Having to constantly switch between various game clients to launch different games can make your gaming experience a little bit more tedious, to say the least.
Games are supposed to be fun. We’re supposed to be having fun playing them, not getting frustrated while trying to find them.
Thankfully, a game launcher can solve this problem and there are a few options to choose from. Let’s look at five of them.
What is a Game Launcher?
I suppose that you know about gaming clients and websites, right? If you don’t, Steam is the perfect example.
You can use Steam to buy games and then open the Steam client so that you will be able to launch and play your games from there.
There are various gaming clients like Steam. Such as Uplay, GOG, Origin, Microsoft Store, and more.
Which means that if you’ve got more than one gaming client, then you’ll have to open a different client every time that you want to play a different game.
The purpose of a game launcher is to let you launch all your games from one single place. In that way, you won’t have to switch between various clients all the time.
It’s a piece of software which saves a lot of time, energy, and generally offers a better experience with gaming.
All in all, these are the game launchers that we’ll be looking at:
- Razer Cortex: Gametools
- Photon Game Manager
1. Razer Cortex: Gametools
Razer is one of the biggest names in the gaming industry. Mainly in the peripherals section such as mice, keyboards, etc.
Now it seems to be making a move on the software side of things as well with the Razer Cortex app.
This program automatically scans your files and adds all of your games into one place. All you have to do is to click on the game that you want to play, and Razer Cortex will automatically launch the game and appropriate client for you.
Razer mentions that this program is also capable of including CD-ROM installed games in the Razer Cortex library.
Other than the complete library, you will also find a backup feature. Yes, I know, Steam also keeps backups of your save files.
The difference is that Razer Cortex doesn’t only backup your saves, but your mods and add-ons as well which is extremely useful for games like Skyrim.
LaunchBox was originally made for DOSBox. At this moment, it supports both Windows and emulator-based games.
Yes, this program also allows you to have all of your games in one place, including the emulated ones.
My only complaint on the emulation side of things is that it only supports old emulated platforms such as Nintendo 64, SNES, etc.
At a first glance, no support for PS2 or PSP was there to be seen which could be a big turn off for many people including myself.
Even still, being able to launch both Windows and emulated games from one place is a nice thing to have.
GamesLauncher is a Rainmeter skin. Rainmeter, is a Windows customization tool which features skins like this one.
Rainmeter skins can be anything from little widgets to a small application such as GamesLauncher.
Instead of coming in a package like the rest of the above-mentioned programs, GamesLauncher gets placed on the desktop.
And while it’s a very good-looking piece of software, it doesn’t feature automatic scanning which can be a problem for those who don’t have the patience to assign everything manually.
Furthermore, you will also have to get used in editing with Rainmeter so that you will be able to effectively use GamesLauncher.
With that being said, this program is definitely not for everyone.
GameRoom is quite possibly one of the most underrated game launchers of all time. It’s still in beta, so don’t be surprised if you experience a glitch or two.
This program can automatically import games from almost every widely used game client which exists.
For now, the supported clients include Steam, Origin, Uplay, GOG, and Battle.net. More clients will be added in the future.
If you want to you also have the option of manually importing your games in its library. Just in case that your client is not supported yet.
5. Photon Game Manager
When it comes to game launchers, Photon is the jack of all trades. It supports a wide array of gaming clients and emulators.
Other than that, Photon allows you to download walkthroughs and cheats for the games that support them.
The catch is that the full version of this program is paid. The free version only allows you to add up to five games which is more than enough for a trial.
You can get the full version from 10 to 20 pounds if you feel like donating 10 extra pounds for the hard work of the developer.
If none of these options satisfy you, then you still have the choice of adding non-steam games to Steam, or to a library in your file manager.
These alternatives do not require a 3rd party program or anything like that which is why some people prefer them over game launchers.