There are always great video games being released year-round. The past couple of months have brought even more great games for you to play! This is a list of the top end of year games. If you haven’t had a chance to pick one of these up yet, go out there and buy one! Better yet, buy all of them; there are great choices for every gamer.
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV has been in development for years. Fans have been anticipating this game for ages, and now it’s finally here! Final Fantasy is one of the longest running RPG series and one of the most popular. For decades, it’s impressed us with its vibrant settings, fun characters, and intriguing plot lines. It’s inspired and influenced several other fantasy and RPG games, and has become known for its innovation in the gaming world.
This fifteenth installment in the main series takes place in the world of Eos, and you’ll play as Noctis, heir to the throne of his kingdom. Journey with Noctis and his friends on a quest to retake their homeland through engaging battles, exploration of an open world, and classic Final Fantasy elements, such as traveling on Chocobos. There’s endless fun to be had here, from completing all kinds of side quests, interacting with NPC’s, and unlocking new areas, in addition to completing the main story campaign. If you’re a long time fan of Final Fantasy, please take note that this game does not have a turn-based battle system like previous entries in the series.
Watch Dogs 2
Sequel to the 2014 hit, Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2, is an open world action adventure game, set in an alternate, fictional version of San Francisco. You are Marcus Holloway, a hacker with the task of dismantling a surveillance system. The gameplay is a ton of fun, as you get to hack (technologically speaking) and slash (violently speaking) your way through the bay area and all of its enemies. You can be aggressive, or choose to take a more stealthy route; there are several methods of attack in this game, and the great amount of variety will keep you occupied for a long time. You can even play online multiplayer, working together with others to complete missions.
Pokemon has perhaps been the biggest franchise of 2016, as well as one of the most popular franchises ever. It’s spawned countless video games, TV shows, movies, and merchandise. If you haven’t checked out anything in the Pokemon series so far, you may want to have a look at Pokemon Moon, the latest release in Pokemon video games. The 3DS is a great portable console, with some of the best games of the past few years. Pokemon Moon is an awesome addition to the series and you’ll have a ton of fun playing it.
The Last Guardian
In development for nearly a decade, and a spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian is an action adventure game, where you play as a young child who befriends a giant animal and journeys through a world solving puzzles and defeating enemies. It’s a game full of beautiful visuals and atmospheric settings. You’ll lose yourself in the grand nature of it, realizing that video games are truly art.
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition
Skyrim was perhaps the biggest game of the past six years and it was only a matter of time before we saw an upgraded, remastered version. This is still the game you know and love, but with even better graphics to match the current generation of consoles. All of the DLC is included as well, in case you missed out on the DLC the first time around. Skyrim is a true masterpiece, with an endless amount of quests to accomplish, NPC’s to meet, and places to explore. If you didn’t play it when it was first released, don’t miss out on it this time around. It’s an absolute perfect game.
Remember, there are dozens of new games being released all of the time. There will always be something out there for every gamer, so if any of these games didn’t strike your fancy, take a look for more! There are all kinds of genres, from action adventure, to RPG, to puzzle based games. There’s always fun to be had!