We’re continuing the countdown of the list of my top 10 games of the current console generation. If you missed it, be sure to check yesterday’s post for the showcase of numbers 10 through 7, as well as some important notes on the list as it currently stands. Today let’s take a look at numbers 6 through 4.
|This girl’s on fire!|
In yesterday’s post I noted that remastered editions of games from previous console generations might make the list, and wouldn’t you know it, this one did. Tomb Raider is a reboot of the long-running series by the same name and the Definitive Edition of it was my first time playing a Tomb Raider game. In it we see a new origin story of Lara Croft and her transformation from a history nerd who doesn’t like to get her hands dirty into a badass survivor. Taking cues from the Uncharted series, Tomb Raider is an excellent mix of exploration, combat, puzzles, and character moments for Lara. I may be really late to the Tomb Raider party, but I’m glad I showed up when I did.
|All the information. All the power.|
Watch Dogs has a so-so protagonist, but an outstanding world to make up for it. The city of Chicago is the world’s first Smart City, with much of its infrastructure and utilities controlled by a central operating system. As you might expect, our hero Aiden Pearce has manage to hack it along with the innumerable number of smart devices being carried around by Chicago’s citizens. Traveling deep into Chicago’s seedy underbelly to find out who ordered the failed attempt on his life that left his niece dead, Aiden has the city itself to use as his tool. There’s an undeniable satisfaction to clearing an area of enemies without firing a single shot or ditching pursuers by turning the city against them, and once you play Watch Dogs you’ll see why it can be hard for me to go back to modern open world games that don’t have its hacking mechanics.
|Keeping watch over Gotham|
What has always made the Arkham games great is that they make you feel like Batman—the detective, the predator, the martial arts master—and Batman: Arkham Knight is no different from its predecessors. In the fourth and final entry of the series, all of Gotham City is under threat, with Scarecrow, aided by several other Batman villains as well as the mysterious Arkham Knight, threatening to plunge Batman’s city beneath a cloud of fear toxin. Batman has a long, dark night ahead of him, but this time he can call on some help from allies like Nightwing, Catwoman, and Robin as he slowly unravels Scarecrow’s plot and frees the city from the clutches of the Arkham Knight’s militia. While it’s kind of sad to see the Arkham series of games end, with Arkham Knight it went out on a high note and guaranteed the series’ status of having some of the best superhero games ever made.