This holiday is ripe with amazing new video games, with your choice of many PC and gaming platforms to use. These sell out quick, so you should get these games when you can find them. Retail outlets face challenges with stocking these, so if you have patience, look for online sellers.
1. Torchlight 2 – for PC
Torchlight 2 is a follow-up to the popular Diablo 3, and seems to pick up the story. New to your dungeon raiding activities is a LAN party feature, big overland areas plus new hub town. The game has an updated interface, reducing menu confusion. Torchlight 2 has an editor (TorchED), allowing you to add new content and mods to the world. Also – returning pets will trop to town and sell your loot for you!
2. Borderlands 2 – for Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Borderlands 2 improves on the original game by ensuring that the entire world is not connected. If you view something in the distance, travel doesn’;;;t involve a loading break. Note that this game is very large. Enemies behave in new ways – they work in teams! These new tactics adds variety to the grinding that the game is famous for. Mechomancer (a new class) can summon a large robot helper composed of scrap metal – if you have access to their ‘;;;Premiere Club’;;;. Gamesmaster provided a 95% rating!
3. PES– for Xbox 360, PS3
You know how great FIFA 13 is. Konami has done an excellent job of creating a game that will thrill you! Every flick, perfectly-weighted through, and one-two provides a feeling that is as amazing as the real-life game! Quite different that FIFA 13 – wish that they had improved the commentary.
4. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – play on PC
This World of Warcraft update introduces the Pandaren, who are a race of huge talking pandas who are masters of martial arts. They are neutral up through Level 10, and you then decide whether your character sides with the Horde or the Alliance. You start at the titular Pandaria, an island south or Northend. A new monk class uses a charge system. Attacks will build up ‘;;;chi’;;;. Chi can be used for more advanced attacks once filled. You can enter your vanity pets into turn battles with other players’;;; pets or with creatures encountered in the wild. It seems like a version of Pokemon, as pets you defeat are stored in a journal.
5. Assassin’;;;s Creed 3 – play on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U
Continuing their history of playing in plain sight, Assassin’;;;s Creed 3 has some amazing assassinations, sneaking past and fighting through armies to reach targets. Employing Ubisoft’;;;s AnvilNext engine, this release provides an almost overwhelming set of battle scenes. Your missions are a mix of wilderness (invading enemy camps and hunting animals) and the cities (shortcuts through buildings and across rooftops). You have no allegiance to either American or the British, allowing you to kill both.
6. Planetside 2 – for PC
This MMOFPS focuses on class-based territorial control. Select from tree factions fighting for the planet Auraxis – in jets, on foot, and in jeeps. Sony Online Entertainment cancelled their spy MMO The Agency so they could focus on Planetside 2! This is a free-to-play game – you purchase shortcuts to items available in the game. The six classes are a mix of offense and defense. The game offers an armoured mech suit (MAX) with massive guns.
7. Need For Speed Most Wanted – play on Xbox 360, PS3, PC
The brains behind this game have developed their best yet. With features such as open-world racing, drop-in multiplayer, Autolog, and car customization have added another feature – you won’;;;t always be going forward. You can evade droves of cops down side streets and alleys – and you can mod your car on the fly with Kinect.
8. Halo 4 – play on Xbox 360
Development of this series moved to 343 Industries, and this version is more story-driven and darker than previous games in the series. Master Chief and Cortana crash on a mysterious Forerunner planet and battle against the Prometheans, a mechanical enemy. They protect themselves with hardlight shields, deploy turrets, and toss plasma grenades. You are no longer fighting the Covenant.
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – play on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U
The true value of this game lies with the bundled-in extras in the special edition. There are Strike Force missions where you command aerial vehicles, jets, robots, zombie campaigns – plus a plot involving World War III starting in Los Angeles, Singapore, and Yemen. Combine that with the tight multiplayer history of this series and multi-team matches, and this game will truly challenge you.