Published on April 29th, 2014 | by Mica Rose0
10 Games To Play Before The Move To Next Gen
Now that the eighth generation of video games is in full swing, it’s time to check that you’re well equipped to make the move to the next gen console of your choice. Here are 10 must play gems of the current era to experience before moving on.
Red Dead Redemption
You play as John Marston, a former outlaw whose past is catching up with him. He wanders the open world of the wild west, meeting strange characters and jumping through hoops for the government to ensure the safe return of his family. The vast environment has much to offer; from following treasure maps to hunting the myriad of wildlife. The story is where the real action is however, and the gruff yet compassionate Marston is such a great character to play as. It’s so different from anything else on the market at the moment, although its downfall is the deterioration of the online multiplayer. Hackers have glitched the game so much that it is almost unplayable, you’ll still be able to get some enjoyment from it but it’s not nearly as stable as its glory days.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
One of my favourite things about this game was that everyone I spoke to who was playing it at the same time had a different story. It was like swapping anecdotes in the pub about your weekend antics, except this time they involved dragons, hagravens and frost trolls. Whilst everyone has the same main story, the skills and the races you choose really define the experience you have. It’s a giant playground that you can get lost in for hours, and the amount of detail is commendable. Pick up any book in Skyrim and there is a rich history to discover from cover to cover. If online multiplayer is more your style you can check out the recently released The Elder Scrolls Online.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is proof that a great story can make a game. You play as Lee, who in the midst of the Zombie apocalypse befriends a young girl named Clementine. Their unique friendship along with the characters and the dangerous situations they encounter on their journey tug at the heartstrings. The clever use of choices and consequences leave the player feeling more responsible for their actions than usual, enhancing the experience. Don’t expect to be hacking and slashing like your usual zombie title, this game is pure story but worth every minute. Telltale are halfway through season two and it’s already promising to be just as enjoyable as the first.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3 exclusive)
This is the second of the treasure hunting series which follows arguably one of the coolest heroes of modern gaming: Nathan Drake. It perfectly balances shoot outs with hired security thugs and diverse puzzles and platforming to unlock hidden rooms and treasures. The story follows Drake and his companions all around the world to discover the secret location of the mythical Shambala. It uses real life legends and historical figures (in this case Marco Polo) to give a level of authenticity to their quest. Among Thieves just beats the third game Drake’s Deception onto this list as to me the story was more polished. The focus of the third was graphic improvements whereas the story quality slid a little. That being said, if you pick up any game from the series you’re in for a treat.
The Last of Us (PS3 exclusive)
This post-apocalyptic title is more than just a third person shooter. There are guns, but ammo is hard to find and it challenges the player to think before they act. Materials are scarce; you have to choose carefully which supplies to craft based on what you’re going to need the most, and getting it wrong can leave you in a sticky situation. You see the relationship between the two protagonists grow from reluctant companions to a father-daughter bond; this is all down to the writing and the fantastic voice acting. I’m not ashamed to say I cried several times whilst playing, it really does make the player feel for the characters but also makes you wonder what you would do in the same situation. Definitely worth picking up, but if you missed it on the PlayStation 3 make sure to catch it on the PlayStation 4, with the remastered edition due out in June 2014.
Assassin’s Creed II
This installment is much stronger than its predecessor; Assassin’s Creed II is a lot more refined than the first, making the free running smoother and the story more thought-provoking. The inclusion of real historical figures, artwork and buildings adds much more to the game, making it ingrained in reality. It’s not until the later installments (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag) where the series becomes even more meta, but this game laid the foundations for it. The puzzles are varied and challenging to keep you on your toes, and it keeps the game from becoming repetitive. The setting of Renaissance Italy worked really well for the series, as there are famous figures and buildings aplenty.
This first person shooter takes you to Rapture, an underwater city whose civilisation has collapsed. All that remains are the twisted occupants: psychotic addicts known as Splicers, whose only goal is to get another hit of ADAM, a substance which gives them superhuman powers. ADAM is hard to find in Rapture, but vast amounts can be harvested from the other inhabitants: Little Sisters, young girls who have been genetically modified and brainwashed to produce ADAM. They, in turn, are protected by Big Daddies, and you do not want to take one of these guys on unprepared. The game offers an interesting and chilling setting (with elements of steampunk) and some areas are designed to really make you jump. The story and characters are fantastic as well, with a brilliant twist at the end that you’ll never see coming. Would you kindly give it a go…
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Absolute must play for any Batman fan; featuring the voice of the original Joker from the cartoon series, Mark Hamill. Rocksteady packed in more villains than you can shake a batarang at but it doesn’t overwhelm the player. It offers a great mixture of stealth, combat and gadgets with a healthy dose of detecting. It’s worth playing for the banter from Harley Quinn and Joker alone; I’ve always found the villains more interesting and the writing for these two is spot on. I can’t wait to see what Rocksteady have in store for Arkham Knight.
Heavy Rain (PS3 exclusive)
Heavy Rain is a tense mystery thriller where the player’s choices throughout the game determine the ending. You play as 4 different characters, each with different motivations to solve the case of the Origami killer. The story pulls you in, at times making you feel uncomfortable with what is being asked of you, but the choice is always yours. To get the full experience I recommend completing the game every way possible so you can see what could have been when you view all the endings. The PlayStation Move controller is even supported if you feel like a more interactive experience.
Possibly one of the most underrated games of last gen. You play as Wei Chun, an undercover cop who has planted himself deep in the Triad life after returning to Hong Kong from Los Angeles. The game is open world, and the map and driving aspects are very similar to the Grand Theft Auto series, but Sleeping Dogs offers more by way of combat. The free flowing fighting style is based around martial arts, with moves that can be learnt and upgrading by collecting Jade statues hidden around the city. It is also one of the many titles that have released zombie themed downloadable content, in case you want a little more bite to your game.
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