Lights! Camera! ACTION! Gaming can be cerebral, engaging or even tender depending on the experience that you’re looking for. But sometimes, you want a game that will rip your shirt off and make you grow hairy explosions on your chest. Action games were back with a vengeance this year, but there could be only one…winner.
It might not be as prominent as years before, but the independent scene is still the best place to look for the most innovative, creatively-free and outstanding titles that gaming has to offer. This year was no different, with hundreds of studios around the world creating memorable titles to make their mark on the industry. But, unsurprisingly, the best of the best came from someone everyone knows pretty well.
With both new consoles now available on shelves, 2014 was the year of the new generation. This meant superior gaming experiences, with more expansive, rich worlds and visuals that made us wonder if we really were reaching a plateau. Some games fell off this wagon fairly early on, but there were still more than a few that truly showcased what the new generation of consoles was all about, but there wasn’t another one quite like our winner.
Sunset Overdrive is currently one of the best games on the Xbox One, and a pretty great reason to pick up Microsoft's console. It's being kept alive by weekly and monthly challenges, but that can only go so far. DLC is what's going to keep this game alive and kicking for the next few months, and it's up to you to decide what's in and what's out.
It's been a particularly excellent year for the Xbox One, and 2015 doesn't look like it's going to let up either. At the very top of the list lies Quantum Break, an ambitious third-person shooter that gets all up in time's grill. There's a lot of shooting and time wrapping, but considering this is Remedy's game there's also a ton of story. That's where a Hobbit and an icy X-Man step in.
The official announcement for Just Cause 3 had me beyond tickled pink. This is a franchise that bathes in the insane - riding on jets, turning parachuting into flying and a grappling hook from the gods are all on the table. I'm almost certain that's all going to be back for the third entry, but a fan favourite mode won't be making its way to the sequel just yet.
Aren’t we just the luckiest bunch this year. We’re getting not one, but two different Assassin’s Creed titles launching within a week of each other. The one kicks off a new era for the franchise, with revamped gameplay and a brand new time period. But before all of that there was the American saga, and this launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Rogue sets up the conclusion beautifully.
Sunset Overdrive is being released locally tomorrow. You may have already read my review and realized that I absolutely adore Insomniac's Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive has a lot going on all of the time, which may make it a little difficult to grasp at first. But don't worry, I'm here to help with that.
Viva la revolution! Assassin's Creed Unity is finally tackling one of my favorite historical periods, The French Revolution. It's recreating Paris with a stunning amount of detail too, but that could mean my PC is on for a revolution of it's own in order to get things running.
Sunset Overdrive is the biggest title coming to Xbox One this year, and it’s out next week! If you haven't been keeping up with Insomniac’s latest crazy creation, then you need to watch this TNTeddy explosion filled launch trailer right now. Especially if you’re looking for something to pop into your new console.
It's now more rare for a game to launch without a Season Pass than with one. Sometimes the post launch content on offer justifies the extra little cash injection, as is the case with Far Cry 4. You're getting single-player, co-op and multiplayer content, as well as a little trip into a Yeti's den. I highly doubt he'll be as cuddly as I hope.
Sunset Overdrive is extremely self-aware. This is a game that knows it is a game, and it continuously reminds you that nothing is being taken seriously. So it's really no surprise then that in the week leading up to release, Sunset Overdrive features a little message those those who have their hands on it early. People like us.
Evolve was a definite stand-out at this year’s rAge Expo. There wasn’t once where I walked past the stand and didn’t see a massive line around it, even before the doors had opened to the public. People love hunting down a group of hunters as the monster, and adding to this beastly roster is exactly how Turtle Rock is going to keep the game alive.
Yesterday Bungie detailed a new hot fix that would be going live later in the day. It did, bring a host of small tweaks and changes to the game’s weapons and raids. Some players, however, are finding that the patch also manages to destroy their Destiny installation altogether.
Far Cry is a massive franchise for Ubisoft. The third entry into the series ranks as one of my favorite shooters of all time, so you can imagine that I have high expectations for this year's sequel. But it's a little less about the guns this time, and more about the savage wildlife I'll be using as my live weapons next month. That's what has me grinning from ear to ear.