Another year has sailed by and left a series of bad games, some dull games and some brilliant games, and both Darren and Matt have spent their time and handpicked several games from each year of the decade, 2016 is the next year on offer.
Back in 2012 I played Hitman Absolution. I thought it was alright as it was my first foray into the series. But I will admit i was very much wrong when i played Hitman over 2016. Again, stepping into the shoes of Agent 47 once more. What I loved about it was its sort of combined the easy to pick up mechanics and controls from Hitman absolution. But with the open world, multiple ways to get the job done from games like Blood Money.
And while the game was magnificent fun there. It also provided a shed load of stuff to do. Elusive targets, escalation missions, and community created ones as well. And with so many ways in dispatching your targets. It was very hard to put down the controller. Oh and you’ve got to kill Gary Busy. What more is there to say.
The festival is yours, you have the keys to the site and you can build it how you want.. well, kind of. The third and arguably the weakest instalment of the Horizon series takes the player and presumes they have played the previous two Horizon games and automatically installs them as the boss of the site, allowing them to upgrade different sites and where to travel to next (building on the road trip idea.)
Although solid, the building aspect offers absolutely nothing, and you quickly run out of things to do as upgrades offer basically nothing, so it turns back into the racer that everyone loves. It’s still a good game, but it could be so much better with the building aspect, but any doubts are instantly washed away with the DLC, as the Hot Wheels DLC might be the best DLC I’ve ever played.
The hero shooter that started the trend for the rest. Overwatch 2 has now been announced and it really is a testament to the original game that the second one just looks like Overwatch again, with DLC. Overwatch had no real story mode, or at least, single-player story to work through but instead multiplayer matches that are linked by an overarching story, and the blanks were later filled in by incredible animated shorts.
The hero shooter is a tried and tested formula and Overwatch runs away with the concept. Allowing players to pick their favourite characters based on their skill and play style, and really become invested with the characters and their backstories. Overwatch 2 has a lot to live up to, as the original has set the bar so high.
Everyone’s favourite wisecracking explorer, Nathan Drake on his 4th, and most spectacular adventure. Each Uncharted had something different to make it special and 4 was no different. The game handled extremely samey across the franchise, but it meant there was no surprises, but safe gameplay means exactly that – safe.
The story in Uncharted 4 was brilliant written and superbly animated, and ties up all the story together in a rather satisfactory way, but it’s not without it flaws, the story is pretty easy to predict and you can see the “twist” from a mile away.
Now up till now most FPS have been for the most part fairly similar. Get some jam thrown in your face, cower behind a chest high wall, and that’s it. Bethesda has put a stop to that with Doom (2016), and given this series is pretty old i really don’t have to explain the plot all too much. Just you on Mars with armed enough to take down a small country, and the hordes of hell in the way.
It was such a turn away from all the other samy shooters off the time. Ethasising and designed that being on the offensive is your best defense, so glory killing demons for heath, or taking a chainsaw to them if your low on bullets. It was an extremely fast paced FPS and a belter for one as well and its sequel next year show no signs of “difficult sequel”, it’s just done a line – or twelve, and said who’s ready for round 2?
Now Battlefield as a series has covered WW2, Vietnam, and modern warfare. With Battlefield 1 they went and had a look at WW1. A setting that hasn’t been used alot in games admittedly, but Battlefield 1 pulls it off.
Again, where COD is incredibly popular, Battlefield 1 provided an alternative. But when COD was still going on about some future bollocks and Kit Harrington. It became for me the better game. A fun but short single player campaign, and a multiplayer that is still very battlefield like. Plenty of game modes and with DLC on top, there is plenty here to enjoy.
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