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Best Five Games of the Year to Play

A great deal of games have been released this year; better graphics and promising gameplay from the developers inviting gamers to play with. As winter break approaches, it might be time for excited gamers to get back in touch with the gaming world. The list below is a compilation from the opinions of SMHS students and several online game reviews. The three consoles mentioned in this review include the Xbox One, the PS4, and the PC.

 

#5) Judging from all of the gaming sites people have commented on, “Superhot” is number five on this list. Although this game can’t be accessed on the PS4, it’s still available on the PC and Xbox.  The first-person shooter’s motto applies to the game: “Time moves when you move.” This is shown when you stop in the middle of a room full of opponents; the bullets that are shot from their guns stop in midair, but if you make any movements, the bullets and the people continue their paths.

“Superhot” is also available on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which requires a PC. Several journalists at the Electronic Entertainment Expo of 2014 described playing in virtual reality as an experience similar to playing the characters of Neo or Morpheus from the film “The Matrix.” I personally loved this game, as it allows you to stop and think, since the player doesn’t see the game unfold in front of their face, like most other first-person shooters. Instead, the rush of instantaneous combat is replaced by the calculating process of planning your next move.

 

#4) “Hitman 2016” is an open world sandbox, third-person shooter stealth game, which casts the player as an assassin, who, in every mission, has to eliminate a new target. The fun things about this game are the puzzles it contains  within every level; these puzzles encourage you to think about your next move. You see, this is no ordinary stealth game, as you must steal the outfits of the people around you to blend in, so as to not be detected by your enemy while in the process of eliminating your target. There are more complicated techniques as the level progresses. You must be watchful of people who might see through your disguise; or, when needing to reach your target, you are blocked by an obstacle. The stealth employed in this style of gaming is truly sophisticated. Even now, it introduces more interesting factors, such as more creative ways to assassinate in the gameplay as you progress through each level’s unique situation. The game just dares you to formulate interesting strategies to put forth in a mission.

 

#3) “Titanfall 2” was suggested by Benjamin Lui, a freshmen,  as third place on this list. He said, “The number of titans in the game have increased, and with new pilot classes, this game is gonna get interesting.” “Titanfall 2” is a first-person shooter game that is the sequel to the original “Titanfall”(2014). The war machines or titans and the weapons look somewhat like the future. IGN said that “(‘Titanfall 2’) could rival Call of Duty.” Some major differences between the new and the original “Titanfall” include: having a complete campaign; it is available on the PS4 now, instead of only on the Xbox One and the PC; and more classes than the original to choose from. The campaign is supposedly six hours long, and as you progress through it, new mechanics are introduced to you, ranging from puzzles to the mastering of the complicated movement in the game. In multiplayer, there are new opportunities that were not present in the original game. There is more space for customization, weapons, boosts and titans.

 

#2) “Overwatch” is a first-person battle arena shooter game that features a 6 vs 6 group-based combat. A similar first person arena shooter game is the free to play , “Team Fortress 2.” There are a few key differences between the two games with  “Overwatch” being more focused on team coordination and positioning rather than the “Rambo” style gameplay that is more commonly associated with TF2.  Overwatch also has more verticality than TF2 allowing for more flanking routes and faster paced action than TF2. Another aspect that differs between the two games is that Overwatch has a whopping 23 playable characters with more coming along in each update, these characters are split up into four categories:  Offense, Defense,Tank and Support with each class having to fill a different role in order to complete the objective. Overwatch also features a competitive mode in which you must work with your team to climb in the ranks much like CS:GO’s own competitive mode however is much less punishing for disconnecting or suiciding. Also, each character has their own set of abilities and an ultimate that will give you and your team an advantage when you face off against the enemy team.The game’s story has been mostly removed from the game, excluding some in game dialogue and an opening cinematic, and can be found in comics, animated shorts, and background information that call all be found on Blizzard’s website. This game has been really popular ever since its release in May 2016.

 

#1) “Battlefield 1” is the number one on this list.  A freshman, Emmanuel Duarte said, “The best game this year was definitely ‘Battlefield 1.’” “Battlefield 1” is a first-person shooter that has both campaign and multiplayer modes that are complex and fun to play in. The game’s setting focuses on World War I. You play as a variety of characters in the campaign and each level tells the war story the particular individual. The Battlefield series has always been praised for its destructive and vast multiplayer, and “Battlefield 1” has taken the glory once again. The multiplayer features eight classes set up into three groups: “Pickable,” meaning you can pick one of the four classes; “Spawn-based,” which means that if you spawn into one of the vehicles, you will be fighting in that class; and lastly, “Pickup-based,” which requires you to obtain a pickup in the battlefield to wield powerful weapons such as a flamethrower. Adding onto the classes, the six game modes that you can choose from are all fun and contain explosive action. When you enter the battlefield itself, you will be truly experiencing what it must’ve looked like in a World War I battle, as vehicles such as tanks, fighter planes, armored vehicles, horses and a “behemoth” vehicle for the losing team, will all be fighting with or against you.

 

All in all, these, I believe, are the top five games of 2016.

 

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