Wolfenstein was one of the game's responsible for the first-person shooter, being responsible for spawning a genre that is still alive and kicking (not to mention extremely successful) in the current generation. One thing the original Wolfenstein was lacking was a plot, outside of the bare bones “kill all Nazis that you come across.” It's ironic then that over twenty years later the newest entry in the series, Wolfenstein: The New Order, would be praised for it's tightly woven narrative above all else. You'll come for the gunplay and the action, but stay for the interesting characters, inventive ideas and unique setting.
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The porting of Grand Theft Auto V to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was one of the worst kept secrets in gaming history. Fans knew it was coming, various retailers leaked the fact that it was coming, but all fans could do was play the waiting game. When the game was officially announced, the conversation turned from “when is it coming” to “what is it going to add?” A valid question – with the game already at a discounted price on the previous generation's systems, Grand Theft Auto V would need plenty of extra bells and whistles to justify a full $60 cost. Luckily, it succeeds in this aspect.
While the PlayStation 4 has proven itself successful by selling over 5 million units in only a few months, the console has yet to receive a game that justifies its existence. The previous exclusives were poor to average while the rest of the games the system has received are multiconsole ports and don't fully show off the power of the PlayStation 4. However, that all changes with the release of InFamous: Second Son, the PlayStation 4's first exclusive game that is excellent in all aspects.
Dark Souls infamously advertised itself with the tagline “Prepare To Die,” smartly showcasing the difficulty of the game. While Dark Souls 2 had no official tagline, we'd like to think of it as “Prepare To Throw Your Controller In Anger Because This Game Is That Difficult.” Dark Souls 2 is a third-person role-playing action game that, contrary to the worries of its fans, is just as difficult as previous games in the series.
It's not clear where the “Legends” part of Rayman Legends stems from. Is it from the fact that Rayman himself is something of a gaming icon, i.e a legend? Does it stem from the plot? Or the levels themselves? No, our guess is that the word “Legends” is short for legendary, which is exactly what this game is. Rayman Legends, a re-release of a last generation game on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, is one of the best platforming games of all time.
To many gamers, Final Fantasy has been on a downward slide for almost a decade. Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels failed to catch the hearts of gamers everywhere and Final Fantasy XIV was an MMO whose first iteration failed horribly. Square Enix has heard the cries of gamers who were looking for a classic, old-school Final Fantasy experience and answered with Bravely Default, a game that is Final Fantasy in everything but name.
When we last saw Kratos delivering the final blow in God of War III nearly three years ago, most of us thought it would be the last time we saw the cursed man as the epic trilogy came to a close. Obviously, this is not the case as SCE Santa Monica Studio has announced God of War: Ascension. However, this game isn't a continuation from God of War III, whose ending left us with no inclination of the series' future (which is a rare thing for games to do these days), but rather a prequel showcasing Kratos before the events of God of War 1.
Considering the amount of controversy that IO Interactive and Square Enix faced during development, including accusations of being too easy and not using iconic voice actor David Bateson, it is a very welcome surprise to see that Hitman: Absolution returns to its series' roots with this iteration. While the PC game does provide new ways to make the game a little easier for newcomers, it does fully retain its other hardcore aspects to still provide a significant challenge no matter the skill level of the player.
Criterion's latest hit, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is a game that will soar onto gaming platforms from all directions: the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita, the PC, the iOS systems, Android devices, the Wii U and even the Kindle Fire. For a game that intends to speed across every system that one can think of, does it form a solid path to paradise, or has it made a few wrong turns?
It goes without saying that Angry Birds has made a huge impact in both the worlds of casual and hardcore gaming. Developer Rovio didn't just make a successful video game; the title spawned into a huge franchise that has led to sequels, spin-offs and even crossover games. Available on the iOS, Android and PC systems, Angry Birds Star Wars crosses two equally gigantic universes into something truly exciting.
Set for release on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the PC, BioShock Infinite once again puts the franchise back into the hands of Irrational Games. The premise of this iteration, the third in the series, is that the story occurs prior to the previous games in the series, but it is not a direct prequel in any sense of the word.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, is one of those rare sequels that seem to come decades after the previous one. In this case, Global Offensive succeeds the hugely popular Counter-Strike: Source released a whopping eight years prior. It's one of those games that doesn't need to exist, but it's here now—and it seems like Valve, as always, knows what they're doing with this title.