Even more can’t miss titles from the HD era
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 22:10
Gaming has evolved so much since the dawn of the HD era, it’s hard to believe how far the medium has come. With the next generation of consoles on the horizon, we present even more of the most impressive, can’t miss titles of this past generation.
“Portal” Series (PC, 360, PS3) Highlight: “Portal 2”
“The cake is a lie...”
There truly isn’t any other game out there quite like “Portal.” This first-person puzzle (FPP) game has three main components: the unnamed and unseen player, a sadistic and murderous A.I. and a “gun” that has the ability to create a portal between walls. “Portal 2” upped the ante of the original by including some hilarious new supporting characters, an ingenious co-op mode and mind bending new gameplay features like light bridges cemented the series as one of the most original and funniest games of all time.
“Grand Theft Auto IV” (360, PS3, PC)
GTA IV took the formula of Rockstar’s earlier GTA titles and refined it into as perfect a product as possible. Set in Liberty City, a near-perfect parody of New York, GTA IV contained what many would consider the first game world to feel “real.” Combined with a Hollywood style script giving the title a true cinematic feel, complete with a memorable cast of characters GTA IV stands as a fantastic parody of the so called “American dream.”
“Red Dead Redemption” (360, PS3)
For all intents and purposes, anti-hero John Marston is the single most complex and unforgettable character from this past generation of titles. His tragic story of redemption was wrapped up around a story covering the end of the old American West. Far more than “Grand Theft Horse,” the title contained a fantastic combat system highlighted by the slow motion “Dead Eye” mode allowing the player to slow down time in shootouts. Whether herding cattle, hunting mountain lions, playing casino games or simply riding across the prairie, “Red Dead Redemption” was truly unforgettable.
“Bioshock” (360, PS3, PC)
“Would you kindly......?”
The most hauntingly beautiful game world ever created, the dystopian underwater city of Rapture provided an unforgettable experience in the 2007 first-person shooter “Bioshock.” Inspired by the works of Ayn Rand, this former utopia contained hordes of psychotic inhabitants quite unlike anything ever seen before. As you try to escape from the city, you’ll acquire plasmids, gene altering superpowers that you’ll need to dispatch your enemies. Big Daddies, Andrew Ryan, Rr. Tennebaum, how can one ever forget them?
“Halo” Series (360) Highlight: Halo 4
This past generation saw the release of four major “Halo” titles: “Halo 3,” “Halo 3: ODST,” “Halo: Reach” and “Halo 4.” Over the course of these titles, the series has continued to define the definitive online console multiplayer experience. While each title has its distinct pros and cons, “Halo 4” stands as the purest and most plain fun iteration. Adding a slew of new weapons to a long running series, some of the best multiplayer maps we’ve ever seen and a touching campaign story that is far and away the best in the aeries, “Halo 4” is the definitive “Halo” experience.