Welcome gaming enthusiasts, new and experienced alike! Today, I hope to post some really interesting games that I personally recommend to anyone who has the capability to play them. Luckily, I have had access to many games, over many years. No, I am not someone who plays them everyday, but I have enough experience to be able to tell a good game from a terrible game. It’s easy to name newer franchises, but for the sake of keeping it real I’ll be mentioning some old school classics, some of which provided the very nostalgic playground for many teens during the early 21st century. So, here it goes, let’s count down:
10) The Saboteur
An absolutely terrific alternative to the popular grand theft auto series! This one off game essentially gives players an open world map set in Nazi occupied France during world war 2. Players complete the campaign in their own time and can spend the rest of it blowing up guard towers, stealthily killing Nazi generals, and fighting with the resistance to take back Paris. Side quests can be completed and there is a wide choice of military style weapons including snipers and pistols. Players can also buy vehicles or hijack one off the street, return it to their garage and essentially pimp it out. The player can free run across buildings and climb like a ninja, much in the style of assassins creed. So check it out!
9) Call Of Duty : Modern Warfare 2
This call of duty deserves mentioning, because it is one of the best in the series, and there won’t be anything like this one again. The campaign is certainly one of the more adventurous of the series and can be played over and over without becoming bored, I’ve done it. The online gaming is where the best game play is at, and players have literally hundreds of weapon customization’s and camouflages available to them once they complete the challenges. It’s the kill streak rewards that make it so enjoyable, being able to call in harrier strikes and nuclear bombs was a step in the right direction. Shame the series went downhill after this.
8) Call Of Duty : World At War
This game stands out with such awesomeness! It was amazing how the design team managed to create such realistic graphics and detailed maps, and awesome character movement. The highlight of this game is the Nazi zombies, the very first map was on this game, and it was fantastic, had all the things you could want. Sadly, the Nazi zombies also went downhill after this game. It offers a challenge and I’d say the campaign is more difficult than it’s follow up. Tag that in with the awesome online, battling in the infamous Reich headquarters or Banzai is certainly something!
7) Grand Theft Auto 4
The game was a giant leap forward for Rockstar developers and the game superseded its predecessors with ease. The game map was huge and fans were somewhat blown away at the time of its release. Although GTA 5 had more roaming land than GTA 4, the game at the time was the landmark in gaming. Nico was the Russian who came to the land of the free, and also a very entertaining character, along with his cousin Roman and steroid pumping friend Brucie. The wide variety of missions and constantly changing environment allow the players to immerse themselves fully in the game without becoming tied down or bored.
6) Resident Evil : Operation Raccoon City
The resident evil series is huge and has millions of fans. This little gem for me was one of the series best games, despite the fact it was less mainstream than say resident evil 5. Rather than having the usual awkward controls it went back to easy controls so to speak. The game has some strong graphics, a solid campaign that is not so easy, and also artificial intelligence team mates! Yes, rather than battling the dead alone, you get help, and that is what made it so extraordinary.
5) Conflict Desert Storm : 1 & 2
The games that really brought the gaming experience to life for me were these two, released for the original Xbox. Set during the Iraq war, the game pits players in a team of 4 – you being anyone of them – against dozens of enemies as you battle your way through missions and then to the LZ. The best part of these is that you could switch characters, have them cover you and then switch back, along with having the ability to give commands, which was just simply awesome! The stealth required on certain levels was hard, and the added feature of enemy tanks made it all too difficult sometimes, but hey, that’s gaming for you!
4) Dead Island
An action/adventure zombie survival game that sets you on an exotic island during the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. The game had huge publicity before its release but didn’t really live up to the hype. It is however, a brilliant and huge game. The mission side of it is astoundingly massive, with something like 50 or 60 main missions and tons of side quests. Creating custom weapons and being able to drive make the game fun, especially when running down a horde or two! There a different areas on the island and to access them the player must complete missions. This is a fantastic way to put more in a game, by splitting the sections up. The jungle is particularly grueling, so beware!
3) Driver 3
Another classic by Atari for the original Xbox worth mentioning. The game was the equivalent to grand theft auto, but in my eyes, it was better! You played a cop in south beach Miami, undertaking missions and travelling to Nice and Istanbul as you work your way through the story. Free mode allowed players to select one of 3 maps, choose a car, and then unleash chaos! The freedom of the game allowed players to do as they please, along with the option to take part in the in game mini games, and also record their drives – a feature that was revolutionary in gaming.
2) Tropico 4
The city building game in the Caribbean, where anyone can be anything and do anything! Want to be a master of the economy? The buildings and interactive side of the game are a bundle of joy and provide hundreds if not thousands of hours of game play. Build your city and provide for your people, how hard can it be? Very hard, especially when there is rebels and tsunamis to deal with, not to mention the foreign powers and military coups!
1) Left 4 Dead
Valve ambitiously released this legendary game to great success. The game pits players in third person with 3 team mates against the dead, in point to point focused campaign missions. It went back to basics, grab a gun and shoot the dead. No fancy interaction and no overly complicated story lines, just good old fashioned run and shoot. You can choose your character, Bill, Louis, Francis or Zoey, and choose your weapons, but don’t forget your health pack! The game introduced the special zombies, the boomer, the hunter and the smoker with the addition of the witch! These features left players playing campaigns over and over and with the awesome ability to play as the special infected, it really went up and over the expectations gaming enthusiasts had. This is one that people can come back to anytime, anywhere, because it never gets old.