sparks of ingenuity, intense focus, and a sense of diligence that rivals that of the Ox, we think they'll make it through fine!