Research Shows The Last Of Us & Call Of Duty Give The Biggest Adrenaline Boosts To Players | News

That surge of energy you get from fighting a boss, or dribbling a ball, or clamouring through an obstacle course — there’s nothing quite like it. Video games can really amp up the adrenaline in our body, and new  research from has revealed which titles are most likely to give players exactly that.

During the study, participants had their pulses and heart rates monitored while they played of 2020’s most popular games. The increase in beats-per-minute from their resting heart rate were monitored and recorded; you can check out the results below:

1 – The Last of Us 49%
2 – Call of Duty: Warzone 42%
3 – Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 34%
4 – Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 34%
5 – FIFA 21 33%
6 – Fortnite 33%
7 – Red Dead Redemption 2 32%
8 – Grand Theft Auto V 28%
9 – NBA 2K20 27%
10 – Assassins Creed: Valhalla 23%

The survival horror aspects of The Last of Us had the biggest effect on players, with heart rates increasing by almost half. Action-centric titles like Call of Duty: Warzone and the ultra-competitive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout managed to snag 2nd and 3rd place with a 42% and 34% increase in BPM, respectively. Other heart-racing titles which didn’t reach the top 10 include Marvel’s Spider-Man (22% increase) and Need for Speed (20% increase).

Christopher Ferguson, Professor of Psychology at Stetson University, explains: “We experience a wide range of emotions when gaming such as excitement if we’re playing a game for the first time, relief if we manage to dodge an obstacle, amusement if we’re playing with friends or suspense if we’re struggling to make it to the finish line.”

He added that: “Some games are soothing, whereas others are more likely to get the blood pumping as indicated by increased heart rate and blood pressure. Of course, it’s always important to remember that all of these emotions are experienced in the context of fun, and evidence has increasingly clarified that gaming is safe and is not associated with negative outcomes.”

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For more information about the study, visit here.

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