If you are looking for a game that adapts to whatever play style you throw at it, Dishonored is for you. This stealth-action game is set in the fictional world of Dunwall, which has a little bit of a steampunk feel. You play Corvo, a bodyguard framed for murder of the Empress who must win his honor back… by killing everyone.
Dishonored is a stealth game, but it reacts a lot to the choices players make. You can choose to kill your assassination targets with physical attacks, magic, by possessing a swarm of rats or through other non-violent means. These choices affect your game’s progression and yield different results. One of the creative minds behind Dishonored is Harvey Smith, who also helped make one notable classic game, Deus Ex.
Dishonored is available now for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Extreme strategy is a genre that’s not getting as much love these days, so fans of that gaming style will be extremely happy playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown. This re-envisioning of the classic XCOM: UFO Defense PC game was a long time coming, and it doesn’t disappoint.
The story of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is that aliens have invaded the earth. You head up a task force funded by various governments around the world that helps quell the alien invasion and find out why they are attacking.
As we said in our previous hands on, XCOM: Enemy Unknown has more than one game in the box. First, it’s a sophisticated turn-based strategy game, as you battle aliens trying to take over various earth cities with your own soldiers. You must utilize cover and different kinds of weapons to win, along with making sure your forces don’t become unnerved by the sometimes freaky-looking foe.
The second portion is high-level strategy, as you organize the resources you earn to continue sucessfully saving the world. Players must promote and train soldiers, investigate new tech with their scientests, and build it with their engineers. You also have to constantly monitor a panic map to see which countries are in danger of leaving the console (and thus, stopping their funding of xCOM.)
This complicated yet rewarding game is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and is a must-play for strategy fans.
Super Bunny Breakout
Super Bunny Breakout brings Atari and Zynga together for a new twist on a classic arcade game for iOS.
Breakout was one of Atari’s earliest hits, and Super Bunny Breakout channels the original gameplay mechanics of bouncing a ball against a set of bricks, and never missing it with your paddle. But now imagine the ball is a bunny, and the bricks are beakers and animals stuck in cages. The bunny is trying to save all the other animals trapped in an animal testing facility with him, and is eventually joined by other creatures with different special powers.
Super Bunny Breakout follows the freemium model, and you must earn coins to heal your bunny after too many losses. This might be difficult, but there is an arcade mode that allows you to earn coins without sacrificing your character’s health. The game also allows players to purchase more coins.
The game is 99 cents in the App Store [iTunes link], and there is also a free demo mode.
Did you grow up in the ’80s and early ’90s? Are cartoons and games from that era something you still quote and reminisce about? Then you need to get your nostalgia fix by playing Retro City Rampage.
Retro City Rampage is an indie title that fans have been waiting for for years — we even included it on a list last year of indie games we couldn’t wait for. Thankfully, the top-down, 8-bit title that plays like an older Grand Theft Auto was worth the consternation. The action, music and dialog ape the best that time period had to offer, and it’s so jammed full of references that cover all the nerd bases.
Best of all, Retro City Rampage is available to download on all the major consoles, PC and the PlayStation Vita for $15.
The Walking Dead by Telltale Games is probably one of the most emotional experiences ever possible through a video game. Taking from the world of the popular graphic novel/television show, The Walking Dead puts you in the shoes of Lee, a man arrested and on his way to prison when the zombie apocalypse arrives. Lee encounters a young girl named Clementine whose parents haven’t returned home, and he takes care of her as he tries to explore the world. That description alone should get you interested.
The Walking Dead game is a point-and-click adventure, the speciality of Telltale Games. There are also several key decision points that rely on the player to act quickly; usually these involve which of two characters to try to save as a wave of zombies attack. The game also has nuanced interactions where you can build trust with other characters by the dialog choices you make. The Walking Dead forces players into tough choices they may instantly regret, but it might be the best indication on how you’ll react in the event of a real z-day.
Telltale is releasing the game in chapters, and the fourth one was released this week. For players not caught up on the action, you can purchase all the chapters — including the upcoming final fifth chapter — for one price. The Walking Dead is available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC through Steam, and on newer iOS devices (though the episode release rate is slower on mobile).