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AI is quickly becoming a part of our everyday lives, and in some cases it already is! Imagine just 15 years ago speaking to your TV to pull up Netflix with Alexa, or adding to your Amazon cart with the same helpful AI system. It’s safe to say it’s come a long way in a short amount of time. But gamers have always welcomed its help, especially when it comes to pioneering experiences such as VR, as well as within the story of a game with non player characters (NPCs). These crucial characters have always ushered us into a variety of interesting worlds, and given us information vital to completing quests. But what if AI was more heavily involved, and NPCs could interact with players on an almost human-like level?
Needless to say, that would be interesting and make games infinitely more diverse. If this sounds like something you’d like to experience, consider getting these top AI games available on Steam right now.
“Now with infinite community-made content! A unique platformer where an evil AI predicts your movement. Dodge AI-spawned traps, solve optional puzzles and uncover the dark secrets of the simulation.”
If you’re looking for a game that blends humor with challenging gameplay effortlessly, then you’ve got to check out Will You Snail. Take on the AI Squid who is constantly trying to predict your next move so he can cause havoc and get you off your path. You’ll also have opportunities to solve puzzles while you try and figure out what happened and why your player is where it is. There’s all kinds of levels, and the non-linear story means there’s a variety of possible outcomes. You can even choose the level of difficulty you want to have so you can best match the AI antagonist and try and make it to the next level.
“Dungeon Alchemist is AI-powered fantasy mapmaking software that enables you to make awesome-looking maps, really fast!”
Have you always wanted to create vibrant maps for your games that you can either print out or keep digitally? You can do just that and more with Dungeon Alchemist. The first step is getting the terrain right, whether it’s a forest or a rocky outpost, it has a huge library for you to select from. This game allows you to next choose from one of their many themes, whether you need to create a laboratory, a dungeon, or even a place to call home. Then you start drawing or press the randomize button if you want the AI to complete the look. It will automatically populate doors, lights, walls, and furniture, but you can always tweak the look until it’s exactly what you want.
Need objects to put in the rooms? No problem, DA has thousands to choose from. Once it looks perfect, you can then print it out or export to your favorite VTT.
“RUNNING WITH RIFLES is a top-down tactical shooter with open world RPG elements. In RWR, you join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around you.”
Although there are plenty of war games, none offer you as many options to explore as Running with Rifles. Because of its open world approach, you always get to choose your own path during all of your campaigns. You’ll start as a basic soldier, but you’ll have the opportunity to be so much more. Throughout each mission, you’ll engage with emergent AI in order to gain new skills and access to side objectives. There are hundreds of locations for you to explore, and you can choose to lead troops, go on recon missions, rescue prisoners, and become an expert in weapons.
All aspects of gameplay are engaging, and the top down approach is an interesting perspective, as is the realistic cover system.
“AI Drone Simulator is an FPV drone simulator. Start from an existing drone Model, or place a BlackBox file in the game and fly your own FPV drone in races or free flight on a variety of maps.”
With this fun simulation game, you can choose to pilot a ready made drone, or upload one of your own in races and over all kinds of different terrain. You can choose from mountains, forests, or even cities that are all waiting to be explored with your drone. When you’re done surveying the land, engage in races to see which drone will come out on top. Choose to compete against others or in time attack mode to test your piloting skills. You can even share your drones, tracks, and scenery choices on the Steam Workshop.
Want to see something specific? Design your own track with a little help from AI!
“Saiko No Sutoka is a Horror Survival Game where you as a Protagonist must escape and avoid the crazy yandere girl who wants you dead.”
Who doesn’t love a good horror story? And Saiko No Sutoka is one that really delivers. The protagonist player has been abducted by this very unique serial killer, in that she has two separate sides to her, and just really wants to play with you before she destroys you. Because she has DID, you’ll first see the side of her that wants to engage with you, and she’ll do all she can to prevent you from leaving to discover the clues that will help you get out.
The other side of her is openly hostile, and you’ll need to prevent her from killing you. The back and forth between the two states is sure to keep players on their toes as they look for the numbers that will unlock the safe with the exit door key.
“Assemble your robot squad, construct their AI and send them into the battle arena to see your strategy play out. Iterate, improve and repeat until you outsmart all your opponents and friends online.”
Have you always wanted to improve your strategic tactical skills? Then a game like Gladiabots is right up your alley. Here you’re responsible for creating the battle strategy for your robots and only time will tell if you’re victorious in the arena. You’ll have plenty of chances to refine and improve upon it until you get it right, and not to worry, no technical programming skills are required! You can play against the AI, or choose to do battle with your friends. You’re in charge of creating and customizing your robots, and you can even earn points to unlock new skins.
“Trapped in a cursed school, escape from Sister Madeline. She's cunning, searching every corner, luring and talking to you depending on your actions. Solve puzzles, craft items, and uncover the mystery in this horror game with different escape routes.”
A genuinely creepy, horror game, Evil Nun: Broken Mask is full of all kinds of puzzles and clues to pick up before you can say goodbye to the haunted school. The protagonist is not alone here, and must engage with the lost children to create objects that will help you face the evil nun. Sister Madeline will follow you everywhere, so be prepared for some jump scares! With 6 chapters, 3 escape routes, and lots of NPCs along the way, you’ll enjoy revisiting this game time and time again.
AI can dramatically up your gaming experience, no matter if you want simulation, strategy, or prefer a horror based game. Which AI game will you choose?