November 14, 2011

6 Video Games You Must Play This Fall (Pt. 2)

Check out Part 1 here.

This fall has seen the release of some fantastic video games, and there are even more still to come. The sheer number of quality games that are coming out this fall is astounding, and it is not realistic to pick up every single game that is being released. So which are worth your money? Read on below for three more games you should immediately rush out and purchase, as well as an honourable mention that is definitely worth a look as well.



4. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Platform: PS3

Release Date: November 1st, 2011

Nathan Drake is back with a vengeance, and I couldn’t be happier. The third game in the Uncharted series, Drake’s Deception finds Drake and his friend Sully searching for the Iram of the Pillars, a legendary lost city thought to be located on the Arabian Peninsula. The gameplay will be familiar for fans of the series. The game is a third-person action-adventure game, with the player controlling Drake as he travels around the globe on his adventure. There are a plethora of guns to choose from, with gunplay complemented by enjoyable hand-to-hand combat. Drake as a character is incredibly agile, performing acrobatic feats with ease. Amidst collecting treasures and defeating enemies, the environment is Drake’s playground, as he climbs walls, crosses ledges, and swings across gaps with ease. The game also features a multiplayer component that improves upon that offered in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The game features standard multiplayer game modes and allows you to customize your characters and weapons as you gain levels. There are also boosters that drastically impact your character’s abilities, similar to perks in the Call of Duty games.

The fantastic gameplay isn’t all that is worth mentioning about Uncharted 3. Drake’s Deception features what are arguably the best graphics ever seen on a console, incredible voice acting, and superb motion capture and physics. The game feels like a Hollywood blockbuster that you can control, creating an enthralling experience for gamers. Without a doubt one of the top games you’ll play all year, if not ever, Uncharted 3 is the best game in the series so far and one PS3 exclusive that shouldn’t be passed up.


 5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Platforms: X360, PS3, PC

Release Date: November 11th, 2011

The game that began the year as my most anticipated of 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now, post-release, undoubtedly my game of the year. Developed by Bethesda, Skyrim carries on the legacy left by its two more recent predecessors, Oblivion and Morrowind. Set in Skyrim, the land of the Nords, this RPG allows you to customize a character and take them on an epic journey. The story is incredibly interesting and involves both a civil war and the return of dragons to Skyrim. Those who have played past games in the series and have a grasp of the Elder Scrolls universe will definitely enjoy the further expansion of the series’ history, while newcomers will find the plot of the game easy to follow. There are hundreds of books scattered across the land that talk of the history of the universe and characters often fill you in on past events that gave rise to the current situations faced by the citizens of Skyrim.

The level of detail in the game is absolutely astounding. On top of the aforementioned books, the game features over 150 unique dungeons, hundreds of quests to complete, and multiple factions to join. Instead of choosing a class as in past games, your gameplay style directly determines what skills you excel in. Those who use magic more frequently will level those skills more rapidly than other character types, and points received when you level up can be used to select perks for each skill that will drastically benefit your character. The amount of content is hard to grasp, with hundreds of hours of gameplay already available and future expansions planned, and the game features stunning graphics and a rousing score. It would be a shame to see Skyrim get lost amidst all of the other games being released this fall, as it is truly a masterpiece that is worth every penny. Look out for a review of the game by the Recultured team in the coming weeks.



6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Platform: Wii

Release Date: November 20th, 2011

I have long been a fan of the Zelda series. From the NES original and the SNES’s A Link to the Past, two early video gaming classics, to the N64 masterpieces Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, to more recent entries like Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, it’s hard to fault Nintendo for their consistent excellence with the series. Despite the critical acclaim and fandom surrounding the series, the Zelda games are beginning to lack the innovation expected of gaming franchises in the 21st Century. So why should you pay attention to Skyward Sword? The tried-and-true gameplay mechanics are still present, including sprawling dungeons, familiar characters, and a plethora of tools at Link’s disposal. There are a lot of new additions to enjoy as well though. Swordplay is handled precisely with the Wii Remote, taking full advantage of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, and combat is more involving and not just swinging a sword randomly. The dungeons are also smaller and more action-packed, and you will no longer need to do unnecessary actions to advance, such as lighting torches to open doors. The story is more developed than previous games, acting as a prequel to Ocarina of Time, and the graphics look like a blend between Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. Already receiving rave reviews, including being called the best Zelda game ever made and the best game on the Wii by IGN, Skyward Sword is one adventure that looks like it will be worth taking.

Honourable Mention:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Platforms: X360, PS3, PC, Wii

Release Date: November 8th, 2011

I was reluctant to mention Modern Warfare 3 in this article. I have definitely been a critic of Call of Duty, as I feel that Activision is milking the series for all that its worth. Despite this, I did pick up Modern Warfare 3, and it’s hard to deny that it’s a great game. The campaign, while fairly short, is amazingly designed and intense from start to finish. The multiplayer in the series has always been incredibly solid, but Modern Warfare 3 may feature the best since the original Modern Warfare. The maps are perfectly suited for those of us who aren’t a fan of sniping and large arenas (yes, we do exist!) and there are more unlocks and customization options than ever before. There’s also a new Kill Confirmed mode that is a fast-paced and unbelievably fun twist on the traditional team deathmatch mode. You are still required to kill the players on the opposing team, but when they die they drop a dog tag which you or your team must pick up to score points. Ultimately, Modern Warfare 3 is a very fun game that is easy to recommend. If you’re a fan of first person shooters and want a great multiplayer experience this fall, it’s hard to go wrong with this game.

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  • Jon

    Can’t wait to play me some Skyward Sword! <3

    • I want to get it on Sunday so badly, but I have essays due Monday + Wednesday. Gonna be hard, but have to try and hold off on getting it until later next week 😛

      • Jon

        that’s brutal. ordered online so mine’s not coming for at least a week after it ships… which is terrible since then that’s like a week before exam!

        • Yeah, the fall term is full of great games, but they always seem to be released at the most inopportune times! The program at SFU I’m doing next term is 15 credits but no exams, so I’m looking forward to using the spring to catch up on games I’ve missed 🙂

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