CNY Special: Chinese zodiac animals and their compatible video games


Happy Chinese New Year!

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

The ideal game for every zodiac sign

All right, listen up, astrology-obsessed stargazers. The fact that you clicked on this article only 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 suspect that you’re only is going to open worthless 16s in blackjack and would rather invest in “fixed assets”.

Sure, we’re joking about that second bit (hopefully), but that’s not really important right now. What matters are zodiac signs. Every year during this time, it is common to see people lining up at the atriums of malls to read the fortunes for their respective sign, which is basically a list of animal associations for personality based on their year of birth. Different boards have different recommendations for romance, career, and wealth, so we thought it would be nice to do something similar for video games as well. In the meantime, to a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!

#1: Rat

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Our friends born under the sign of Rat tend to be quick-witted, resourceful, and very versatile people, making them excellent problem solvers even when they’re in trouble. They are great at making the most of what they have at the moment, plus they are quick at putting two and two together. Translating such properties into a game is quite easy – social deduction titles like Among us or even strategy games that require you to adapt on the fly, such as Hearthstone, Legends of Runeterra or even competitive pokemon fighting seems like the kind of thing they would enjoy.

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#2: Ox

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Those born under the sign of the Ox are mostly known as tenacious and diligent people who have backup plans for backup plans. They never complete tasks without a clear strategy and have 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 “fast and decisive” pace, so city builders like Tropical 5 and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI maybe right up their alley. Oh, and if they need something spicier, a versatile stealth title like hitman 3 sounds good too.

#3: Tiger

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According to the astrology books, people 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 with guns, and they like to come out on top, not to mention most of them end up doing just that. Anyway, as you might have guessed, their courage, bravery, and never-say-die attitude to most things in life make them quite suitable for competitive shooters, be it a 100-player battle royale or just the good old Team Deathmatch. So things 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.

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#4: Rabbit

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Our friends born in the year of the Rabbit are known as mysterious, yet elegant individuals who conduct their affairs with almost unparalleled grace. They often retreat to the safety of their own imaginations, which also makes them surprisingly adept creatives. Here titles with beautifully rendered worlds and the freedom to explore them Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, The Pathless or Cyberpunk 2077 could be titles they want to invest time in. Heck, you might even consider it 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 exude 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 headfirst into it if the situation calls for it, and to us it seems like they would enjoy games if they followed the same line of thought. As such, intense, adrenaline-pumping titles like Borderlands 3 and Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers seem like the kind of thing they’re good at, though they might also enjoy leading other players on raids TERRA or World of Warcraft at.

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#6: Snake

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By far the most mysterious people in the zodiac, our friends born in the year of the Snake don’t like to bare their chests and show the world what they’re all about. Instead, they prefer to go the “loner” route, which only adds to their enigmatic aura. But if necessary, they are also smart tactics with a keen eye for detail, who are able to come up with solutions quickly and effectively. Puzzlers shouldn’t be a challenge for them, so they might want titles like The room series (a personal favorite of mine) or if they feel real, real brave, maybe Little nightmares 2 also.