7 Phenomenal Video Games

We know that computer games can be addicting to some extent. That shouldn’t surprise us. With these phenomenal video games that burst into the arena, it is easy to understand why people are getting hooked. Let’s have a rundown of the top 7 video games that changed the world.

  1. Final Fantasy
  2. The Final Fantasy franchise is phenomenal, period. It has drawn a lot of RPG aficionados closer through the characters in the games. Each title is different, each series offers an amazing challenge that players love keeping up with. But among the entire series, it is the 7th installment that really created a lot of steam, topping the sales charts everywhere.

  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Nothing about The Walking Dead is short of awesome. The story in itself continues to gain all-out TV fans over time. What more, if you have this video game, you can decide what the outcome of the story will be. With that striking feature that you can go center stage for the greater good.

  5. Counter Strike
  6. This is one of the biggest revolutions in the video game arena. Its success has set a new trend for gamers of all ages. The team-based, first-person shooter action takes excitement to the highest level by placing it under realistic settings and challenges that keep players glued. Counter Strike develops a level of skill out of its players, which will surely make them learn how to work as a team and treat warfare as if it’s a sport.

  7. Skyrim
  8. Skyrim’s strength is in its rewarding level up system that had players putting in over a hundred hours of game time every single day. Staying in the game allows players to pile up abilities and perks that will definitely make the game even more exciting. Aside from the breaks that players enjoy, there is also Skyrim’s awesome graphics – the impressive city, the fantastical characters, and the complete quest lets gamers get lost living another’s life.

  9. World of Warcraft
  10. This online role-playing game is a favorite of gamers of all ages. It presents a beautiful, seamless world that is action packed. Its graphics and sounds are astonishing. There is nothing that players don’t love about World of Warcraft, especially the challenge it brings. It provides difficult combat battles that make gamers stuck in their seats forever.

  11. Star Wars
  12. We have seen many games derived from a blockbuster movie but this one seals the deal for being set in a popular sci-fi universe with all-out action that sets the tone for a whole new morality system. If making a Star Wars game gives other games a run for their money, wait until you play Knights of the Old Republic.

  13. Metal Gear Solid
  14. Metal Gear made its wave in its first appearance in Playstation and did not look back since. It has humor, its has artwork, it has challenges, and that save the world premise that surely makes it one of the world’s most beloved games of all time. Plus, it is the first of many that solidified the principle of video games matching the cinematic quality of action-packed movies.

PC Games to Watch Out For This 2014

Though consoles are getting the upper hand because, well, they’re shiny and easier to control, PC games are definitely not dead. Not for a long time. What consoles lack in technical excellence you can find in computer games.  In fact, lots of cool games are going to be released this year, and here are only five of them:

Watch Dogs

Ubisoft has come up with yet another near-future game set in Chicago. In this game you’re Aiden Pearce, a hacker who can get inside CtOS, the central operating system of Chicago. He hacks CtOS through his smartphone which has multiple applications like “profiler” and “crime prevention system”. He virtually knows everything about each citizen. He uses these to follow potential criminals and curb the execution of crimes.

It’s complete with awesome graphics and techie capabilities. If you want to see for yourself just watch the game trailer. As what we expect of Ubisoft PC games are to be released after an extra month, but we’re hoping it’s worth the wait.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

It’s not every day that we get to kick some Nazis in the ass, but when we do, it’s awesome. This game, with Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows editions released on May 20, was developed by the Machine Games and published by Bethesda Softworks. Yep, the same one responsible for Riddick and Darkness.

It’s set in 1960 in an alternate reality: Nazis won the Second World War and they are ruling the world. In this game you’ll invade Nazi military bases, shoot everyone on sight, and take control of “super weapons” that the Third Reich developed and used to enslave the whole world.

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Its co-lead developer Dave McDonough says that the game has a lot of inspiration from Alpha Centauri, and that is all we need to know to try this game. It’s a reimagining of how human civilization will be like in the future; kinda reminds us of the recent film Divergent (which will make for a great game, too). It’s developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. Humans travelled across space and set up civilizations in alien worlds, perhaps because the earth is as inhabitable as a piece of rock.

Pillars of Eternity

Another fantasy role-playing game developed by the expert in the genre, Obsidian Entertainment. It has very similar mechanics as Planescape: Torment, Baldur’s Gate series, and Icewind Dale series. It’s available for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. Interestingly it was successfully funded in Kickstarter at the highest fund ever raised for a game: $3,986,929.

Torment: Tides Of Numenera

Developed by inXile Entertainment, this is very much like its 1999 predecessor game Planescape: Torment.  It’s compatible with Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. A lot of gamers are anticipating this, obvious from the fact that it got successfully crowd-funded through Kickstarter in just the first six hours of the one-month project’s launch on March 6, 2013. It’s record-breaking and we hope that the game will not disappoint. 

Social Gaming Trends in 2014

Social gaming is itself a trend but it has become so big that it now has multiple types and trends have emerged out of it. Of course, social gaming here refers to games played on social media or at least those that connect players through social media. Growth in social gaming increased as smart mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers have become ubiquitous. Over the course of time, different types of games or ideas in social gaming have become more popular than others.

So what are these trends? The list below presents the top four concepts or ideas that are clearly becoming trends in social gaming this year.

1. Challenges – It’s a given that games are supposed to be challenging to keep players from getting bored. Developers understand this that’s why they never make games too easy. There has to be the element of being challenging. As much as possible, there has to be different layers of difficulty or challenges. To reduce monotony, many social games now feature time pressure and tournament modes. Games also feature non-linear levels or different game levels that can be achieved after completing certain tasks or collecting certain items within the game. “In-game appointments” or games that have specific schedules agreed upon by players are also becoming popular. These games emphasize the social aspect of social media gaming while effectively reducing monotony that will expectedly arise after playing the same game over and over again.

2. Free Games Monetized through Advertising and In-App Purchases - This is another noteworthy feature of almost all social games nowadays. It’s a rarity seeing for-a-fee games at present. Most games can be freely played but they come with ads in an attempt (of developers) to make money out of them. There are also developers  that make use of the “in-app purchase” option to monetize their games. These in-app purchases can be availed by players for various reasons. Typically, such purchases are for coins, lives, new levels, or specific items that augment gameplay.

3. Mashups – Another interesting trend in social gaming is the mashup of different genres or different games. Game developers know that need to make their games more exciting and better than what others are offering. Recently, the results of these efforts to stand out are mashups games that may feature elements of RPGs, MMOs, strategy, shooter, and other types of games. Also, there are games that feature characters from other games or adaptations of such characters.

4. Bridging Platforms - Lastly, game developers at present are acknowledging the fact that they can’t just focus on one platform. Players are no longer playing social media games with just their desktop and laptop computers. As tablet sales grow while PC sales decline, it’s only logical to produce games that can be played on more platforms. Similarly, developers are also recognizing the need to work with different operating systems. The iOS, Android, and Windows divide cannot be ignored. Add to that the fact that compatibility issues also exist between and among older and newer versions of different operating systems. To reach more players, games need to be compatible with different platforms.

Social gaming will likely remain as one of the staples of mobile gaming for a long time. The trends will expectedly change as influenced by various factors. For gamers, this is not something to worry about. However, for game developers and publishers, being aware of what gamers want is a must.