30 Batman: Arkham Knight
If you’re coming from Batman: Arkham City and looking to get a bit more of the caped crusader then Batman: Arkham Knight is one title not to miss out on.Batman: Arkham Knight is an action-adventure game set within an open world Gotham City, which can be explored freely by the player from the beginning of the game, allowing them to travel seamlessly anywhere within its boundaries.Many of the gadgets and the gameplay elements from the previous Arkham games return, including the grapnel gun, line launcher, batarangs, the countering system, Detective Vision, and the Remote Hacking Device. The Disruptor receives upgrades from previous games, becoming a rifle that can be used to disable or detonate enemy weapons and drone turrets, boobytrap weapon crates to shock enemies who attempt to arm themselves, and tag vehicles for Batman to track.
29 Watch Dogs 2
Similar to its predecessor, Watch Dogs 2 is played from a third-person perspective as protagonist Marcus Holloway, a young hacker, the game features an open world environment set in a fictionalized version of the San Francisco Bay Area,an area more than twice as large as the Chicago setting from Watch Dogs.The player can use different methods to approach the game’s missions, choosing between the aggressive approach, in which they defeat enemies with guns which are made with a 3D printer; explosives, like mines; or Marcus’ own melee weapon, a billiard ball attached to a bungee cord. Alternatively, the player can use the stealth approach, in which they can evade enemies or paralyze them temporarily with Marcus’ taser.The player can also complete the game through hacking alone.When the player commits too many crimes, the police officers will become alerted and will attempt to arrest the player.The game upgrades system is a returning feature, with items being divided into three categories: Ghost, Aggressor, and Trickster. The player can choose their upgrades in accordance with their own playstyle.
28 Dragon Age: Inquisition
The third major installment to the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game where players take on the role of an Inquisitor who is on a grand journey to deal with the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas.At the beginning of the game, the player chooses a race for their player character: human, dwarf, elf, are playable races, with Qunari playable for the first time. Players customize the Inquisitor’s physical appearance, and gender, among other things.Players choose from three classes, warrior, mage, and rogue, and can specialize their character, which grant them specific abilities.The character would later evolve to become the Inquisitor of Thedas, who is considered “holy” by the citizens there. As the Inquisitor, players had to make choices and decisions that affect and change the game’s world state. In addition, they can “judge” certain people on their behaviors and decide their .
27 Gears of War Ultimate Edition
Gears of War was a breakout video game franchise for the Xbox 360.Gears of War uses a number of weapon archetypes, but predominately featured is the Lancer, an assault rifle that has a mounted chainsaw bayonet that can deal melee damage at close range. Playable characters can carry two primary weapons, grenades, and a smaller, secondary weapon such as the Snub Pistol. Weapons are reloaded with a tap of the RB button, and a second tap within a given time (active reload) rewards the player with a damage bonus. However, failing to perform the “Active Reload” correctly will cause the gun to become momentarily jammed while the player’s character fixes it. When the player takes damage, the “Crimson Omen”, a red cog representing the player’s health gauge, will fade into the screen, becoming more defined with larger amounts of damage. The player can seek cover to recover their health, but if they take too much damage, they will become incapacitated. Once this occurs, a skull will fill the center void of the omen. The player can then be revived by a teammate, executed by an enemy, or remain incapacitated until they “bleed out”, dying from blood loss.
26 Dark Souls 3
The Souls series is noted to be one of the more challenging video games to go through.Players are equipped with a variety of weapons to fight against enemies, such as bows, throwable projectiles, and swords. Shields can act as secondary weapons but they are mainly used to deflect enemies’ attacks and protect the player from suffering damage.Each weapon has two basic types of attack, one being a standard attack, and the other being slightly more powerful that can be charged up, similar to FromSoftware’s previous game, Bloodborne. In addition, attacks can be evaded through dodge-rolling. Bonfires, which serve as checkpoints, return from previous installments.Ashes, according to Miyazaki, play an important role in the game.Magic is featured in the game, with a returning magic system from Demon’s Souls, now known as “focus points” . When performing spells, the player’s focus points are consumed. There are two separate types of Estus Flasks in the game, which can be allotted to fit a players’ particular play style. One of them refills hit points like previous games in the series, while another, newly introduced in Dark Souls III, refills focus points.Combat and movements are faster and more fluid in Dark Souls III;several player movements (such as backstepping and swinging heavy weapons) can now be performed more rapidly,allowing players to deal more damage in a short period of time.
25 Life is Strange
Developed by Dontnod Entertainment, Life is Strange is a fantastic interactive episodic series, that plays out similarly to Telltale Games releases. The narrative journey follows Max Caulfield who returns to Arcadia Bay in order to take part in a photography class. With Arcadia Bay being her old hometown, Max finds herself reconnecting with her past best friend, Chloe Price who was left in shambles after Max moved away.
Max finds herself with a new power of rewinding time and with it, the duo seek out to solve a dark mystery that is surrounding the town along with a premonition of a massive destructive storm.
24 Rise of the Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider has been around for years since its release on the original PlayStation. Players control Lara Croft, who is on a quest to discover the legendary city of Kitezh. Combat is a major gameplay mechanic; Lara has a large variety of weapons at her disposal (including assault rifles, shotguns, and pistols), some of which have an alternate firing mode.Players may also utilize stealth to progress through portions of the game, using bows and arrows to take out enemies, creating distractions to draw enemy attention away from Lara, or hiding in bushes to evade enemies. Lara can use the environment to fight enemies, shooting explosive barrels, tearing down rope-wrapped structures with rope arrows, or ambushing enemies from high ground.She can also use her pickaxe and combat knife to engage in melee combat with enemies.Completing objectives and side content and eliminating enemies give players experience points . When players collect sufficient XP they level up, receiving a skill point, which can be spent on the game’s three skill trees: brawler, hunter and survivor.Brawler enhances Lara’s efficiency with weapons, giving her abilities such as retrieving arrows from corpses and a steady aim, as well as boosting her resilience against attack and unlocks new combat skills, such as dodge kill. Hunter gives her an advantage when dealing with the environments and animals. Survivor covers a wide range of skills such as creating incendiary bombs and setting booby traps.
23 Detroit: Become Human
Set in Detroit, Michigan, and developed by Quantic Dream, gamers who enjoy choice-driven narratives will want to pick up Detroit: Become Human.
There are multiple playable characters who can die as the story continues without them;as a result, there is no “game over” message following a character’s death.The right analogue stick on the DualShock controller is used to interact with objects and observe one’s surroundings, the left is for movement, and R2 scans an environment for possible actions; the motion controls and touchpad are also employed. Via quick time events and dialogue decisions, the story will branch out depending on which choices are made.These can be viewed in a flowchart during and immediately after a given chapter;the player can rewind to certain points in the story to reshape decisions in the event of regret.Certain scenes feature countdowns, which force the player to think and act quickly. Levels abound with magazines for players to read.The playable characters are:
- Connor, a police investigator androidtasked with hunting down androids that have deviated from their programmed behaviours.
- Kara, a housekeeper android who develops artificial consciousnessand becomes responsible for a young girl’s safety.
- Markus, a caretaker android who, after gaining consciousness, takes it upon himself to free others like him from bondage.
The video game takes place seven years after the events of Hitman: Absolution.In Hitman, the game’s prologue reveals 47’s recruitment into the ICA and his first meeting with Diana. While Diana is impressed with 47’s skills as a silent assassin, training director Erich Soders believes that 47 is too dangerous as they could find nothing on his background check that gives the ICA any leverage over him. Soders rigs 47’s final test so that it would be impossible to complete on his own, although Diana learns of Soders plot and in turn assists 47 in completing the test.
21 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever popular series of role-playing games. The player may freely roam over the land of Skyrim which is an open world environment consisting of wilderness expanses, dungeons, cities, towns, fortresses, and villages.Players may navigate the game world more quickly by riding horses or by utilizing a fast-travel system which allows them to warp to previously discovered locations.The game’s main quest can be completed or ignored at the player’s preference after the first stage of the quest is finished. However, some quests rely on the main storyline being at least partially completed. Non-player characters (NPCs) populate the world and can be interacted with in a number of ways: the player may engage them in conversation, marry an eligible NPC, kill them or engage in a nonlethal “brawl”. As in previous The Elder Scrolls games, killing certain NPCs can make some quests or items unobtainable. Some NPCs cannot be killed due to their importance in later storylines. If witnessed, crimes like murder and theft accrue the player a bounty which is tracked independently in each of Skyrim’s nine holds. Should the player be stopped by a guard, they may wipe their bounty with gold or jail time or may resist arrest which will trigger an aggressive pursuit. NPCs may offer the player additional side-quests and some side-quests have parameters adjusted based on nearby dungeons which the player has yet to explore.
20 Darkest Dungeon
Darkest Dungeon is an RPG developed by an indie creator Red Hook StudiosAt the outset of Darkest Dungeon, the player learns that they have inherited an estate from a relative who, while seeking fame and fortune by excavating the dungeons and catacombs beneath their manor, has unearthed portals to dark dimensions and released a number of horrific and evil creatures onto the world. As the current owner of the estate and the surrounding lands, the player must recruit a roster of adventurers and mount expeditions to cleanse the estate of its vile inhabitants.
As the player ventures into the manor, the dungeons below it, and the surrounding lands, they find their relative’s memoirs telling of the terrible deeds he had done in pursuit of knowledge and power. Eventually, the player is able to send a party into the titular Darkest Dungeon, the source of the land’s corruption, taking steps to reveal its ultimate form. Within the deepest chamber, the player encounters the disembodied spirit of their ancestor, who now remains as “an Avatar of the Crawling Chaos.”
19 Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Following after the events of Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will continue to showcase our main protagonist .The player controls the game’s protagonist Talion, who has several natural athletic and combat abilities as a ranger of Gondor, but also has unique abilities provided by the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor, with whom he shares his body. The player uses their combined abilities to complete various missions, typically aimed to disrupt the armies of Sauron. The game includes main quests that drive the game’s narrative, and numerous optional quests that can help the player boost Talion’s abilities and Followers via the game’s “Nemesis System”. In contrast to the previous game, which was more of a hack and slash, the game has an action role-playing approach, creating a more personalized experience for each player. It also features a dynamic weather system as well as day-night cycle which affects the gameplay and enemy behavior.
18 Assassin’s Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the latest installment within the Assassin’s Creed series. Players are taken to the end of the Ptolemaic period in Egypt as they witness the origins of the long driven conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. Being an Assassin’s Creed game, you can expect a heavy emphasis on stealth with Origins being more opened world to explore during your game progression.
Bloodborne is an action RPG from the creators of the Souls series. Since this is from the developers who have brought out such hits as Dark Souls, you can expect brutal gameplay. Players are set out to clear out the city of Yharnam who’s inhabitants have been hit with a blood-borne disease causing them to turn into beasts.
16 The Evil Within 2
The game centers on protagonist Sebastian Castellanos as he is pulled through a distorted world full of nightmarish locations and horrid creatures. Played in a third-person perspective, players battle disfigured nightmare-like enemies, including bosses, using guns and melee weapons, and progress through the levels, avoiding traps, using stealth, and finding collectables.
The Evil Within received a generally positive reception upon release; praise was mostly directed at the game’s horror elements and atmosphere, while criticism was directed at the game’s story, characters and technical issues. A sequel, The Evil Within 2, was released on October 13, 2017.
15 Horizon: Zero Dawn
One of the PS4’s standout exclusives, Horizon Zero Dawn thrusts you in a striking sci-fi world that juxtaposes gorgeous natural greenery with deadly robot monsters that are out to kill you. Horizon has all the hallmarks of a great action-adventure game: satisfying third-person combat (seriously, that bow-and-arrow is awesome), tons of engaging upgrades and side activities, and a memorable lead in Aloy, a woman out to save her tribe from threats living and mechanical alike. Horizon is also one of the finest graphical showpieces yet for the PS4 , delivering a rich, fleshed-out world that you’ll be happy to get lost in.
14 The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us saw countless awards once the studio unleashed this video game into the market.
This is an action-adventure survival horror type video game set in a world where a disease that turns people into mindless creatures similar to zombies has started to spread globally. Players take on the role of Joe who must deliver a young girl named Ellie to a group safely across the United States.
With bandits, thieves, military, and lastly infected between Joel and his objective, players will have to carefully maneuver around the levels strategically. However, the narrative journey will tug on your heartstrings leaving you begging for more.
13 Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey was unveiled during E3 2016 where players were shown off a brand new free roam world similar to the Super Mario 64 video game release. Thanks to Mario’s new friend Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey manages to successfully bring the series up to date by gifting Mario a ton of new moves. And by moving out of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario feels fresh and new while still retaining every ounce of its nostalgia and retro charm – there are still ground pounds and green pipes don’t worry. This is very much Mario as his best self so far, and his latest adventure looks absolutely beautiful on the Switch.
12 Divinity: Original Sin 2
As with Divinity: Original Sin, players can play fully solo with only one character in their party or with up to three others.Several pre-made characters with backstories are available to the player. Players are also able to create a custom character and choose their stats, race, gender, and origin story at the start of the game.They can recruit up to three companions to assist them although mods in the Steam Workshop exist which increase the maximum number of party companions. Companions in your party are fully playable, and will potentially have different interactions with the environment and NPCs than the player character. Players are able to split up and individually control their party members, leading to potentially complex battle tactics, as well as excellent role-playing opportunities. The game features both on-line and local multiplayer modes, both competitive and cooperative.A skill crafting system allows players to mix and change their skills.The game also features a competitive multiplayer mode, where players are divided into two different teams and fight against each other in an arena map.
11 Fallout 4
Hear me out: Fallout 4’s potential is just too tantalising to ignore for long. Its surprisingly colourful world of Boston, MA is stuffed with quests: follow the freedom trail, investigate mysteries with the unforgettable synthetic detective and sassmaster Nick Valentine, try and liberate synths with the Railroad, explore a haunted house, or just loot everything (and everyone) in sight to build up a mountain of caps. Play however the heck you want and see how it influences your followers, adding an extra layer of depth to this post-apocalyptic open world game. Just don’t set the world on fire.
10 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Taking place after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, players can enjoy the last installment of the beloved franchise in which was directed under Hideo Kojima. You’ll get missions in which you have to zoom across the map multiple times in a car just to take out a target. If you’re up against an APC doing rotations, you can figure out what his route is and plan an attack accordingly, from whichever angle you wish. That’s not to say there’s no free-roam; you can strap on Snake’s sick Mobility 3 boots and race across Afghanistan or Africa all day long, stealing supplies and kidnapping people to indoctrinate into your army. It’s the best.
9 XCOM 2
As with previous games in the series, XCOM 2 casts the player as the commander of the eponymous military organization, now reduced to a resistance force opposing the ongoing alien occupation of the planet. Players take control of the Avenger, the new mobile base for XCOM. Players are tasked to give commands to squad members in battles against aliens during missions, while commanding the engineering and research department of the base between missions to create and research improved and new gadgets, weapons and technologies to assist players in battle.Soldiers can be recruited, with each soldier class having their own skill trees and abilities.
8 Resident Evil 7
Capcom went back to the original tone of the Resident Evil franchise with less action-oriented moments and a more survival-horror atmosphere with Resident Evil 7.The game is set to take place four years after the events of Resident Evil 6, in a fictional city of Dulvey, LouisianaThe most horrific PS4 zombie game on the list changes up traditional Resident Evil gameplay by putting you in a first-person mode.The player controls Ethan Winters from a first-person perspective as he searches the Baker house for his missing wife.Although Ethan is a civilian with few combat skills,he is able to arm himself with a variety of different weapons including handguns, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws against the Baker family and a humanoid form of fungus known as the “Molded”. He can also block attacks to reduce damage. Various sections of the game are spent being pursued by members of the Baker family, who if engaged in combat, can only be temporarily incapacitated. However, these encounters are avoidable by means of stealth, or running away
7 Nier: Automata
If you’ve been following this video game then you’ll know that this is a sequel to the 2010 video game release known as Nier, a spin-off title from the Drakengard series. Overall, the story is set within a proxy war between machines developed by alien invaders and the last surviving members of humanity.
If you’re not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata or not then take a look at our Before You Buy series. In the video posted above, we go over the video game and ultimately tell you if it’s a worth purchase.
According to id Software Executive Producer Marty Stratton, the key principles of Doom‘s single-player mode are “badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast”.The game allows players to perform movements such as double-jumps and ledge-climbs throughout levels of industrial and corporate fields of a Union Aerospace Corporation research facility on Mars and then levels of Hell,as the combat system puts emphasis upon momentum and speed. The approach is known as “push-forward combat” which discourages the players from taking cover behind obstacles or resting to regain health while playing from the “Doom Slayer”‘s perspective.Players instead collect health and armor pick-ups by killing enemies. “Glory Kills” is a newly introduced melee execution system; when enough damage has been dealt to an enemy, the game will highlight it and allow the player to perform a quick and violent melee takedown as well as reward the player with extra health.
The game features a large arsenal of weapons which can be collected and freely switched by players throughout the game and require no reloading.
5 Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will mark as the nineteenth main installment to The Legend of Zelda franchise.The latest and perhaps greatest-ever Zelda is a sprawling affair set in an open Hyrule not bound by the familiar progression structure of past games: you can freely explore the land, take on challenges in any order you choose, and craft, survive, and experiment in the wilds. Kicking the tried-and-true format to the curb has revitalised the franchise, and the result is absolutely brilliant.
4 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The Uncharted franchise has been immensely popular with Sony gamers with the fourth main installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was set to be the conclusion to the Uncharted series starring Nathan Drake.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes place several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, where Nathan Drake has been retired from fortune hunting. That is until he is reunited with his older brother Sam and partner Sully where the trio must search for clues to the location of Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure in order to save Sam’s life.
3 The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lets you take up the steel and silver swords of a professional monster hunter, then explore four huge areas with plenty of secrets to discover. White Orchard, Velen, Skellige and Kaer Morhen are filled to the brim with enemies to fight, quests to complete, card games to play, intrigue to unravel and even sorceresses to romance. Whether you’re tackling side missions, following the main story or simply trying to discover what every last question mark on the map could mean, The Witcher 3 puts exploration front and center — and every area is well worth your full attention.
2 God of War
The main protagonists are Kratos, the former Greek God of War, and his young son Atreus. Following the death of Kratos’ second wife and Atreus’ mother, they journey to fulfill a promise to her and spread her ashes at the highest peak of the nine realms. Kratos keeps his troubled past a secret from Atreus, who is unaware of his divine nature. Along their journey, they encounter monsters and gods of the Norse world.God of War received universal acclaim from critics, being praised for its narrative, world design, art direction, graphics, characters, and combat system. It received perfect scores from multiple reviewers, making it the highest-rated game in the God of War series.
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO 5
This is what money is for: creating a kind of pastiche of a real-world location that’s so staggeringly accurate in atmosphere and details that it’s actually better than being in the real thing. Los Santos represents the meticulous approach Rockstar gave to the compact Liberty City in GTA 4 and brought it to the scale of 2004’s San Andreas—and the result is an open world of such a high standard that it’ll only likely be topped by Rockstar itself. Between GTA 5’s strong multi-protagonist campaign and the mad playground of GTA Online, there’s well over 100 hours of chases and gunfights across land, air and sea for those who want it here