6 Games Where You Can Get A Job

Many of us often turn to video games to help alleviate the stresses of our real-life jobs, so it is always a bit ironic when those games also have us holding virtual jobs too.

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We’re talking about games where our in-game characters can engage in activities that would fit the criteria for a legitimate job in the real world. This could be an optional side mission, a mini-game that earns us some extra cash, or an integral part of the overall gameplay loop. Whatever the case, here are a few games where you can get a job.


6 Papers, Please

In Papers, Please, you take on the role of an immigration worker whose job is to go over the passports and travel documents of those attempting to cross the borders of a fictional country called Arstotzka. The game is set in 1982, at a time when tensions are high between the communist nation and its neighboring countries.

The gameplay involves using various means and tools to assess the documents presented for authenticity, in a bid to weed out any suspicious travelers like known criminals or potential terrorists. Ultimately, you get to decide if the documents are in order for the stated purpose of the traveler’s trip, but risk suffering deductions from your daily wages for each questionable traveler you let into the country.

5 Grand Theft Auto 4

The Grand Theft Auto series features many side activities that can earn your in-game character money. But most of those odd jobs aren’t exactly what we would call legal since they require performing one criminal activity or the other. GTA 4 on the other hand allows you to take on the role of a legit cab driver by transporting passengers around Liberty City within the designated time limit.

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Unlike other GTA games where you initiate the taxi side missions by stealing any taxi you come across, GTA 4 requires you to call your cousin, Roman, who owns a struggling cab company. Once you tell him you’ll like to take on some fares, you head over to the taxi depot to pick up a taxi and you’re set to start earning some money, lending the missions that extra layer of legitimacy.

4 Red Dead Redemption

After the many criminal escapades it asked players to partake in while playing the preceding Grand Theft Auto games, Rockstar decided to shift gears a bit and take things back to the Old West for their next game, Red Dead Redemption. Released in 2010 on PS3 and Xbox 360, the game serves as further refinement of many of the advancements showcased in GTA 4.

Even though you technically play as a former outlaw named John Marston, it is still possible to get and hold a somewhat respectable job as a government-sanctioned bounty hunter in Red Dead Redemption. This involves hunting down various criminals with specified bounties on their heads all over the Wild West and bringing them in for their crimes, dead or alive.

3 Moonlighter

Moonlighter is an action RPG that mixes in rogue-lite and life sim elements. It’s available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. As its title suggests, the game has you moonlighting as an adventurer by venturing through ancient portals to various uncharted realms in search of loot and glory.

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But during the day, you take on the role of a shopkeeper as you see to the day-to-day management of a shop in the commercial village of Rynoka. You get to select which items you want to put up for sale, set your prices, hire assistants, and upgrade the various facets of your shop over time, all while keeping an eye out for rival shopkeepers and others who might want to steal from you .

2 The Sims 4

Speaking of life sims elements, The Sims is considered one of the pioneers of those gameplay features, helping to popularize the genre with the PC release of its first game in 2000. Originally a spinoff of the larger SimCity series, the offshoot has grown into its own series with four numbered entries and several smaller titles and expansions between them.

Careers are a standout feature in all four of the mainline games. These act as certain jobs that Sims can take on to earn money. Each one has specific conditions that must be met in order for a Sim to be eligible for the job, which include their skills and level of education. For example, after the University expansion, certain career tracks in The Sims 2 like Natural Science are restricted to university graduates.

1 Job Simulator

With a title like Job Simulator, there’s little left to the imagination when it comes to this VR game’s singular purpose. Developed and published by Owlcherry Labs for PC and PS4 in 2016, the game finds players taking on gamified versions of four real-world jobs.

Its physics-based gameplay has you bumbling your way through the daily demands of an auto mechanic, store clerk, office worker, or gourmet chef. Each job brings its own set of challenges, requiring you to think in quick and inventive ways in order to solve puzzles on the fly while aiming to achieve your set goals. It’s a satisfying gameplay loop that serves to make working fun for everyone.

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