6 Video Games to End 2014 On a High Note
By Nina Syahira
December 26, 2014
Whether you're a solo gamer or someone who enjoys ruling the virtual world with your buddies, playing video games can be a therapeutic hobby. It temporarily releases you of the stresses that everyday life brings and gives you a new boost of energy to tackle them later.
With the year coming to a close, it's time to unwind and enjoy. If your idea of a perfect day in involves playing video games, then you're in luck! We put together a list of games that have been the talk of the gaming scene this year and pick out some of the best that you should try!
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The Last of Us: Remastered
Platform: Playstation 3 & 4
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer (online)
The zombie-killing games trend continues to ride high this year with the release of a remastered version of The Last of Us. The PlayStation-exclusive game was first released mid last year and met with positive reviews all around the world, even receiving multiple “Game of the Year” awards. If you still haven’t gotten a chance to try it out, you’re missing out on possibly one of the best survival horror action-adventure of all time. After all, it’s been updated for the PS4 for a very good reason.
Set in a post-apocalyptic United States, the third-person game treats you to a whole lot of gunfights, melee combat and a cover system as if you’re actually trying to survive it yourself. It’s essentially a story about constantly adapting (scavenging for supplies) and fighting your way through. The only rest period is the quiet moments in between, set aside for dialogue between characters to move the plot along. You control the main protagonist Joel while the accompanying characters are controlled by the AI (Artificial Intelligence).
But there would be a few instances where you have to control Joel’s young companion Ellie. As the story progresses, Joel’s abilities and weapons can be upgraded. Adding to the challenge, the game doesn’t even pause while Joel crafts or swaps weapons to use so be fast or risk getting mauled by a zombie! And of course, there are a few different types of zombies that you would face and each has a characteristic that you ought to know in order to fight them. But that’s not the only danger you’ll have to survive.
Here’s a great tip: play this game in the dark. With smooth cinematic transitions and stunning graphics, it’s like an awesome interactive horror movie. This makes those moments during gameplay where the soundtrack suddenly drops or changes all the more nerve-wrecking. Enjoy the rush that only games like this can achieve! The only down side to this though is its lack of couch co-operative mode.
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Platform: PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox 360 & One
Mode: Multiplayer (online)
Only released just a few months ago, Destiny introduces an amazing science fiction world where you play as one of the Guardians which has 3 available races to choose from; Humans, Awoken and the Exo. From there, you pick a class (Titan, Warlock or Hunter) that will affect your gameplay as it has a specific skill tree which you can unlock and upgrade your character’s abilities and weapons as you level up. This much anticipated game shares some characteristics of a traditional Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) but isn’t necessarily one as you don’t get to interact with all other players in the game.
The game story is set in the post Golden Age on Earth that has mankind on the verge of extinction after an event called “The Collapse”. The incident refers to the mysterious dissolution of human colonies on other planets in the solar system during the Golden Age. As one of the only known survivors living on Earth, saved by a white celestial body known as “the Traveler”, you’re tasked to defend your City against alien races (the Fallen, Hive, Vex and Cabal) who are enforcing a hostile takeover.
While there’s no stopping you from playing the game solo, it can get boring pretty quickly that way. For a full satisfying experience, call up your buddies and either team up against the baddies or attack each other in competitive multiplayer mode.
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Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Mode: Single-player, Co-operative
Also known as Kisima Inŋitchuŋa, this atmospheric puzzle video game pieces together Alaskan indigenous stories (including the Blizzard Man, the Little People, Manslayer, the Rolling Heads and the Sky People) across 8 chapters set in a harsh blizzard environment as you play the adorable Iñupiat girl named Nuna and her arctic fox.
With simple controls, the game takes you on an inspiring journey of exploring culture and folklore that’s never been made a focus in video games before. While that alone invokes a sense of curiosity for the Alaskan indigenous culture, it allows little room for anything other than moving the story to roll out the rest of the game. If you’re looking for something relaxing to play, this is a good one to consider.
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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox 360 & One
If you’re a fan of all things Tolkien, this might be perfect for you. The game’s environment is based off The Lord of the Rings realm created by J.R.R Tolkien, taking place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. But it follows the books no more than that in its driving plot. Praised as the best LOTR game to date, the game features a rather impressive open world where you control a Ranger with wraith-like abilities called Talion. What sets it apart from other LOTR game titles is how it contains not only the main quest but also many exciting side quests and the ability to roam freely across the game realm known as Mordor.
As Talion, you get to explore and affect change within Mordor by interacting with the other game characters and even influencing them. One of the coolest things you get to see is when you would stumble upon old enemies wanting to take their revenge on you for hurting them in a previous battle. This simply brings about a whole new gameplay experience, keeping it entertaining all around. The game also remembers your actions during various encounters with certain characters.
Platform: Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS
Recently available for the iPad just last week, Papers, Please has got to be the toughest yet one of the most interesting puzzle games of the year. The game features the work life of an immigration inspector at a border checkpoint for the fictional dystopian country of Arstotzka. Right from the bottom, you need to check the required documents of the arrivals as stated before each day begins and as the game levels up, the number of things you need to check increases. Not only do you need to keep your eyes peeled as you make sure there’s nothing suspicious to deny entry to criminals like terrorists and smugglers, you need to be fast.
At the end of the work day, the game translates the total number of people processed and bribes collected to your daily earnings. Here, you also get to choose how much of your income goes to food, shelter and heat for you and your family.
If you make any mistakes at work, you might be warned for the first few times before getting penalised for them and this would be reflected in your finances. This would in turn affect your family’s health and condition. If you run out of money, the game ends with the government throwing you into jail. This game is a real thinker with a unique story and definitely not one you can just coast along or cheat to progress.
Adding a steampunk flavour to a new take on the classic adventure Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, 80 Days plays out like an interactive novel written on a beautifully designed platform. Having the ability to choose how the story progresses will completely draw you right in to the story from the beginning. So engaging that you might even forget you’re actually supposed to compete with other players online to finish it.
As the name in the title suggests, you play rich man Phileas Fogg’s trustee valet named Passepartout to find the best route to go around the world and beat the time limit of 80 days. Trade, bribe and collect items on your way as you choose your path from city to city. And while you’re at it, be mesmerised by the amazing graphics.
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