Assassin’s Creed II
Assassin’s Creed II improved upon every mechanic that the original introduced. With faster, more seamless combat, beautiful visuals, and a variety of entertaining missions, many would agree that Assassin’s Creed II still hasn’t been trumped by any of the series sequels.
An incredible tale in the land of Albion unfolded when the original Fable hit Xbox. Fable has some truly awesome game mechanics. You have the ability to be the hero or an evil being, both are fun to pursue, and amount to some serious replay-value. The combat his wildly fun – using magic spells is a blast. Storytelling and narrative is amazing in Fable, and of the world around you feels like a living, breathing tapestry.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 blends the best elements of today’s massively multiplayer online games and adds a new mission-based design that eliminates the tedium of most MMOs. Guild Wars 2 surpasses the original in pretty much every way, from its addictive and engrossing gameplay, to its huge atmospheric world. This isn’t an MMO you want to miss out on.
Looting and item collecting has never been this addicting. Borderlands 2 comes packing with an ungodly amount of guns and personalized weaponry. Not only that, but the combat is balls-to-the-walls insanity! Each class comes prepped with unique functions; from guns-a-blazin’, to slowly stalking and assassinating your enemies. No matter how you like to play your games, there’s a class that fits your play-style in Borderlands 2.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was a perfect change of pace for the series. Less climbing and jumping, more “yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!”. In seriousness, Black Flag‘s sea-based combat is incredibly fun and a whole new dynamic of battle for the franchise. Edward Kenway made an awesome first impression; the game tells an interesting tale of a man stumbling upon the opportunity to change his life, from pirate to assassin in the blink of an eye. I’m hoping we will see more of him in future titles.
LA Noire was high-risk, high-reward, this cinematic game is a huge step forward in a genre that had been dying for innovative ideas, and the game’s implementation of the MotionScan technology is undeniably a game-changer. It’s the late 1940’s, and you play as detective Cole Phelps – his mistakes go public and he gets wrapped up in all of it. Not only that, but in the meantime bizarre murders are occurring that are seemingly connected to him.
It’s obvious that developer Blizzard Entertainment put in abundant amount of love and care into Diablo III. Games this thoughtfully crafted don’t show up very often. The gameplay is better than ever, and looting is insanely addicting. Seriously.. I can’t.. stop… looting! Diablo III has an amazing setting, and the game offers some awesome abilities to obtain; bringing on all sorts of fun.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
With over 16 seasons worth of throwbacks and content to build off of, Matt Stone and Trey Parker team up with Ubisoft (previously THQ) to bring the television show to life in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Playing through the entire game is like getting a brand-new season of the TV show; you really feel like you’re living in that sadistic, comical world – it’s truly spectacular, especially for longtime fans. A unique story, turn-based combat with QTEs blended in, and an awesome upgrade system amount to something insanely fun, innovative, and hilarious. The Stick of Truth is undoubtedly one of the best licensed video games of all time.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Slash your way through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new story of Middle-earth. A key component missing from a lot of role-playing games is fun and intricate combat system, and Shadow of Mordor does not lack in that department. Taking down enemies one by one works seamlessly, it’s a brilliant mix of Batman Arkham and Assassin’s Creed.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
You are the chosen one! I know, sounds typical, but Dragon Age: Inquisition is more than that. The game features an intriguing story with lovable characters to meet during your treacherous journey. As the Inquisition leader, you are a one man jury, it’s up to you to decide the fate of anyone who does you wrong. An intricate combat system with a blend of RTS mechanics makes for an innovative gaming experience.