There’s a lot of great games to play this year, some recently released, and others that have been out for a few years. But there are only a few games that I feel comfortable enough sitting down and playing for hours on end. Sure, I could play a good few hours of FIFA, or COD, but not on my own. If I’m looking for a great, immersive experience, to chip into my free time this Christmas, I’ll look no further than these four games.
4) Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
I was a little skeptical about this game at first. It looked quite good, from the Twitch streams and the game captures I’d watched, but I still wasn’t sure. In the end, my brother picked it up and begged me to get it too, so he’d have someone else to play the game with. As it goes, it was the best decision I’ve made in quite a while. It’s an awesome game, even if it is incredibly simple. There’s no need for single-player, or a story, you can just get straight into the multiplayer mayhem, swinging claymores, throwing spears and picking off your enemies with a bow. The games are absolute carnage, at times, and it’s packed to the brim with constant action. I really recommend this game, particularly if you’re a fan of knights in shining armour… cutting each other limb from limb.
3) Just Cause 3
Just Cause 2 was an absolutely fantastic game – the only draw back was that it didn’t have any multiplayer to it (at least on console). Just Cause 3 has recaptured that fantastic game, with a great level of polish on the current-gen consoles, but still without any multiplayer. Lack of multiplayer aside, Just Cause 3 is tonnes of fun to play. You can blow pretty much anything up, you can stand on top of aeroplanes and you can rappel to pretty much any structure; it’s an explosive playground. The story is pretty good too, but if you’re just looking for something to switch off to, this is the game for you.
2) Fallout 4
Points for captain obvious. Yeah, it might not be a “hidden gem”, but Fallout 4 is still a gripping game. I’ve completed the story, and probably completed around 90% of the entire game, but I’m still coming back for more. I’m completing as many side-quests and miscellaneous missions as possible, I’m finding those hidden easter eggs and collecting every bobblehead that I can in the process. Ideally, I’m aiming to complete every achievement before the end of the year, and it doesn’t feel like a job to do so. I still love playing the game, and I still find something new around most corners. There’s just so much to discover that Fallout 4 could keep me entertained for a good month more. Plus, there will be DLC coming at some point next year, and I want to be level 50 by then. If you’ve dropped Fallout 4, I really suggest picking it back up. Go searching for some of the awesome hidden aspects of the game, and enjoy those perfect game moments that have been shoved in the various nooks and crannies of the world.
1) ARK: Survival Evolved
This game came a little out of left field for me. It’s not actually “finished”, and it’s currently part of the Xbox One’s Preview Programme (it’s also available on Steam), but that doesn’t take away from the game, whatsoever. I’ve been playing it with my brother for a few days, and we’re absolutely gripped by it. ARK is pretty much a survival / crafting MMORPG game, along the lines of DayZ or H1Z1. Except, instead of zombies, there’s a plethora of different dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures to contend with. It’s a real challenge, but it’s one that I’m really enjoying. You can play in gigantic worlds with up to 70 other players, and those worlds are packed with thousands of dinosaurs. You can craft weapons, bases, tools, clothes and even saddles (to mount on rideable dinosaurs). It’s an incredibly vast and rich world, and it’s only £27! Sure, it’s rather un-polished, and there are plenty of glitches to contend with. But I’ve played it for a few days now and I’ve not had anything game-breaking. Not only that, but you can download an hour’s trial for free, to see if you like it – I really recommend it, what have you got to lose!? I’ve also heard that it’ll be getting split-screen soon… score.