Over the years, video games have become one of society’s favorite past time– this holds true especially for young adults. That’s why playing video games have even been considered as a “sport” in its own right, and was branded as “Esports.”
Today, we’re going to give you the best gaming systems of 2015! Read on to see if your favorite console is included in our top 3 list.
1) PlayStation 4
As of the moment, the PlayStation 4 is the eighth video game console generation and Sony has been pretty much active for four of them. That being said, the PlayStation of Sony has already been in its fourth version (excluding Sony PSP and Vista). Wherein, the PS4 is facing off against the Microsoft Xbox One. It’s a gaming system that’s more powerful than its older versions and it’s packed with a number of unique features that has never been seen before. For one, the completely redesigned DualShock4 controller is the most noticeable changes it had. Unfortunately, despite its remarkable features, it also has some flaws, such as the absence of backward compatibility. Gamers will have to stick with their old system if they want to play the older games, because they’re not compatible with this new system.
No Man’s Land, a 2003 RTS video game (real-time strategy) was developed by Related Designs with the sole purpose to revolutionize the RTS game industry. This game is placed in its own “no man’s land”, somewhere between fiction and historical authenticity. This famous game received numerous appraisals from various reviewers. For instance, on GameRankings it holds a score of 65.86% based on 14 reviews, while on Metacritic it has an astounding 70 metascore and 7.2 user score.
Needless to say, this game is quite interesting at first glance, but somewhat boring after a few campaigns. You can choose to play one of the six factions, including Spaniards, English, Settlers, Patriots and two unique native American factions. The three campaigns take place in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. What many critics have noticed is that this game is inaccurate from an historical point of view. Most campaigns are not based on real history, but on creative or even absurd twists.
As you can imagine, No Man’s Land is not going to replace a solid history lesson. However, you get to choose from 6 different factions, each with various types of combat units, set of skills and technological advancements. While the European nations can build warships and cannons, Native Americans have stronger and more agile fighters. Most battles are won through sheer force, just like in any other RTS game. However, just like in Starcraft or Warcraft, strategy plays a crucial role in winning important battles.
What really makes this game interesting are the heroes of each factions. Similarly to Warcraft 3, each hero has its own abilities that can transform it into a menace for his foes. You can use a wide variety of tactics and strategies to outsmart the AI and win each campaign.
Guitar Hero Live is the newest game from FreeStyleGames (Dj Hero), being an icon in the digital musical games industry. FreeStyleGames have broken new ground once again by launching the third version of the original Guitar Hero released back in 2005.
The Guitar Hero series was first published in 2005. Players from all over the world could use their favorite guitar to simulate playing bass-guitar, lead and rhythm guitar. Guitar Hero live, the latest game in the series released in April 2015 by Activision, keeps the fundamentals of the classics.
Even though the weight and basic shape of the guitar is similar, the classic five finger button has been irreversibly replaced with six buttons, three white and three black buttons.
While the stream of notes is quite familiar to all avid gamers, the cleanliness of the display is somehow new. The old neon explosions which appear when your score goes up coupled with the multicolored meter announcing that you can use the “Hero Power” are completely gone. Gone are also all the cartoon elements which spiced up the previous versions of the game. Instead of them, you will notice cleaner visuals. What’s new to this game is the crowd – a live bunch of people staring at you, cheering and waiting for your performance. The old, boring crowd has morphed into a lively one, cheerful and quite happy.
Rock Band 4, the new music video game created by Harmonix, has broken new ground in the music gaming industry. As the fourth installment in the franchise, Rock Band 4 will be released on October 6, 2015, for Xbox One and Playstation 4.
The gameplay of this latest game from Harmonix is meant to help you “Start a band & rock the world”. Rock Band 4 allows you to simulate the playing of various musical instruments across different decades, enjoying playing at famous instruments such as bass guitar, drums, lead guitar, and the list goes on.
Rock Band 4 has came with something different than previous releases. The single fact that your audience in the game keeps coming for more and real life gamers keep pre-ordering this game means that Harmonix has done a marvelous job at putting together a game that keeps the party going.
This game which has not been released yet is not just about pressing some buttons. Each instrument has been carefully tuned to enable you to express yourself the way you love, helping you to be rewarded for your individual, unique skills. Rock Band 4 is not just about sticking to the lines or the colors, but about adding your own flavor to each song.
As Harmonix keeps telling its fans, this upcoming release is not just about creating a standard game with scores and targets, but about designing a fun experience that can be enjoyed by boys and girls, men and women of all ages. At the end of each song, you receive suggestions for the next track from the Ai crowd. This single aspect of the game keeps the fantasy alive, enabling you to have the time of your life feeling appreciated on the live scene. The guys from Harmonix have definitely succeeded to accomplish the things they are best at, which are making you feel like playing in front of a real audience and experiencing the thrill every artist gets to feel from time to time.
Rise of the Tomb Raider has to be one of the most anticipated titles of the year and for good reason. Not only is Lara Croft the most notorious game character of all time, but she has also been part of a very popular franchise that was born during the 90’s. The previous title breathed new life into old fans while players who didn’t really like the games early on converted into followers instantly. It’s a game that has gone through the hands of different developers and with the latest installment it seems the evolution has been very successful.
Those who played the previous version will notice that the story continues where it left off. For those who don’t know, Lara narrowly escapes the supernatural powers that are active on the island of Yamatai. The story picks up after she escapes and then has to face the aftermath of what happened. An organization called Trinity covers everything up, making Lara look like she is losing her mind. In an attempt to get behind the truth she and Jonah Maiava go to Siberia in search of a city that could have all the answers. Unfortunately she has to battle the Trinity organization, survive her surroundings and stay clear of dangerous animals if she is going to prove her point.
New and Updated Features
Now, there is no doubt that the initial formula that came with the previous title was successful. The amazing story, characters and the reality of Lara only being human really brought everything to life. But it was the other stuff as well. The fighting, the shooting, the running, everything flowed in perfect harmony. The graphics and camera angles were particularly good, which automatically raised expectations for this release. How could the developers possibly upgrade on what they already did?
2015 is a great year to be a gamer. The recent releases of critically acclaimed hits like, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Rocksteady’s final entry to the Arkham saga: Arkham Knight is just the tip of the gaming iceberg. As the year enters into the summer and the holiday season closely ahead, the gaming sphere awaits some of the most anticipated video games.
1) Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Regardless of the entire Konami disaster with series creator Hideo Kojima, the Metal Gear franchise still looks better than ever. It is reportedly assumed to be the last entry in the series—for real this time, due to Kojima’s possible departure from Konami as soon as the game launches. The Phantom Pain takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, where the legendary soldier Naked Snake, aka: Big Boss resumes his deep investigation during an era of the rising threat of metal gear and advanced war tactics. The stealthy espionage motif will take precedence as the game enters the trend of the “open world” mechanic. What better way to exploit military combat and stealth with the ability to freely explore the world of Metal Gear? The Phantom Pain is planned for a September 1st release.