The holiday season is coming up. Thanksgiving is around the corner. And as the Black Friday/Cyber Monday rush comes full on, what are the games to buy this Christmas?
2014 was an interesting year for game releases. It offered a wide variety of games for anyone’s tastes, from shooters, to sports and role-playing games.
With such a diverse catalogue to choose from, these are some of the games to keep an eye on:
- Destiny: The new big franchise from “Halo” developer Bungie, “Destiny” can be described as a “share-world shooter”. It combines the tight combat mechanics that defined Bungie’s previous games while incorporating elements from massive-multiplayer online games like “World of Warcraft”. The marriage of both elements don’t make the most cohesive experience. But its excellent shooting mechanics, big emphasis on loot grinding, constant content updates and ever-expanding world make this a great option for gamers looking to sink their teeth into a game for hours on end. The game’s constant push for social interaction makes this one of the best options for cooperative play this holiday.
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor provides a unique and dark take on J.R.R Tolkien’s revered fantasy series, making it one of the biggest surprises of the year. The story follows a fallen ranger possessed by a wraith in his quest to avenge the death of his family. “Shadow of Mordor” is one of the most satisfying and challenging action-adventure games of the year. There is no shortage of great gameplay as the game combines the stealth and traversal elements from the Assassin’s Creed series with a combat system akin to “Batman: Arkham Asylum”.
- Sunset Overdrive: Sunset Overdrive provides a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic genre in a bright, stylish and darkly comical open-world game nourished in ‘90s-era rock. The tone of the game is starkly its own, combining its never ending stylized action with super fast-paced parkour. Sunset Overdrive never ceases to be chaotic, and furthermore, never ceases to be fun. (AVAILABLE ONLY ON XBOX ONE)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare revitalizes the long running series by making the biggest gameplay additions since 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. By advancing the setting to the future, the addition of the all-new futuristic exosuit brings a faster, more vertical style of combat that makes previous entries seem slow and tame in comparison. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare earns a rightful spot amongst the series best installments. It makes up for the disappointment of last year’s game with the best, most cohesive and varied campaign of the series in years (with a great performance by actor Kevin Spacey), a fresh take on the series’ defining multiplayer and the return of the survival 4-player cooperative play.
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection: In 2001, Halo was the game that single handedly defined how to make a console first-person shooter. 13 years later, Halo: The Master Chief Collection celebrates the series legacy by including remastered versions of all four mainline Halo games. The collection brings all four games to a pristine 1080p-quality presentation while running at a smooth (if sometimes inconsistent) 60 frames per second. In the collection, Halo 2 gets special treatment with remastered graphics and cutscenes and extra content that ties it to next year’s Halo 5: Guardians. Better yet, the collection features every game’s original multiplayer suite which includes over 100 maps. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the best value for $60 this year. (ONLY ON XBOX ONE)
- Super Smash Bros Wii U: Super Smash Bros. Wii U is an easy recommendation for fans of local family-friendly multiplayer. The game builds up on the robustness provided in Super Smash Bros. Brawl while retaining the swiftness that defined Super Smash Bros. Melee. This latest entry adds eight-player matches, 49 playable characters, and thousands of unlockable characters. Super Smash Bros. Wii U earns the crown for this holiday season’s best family-friendly game.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition: the perfect game for fans of epic role-playing games this holiday season. Dragon Age: Inquisition takes the best elements from the previous two entries in the series and occupies a nice medium between full action and tactical RPG. It combines one of the biggest, prettiest worlds ever seen in a game. The quest will take more than 100 hours to complete without seeing everything the game has to offer.
- Assassin’s Creed Rogue: This year offers two new Assassin’s Creed The first, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, is exclusive to PS4 and Xbox One and takes advantage of the consoles’ new hardware. The second, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, provides one final entry for the old consoles. From the two games, Rogue turns out to be superior despite the bells and whistles of Unity’s advanced technology. It takes all the innovations established in last year’s excellent pirate themed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and adds an interesting wrinkle to the story. The game places you in the shoes of Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Cormack as he hunts down his fellow allies while providing closure to the America chapter of the Assassin’s Creed lore. The nuanced, double nature of the story makes it the best Assassin’s Creed story since the seminal Assassin’s Creed II. Best of all, it is not plagued with the broken, unpolished and nearly unfinished state that ruins Assassin’s Creed Unity.