It has taken a little bit of time, but we are finally starting to see AAA rated content for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 – just in time for Christmas! When the upgraded consoles first came to the market, there was a serious lack of decent content to play on them. Now that major developers are ready to bring their work to the current generation of gaming machines, we are starting to get games that make the most of the consoles’ abilities. The last six months have seen some major titles released, including some hotly anticipated sequels and a few new IPs as well.
Which games should be at the top of your Christmas wish list this year? Take a look at our guide to the best games on the market at the moment, and why you need to add them to your collection.
1 – Fallout 4
Seven years after the epic Fallout 3 was released, fans of the series can finally get back to the Wasteland with the latest series installment. Bethesda have worked their magic once again and Fallout 4 offers everything you would expect – and then some. The strongest contender for Game of the Year 2015, the epic RPG has added fully customisable landscapes and a speaking protaganist for the first time.
Newcomers to Fallout will soon pick up the story, as F4 goes further back into the timeline than ever before and quickly catches you up with the story so far. As the survivor of a nuclear holocaust, you have to find your way to safety and make a life for yourself in the Wasteland, while battling against the creatures and hostile factions that share your homeland. Available on Xbox, PS4 and PC, Fallout 4 is a must-have for any adventure fan.
2 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Close at the heels of Fallout 4 for the title of most desirable video game is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Since its release, the third Witcher game has received very positive reviews and is still riding high in the games charts. An open-world RPG, the action centres around the monster hunting protaganist as he travels across the world, picking up quests and taking on challenges.
The story will change as you make choices and decisions, and there are plenty of side quests and challenges to keep you busy as well as the main storyline. Thought to be at least 20% larger than Skyrim, The Witcher 3 is one of the most involved and detailed games on the market today, and a great investment for serious gamers with the hours to spare.
3 – Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid has been delivered to us in two installments: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes was not as well received as other MGS titles, but it simply served as a prologue to the epic Phantom Pain. The action-adventure title features open world gameplay. A military game, players are encouraged to use their stealth and skill to avoid killing targets, instead disabling them and moving around undetected.
The game is also great for fans of modding and building, as it features customisable housing and weaponry for you to play with. It is available on current and last generation consoles, and can also be picked up for Windows.
4 – Star Wars Battlefront
As the new film’s release date approaches, Star Wars has kept fans happy by releasing the fantastic new game Star Wars Battlefront – a first or third person shooter as preferred, set in the run up to the movie. The action shooter is something of a revamp for previous games rather than new content in itself, although the storyline has received a few tweaks in order to tie it in with the movie.
The game looks amazing on the PlayStation 4, and is a whole different level of gameplay to the previous titles from this series. No Xbox One version is currently available, although a 360 copy will be available. It is recommended to pick up the PS4 or PC version though, as the graphics and sound need to be fully appreciated as they were intended.
5 – Bloodborne
A brand new IP for PlayStation 4, Bloodborne has been developed by the team at FromSoftware and is expected to make a big impact on gamers with its dark, fast-paced action and gripping storyline. Players assume the role of The Hunter in a city stricken with a mysterious infection. Strange creatures and infected humans battle the player as he seeks out a solution, with third-person shooting to accompany the RPG format.
Early reception has been extremely positive and 2 million copies of the game have been sold so far. For anyone looking to pick up a new adventure and try out a whole different storyline, Bloodborne is a look at the future of gaming and the game styles we can expect now that PlayStation 4 is here.
6 – Super Mario Maker
Exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii U console, Super Mario Maker is classic Mario with a twist. All the typical elements of a Super Mario platformer are still there, but you build and adapt the levels yourself. You can create landscapes, add enemies, place pipes and insert power-ups – all through your Wii U controller’s screen and your stylus. Once your levels are built, you can play them yourself or upload them to the internet for others to enjoy themselves.
Super Mario Maker is suitable for players of all ages and is a great choice for younger gamers this Christmas. Adults will also love the addictive build-and-play style, which brings the fun of Minecraft to a much loved platform adventure game.
7 – Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Whether you are a big fan of the Uncharted series or you are coming to it for the first time, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a must-have set. The package contains three Nathan Drake titles: Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception. It also includes access to the Uncharted 4 beta, and will have exclusive deals for content purchasing when the fourth installment is released.
Play as treasure hunter Nathan Drake at the centre of the action-adventure game with third person shooting style. Make decisions as Drake and fight your way out of trouble, hunting for treasure as you go. You can also take on other players online in team fights, or pick up challenges that your crew can face together. Uncharted is exclusive to PlayStation and The Nathan Drake Collection is available for the PS4 console only.
8 – Call Of Duty: Black Ops III
Set 40 years on from the last Black Ops game, this cold war offshoot from the COD series has proved hugely popular with fans. Black Ops II has shifted 24.2 million copies so far, and Black Ops III is sure to live up to that reputation. Players take on the role of a soldier investigating international locations to discover the cause of an explosion. The game also includes a ‘Nightmare’ mode in which the storyline is rewritten to fit a zombie virus outbreak, and the player must fight to contain it.
Black Ops III features an online campaign mode so that players can team up with others to tackle challenges, fight battles and capture locations. Weapons and clothing can be modified and customised in game, and there is a lot more open play than ever before. The game is available for PlayStation, Xbox and Windows.
9 – FIFA 16
FIFA 16 is the latest version of the hugely popular football game, and unlike FIFA 15 it definitely does not disappoint. This iteration has a whole host of new features, smoother gameplay and greater interaction. The graphics are much sharper, response times much faster and the dialogue has stepped up to another level too. The game has extended its available players further and now features the women’s international league, allowing you to manage female soccer teams for the first time.
Managers can also take on pre-season friendly tournaments for the first time, and have the opportunity to raise extra transfer funds if they perform well. The game is available on a wide number of platforms, including PS3 and PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows.
10 – Minecraft: Story Mode
Minecraft has teamed up with Telltale Games to produce their first point-and-click adventure game. The comedy-drama gives the player control over decisions as the action plays out in an episodic format. The story adapts according to the choices made by the player, opening up different conversation arcs and changing the ultimate outcome of the adventure.
Suitable for all the family, Minecraft: Story Mode has captured the success of Minecraft and brought it to a whole new style of gameplay. The player will have to build as they go in order to solve puzzles and finish the story, which will be released at intervals like a serial drama. It is sure to be a popular choice for Minecraft fans, and is a great buy for younger gamers who play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Wii U.