9 games that give you a personality test


Since the dawn of print magazines, personality tests have been a fun and sometimes obnoxious way to categorize you and your friends. Obviously, you can’t completely classify someone’s personality in just ten questions, but you can get some key information about them.

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In some video games, this little trick is used to either tailor the game experience a bit more to your personality, or to subtly (or sometimes not so subtly) influence the events and outcomes of the game’s story. Or, it could be completely arbitrary! But again, this fits with regular personality tests too, if you think about it.


9 What type of Pokemon are you? – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In all Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, you assume the role of a human who has spontaneously transformed into a Pokemon and found himself in a Pokemon-centric society. Of course, everyone has different Pokémon that they like, and it wouldn’t be fun to receive one at random, so to choose the right Pokémon for you, the games start you off with a personality test.

How you answer the questions presented to you, along with the gender you set for your characters, determines which type of Pokemon resonates the most with you. For example, are you a naive guy? You are a Totodile. Are you a sassy girl? You are a Torchic. In later games you can also just choose Pokemon from a list if you don’t want to bother with the test.

8 Jedi Classes – Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

While Jedi in the Star Wars universe are often seen through a “space samurai with a cool sword” lens, there are actually different types of Jedi Knights, with different goals and abilities. When you complete your Padawan training in Knights of the Old Republic, you’ll be given a brief quiz to determine which type of Jedi class is right for you.

Depending on your answer, Dorak will recommend a Blue Lightsaber for a Guardian, a Yellow Lightsaber for a Sentinel, or a Green Lightsaber for a Consular. Of course, you can also ignore its recommendation and spec your character as you see fit.

seven The GOAT – Fallout 3

During your education in Vault 101 in Fallout 3, all teenagers must pass the Generalized Occupational Aptitude Test, or “GOAT.” It’s a quick test that determines what role in the Vault lifestyle you’d be best suited to, and it also trains the building blocks of your character’s skills.

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However, no one really takes the GOAT seriously, so once you’ve completed the test, if you talk to the proctor, he’ll be happy to rig your answers in any direction you want. This allows you to configure your beacon skills of choice, although you can also drop things where they may if you’re more committed to roleplaying.

6 Dive into the Heart – Kingdom Hearts

The deeper concepts of the Kingdom Hearts series are…abstract, to put it mildly. Case in point – at the start of the first game, during Sora’s Dive to the Heart, a mysterious voice asks him a variety of questions, even taking the form of several of his friends in the process, to determine what kind of hero he would be.

The weapon you choose and the weapon you drop determine your combat specializations, while the responses you provide to your friends determine how Sora gains experience throughout the game. You can level him up quickly to start, or start slow and speed through its levels later.

5 Order Versus Chaos – Shin Megami Tensei Series

A recurring theme in the Shin Megami Tensei series is the balance between Order and Chaos, rather than good and evil. Order is about harmony at the expense of individuality and choice, while chaos is about freedom at the expense of safety and direction. Each game in the series assesses your allegiance to these factors with a sporadic series of questions throughout the story.

Sometimes you’ll be asked to make a choice during an important cutscene, while other times you might have to answer a seemingly innocuous question while talking to an NPC. How you respond determines who you side with in the end, though in some cases particular choices can put you on a completely different path.

4 Just a normal behavior test – Prey

When cold-opening Prey, you, as Morgan Yu, must go through a series of behavioral tests. Your brother, Alex, passes it off as a mere formality before your space trip, though the tests are a bit unusual. You are asked to move blocks from a pedestal and hide in a room with no hiding place.

After that, you are prompted to answer a handful of questions. Three of them are variations of the classic Trolley Problem thought experiment, in which you have the opportunity to save people from a fleeing vehicle by killing another person. How you pass this test doesn’t affect the game, but once you’ve completed the story, the weird experiences might make a little more sense.

3 Teen Magazine Quiz – Monster Prom

As a game that revolves around your social stats, Monster Prom needs a way to actually determine what your stats are. Since this is a game about freaky teenagers, what better option is there than a nonsensical magazine personality quiz? Well, several options, probably, but the game’s slogan is “be your worst self”, after all.

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You are presented with a handful of questions and using its “PhD in bullshit”, the game will determine your highest and lowest starting stats, as well as which eligible singles or monster singles you have the best shot with.

2 Therapy Sessions – Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Between the main sets of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, we regularly come back to a person, later revealed to be Cheryl Mason, in the middle of a therapy session. This is an important part of the game’s psychic profile system, in which it adapts slightly depending on how you respond to the therapist.

Depending on how you complete the therapist’s exercises and answer their questions, various factors in Harry’s adventure will change. The numb bodies attacking him in the ice world change shape, certain characters will have their appearance and personality changed, and the ultimate ending you land on will be decided.

1 Getting to Know Your Sims – The Sims 4

While The Sims 4 still offers the series’ proven Create A Sim system, allowing you to create and customize a new Sim from scratch, it also introduced a new way to create a virtual person: a personality quiz.

The Create Sim Stories feature allows your hypothetical Sim to ask your opinion on a variety of situations and topics. This ranges from things like the location of your ideal home to your opinion of insects. Your answers will help shape your Sim’s personality and character traits.

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