Privacy is a thing of the past. Hackers steal our information and so do our own governments, so as time goes by, our reality is becoming more and more similar to a video game. But for now, let’s talk about just games. There have been several titles about computer hacking, some that stay closer to reality and others that are just games. For this list, I chose titles that feature make-believe hacking, as well as some games that teach you the real thing.
5. Enter the Matrix (GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Enter the Matrix has some problems, there’s no way denying that (it can be repetitive, there are bugs and some parts simply feel unfinished.) But its presentation, sound design, score and story make Enter the Matrix. Maybe you don’t spend as much time hacking as in the movies, (the gameplay is more about shooting and fighting from a third-person perspective,) but there’s a hacking system where, once you have the codes, you can unlock special skills, weapons and secret modes, such as two -player versus.
4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360)
If you’re into science fiction or steampunk, you’ve probably played a Deus Ex game before. One of the best parts about Human Revolution is that hacking in the game is a thrilling experience, since you upload different viruses and prepare counter-attacks. Of course, the game’s much more than that, since the story’s riveting, the freedom of choice is praiseworthy and the balance between stealth and action is remarkable.
3. Watch Dogs 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
At first sight, Watch Dogs 2 looks like a traditional open-world action game, but keep playing and you’ll see that you can hack pretty much every electronic device. Since this virtual recreation of the Bay Area is ran by a the same operating system, you can use your smartphone to modify personal information of people, disrupt traffic by tampering with the traffic lights, hack into monitoring cameras and the list goes and on. Of course, there’s more to this game than hacking, but Watch Dogs 2 manages to use the open-world formula and do something creative with it.
2. Quadrilateral Cowboy (PC, Mac, Linux)
In Quadrilateral Cowboy, you play as a hacker in the 1980s, but the best part about the game is that you use old hardware to do so. At your disposal, you have a 56.6k modem and a computer with 256k RAM. The game uses the same aesthetic as Blendo Games’ previous games Gravity Bone and Thirty Flights of Loving. The hacking in this game is somewhat primitive, but if you want an introduction to this hacking and coding, Quadrilateral Cowboy is the game to play.
1. Uplink (PC, Linux, Android, iOS, Mac)
For the longest time Uplink has remained the best hacking game ever made. Released in 2001 as a simulator of computer hacking in movies, the game encourages you to hack computers to get money, software, hardware and more importantly, the necessary skills to become the best hacker in the world. Although Uplink came out a long time ago, there’s nothing quite like and for this reason, the game has a fervent modding community that created new themes, sounds, missions and image packs to make it more relevant than ever.