We’re roughly halfway through November at the moment, which means that everything is starting to gear up towards Christmas. Christmas is, of course, a time for giving and receiving gifts and what better gift to receive than a game for that shiny black box sitting under your TV? If you’re an Xbox gamer you will no doubt be wanting the very best games the console has to offer, so here is our list of the ten games you should be asking friends and relatives for on (not-so) snowy Christmas morning.
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
This is a game set in the fictional Sunset City that has been quarantined after a company releases an energy drink that turns everyone who drinks it into violent mutants known as the OD. The game is played in the third person and isn’t really your standard shooting-affair because it involves wall-running, zip lines, and grind rails for navigation. Plus there are an awful lot of weapons at your disposal, many of which can be upgraded. To sum this game up in a sentence, it would be the Dead Rising with elements of the gameplay mecahnics from Assassin’s Creed. If you want a game that isn’t exactly the same as everything else on the market, and has a great deal of tounge-in-cheek humour, then this is one for you to pay.
The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)
The Halo games have become the Xbox’s star franchise, with Microsoft even founding an entire studio devoted to making games. With Halo 5 on its way next year, this is the ideal time to catch up on the adventures of The Master Chief, the franchise’s protagonist. The Master Chief Collection features the four games from the main Halo series, all improved and optimised to be played on the Xbox One. All four games run at 1080p and 60FPS, and the first two games have been given a complete graphical overhaul and feature exclusive content not featured in their original release. If that’s not enough it also features all the multiplayer maps and modes that made the original games great.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Set in the world of Lord or the Rings between the events of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, you take control of Talion a Gondorian ranger tasked with guarding the Black Gate of Mordor. Talion is killed in battle, but is resurrected by a wraith and imbued with special abilities that allow him to influence and manipulate his enemies. The purpose of the game is to enter Mordor and enact revenge against those who tried to murder Talion and killed his family using a mixture of stealth, combat, and his new supernatural abilities.
GTA V (Xbox One)
GTA V has been out on the Xbox 360 for quite some time, but the Xbox One version is superior in almost every way. This isn’t just your bog standard next-gen port either, true the game has had a massive graphical overhaul on the new console, but it also comes with a number of unique features that you won’t fond on the Xbox 360. That includes a first person mode, which is new to the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Set back in the city of Los Santos, GTA V follows three separate protagonists working together to pull off a jewellery heist to pay off a debt. But the typical GTA antics end up happening as that’s taking place.
Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One)
An open world driving game set in an area comprising parts of Southern France and Northern Italy, Forza Horizon 2 sets you up as a driver entering the fictional ‘Horizon Festival’. There is three times more driving area than the first Forza Horizon game, and you have to compete in races and special events in order to advance through the festival and eventually win. It’s not all sameish though, like many other Forza games, the game features dynamic weather systems and races can take place at various times of day. Over 200 cars are featured as well, so it’s pretty extensive driving game for you to enjoy if that’s your thing.
Alien: Isolation (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Set as a sequel to the original Alien movie, and a sort-of prequel to Aliens, the game follows Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, working for the same company her mother did years previously in the hopes that she will find out what happened to her. Of course, this being an Alien game an Alien has to show up and wreak havoc. Somehow the creature popped up on the space station Sevastopol and killed most of the crew. Those left are incredibly hostile and will kill you at the slightest provocation. Unlike previous games this isn’t a first person shooter, it’s a first person stealth game. You have to complete your mission to recover the black box of the Nostromo while avoiding humans and the Alien. It does get creepy, so it’s not for the faint of heart.
Super Time Force (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
A fun little platformer that you can get hold of on the Xbox Live Arcade rather than on disc, Super time Force puts you in control of a team of time travelling soldiers sent throughout history to make the present a better place to live. Obviously the process of doing this means shooting copious amounts of bullets and exploiting time travel so that you never die and inevitably end up with an enormous team comprising of different versions of the character you choose to play as.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Xbox 360)
It’s a sequel to the original Borderlands, and a prequel to Borderlands 2. So it’s a pre-sequel, hence the name. The game is a first person shooter and behaves much like every other Borderlands game in that it’s a first person shooter than features four player co-op by default. Unlike the previous games, which were set on the terrestrial world of Pandora, this game takes place in orbit around the planet, on both the plant’s moon and an orbiting space station. This means that you’re not stuck with standard point and shoot fun, you have to face challenges like running out of oxygen and fighting in low gravity environments. Just to mix things up a bit. You’ll definitely want this if you’re a Borderlands fan, but if you like sci-fi shooters and have three other friends to play with then this is right up your street.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
The third instalment in the Dragon Age series, this is a fantasy RPG set in the realm of Thedas. You take control of a protagonist that you get to customise however you like. The main focus of the story is the civil war that’s taking place between the mages and the templars, the former of which has been oppressed by the latter for centuries. You job is to end the war and quite literally save the world from impending destruction. Nne of this will make much sense unless you played the first two games, but if you have, or you’re a big fan of fantasy RPGs, then this is the game for you to put in your stocking.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a Call of Duty game popping up and dominating the world of online gaming once more. This time it takes a bit of a jump into the world of ‘advanced warfare’, with items like mechanical exoskeletons, futuristic weaponry, and the marvellous talents of Mr Kevin Spacey as the game’s antagonist. This is your typical gaming affair, and is definitely one for fans of the franchise above all else. In any case the plot of Call of Duty games is always fairly interesting, so even if you’re not big on the whole multiplayer aspect of modern gaming then this is still one to look into.
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By Tom Pritchard | November 14th, 2014