In video games, it’s always fun when science meets the mysterious.
There are so many different types of video games that everyone is sure to find something they like. Horror games will make you want to leave all the lights on in your house, while family games are great for kids.
Both science fiction and fantasy belong to the same field. Some people may think they are very different, but they are actually very similar, and some games have parts of both. There aren’t as many games that have both types, but there are some that do it well.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a game that has been balancing sci-fi and fantasy for a while now also has a good mix of loot-gathering and shooting.
Borderlands has always been different from other games, but with the addition of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, which has a lot of fantasy material inspired by D&D, the IP has become something completely different. The whole game is a made-up TTRPG set in the sci-fi-heavy world of Borderlands. The end result is a mix of goblins, sword-shooting guns, and robots dressed up as paladins. What could you want more of?
The Final Fantasy series has a lot to talk about. People have been having fun and being surprised by these games for decades. But also did a good job of mixing science fiction and magic.
Where else could you ride a Chocobo to a city in the clouds that flies? Even with different types of enemies, your group of adventurers will be facing high-tech robots with missiles one minute and a god a few hours later. They are different from other games in a lot of ways, but especially in how they handle the genre.
This is one of the first things on this list. Shadowrun began as a tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG), but it has since moved to video games and done so quite well.
Shadowrun was made to combine science fiction and magic into a single game. The idea is simple: it’s a cyberpunk world with super-advanced technology, magic, and fantasy animals like you’d see in a Lord of the Rings game. It’s a fun world to discover, and you’ll wonder why more games haven’t tried it.
Demons are sometimes hard to kill without a high-tech piece of armor and some high-tech guns. If you agree, then you should play Doom.
Who would have thought that when experts on Mars looked for a new energy source, they’d open a door to hell? Well, they did, and now everyone has to deal with it. As the Doom Slayer, you are picked and given the power to fight demons on your own. You don’t care; all you want to do is kill as many people as possible with as many cool weapons as you can find.
Now, Pokemon is always a part of our lives. It has been a show, computer games, trading cards, and more for many years.
Since it’s always there, it can be hard to step back and see it for what it is: a good mix of magic and science fiction. Where else can you catch and train creatures from story and fantasy that represent different parts of the earth? You do this with a strange digital technology that saves the files safely and lets you move them from one computer to another.
Elden Ring is more fantasy than science fiction, but it has a lot of science fiction aspects that make it a good addition to this list.
Most of the time, these things show up later in the game. Caelid often looks like the surface of Mars, and enemies like the Lesser Kindred of Rot look like they came from an old science fiction book. Not to mention the stories about the Outer-Gods and enemies like the Fallingstar Beast that talk about things that live beyond the stars. Even the Elden Beast seems to be from another world.
Deep Rock Galactic
In many legendary stories, dwarves work in mines deep underground. But what if the dwarves were really astroid miners from another galaxy?
That is what Deep Rock Galactic is mostly about. A game that is a bit like Geometry Dash Subzero and a squad-based shooter at the same time. Here, you fight off aliens and search for goods deep inside rocks that are made by a process. It is unlike any other game because it has both high-tech weapons and mining tools and Dwarven friends.
Speaking of things that happen outside of our solar system, Darkest Dungeon is another game that leans more toward fantasy but has clear sci-fi features.
The Color of Madness DLC is what makes this happen. A meteor hits a small farm outside of the village. The eldritch forces in the stone make the miller and his men’s bodies and the time around them change. The result is a Lovecraftian adventure in a mission that normally has a lot of fantasy.
You don’t have to look too hard in Pikmin to see where science fiction and magic meet. Just look at the characters in the title.
They look like aliens, but they also look like fey or some kind of gnome. The fact that Captain Olimar is an astronaut adds to the science-fiction side, but the bright, lush scenery and enemies and characters that are based on plants and animals add to the fantasy side. It balances in a strange and childish way, but in a way that makes some sense.
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor-Martyr
The Warhammer world as a whole is a mix of fantasy and science fiction, but Inquisitor-Martyr does this more than any other game.
As an Inquisitor, it is your job to fight against all the things that are against the empire of man. Of these, the forces of Chaos are the most dangerous. These dark magical beings can take the form of daemons or even take over other animals. They can also change the space around you to make it look like hell. This mix of a fantasy-based enemy and a sci-fi setting has made Warhammer a huge name in the field for decades.