Enemy Artificial Intelligence can make or break the game. Dumb bots break immersion and pose no challenge. The otherwise great game becomes a borefest and the chances you’ll ever finish it are close to zero. Money and time wasted! In other words, good AI in games is important!
Great AI in games will challenge you to adapt, change your playstyle and find new ways to overcome obstacles and enemies. No one wants to play a game with dumb AI, so we’re looking at some of the best video games AI.
Alien games are cursed. Well, at least most of them. Alien: Isolation is a landmark in horror games and AI development. The Xenomorph following the player has such an advanced AI that it learns to adapt to the player’s actions constantly keeping you on your toes, forcing you to change and evolve. Xenomorph has one of the best video games AI. Can you survive the Alien?
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In most cases, video game AI enemies just run directly at the player and take cover on rare occasions. In F.E.A.R., the AI uses real-life combat tactics. Enemies will flank you alone or in pairs, throw grenades at your position if you’ll stay too long in it, retreat, and look for the best option to corner the player. You’re up for the challenge?
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Halo: Combat Evolved
The first Halo game not only cemented the FPS mechanics games use today, but it also had one of the best AI in games. If you died, you knew it was your fault and every encounter in Halo required a little bit of planning.
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
The Zone is a dangerous place, you either survive or perish and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’s AI is not ready to give up easily. The enemy AI will flank you, and sneak up on you, trying to survive by any means necessary. Moreover, the NPCs have their own life cycles which makes the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. come to life. Gamers love Shadow of Chernobyl for a reason, and one of them is the game’s AI.
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Stealth games are only as good as their enemy AI. The AI in MGSV shines in adapting to the player’s actions. One playstyle will not work in every mission. The game’s AI will adapt to your actions and will force you to rethink your strategy and change your equipment.
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If you’re in for a challenge, these games will keep you on your toes with some of the best AI in games that will force you to change your approach and adapt every step of the way. Do you accept the challenge?