16 Games Rated and Reviewed
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Wow. Where do I begin? You see. I was one of the many who started playing the game during its launch. I was a stalwart defender of this game despite its rocky launch and stupid actions made by the developers. I was simply a Diablo fan-boy. And as the years go by, my admiration slowly faded.
Then Blizzard took away the auction house, gave us item loot 2.0 and this amazing expansion that gave us the crusader and more diablo lore to keep us busy for months.
Do not play Diablo 3 vanilla. Ever. Instead, buy D3 vanilla together with this expansion. If you are a fan of ARPGs, then do yourself a favor and buy this game.
See you in the world of Sanctuary.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
I always find it amusing when people say "This game looks like a grade school version of Dark Souls". No! It isn't. The game may be brutal at times but it's no Dark Souls. In fact if you play the game, it's far from being one of those gems.
So, what is the game exactly? Well, it's a third person, action hack and slash RPG with a somewhat complex character class system. If you are one of those players who want to min/max your characters, then this game will keep you up for days.
The story is kinda...dare I say, lame. But everything else is solid. If you are a fan of the Berserk anime or manga series, well this game feels eerily similar to that IP.
Not worth buying full price but worth playing. Buy it on sale.
Only few games can give me the heebie-jeebies. That would Silent Hill, Forbidden Siren, and this bad boy. The Forest is one of the scariest games out there and I am sure you'll love it. Perhaps it is because the game is something that could happen in real life. Plane crash, stranded on an unknown island, starving and afraid and stalked by the deadly mutants on the island. It's possible. Well, except for the deadly mutants.
If you have a weak heart, do not play this game alone. All in all, if you wanna test your bravery, then knock yourself out with this game.
Enter the Gungeon
Ever since I bought this game from launch I was hooked. Even to this day, I can't stop playing this game. Fans of Raiden or R-Type will enjoy this top-down bullet hell shooter that has a pinch of RPG mechanics. Now, the story isn't all that great. In fact, it kinda starts too slow since you'll have to inch your way through the first 5 floors of the Gungeon (which is no small task) to unravel everything. However, once you have accomplished this task, the plot further unravels and leads to more interesting gameplay features.
It's a solid game and worth every penny.
Mobile Legends: Bang bang
Ask any MOBA nerd out there about this game and get ready to listen to them spit venom over it. This game has quite a few flaws that kind of makes it stray off the path of being a better MOBA game. And I admit that out of all the mobile MOBA games out there, this one is the best. Yes. I can't exactly describe it but it feels more "complete". This game would have a much higher score if the developers didnt copy characters from MOBA games. If you play League of Legends, I assure you, you can spot these in a heartbeat. If you want to play a MOBA game but don't have a personal computer, I suggest giving this game a try.
What? An android game review? You filthy casual! Joking aside, I just want to say that King's Raid has given me so much fun. In fact, far more fun than any android game ever. Period. It has a great reward system, fair progression, and no paywalls. That's right. As to what the game is like. Well, its like Suikoden. Its a hero collector. It's a blast trying to come up with different team compositions and it's great trying to push your team to the top of the world ranks. I suggest giving King's Raid a go.
If there was a game I could Internet Punch, it would be this game. This load of virtual garbage is not worth installing. Even by just visiting their homepage, its equivalent to getting kicked in the nads. Its awkward fighting system, its bland open world, and boring visuals and design make me want to hurl. Just why do we keep getting these kinds of MMORPGs? I honestly feel sorry for the genre. And this game kinda proves that this may be the final nail on the coffin. Bless outta bless itself, cause it's in a funeral. Rest in peace.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Oh boy. This game. I got it through a sale. And, I am so glad that I waited for a sale on this game. Because this game is shallow as a puddle. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is a bit meh. If you get rid of all the fantasy plot and settings, you are simply a group of 4 rat exterminators. There! It's Left 4 Dead, but with rats. "But wait! Aren't their zombies in this game? Chaos? Hello!?" you may say. Well, that is true. but the majority of the special units in the game you encounter are pretty much the Skaven. So yeah, it's technically just you and 4 other dweebs slicing through hordes of rats and zombies, passing objectives from point A to point B. Its a really shallow game. I do not recommend playing this game solo. I suggest that you play the game with friends.
Do you remember that certain someone who is quite harsh with his/her words when telling you what to do what's right? And no matter how harsh that person is, deep down he/she knows it was for your own good. That's Dota 2 to you. This game will punish you for not learning your mistakes.
This may come as a surprise since I play more League of Legends than Dota 2. But Dota 2 is by far the better MOBA. It's far more balanced, far more challenging and more rewarding. Dota 2 sticks to what its good at. And for many years, it proves that it does.
Unlike League of Legends, Dota 2 doesn't want to bloat itself with too many champions, skill changes and reworks. Instead, they stick to improving and doing a few tweaks here and there to make the game fair. And that to me is what a MOBA game should be.
If you have not tried a MOBA game yet and wish to sink your teeth into one, I suggest that you start with Dota 2.
League of Legends
Me and League of Legends go way back. Way back when Xhin-Zhao was newly released. Back when only a few champions can do the Jungler role. That role was an art back then. So yeah, that old.
Kinda forgot what patch that was, but that was League at its best form. No over-hyped or over-designed characters. Ah, simple times.
Now, it's pretty much a mess. If you live under a rock and don't know what a MOBA is, let me stand back and laugh at you for a second. So, let's begin. MOBA is a game in which you and 4 more teammates (or in other words, chuckleheads) team up against another team (full of chuckleheads) to destroy each other's base. In League, that base is called a Nexus. You get to choose any champions which fit a desirable role and practice that champion until you eat, sleep and defecate that champion.
Now let's get back to why I mentioned this game is a mess. Well, its a burst-fest. Any champions that deal the best amount of damage and have high mobility will always triumph in team fights. Tanks don't really stand a chance. It just feels like they have been weakened. And even if you have a champion with a full set of tank items but lacks the reaction and skills, your team will still suffer against an unorganized opposing team.
And I kind of get it why Riot is doing this. It's because of the Esports scene. People love watching flashy moves and outplays. We off-tank players have it so bad.
And don't be fooled by the concept of "You can create your very own build that fits your playstyle, unlike other MOBAS!". Nope, not true.
The only time you get to customize your champion is when you are losing. Does the enemy team have a fed Mage? Gotta have that Banshee Veil or you'll get burst down. So much for that dream build you've been aching to try out.
And don't get me started with the Runes. If you are playing competitively, don't even think of experimenting with the Rune system. It won't matter. In rank, there are only 1 or 2 Rune setups that work well on your champion. So yeah, customization is out of this game.
So is it still worth playing? Of course, it is. If you are playing for fun, then, by all means, play the game. If you wish to play competitively, be prepared. This game will destroy you.
Path of Exile
Oh man. Where do I begin?
This game has changed. Big time. If you hated it before, chances are you'll change your mind after having another go with Path of Exile. So much content has been delivered in this game that it begs the question, " Why do other ARPGs not have this much content?". Well, that's because the developers of this game care. And it shows. The dedication and improvements they put in this game have been evidence of that for years.
"So what's the game like?" you might ask.
Let's just say that the land of Wraeclast has no mercy for weaklings. This isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill fantasy game. It has none of that rainbow unicorns or smiley faced clouds. This is one dark game. And if you are into bright colored happy atmosphere games, Path of Exile will cast a long dark shadow on you.
Keep in mind, this ARPG has the usual flaws that some ARPGS out there suffer such as difficulty spikes, unfair RNG, and the reliance of cookie-cutter builds just to get through specific contents. But hey, it's free.
So, now that a new expansion is out there called Legion, its time to brush up your ARPG skills and jump into the fray. It's never too late to be an exile.
Monster Hunter: World
If you haven't played any of the previous Monster Hunter titles, then stiffen up that left cheek cause I will slap it. Nah, I changed my mind. I won't do it. I can't blame you for not playing those games before. Why? Those games were unforgiving. However, Monster Hunter World is far more different than its predecessors. In fact, it's far easier and fun in my opinion.
But before I go on any further, I will need to describe this game to you. Monster Hunter World is basically what the title is. You hunt monsters. Period. You kill, you take some monster parts and craft weapons and armor out of it to prepare you against far stronger monsters. It's a very simple concept. But why. Why does this game still manage to make me play it for countless hours despite its simple concept? That's easy. Cause it freaking awesome to destroy giant baddies with a greatsword made out of its mother, that's why.
Now, it has its flaws. And this comes mid-game. When you encounter your first subspecies. By this time, the game can somewhat feel a bit draggy and repetitive.
Another flaw is the connection issues. Be prepared to pull your hair out of frustration. This game has a very unstable connection issue.
So, if you haven't played this game already, please do me a favor. And buy it.
As a dumb kid, I dreamt of being a bad guy. Scum of society. A hardened criminal who is in the top of the FBI watch list. You know, those scumbags you see in the movies like Scarface or Heat. However, that will only be a dream cause I'm a weak little man. But this game will make your dreams come true.
You (and your friends) can play as any of the characters (some are in DLCs) and customize them to fit your playstyle. Do bank heists be it loud or stealth. Survive countless waves of cops and SWAT teams as you and your friends wait for backup or find an escape route.
It's an impressive game and still holds out to be one of the most fun and engaging multiplayer games out there.
A warning though. Don't think of playing this game solo in One Down difficulty. If you come unprepared, this game will chew you up and spit you out.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
First, I gotta say this.
If you haven't played Shadow of Mordor, then I advise that you not play Shadow of War. Why? Cause Shadow of Mordor has everything that this game has.
However, if you have played the first game and still have that LoTR craving that needs a fix, then, by all means, play this game.
Shadow of War is basically like an expansion of the first game. It has a far more impressive Nemesis system, bigger worlds to explore, equipment sets and gems to strengthen your character and a stronghold defense/invade minigame.
However, it has its problems. And that problem is the constant grind. By act 4, you will be grinding for Legendary orcs to help defend your stronghold. I won't spoil anything from the main story. But let's just say that you will be doing this to achieve the true ending of the game.
If you have played the first game and if you can look past the somewhat pokemon-esque feel of collecting orcs, then Shadow of War is the game for you.
Don't Starve: Together
Don't Starve: Together was the first survival/crafting game I enjoyed playing. I was never a Minecraft fan. So in other words, this is far more superior than Minecraft in my opinion. However, this doesn't mean that the game is easy.
This game is brutal. Its as if Darksouls and Minecraft had a lovechild.
This game will kick you in the gut with its difficulty. Every action has a consequence.
Cut too many trees? A tree guardian might spawn near you.
Digging graves for loot? Watch your insanity drain right before you!
Killing too many critters for meat? Krampus will decide to pay you a visit!
I advise that you play this game with friends. Why? Cause misery needs company.
Get this game!
Borderlands 2 is everything that the first Borderlands had but with added steroids. This game will drain hundreds of hours of your time as you collect loot, customize your very own build, raiding with friends and completing every side quests from the main game and DLCs.
Despite the numerous bugs and imbalanced/overpowered vault hunters (Salvador), Borderlands 2 still beats every looter-shooter out there. Hell, I even enjoy this game way more than Destiny 1 and 2.
If you are looking for a great looter-shooter to play solo or coop, this is it.