- Portal 2
Portal 2 is the sequel to the popular Half-Life 2 spin-off Portal, known as one of the most groundbreaking puzzle games of the past decade. Players are inserted into futuristic labyrinth/laboratory setting from which the main character is trying to escape a maniacal computer A.I. named “Glados.” The gamer is given a “portal gun” in order to perform a series of tests for the A.I, which the character later uses to try an escape the facility. The “portal gun” makes can make two portals, orange and blue, that allow the user to solve gravity and physics defying puzzles. This is a great game for people who like to tease their brains and solve complex puzzles. The graphics and voice acting are also top notch.
Most video games based off upon comic books, cartoons, or movies suck; but this isn’t the case with the Batman inspired game Arkham Asylum. Drawing its inspiration more from the cartoon series than the latest Nolan movies, Arkham Asylum is the ultimate Batman experience and is super fun to play. The game starts when Batman is asked to personally escort the Joker to maximum security/ insane asylum. However, chaos quickly ensues when joker takes the prison over and traps Batman amongst some of his greatest rivals. The combat system is excellent, every punch, kick and knockout feels satisfying and lets the player truly feel like the “Dark Knight.” The game also incorporates a good bit of gadgets such as the “batarang” and lets the player use stealth to take out many foes. Many of the characters are voiced by actors from the popular cartoon series, such as Mark Hamill, and the story is great and mature.
The Walking Dead
Zombies are all the range these days and we have the popular AMC show “The Walking Dead” to thank. Tell Tale’s “The Walking Dead” is a spinoff game from the show’s universe that utilizes “point and click” game play. This game is not combat heavy but instead centered around the story and choices made by the gamer. This game feels like a controllable movie with a comic book art style. The main character is Lee, an UGA professor, who is being transported to prison for an unknown crime. In a twist of fate, his transport is attacked by zombies and he is forced to flee for his life. During his journey he meets a young girl named Clementine, who is searching for her parents. The two pair up and Lee decides to protect Clementine and help her to find her parents. This game is a great cinematic experience and not to be missed by fans of the show.
In my opinion, the Witcher 2 is the greatest WRPG of our generation. The story comes from a Polish book series, and tells the story of Geralt of Rivia the Wither, a human bred and mutated to have magical powers to fight monsters. The game is beautiful and full of complex characters and heavy political plot. Combat is challenging and asks the player to plan out battles using spells, traps, bombs, and different swords based on the target. This is a gamer where the player’ s actions and choices truly make a difference on the outcome of the game. There are 16 different ending in this game. The game has a great replay value and is worth it for every fans of RPG’s.
This Xbox 360 exclusive is an underrated gem considered at the time to be a flop due to poor sales numbers. This game is a third person plat-forming and action game set in lush, but apocalyptic future. The main character is Monkey, one of the few humans left on the planet, who is forced to help a woman named Triss or else be killed. The game play and puzzles are very fun and a refreshing change from most shooters or other games set during the apocalypse. The game’s setting and characters are vibrant and colorful, and the interaction between the two characters is very compelling. Find this game used at your local game store and give it a chance.