Thursday, 1 January 2015

Carlo's Top 5 Games of the Year!


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Happy new year everyone! Alright, now with mandatory 2015 greetings out of the way, we can get onto the list. Now, I'm not fortunate enough to own other next gen systems such as the Wii U and Xbox One, so even though they had great games like Sunset Overdrive, Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros. , I can't really add them to the list- but rest assured they are (probably) good games and to be honest, there haven't been that many this year. I also haven't done reviews on 4/5 of the games on this list, but I'll offer you the short version of my opinions of them. I also haven't done any articles whatsoever in a loong time, but I'll try contributing more soon. Whether you like it or not.
Needlessly long introductory paragraph out the way, let's get on to the actual list!

5. Strider
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This was one of the first review copies we ever got, but that isn't going to make me biased. It is just a good game. It's a smooth hack and slash platforming Metroid-Vania type game, that's a lot to take in I know but it's really quite simple when you play it. I loved the art style, the progression and nearly everything, if not for some cheap bosses (looking at you gorilla) and the really weak story. It's a great game for a low price, what's not to like?

4. Infamous: Second Son
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*sigh* my first PS4 game. Back when it was freshly launched, and there were no games whatsoever. Enough reminiscing, this is a game that showcases the PS4's graphics with fun varied gameplay that lets you become a superhero/villain, depending on your preference. Villain's are better to be honest, I mean there's no sissy "no killing" rules holding you back. Pfft. The major thing that holds this game back is its story. There's not much there and there's not much to do after finishing the game either, but the core gameplay is fun and the world is amazing. Just wish it would have lasted longer and told a better story.

3. Little Big Planet 3
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One of the only non-violent games I own, but that doesn't mean it's not good! It still has the charm and child-like wonder of the previous games, and anyone can play. Okay maybe not anyone, infants probably won't be able to play, but anyone with basic brain functions can play! There's even more to do when the game is over, as the player created levels are just as good as the story ones. They did enough to separate it from its predecessors, but they could have done more. It's a blast to play local and online, for anyone!

2. Far Cry 4
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I got this game for Christmas, and it is amazing. Still retaining Far Cry 3's smooth FPS/ stealth gameplay, but adding more everything, which some may find lazy, but 3 was a great game so I really have no idea how they could change it. But, you can ride ELEPHANTS! You gotta admit that's pretty cool. Damn you Lizard Squad [insert electric guitar riff here] for barely giving me any time for multiplayer. It switches tropical islands for the huge Himalayan setting of Kyrat, which has snow, forests and the fantasy world of Shangri-La. The story is average, and there's replayability due to different choices resulting in different missions, but it has another flaw or two, and that's the same as Far Cry 3: the villain isn't in it enough and the characters aren't that developed. The eccentric fabulous Pagan Min, like the bat-poop crazy Vaas who came before him barely had any screen time, and I feel that's always a waste.

1. Binding of Isaac:Rebirth
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An randomly generated, rogue-like dungeon crawler. Doesn't sound like much, but this game keeps you playing; tons of items to find, different in every run so tons of variety, challenging all the way through, a simple but addictive as hell gameplay system, this game had me coming back over and over. Even though it came out a couple of years ago as a flash game, I've only played its remaster- or rebirth (see what I did there(I'm sorry)) - for the first time on the PS4 and it's improved on everything the original had, like a good remaster should. I've played this game so much, and plan to keep on playing it, and I highly recommend that you at the very least try it.

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