Despite the new version of the game not living up to what is now called “Legacy”, I logged many a happy hour with my regular gaming group smashing in the heads of naked cavemen with rocks. Fast paced nature of the game allows you to get established quickly on a new server. The map is big enough to give a sense of a massive wilderness, without being so large as to make it impossible to find your friends. Hopefully continued developments will see me return to this wonderful survival-sim in the New Year. Even if there are a lot of nude survivors joining me…
4) DayZ Standalone
Despite a slow development, failures to get even the basics of this game right, and the fact it is basically a massive PvP death match, DayZ Standalone simply has to make it in to my Top 5. Perhaps it’s the level of difficulty, with scrounging for supplies and dodging zombies still problems for even the most well geared survivors. Perhaps it’s the joy of killing a man in Berezino, just to watch him die… Or maybe it’s the stories I have from this game. Hunting a particular persistent bandit across a desolate post-apocalyptic wilderness soon became a regular theme of my gaming nights. I don’t think any of my gaming clan will ever forget the time we held a police station against waves of zombies and enemy survivors for two hours, despite having to result to close combat weapons as we made our last stand.
3) Shadow of Mordor
Perhaps because I am a massive Lord of the Rings nut, this game was definitely one of my highlights of the year. A completely stunning story line, following one man’s attempt to take on the might of the Dark Lord. Graphically stunning, with one of the most fluid combat systems I have ever encountered. But what really earns this game such a high rating is its nemesis system, with NPCs remembering the various ways in which I have ruined their evil-filled days. For fans of actions games and Tolkien scholars alike, this game is a must buy.
2) Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together
Whilst actually two separate games, I have lumped these titles together, as second is basically the multiplayer of version of the first. Whether you want to go it alone or team up with friends, this wonderful game in the style of Tim Burton will no doubt amuse and challenge the most hardened survival veterans. The wide range of characters, with a variety of different abilities will ensure that no play through is ever the same, and with the multiplayer soon to be leaving beta, I only see great things for this game in the coming months.
1) World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Now, are you really surprised this is my number one game of the year? Really? Blizzard returns to its roots in the latest time travelling adventure in the now ten year old MMO. Players are whisked back to a time before the orcs were corrupted by demon blood. The savage world of Draenor is a joy to explore, and the new raids and dungeons offer a whole new level of tactics and coordination, harking back, I am told to the “good old days” of Vanilla World of Warcraft. Perhaps my favourite addition is the new Garrison feature, a unique take on player housing. Your Garrison is your foothold in this savage land, providing you with resources and your own personal band of motely heroes to send out to aid you in taking down the Iron Horde.