With the end of August here that means Summer is now at an end and if you’re in school, you either are about to go back or have just gone back to school. And if you’re not in school, maybe you’d like to go back? So for today’s countdown, we are taking a look at the top 10 video games that send you back to school. To qualify for this list all a video game has to do is mainly take place in a school setting or have a story that is centered around a student or group of students. There are actually quite a few games that will have you taking tests and doing homework from a variety of game genres. So without further delay let’s countdown the top 10 video games that send you back to school.
10. White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
If you’re looking for a survival horror game that completely takes place in a high school, look no further than White Day: A Labyrinth NamedSchool. Taking place at a high school in South Korea, players control Lee Hui-min who sneaks into his highschool after hours in order to prepare a White Day surprise for his crush Han So-young. After sneaking into the school, Lee becomes trapped and is forced to traverse through the school and find a way out all while solving puzzles and dealing with the paranormal.
The game has some similarities to the original Resident Evil as well, requiring players to micromanage their inventory as they only have a limited number of item slots and to save sparingly as every time a player saves it takes a felt-tip pen, which are limited and must be found around the high school. If you’re looking to have a horrific time going back to school, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School may be the game for you.
9. River City Ransom: Underground
River City Ransom: Underground is a spinoff to the original River City Ransom, and it is bigger and better. After a kidnapping, a group of River City Highschool students known as the Flock is framed for it. Hearing about this, original River City Ransom Protagonists Alex and Ryan return to aid the Flock and help them clear their name. River City Ransom: Underground still has you going through River City Highschool and other parts of River City beating the change out of other highschoolers and gang members but now you can do so with up to four players and special moves.
The addition of special moves isn’t the only thing River City Ransom: Underground has expanded on, as characters now have stats, can unlock new moves, and upgrade skills. In addition, there is also a larger number of gangs that you will encounter in over 140 levels. If you’re looking for a Retro looking game with some new school mechanics, look no further than River City Ransom: Underground.
8. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
A spinoff of the mainline of Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD follows Class Zero, a group of students who attend an elite military academy in the Dominion of Rubrum. When the neighboring Militesi Empire launches an assault on the military academy’s country, Class Zero is then thrust into a war where the students must not only push back the assault but also uncover the secrets as to what started the war they are now part of.
The gameplay of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD has you spending time and doing activities at the academy, traveling around the world map, and completing missions in order to progress the story. During missions players select three characters to take with them, the lead character is controlled by the player and the other two are A.I. controlled, although the three can be swapped with each other at any time. Most combat missions will play like an action RPG, but there are certain missions in the game that will have players partaking in real-time strategy battles on the world map. While not as good as another Final Fantasy we’ll get to a little bit later on the list, it’s still a solid game that will send you back to school.
7. Lego Harry Potter Collection
Going through all seven years Harry is a student at Hogwarts, Lego Harry Potter Collection will have you reliving all of your favorite moments from the books and movies in true lego fashion. Players will be able to play as all their favorite characters from the franchise as they learn spells, make potions, solve puzzles, and explore Hogwarts all while working towards defeating Lord Voldemort in the ultimate showdown of good vs evil. You can also play through the game with a friend as there is drop-in/drop-out co-op. If when going back to school, you have ever wanted to take a class in witchcraft or spell-casting when you went back to school, maybe you should enroll at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as you’ll be able to do that and more as you explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter with Lego Harry Potter Collection.
6. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Every Persona game follows a group of high schoolers in a highschool setting. Every Person game is also an RPG, with the exception of two. Those being Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax which are the only fighting games in the series. Persona 4 Arena is both a sequel and spinoff to not only Persona 4 but Persona 3 as well as it features characters and plot points from both games. In Persona 4 Arena the Persona-users head into the TV world only to find themselves stuck in a fighting tournament held at their high school they then must compete in. The game contains a total of twelve story modes, one for each character in the game. So like most Persona games, you’ll have plenty of story to play through.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a direct sequel to Persona 4 Arena, and much more refined than it too. Person 4 Arena Ultimax features more characters, a better fighting system, and the introduction of Shadow-type characters which are shadow versions of the main cast of characters. The story of the game takes place one day after Person 4 Arena’s story concludes and contains multiple episodes where the cast is going up against their shadow versions. If you’re looking for a game that has you either getting schooled or doing the schooling, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is worth doing some research into.