Across the world players stare at their controllers in dismay. Finished all their games what are gamers supposed to do in the dead period. Hers a list of the top 20 video games players should go out and get to play while they anxiously wait late February.

 

  1. Left 4 Dead Games

Left 4 Dead is a first person shooter zombie game. As one of 4 iconic survivors survive the horrors of a zombie apocalypse as you make your way from one safe house to the next safe house on your way to a new evac point. With specialized zombies and rough terrain the survivors are always outnumbered. The games also have a great and intense co-op mode for multiple people.

  1. Mass Effect Trilogy

Mass Effect trilogy is a science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game series. Revolving around Commander Shepard whom players are whose missions is to save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings known as the Reapers and their agents. The games center around the player’s battle with the reapers and their agents. There is a rich story in every game and the companion’s gamers choose and the kind of relationship you have with each. The game has support for different characters depending on what gender you make your character. It is all up to the player.

  1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a first person shooter video game. The story takes place in the year 2011, where a radical leader has executed the president of an unnamed country in the Middle East, and an ultranationalist movement starts a civil war in Russia. The conflicts are seen from the perspectives of a U.S. Force Reconnaissance Marine and a British SAS commando, and are set in various locales, such as the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Ukraine.

  1. Hitman: Absolution

Hitman: Absolution is a third person stealth game. Player will control master assassin, Agent 47. The player chooses how they want to play with branching directions and options to achieve the target kill or location. Players can use numerous objects such as bricks, bottles, fiber wire, steel pipes, assault rifles, shotguns, and so much more including the environment. Players can also choose to avoid enemies all together using stealth, instinct, disguises and only striking out at the set targets. The story revolves around Agent 47 betrayed by his organization made to assassinate his only friend he starts out on a warpath against them. The game also introduces an old Hitman game mode classic ¨Contracts¨ where players can play any level from the main story choosing any NPC (Non Playable Character) to be a target an assassinating them with whatever wherever then posting it online for other players to try and execute.

  1. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Games

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell games are third person stealth games. In the games players will take the controls of a master stealth agent dubbed a ¨Splinter Cell¨ named Sam Fisher who works for an American spy organization NSA or ¨Third Echelon¨. Players will embark on Sam Fisher’s latest story using the environment, equipment, and stealth to execute the mission objectives. Players will be challenged to go all stealth or go guns blazing killing all in your sight. The newer installments of the games also have a very fun cooperative mode where two players can embark together on missions executing objectives together working towards the common goal. Some of the new installments also include a very fun action packed online called ¨Spies vs. Marcs¨ were you either play as a spy trying to hack data and stay undetected or a Merc whose purpose is to protect the data and eliminate the spies.

  1. Borderlands Games

Borderlands is a series of action role-playing first-person shooter video games in a space western/science fantasy setting. Players select one of the available characters, each of which has a different skill tree and one or more unique abilities. Players then work on completing quests and exploring Pandora while dealing with the violent wildlife, crazed scavengers that have been stranded on the planet, and various military groups that attempt to stop them. Completing quests and defeating foes earns in-game money and experience, which is used for expanding the player’s skill tree. If the player loses their health or falls into bottomless chasms, they respawn at the most recent checkpoint and lose some of their money. The games are divided into several maps, and once players have reached a waypoint station on the map, they can teleport to any other previously visited map. Otherwise, players must reach certain points on the edges of the map to move into a different area. Some maps allow the player to spawn an armed vehicle to help traverse large maps or to deal with more powerful enemies.

  1. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing open world video game. Skyrim’s main story revolves around the player character and their effort to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The game is set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion and takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills. Skyrim continues the open world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely. The game also offers many expansion dlcs that each has their own storyline and weapons as well as new enemies.

  1. The Last of Us

The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror game that is viewed from a third-person perspective. Players traverse post-apocalyptic environments, moving through locations such as towns, buildings, and sewers to advance through the game’s story. Players use firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus. For most of the game, players control Joel—a man tasked with escorting the young Ellie across the United States; Ellie and other companions are controlled by the artificial intelligence. Players also control Ellie throughout some parts in the game. In the game’s online multiplayer, up to eight players engage in cooperative and competitive gameplay in recreations of single-player settings.

  1. Batman: Arkham Games

Batman: Arkham is a series of action-adventure video games based on the DC Comics character Batman. The first game focuses on Batman trying to prevent Joker from destroying Gotham City after he takes over Arkham Asylum, and is forced to contend with numerous other villains he has incarcerated. The second game, Arkham City, is set a year later, after Hugo Strange expands Arkham into a massive super-prison enclosing a dilapidated segment of Gotham City; Batman is incarcerated and must uncover the secret behind Strange’s sinister scheme, “Protocol 10”, while dying from an illness inflicted by Joker. Arkham Origins is a prequel set five years before the events of Arkham Asylum in which a younger and less-refined Batman must deal with a bounty that has been placed on him by crime lord Black Mask and has lured eight deadly assassins to Gotham on Christmas Eve, but must also uncover the mystery of the Joker. The fourth installment, Batman: Arkham Knight is conclusion to the series. Set one year after the events of Arkham City, Arkham Knight sees Batman facing Scarecrow along with the mysterious Arkham Knight (and his militia), who has seized control of Gotham in a plan to destroy Batman, both physically and mentally, as well as the city. The games feature stealth mechanics as well as puzzle solving, and open combat. The only one to feature a multiplayer would be Origins where players take the identity of Batman and Robin to take down Bane, Jokers, and Penguin’s thugs on the flipside other players will be playing as the criminals.

  1. Fallout Series

Fallout is a series of post-apocalyptic role-playing video games. Although the series is set during the 22nd and 23rd centuries, its atompunk retro futuristic setting and artwork are influenced by the post-war culture of 1950s America, and its combination of hope for the promises of technology, and lurking fear of nuclear annihilation. Players best options are from Fallout 3 on. The stories range from finding family to getting revenge. With real time combat and several dynamic game options the player levels up their character as he/she wanders the wasteland in search of loot and things to survive on.

  1. Gears of War Trilogy

Gears of War is a third person action shooter. The first installment, titled Gears of War follows protagonist Marcus Fenix, a soldier in the Coalition of Ordered Governments tasked to lead a last-ditch effort to destroy the Locust Horde and save humanity. Two subsequent titles, Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3, continued Fenix and humanity’s ongoing conflict with the Locust Horde and Lambent forces. Gears of War: Judgment, a prequel to the series’ first title, which instead focuses on Damon Baird, one of Fenix’s squad-mates. The series is well known for its emphasis on cover-based combat system, in which players can use objects to avoid gunfire or safely engage enemies. All four installments in Gears of War featured several multiplayer modes that allowed players to compete against each other or team-up to battle AI opponents.

  1. Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game. The game is played from either a third-person or first-person view and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. Players control the three lead protagonists, Michael, Franklin, Trevor throughout the single-player mode, switching between them both during and outside of missions. The story is centered on the heist sequences, and many of the missions involve shooting and driving gameplay. Players who commit crimes may incite a response from law enforcement agencies, measured by a “wanted” system that governs the aggression of their response. Grand Theft Auto Online, the online multiplayer mode, lets up to 30 players explore the open world and engage in cooperative or competitive game matches.

  1. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a third person action-adventure video game. The plot is set in a fictional history of real world events and follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control. The framing story is set in the 21st century and features series protagonist Desmond Miles who, with the aid of a machine known as the Animus, relives the memories of his ancestors to find a way to avert the 2012 apocalypse. The main story is set in the 18th century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, and follows notorious pirate Edward Kenway, grandfather and father of Assassin’s Creed III protagonists Ratonhnhaké:ton and Haytham Kenway respectively, who stumble upon the Assassin/Templar conflict. The game focuses more on ship-based exploration in the open world map, while also retaining the series’ third-person land-based exploration, melee combat, and stealth system. Multiplayer also returns, albeit with only land-based modes and settings. The game spans across the Caribbean with the three main cities of Havana, Nassau and Kingston along with numerous islands, sunken ships, and forts. Players have the option to harpoon large sea animals and hunt land animals. For the first time in the series, naval exploration is a major part of an Assassin’s Creed game, where Edward Kenway captains the Jackdaw, a brig he captures from a Spanish fleet.

  1. Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is an open world action-adventure first-person shooter video game. Is set on a tropical island between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. After a vacation goes awry, protagonist Jason Brody must save his friends, who have been kidnapped by pirates and escape from the island and its unhinged inhabitants. The game features role-playing game elements including experience points, skill trees, and a crafting system. The player has the ability to take cover behind objects to break enemies’ lines of sight and to peek around and over cover and blind fire. The player has the ability to perform silent takedowns by performing melee attacks from above, below, or close behind. Players are given the ability to survey and plan out their attacks with stealth takedown combinations and tag enemies with the camera in order to track their movement once they break the player’s line of sight. Unlocks are simple as you level up and complete missions equipment is unlocked.

  1. Uncharted Trilogy

Uncharted is an action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game series. The series follows treasure hunter Nathan “Nate” Drake, senior treasure hunter and mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan, journalist Elena Fisher, and numerous secondary companions whom they will come to meet and recruit as they travel around the world to uncover various historical mysteries. Platforming elements allow Nate to jump, swim, grab and move along ledges, climb and swing from ropes, and perform other acrobatic actions that allow players to make their way through the many challenges that Nate will have to face. Although a wide variety of weapons are present in the game, the player can only carry a sidearm (pistols and the like), a primary weapon such as a rifle or shotgun, and a handful of grenades. These weapons are obtained by picking up weapons dropped by a downed foe or from those scattered around the various maps. The co-op multiplayer allows up to three players to take the roles of Drake and two other “hero” companions and features missions involving gunfights, platforming, and teamwork-based objectives. Players can also assist their comrades if they become critically injured or if an enemy grabs them] the competitive multiplayer allows a maximum of ten players to play against each other in two teams of five. Six competitive modes are featured: Deathmatch, Plunder, Team Objective, Three Team Deathmatch, Hardcore and Free For All.

  1. Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is an open world, western action-adventure video game. The game, set during the decline of the American Frontier in the year 1911, follows John Marston, a former outlaw whose wife and son are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a hired gun. Having no other choice, Marston sets out to bring the three members of his former gang to justice. Red Dead Redemption is played from a third-person perspective in an open world environment, allowing the player to interact with the game world at their leisure. The player can travel the virtual world, a fictionalized version of the Western United States and Mexico, primarily by horseback and on foot. Gunfights emphasize a gunslinger gameplay mechanic called “Dead Eye” that allows players to mark multiple shooting targets on enemies in slow motion. The game makes use of a morality system, by which the player’s actions in the game affect their character’s levels of honor and fame and how other characters respond to the player. An online multiplayer mode is included with the game, allowing up to 16 players to engage in both cooperative and competitive gameplay in a recreation of the single-player setting.

  1. Halo Games

Halo is a science fiction first person shooter video game series. The series centers around an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of many alien races named The Covenant. The Covenant, led by their religious leaders called the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, who perished in combat with the parasitic Flood. The central focus of the franchise builds off the experiences of Master Chief John-117, one of a group of super soldiers codenamed Spartans, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana. Other characters, such as Noble Six from Halo: Reach, are also introduced in the series. The term “Halo” refers to the Halo rings: large, habitable super weapons that were created to destroy the parasitic Flood. The games allow the players a large arsenal of alien and human weapons to combat with both in the campaign and online. Featuring many forms of online game types play with friends on the story or online.

  1. Bioshock Games

Bioshock is a first person shooter video game series. BioShock takes place in 1960, in the fictional underwater city of Rapture. Built in the late 1940s by business tycoon Andrew Ryan, it was meant to be a laissez-faire utopia for humanity’s elite to work, live, and prosper out of the increasingly oppressive hands of the world’s governments and authorities.

  1. Tomb Raider Reboot

Tomb raider is an action adventure third person shooter game. Players take control of lead character Lara Croft in her first adventure that started her out on her path to being the Tomb Raider. The game has elements of action, survival, and exploration mechanics. Player transverse between camps on the island so that they can level up Lara’s equipment with scrap and other collectibles. The story centers on Lara Croft on her first archaeological trip to make a name for herself. Upon reaching the island mysterious forces awaken crashing their ship The Endurance and Lara must learn to be a killer against the crazy island inhabitants to save her fellow crew mates and escape the island. There is also a very interactive multiplayer which plays like the main game, but in a team deathmatch or other game mode forms. The maps are recreated settings from the main game.

  1. Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls is an interactive drama action adventure game. Players play as one of two characters Jodie Holmes or Aiden an entity that is for some reason linked to Jodie since her birth. Both Jodie and Aiden possess supernatural powers. The game follows Jodie in an un-chronological order of events in her life as she grows mastering the abilities that her Aiden share leading up to various endings to the game based on the player’s choices in the game. The player plays through Jodie’s story deciding tough choices left to the player about the life and death of important characters. Once again there are multiple endings based on the player’s choices.

 

Now players will at least have something to play as they twiddle their fingers awaiting the games to come late into next month.

Written By: Eli Frazee

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