Winter is the perfect excuse to stay inside and veg on the couch.
Put that phone down, log out of Facebook, and close that Twitter app because there are a ton of games out that need your attention, and immediately. No matter what you are playing right now, we have a game (or two) that you should get hold of… no matter your console. These are the games you should be playing this Winter.
One of the best RPGs in the industry got ported to the “new” Nintendo 3DS, and it is as gorgeous as can possibly be. Over 70 hours of exploring a vast world set on a gargantuan Titan, controlling time in battle, and slaying beasts the size of mountains. If you are looking for a game to play whilst in bed or during load shedding, then this is the perfect pick up and play title.
Mario Kart 8
I know Mario Kart 8 has been out for a while, but guess what? The game just received the ultimate DLC pack ever! 8 new courses, 3 new races, and a ton of new parts to customize your kart with. The new courses are themed to the classics that we all grew up with but remodelled for the Wii U. There is also a brand new mode that boosts the race speed up from 150cc to 200cc. This new 200cc mode is free, all you will have to do is a quick download to update the game to version 4.0. Start your engines, and may the best Mii win!
Hardcore or not, this PlayStation exclusive cannot be missed. Bloodborne has taught me how to be a better gamer. It has brought a calm into my life even at the toughest times where everything was against me, well a bunch of dogs with crow heads that is. Bloodborne can make or break you, and mould you into the ultimate gaming machine. Once you have played Bloodborne, consider yourself a hardcore gamer.
Exploring the streets and outskirts of Yharnam, a city that is experiencing its “annual” hunting evening. Slaying beasts, dying, slaying bosses, dying, and overcoming the nightmare, before dying again. It is one of the greatest PS4 games ever crafted, there is really no excuse.
Mortal Kombat X
We are all addicted to Mortal Kombat X right now, it is a biology lesson in a video game, and there will be blood, lots and lots of it. The best thing about the game is the two player matches. Grab a frenemy, kick her ass at a match, and then just use an easy Fatality Token to rip open her stomach and slice her face off. Delicious right? If you are not into couch fights, you can take on the world thanks to the very-stable online mode. You can even participate in a Faction War where your faction will climb to the top and try stay there while four other factions are trying beat you down in standings. *Warning: There will be blood*
Ori and the Blind Forest
One of the greatest games available on the Xbox One right is Ori and The Blind Forest. Playing through its 10 hour campaign was a beautiful experience that set the bar for indie platformers to come. It tells the story of Ori, a forest creature that has to venture to a dangerous world in order to restore the magical power that has been taken from the forest. Collecting the 3 elements that power the world, you will solve puzzles, and need a quick finger as you traverse the deadly environments filled with treasures and mutated forest animals.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
I recently reviewed Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, so there is really nothing else I can say about it. It is awesome to every extent and requires your attention. If you find yourself at home with a friend or significant other, boot up split screen and get going, you will not regret it.
Mortal Kombat X (yes we are addicted)
We have a problem, we know, but when you have seen so much blood in one place, it affects you forever. The Mortal Kombat X game for iOS is the only way to play Mortal Kombat on the go. Sure it features simplified battles, but once you get the hang of things it’s actually a walk in the park. Playing the iOS app will unlock epic new costumes in the main game on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. You literally just get the awesome Raiden Future costume for downloading the app. The app does feature in-app purchases, but what app doesn’t these days?
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Goodbye work, goodbye coffee meetups, as you can now play the highly addictive Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on your phone, wherever you are. Blizzard ported this recently to Android, and iOS and it works so well on the smaller screen. It is the ideal card battle game, and the only one that matters I might add. If you are new to the game you will be greeted with a tutorial battle to teach you the ropes, oh and a free starter pack to get you going.
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