10) Bioshock: The Collection
We're kicking off this festive list with a classic. For any gamers who haven't played this outstanding title, I'd definitely recommend it. Bioshock, which was originally developed by 2K Games, was first released all the way back in August of 2007. Bioshock is a first-person shooter with role-playing game customization and stealth elements, and is similar to System Shock 2. The player takes the role of Jack as he is guided through Rapture towards various objectives. The player collects various weapons and plasmids as they work their way through enemy forces.
Bioshock has won multiple accolades such as VGX Award for Game of the Year 2007 and the BAFTA Games Award for Best Game 2007. The collection itself includes the following: BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, BioShock 2: Minerva's DLC Remastered, BioShock: Infinite, BioShock: Infinite: Season Pass, and BioShock: Infinite – Columbia's Finest DLC.
9) PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Over the last year, PUBG has become a huge success reaching heights of two million concurrent players, which beats the likes of Dota 2 and League of Legends. PUBG is a 'Battle Royale' styled last-man-standing shooter which is developed using community feedback under the guidance of PlayerUnknown himself – Brendan Greene. Players must fight to locate weapons and supplies on the massive 8×8 km island of Erangel to be the lone survivor. With the popularity of the game still increasing, new maps on the way, and a edition of the game for Xbox One being released, the future looks bright for PUBG.
8) Injustice 2
Do you love your DC Comics? A bit of a Batman or Superman fan? Well, if you haven't played Injustice 2, what the are you waiting for? After receiving popular reviews, the game, which was released on the 30th of November 2017, continues to be popular amongst DC fans. Injustice 2 receives positive reviews due to its well constructed fighting system, comedic interaction between characters, and the ability by the developers to learn from their previous mistakes from the first game (unlike a certain developer who shall not be named). Injustice 2 allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favourite DC legends in Injustice 2. This is your Legend. Your Journey. Your Injustice.
7) Fallout 4
For some bizarre reason, a lot of gamers seem to criticise Fallout 4 for not living up to expectations and the heights of the Fallout 3. Although I can understand some of their rationale, there is no denying that the fourth instalment of the popular franchise, is a game filled with great adventure, fantastic storytelling, and is yet another great game by Bethesda Studios.
Fallout 4 is an open-world role-playing game set in a post-nuclear world. In it, the player begins as a parent and spouse in the year 2077, but then must enter Vault 111 to survive the nuclear apocalypse. The player becomes the last remaining survivor of Vault 111 as he/she emerges into the nuclear wasteland in 2287, amidst the ruins of the city of Boston. Only the player can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland. Welcome home.
Similar to PUBG, Cuphead has become a gaming sensation over the past year, as it continues to amaze players with its unique early-Disney cartoon artowrk using a classic indie platformer theme. Cuphead is a run and gun indie video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. As the title character Cuphead, the player fights a series of bosses in order to repay a debt to the devil. With the game winning multiple awards, such as the The Game Award for Best Art Direction, the game continues to stay popular amongst fans and would make an ideal Christmas gift for any keen gamer.
5) Dark Souls III
If you want to challenge yourself over Christmas, I mean really challenge yourself to the point of insanity, try Dark Souls III. Even if gamers have not played the series, they are most likely familiar with its reputation of being one of the most frustrating and difficult games on the market. If you are still none the wiser to what the game actually entails, Dark Souls III is an challenging action role-playing video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Go on give it a go… I dare you.
4) Middle Earth: Shadow of War
Whenever I think of Middle Earth, the theme tune to Lord of the Rings comes into my head – you know the one surely? I imagine what it would actually be like to go on an adventure in a mystical world like Middle Earth. But, the boring side of me comes out, and I realise I'm to lazy to do all the walking and that it would not all be as it seems with goblins ready to tear you to pieces to eat you, vicious orcs, ginormous spiders (even the small ones frighten me!), and almighty dark wizards… so I'll just stick to having my adventures on the computer thank you very much. Moving swiftly back onto the matter at hand, Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a great game and is worthy of your time over Christmas if you have not already played it yet.
In the epic sequel to the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, go behind enemy lines to forge an army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth! If that hasn't convinced you to play this title I don't know what would.
3) Assassins Creed Origins
Since AS: Revelations, I have not played a single Assassins Creed game, as I felt the series could not go anywhere without our beloved Ezio Auditore. But boy, how could I have been so wrong? After I reluctantly played AS: Origins I was blown away with how good the series had become and what Ubisoft Montreal were actually capable of. Seeing how the Assassins Brotherhood began was a great way to create a story, and really ignite the series as a whole.
Assassin's Creed Origins is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the tenth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series and the successor to 2015's Assassin's Creed Syndicate. With the success of Origins, I'll definitely be looking to see what Ubisoft can do next.
2) Horizon Zero Dawn
I must confess I have yet to play this game, so any personal input I can offer about the game is going to be very limited. But, from our reviews here at KeenGamer I get the feeling that I should play the game rather soon as I am missing out big time. So, I know what I'm asking Santa for this year.
In Horizon Zero Dawn the pillars of character, world and story are richly detailed, fully fleshed out, and seamlessly integrated into a coherent whole. Aloy is a product of her world, and her world is the living embodiment of the story that unfolds through her voyage of discovery. So join me in playing this wonderful-looking title!
1) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
As I huge Star Wars fan, I wish I could put Battlefront II on this list, but as we all know EA screwed up big-time. But, that doesn't mean the game in the number one slot of this list is bad, it's actually pretty amazing. As a newbie to the series, I did not what to expect when I picked up Wolfenstein: The New Order off the shelf back in 2014. So, when the developers of the game announced Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus I was excited to see what the developers could conjure up for another instalment to the series. After playing the game multiple times I now know that the developers did indeed live up to expectations. One of the scenes I found most stunning from the game was the execution scene, so if you don't want spoilers for the game – don't watch the video below!
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames. An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Fight the Nazis in iconic American locations, equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of Nazi soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter. So get ready, gear up, and purchase Wolfenstein II from the KeenShop.
Note: All the games mentioned in this list can be brought from KeenShop with an limited time discount! Thanks for reading our list – have a great Christmas all!