THE BEST OFFLINE PC GAMES TO PLAY RIGHT NOW

We’ve been told some superb stories over the course of năm ngoái. Dontnod finally cracked the formula Telltale have harboured jealously these past few years, Pillars of Eternity và Her Story made a virtue of verbosity, while Rockstar & Kojima reminded us that triple-A could still surprise and provoke.

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Not everything great happened in 2015 – our rundown of the best PC games lớn play right now features choices from this year and those gone by.

But we’ve sầu written our own stories too, playing the likes of Prison Architect & Sunless Sea, that we’ll remember equally fondly. For those frozen in carbonite or stuchồng without a sufficiently powerful PC during the period in question, here are the year’s best.


Heroes of the Storm

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It wasn’t going khổng lồ be long until Blizzard entered the MOBA fray, and Heroes of the Storm is their stab at taking on Dota & League of Legends. Yet this 5v5 aremãng cầu game isn’t just another clone. Instead Blizzard have made a game vastly more accessible than your regular MOBA, while holding tightly khổng lồ the core characteristics of the genre: complex heroes & skill phối memorisation.

The heroes in question are favourites pulled from Blizzard’s worlds – Warcraft, Diablo, & StarCraft – và each bring their quality approaches lớn the battle arenas. Heroes of the Storm’s multiple maps not only ask teams to lớn defeat one another, but also to complete side-quests tailored lớn their theme. One requires you khổng lồ power up a golem that can rampage through your enemy’s base, whilst another allows you to lớn transkhung inlớn an unstoppable Dragon Knight if you capture a shrine. Not only is it varied, but it’s intensely fun.

Grand Theft Aulớn V

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We were forced khổng lồ wait over a year for it khổng lồ arrive, but when Gr& Theft Auto lớn V showed up on PC we got the best version possible: huge resolution textures, heavier traffic, more wildlife lớn hunt, a first-person view, & frame rates that don’t bog you down. GTA’s satirical Los Angeles is huge, & it looks phenomenal on PC. Baggy shirts ripple in the Californian breeze, & the branches of trees gently swing. Waves froth at the tips, and the individual gritstones of tarmac driveways glisten in the baking sun.

It also just so happens lớn be a great game too. Observe: three distinctly different protagonists who you can swap between at any point, và missions that never fail to lớn entertain. Then there’s GTA Online, your weekkết thúc multiplayer go-lớn – a sandbox khổng lồ get together with friends in và run amok, robbing every ngân hàng in the state và buying a sweet penthouse. Indisputably the pinnacle achievement of Rockstar’s current generation of game kiến thiết.

Fallout 4

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năm ngoái has been a fine year for PC RPGs, & Fallout 4 can stand proudly among them. Its radioactive sầu Boston is a treasure trove sầu of treats, mostly in the form of springs, shards of metal, & broken lightbulbs. It’s what Fallout lets you bởi vì with those odds & ends that’s its strength: while other RPGs fiddle about with random numbers and heavy decisions, Fallout 4 is about rebuilding society out of the scraps left behind. That can come in the size of an awesome new gun used to assassinate a key enemy, or a whole village built lớn accommodate survivors & traders. Whatever manner rebuilding comes in, it’s always done by your hand through the game’s brilliantly deep crafting system.

Aside from that, it’s business as usual for Fallout. There’s the Brotherhood of Steel lớn contend with, a shadowy mystery buried deep beneath the ground, và armies of super mutants to lớn fover off. Fallout 4’s combat is the best Bethesda have ever made, so while war may never change, we’re thankful that some things vày.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

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Yes, Vermintide is basically a Left 4 Dead clone – down to lớn the long-tailed equivalents of its special infected. But we’ve sầu not had a Left 4 Dead game for six years, & Fatshark have expertly mimicked the art of throwing murderous beasts at a four-strong cluster of players. The odd randomer can make completing some missions a bit of a nightmare – but you can haông xã off a ratman’s head & see it roll down a cobbled street, set them on fire or blast them apart with a blunderbuss, so every cloud. The skaven are the smelly stars, evoking the goblins of Moria in their gleeful, feverish bloodlust. If your dream apocalypse situation is the Plague of London on steroids, then Vermintide is for you.

The game’s greenish gloom comes from Mordheyên ổn, and its classes from Warhammer Quest – plus there’s a loot and crafting system that embraces Games Workshop’s gothic weapons and tools. It’s a fantastic magpie effort, and a fitting celebration of the now-retired Old World.

Life is Strange

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Life is Strange is the first example of the Telltale episodic formula really working for someone who isn’t Telltale. Not only are developers Dontnod not the architects of The Walking Dead, they’re also not interested in telling comic book end-of-the-world parables. Life is Strange is a coming-of-age story, focused on the trials và troubles of teenage life. Sure, there’s a paranormal aspect khổng lồ it all – main character Max can manipulate time, saving players from reloading saves to lớn demo out alternative sầu outcomes – but it’s the realistic, relatable elements of this schoolyard tale that really resonate.

With all five episodes now released, a marabé awaits. As you play you may find the narrative begins to unravel as its video clip game-y elements take hold. But for every misstep there’s a moment that nails teenage love, that hammers home terrible sorrow, that catches you off-guard. Even the smallest decision can lead to life-destroying consequences.

Marvel Heroes 2015

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If you were lớn give this superhero action RPG a name from the Marvel comics, it would be Project Rebirth. Upon its launch two years ago, there’s no way it would have made this menu. But Gazillion turned the lacklustre combat mechanics around by paying attention their community, và Marvel Heroes is now one of the most-played games on Steam. You’ll notice, too, since the game doubles as an MMO: packs of Wolverines và Hulks mill about environments made familiar by the Thor and Avengers films, and make more than adequate co-op partners.

Gazillion’s adjustments have sầu lent Marvel Heroes that all-important flow that the very best action RPGs chia sẻ – a hypnotically murderous rhythm punctuated by a satisfying progression system. And all the while, you’ll hear one-liners from a smirking Spider-Man, or whoever your hero of choice might be. There are more than 100 from the comics, from the iconic khổng lồ the obscure, so you’ve sầu a svào shot at fulfilling your particular power fantasy.

Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition

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Not content simply to lớn be the best RPG of 2014, Divinity: Original Sin returns khổng lồ stvà alongside the likes of The Witcher 3 và Pillars of Eternity, & doesn’t come off any worse for the comparison.

Over a thousand enhancements bolster the already stunning turn-based classic RPG. Controller tư vấn, a revised plot & dynamic split-screen are the headliners. But you’ll also find new voiceovers, enemies, loot, and a variety of game modes that allow you to either relax – the better to take in a supremely silly yet shrewdly written story – or play as a hardcore tactician. Given that the, er, original Original Sin could be teeth-grindingly difficult even on its default difficulty, that’s an option only for those confident they can navigate Divinity’s spell system without accidentally electrifying a comrade stood in a puddle of blood. The rest of us can muddle through in appreciation of the sublime simulation that invokes Dwarf Fortress as much as the Ultima games.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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For once in its history, Metal Gear Solid has treated the PC like a first class citizen và come to lớn the platsize in a timely fashion. Built on the fancy new FOX engine, The Phantom Pain is a huge leap for the series, featuring expansive sầu, open-ended levels that allow players to lớn piông chồng their approach to lớn objectives and freely play about with the game’s systems without falling foul of scripted sequences.

Snake has a plethora of toys available to lớn fulfil his tactical needs, and the expected idiosyncrasies of Hideo Kojima introduce a strange internal ngắn gọn xúc tích to lớn proceedings: in what other stealth game could you rely on a horse for di động concealment, or slapstick-airlift inconvenient enemies out of the way? If this is lớn be the eccentric auteur’s final opus, then we couldn’t ask for a finer exit. Never has Kojima’s radio been so keenly attuned to lớn both the needs of contemporary gamers và his own peculiar vision.

Mad Max

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After decades of Dogmeat & other not-so-subtle references to lớn the Road Warrior in videogames, Warner Brothers finally okayed an official adaptation from Avalanbịt. Vehicle combat is the backbone of this open-world game (would we expect anything else, especially after Fury Road?), but the wastelvà is also full of utterly insane gangs khổng lồ go head-to-head with in cthất bại combat. Customisation is a huge element, with Max’s oto able lớn undergo numerous upgrades và refits until you find your igiảm giá khuyến mãi mechanical match.

With the Just Cause guys pulling the strings, the Mad Max films’ sense of violent insanity has been transferred wholesale into lớn the game. And it’s absolutely gorgeous, thanks in no small part lớn the sandstorms that whip up from time lớn time. They’re a microcosmic look at Mad Max’s strengths: beautiful on the horizon, utterly chaotic once you’re caught up in their whirling debris và lightning strikes.

OlliOlli 2: Welcome To Olliwood

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While the PC is chocka with throwbaông xã RPGs và adventure games, there’s one corner of our nostalgic brains usually left unstimulated – the part willing khổng lồ hold down a physically ambitious combination of buttons in pursuit of a half-pipe high score.

OlliOlli 2 brings the moveset of Tony Hawk to lớn the side-scrolling format of Trials. You jump, you l&, you maintain momentum. Sloppy landings slow you down, break your full bộ and stumble your skater. There’s a hypnotic flow to lớn the subtly highlighted dangers and luminous rails, as well as the flashes of pink và green that reward perfect timing. Daily challenges, split-screen multiplayer, pro-versions of tracks and a really cool soundtraông chồng seal the deal. Don’t be surprised if, as the minutes turn to hours, you experience an almost spiritual sensation. If you’ll let it, OlliOlli will engender a zen-lượt thích partnership between your mind và fingers that your conscious brain isn’t invited to participate in.

Tales From The Borderlands

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The greachạy thử story ever told by a pair of utterly unreliable narrators, Tales From The Borderlands is a proud variation on the blueprint drawn up for The Walking Dead. Where in Georgia you were usually picking from two terrible outcomes, Pandora more often has you choosing between tempting trophies. It’s a game driven by greed rather than gruelling survival. What’s more, Telltale are now willing lớn mess with the limits of their toolphối – tricking you inkhổng lồ triggering alarms with big on-screen buttons, or causing double-takes by removing items from the background.

It’s also funny: a series that forefronts comedy made by a studio founded on it. The gags come fast, but are deliberate rather than scattershot – somehow retaining comic timing even when the player is in control of the conversation. Telltale play with the haplessness of their protagonists, who are professional bluffers rather than bounty hunters, và take glee in nudging them towards total chaos – setting up some exquisitely-directed action sequences. Oh: and there are electro-funk interludes.

Her Story

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Detective sầu games have never quite captured the feel of being a genuine police inspector. That was until Her Story came along. Sat infront of a ‘90s CRT monitor and sifting through countless Clip files, you need khổng lồ piece together the story told by a woman interviewed in regards lớn a missing man. If Her Story’s reticent database were real, whoever designed it would probably be out of a job. But here it ensures that you’ll hang off every word uttered by interviewee actress Viva Seifert. How did events unfold? With no guiding hand or mission markers, it’s up to you lớn decide the outcome of the case.

The FMV nature of the game doesn’t date Her Story to lớn the same era as that CRT monitor, though you’d be forgiven for expecting it khổng lồ. Proper human acting, for once not muddled by translation into lớn a rendered world, actually brings this chất lượng game closer to lớn reality.

Guild of Dungeoneering

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We’ve sầu played countless dungeon crawlers where we act as the hero. Why not be the dungeon for once? Guild of Dungeoneering flips the formula, asking you lớn relinquish direct control of your adventurer và instead pick the tiles they’ll encounter – funnelling them through rooms you’ve populated with enemies và coin towards an objective sầu. It’s lượt thích the scene in The Wrong Trousers where Gromit lays the trachồng before the toy train while it’s in motion, but with barbarians và torture chambers.

Tempting your warrior down the right path can be terribly important. What you’re doing is managing your own difficulty curve sầu – ensuring that your character meets appropriately-levelled enemies where possible; allowing them enough time to cấp độ up & loot better gear before facing bosses.

Guild of Dungeoneering takes what it needs from the best in CCGs và tactics và folds it all into lớn a structure that’s clever & consciously underivative sầu. It’s a deông xã you’ll want to keep playing with.

Rocket League

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It’s the football game that’s taken the world by storm, probably because all the men with legs that kiông xã the ball have been replaced with awesome cars that go brum brum và zoom zoom around futuristic stadiums. Yes, it’s vehiclular soccer, and it works brilliantly. This is a game where you can chase a ball while driving on the ceiling, as fans cheer from their sleek sci-fi seats. This is a game where a goal is accompanied by an explosion và an aftershoông chồng that sends every oto hurtling backward.

While it’s football that obviously inspires Rocket League, it actually feels more lượt thích a big, bouncy game of 3 chiều pinball. There’s a hint of pool or snooker there, too, in the angles và the trick shots. At launch the servers just couldn’t cope with the dem&, but now that everything is fine & dandy Rocket League is fast-paced, ridiculous fun.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

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When an MMO has four million players, a darn good expansion pachồng is what it deserves. Heavensward provides exactly that for Final Fantasy XIV, adding a massive sầu new world, a new race, three new jobs, và an extra spin to lớn its exciting story, pushing the plot in new and dangerous directions. Here be dragons, so expect epic trùm fights.

The base game remains essential – a full-fledged Final Fantasy with all the trimmings. You’ve got Eorzea as the huge open world: a phối of parched deserts, lush forests và sunny coasts. You’ve got your extravagant characters, including the series’ ubiquitous recurring character Cid. And you’re got a good versus evil story holding your hvà from level one to lớn 50 & beyond, propelling you through the various zones, directing you khổng lồ the quest hubs. Cheesy humour tops off the whole affair lượt thích cheddar on an especially meaty chocobo burger.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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This is a much more personal tale than either of the previous Witcher games, exploring Geralt’s history & relationships, both thắm thiết and platonic, but it’s still vast in scope, & a great giảm giá of effort has also gone into developing the dark fantasy world and its denizens. Despite Geralt’s urgent quest, he’s able to lớn go off gallivanting & bởi vì what he does best: killing monsters.

Now he’s doing it in a huge, mostly open world. That means more monsters lớn kill, more nooks và crannies lớn explore for relics, alchemical ingredients & quái dị dens and more quests than you could possibly keep trachồng of without a quest log. And it stands as a lesson in how lớn make an open world game that’s filled with compelling nội dung instead of inane busywork.

The reason it continues khổng lồ enthral is simple: every time you begin what appears khổng lồ be a fetch quest, you know lớn expect a twist in the tail from CD Projekt RED’s tricksy writers.

Order of Battle: Pacific

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Grand strategy games have, typically, always failed lớn get naval forces right. Order of Battle: Pacific cracks it right on the head, making just the act of transporting from islvà to lớn islvà a tactical joy. It’s a Panzer General-like serious wargame, but with an unprecedented approach that combines detail, pace, và challenge to create a compelling battle against Japanese forces.

The biggest obstacle in the game is the ocean itself. You need khổng lồ both find a suitable landing location, figure out where the enemy’s warships are hiding, intercept their fighters & bombers, and then make sure your invasion force has enough reinforcements và supplies coming ashore lớn survive. Oh, and the waters near the beaches are probably mined. Good luchồng with that.

This is a history buff’s paradise: a powerful recreation of the complexity of operations in the Pacific, but one that never gets too bogged down in the, er, specifics.

Cities: Skylines

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After the disappointment that was SimCity, we’ve sầu all been waiting for the essential đô thị builder khổng lồ come our way. It finally arrived in the form of Cities: Skylines, Paradox’s superbly wonderful mayoral management game. Covering everything from the granular systems determining which buildings adorn the footpaths of your streets, to the major complexities of sewerage pumping and transportation networks, Cities: Skylines manages to make every mechanic work together in absolute harmony. Each stretch of road, every bus stop, every liên kết in the transport network is important, & even small changes can have meaningful results.

Its scope allows for unrivalled flexibility, helped by the growth of an impressive hack scene và a great expansion. Skylines is an elixir concocted by Finnish alchemists, made from all the ingredients that the genre needs. It kept us up late again and again fashioning urban utopias – & when we did sleep, we were haunted by roundabouts và sewage pipes.

Pillars of Eternity

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Leading a paông xã of nostalgic RPGs in năm ngoái was Pillars of Eternity, a spiritual successor lớn the Forgotten Realms games of yesteryear. Buoyed by RPG superstar Chris Avellone, Obsidian’s team created a br& new universe with untold stories, unseen races, and unexplored dungeons. That’s perhaps the most exciting element of Pillars of Eternity; it’s bespoke.

With that new world comes a network of complex RPG systems and real-time combat, embracing all the possibilities of multi-character parties. You’ll become attached khổng lồ your companions, but the pause button will be your greademo frikết thúc, since combinations và timing of attacks are absolutely vital khổng lồ making it through Eternity’s encounters alive.

Obsidian had a daunting task before them: khổng lồ make a follow-up to lớn a series of games that are inextricably tangled up in nostalgia, over a decade after the height of those games’ popularity. This is the best parts of the lot of them, wrapped up in something new và brilliant.

Frozen Cortex

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In the far future, we won’t be relying on overpaid human sports stars to lớn provide our Saturday afternoon entertainment. Oh no: robots sprinting after balls will be the most popular sport of tomorrow, và Frozen Cortex makes a strong case for why. Transposing the turn-based tactics of Frozen Synapse from office complexes to lớn open-air stadiums, Frozen Cortex requires you to lớn scrutinise your opponent’s player positions, assess what their next move sầu will be, và try to out-move sầu them. Played baông chồng in real-time, games take just seconds. But split inlớn turns, they could take you a whole afternoon if you want khổng lồ plan every move lớn perfection. It’s sport for the scientific mind, và gosh is it glorious.

While the stark simplithành phố might feel cold or even cruel at first, Mode 7 have in fact boiled the Synapse formula down to something perhaps more beautiful, burning away its impurities to lớn leave sầu hard đá quí.

Total War: Attila

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Attila quite literally sets the Total War franchise on fire, thanks to lớn its new fire propagation mechanics that let you raze entire cities khổng lồ the ground. The Huns are a relentless hurricane that cannot settle down and doesn’t want to lớn be contained. Where other cultures build cities and hide behind walls, they are lượt thích a force of nature, sweeping through Europe & the east, never stopping.

By escaping the cold climate & dealing with horde-based armies, Attila finds safe footing for the series after the stumble of Rome II. Indeed, it feels lượt thích a significant improvement in all areas, leading lớn a much stronger, more confident game. This is Creative Assembly’s most aggressive sầu Total War, phối in a shifting, turn-based campaign maps where warbands và armies rearrange borders with axes and spears in roông xã, paper, scissors combat. More warlượt thích than ever, the Total War torch burns on.

Sunless Sea

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Sunless Sea gives you a vast subterranean ocean to lớn explore in your frail ship. Dotted about the sea are islands filled with Lovecraftian horrors – mummified ghouls, tentacled monsters, and mysterious strangers. You’re tasked with sailing between them, trading your way to lớn a quiông chồng buchồng, & keeping your crew sane enough not to lớn mutiny.

The whole thing turns inkhổng lồ a sort of choose your own adventure novel every time you dochồng your ship. You’ll be presented with a string of possible story threads – maybe a veiled woman waits for you at the pier, or you overhear a ghastly scream you can choose to investigate, or perhaps a group of masked men invite you to play cards with them. Picking your way through stories might lead lớn coin, or a new crew thành viên, or maybe something so horrific it causes your men to lớn abandon you. All of this rises from the frenzied minds that brought us Fallen London &, as such, is one of the best written games on the PC.

Grow Home

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Ubisoft’s Grow Home came as a delightful surprise. You play a little robot with a propensity for gardening who’s trying khổng lồ grow a beanstalk up inkhổng lồ a sky filled with floating islands. The beanstalk doesn’t have enough energy lớn reach the atmosphere in one go so, instead, you need lớn grow it towards the islands, using them as stepping stones. To grow it you have khổng lồ sing to lớn red flowers which dot the trunk and then hold onto the branch that shoots out, directing it towards an islvà. The whole thing is packed with colour & neat ideas, like being able to use leaves as hang gliders and daisies as parachutes.

This experiment from Driver studio Reflections is a fresh, green shoot in a garden of gnarly old game series’ dried out by annualisation. Grow Home is welcoming & sweet, and its simpliđô thị as elegant as BUD (Botanical Utility Droid) is adorably clumsy.

Chaos Reborn

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Chaos Reborn plonks two-to-four opponents down on a board, và asks them to kill each other with a clever combination of summoned monsters and offensive spells. Each spellcaster and creature is allowed one move and one action, after which point they’ll pass control back to the enemy. Matches are over, literally và figuratively, in a flash.The twist is that Chaos is lượt thích a bad trip: you’re floating above yourself. That’s you down there on the board, in the hood with the nobbly stiông chồng. The wizard is your Queen piece, và the consequences of your death are match-ending, leaving you at once vulnerable & powerful.

X-Com creator Julian Gollop’s trademark tabletop ethos returns here with a percentage-to-hit system: the best the player can do is steer the probabilities in their favour, or throw their opponent off with bluff summons – make-believe monsters that hit just as hard as the real ones. It’s poker. It’s chess. It’s Warhammer. It’s brilliant, & now comes with a single-player mode phối in a procedurally-generated Realm.

Besiege

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The aim of Besiege is simple: smush everyone và smash everything. Left to your own devices in a cutesy medieval world, you need lớn look inlớn your siege engine-themed Lego box for the components khổng lồ build a whirligig of death và destruction và kill all the enemy soldiers on the maps.

Besiege gives you an incredibly robust crafting system with which khổng lồ work. You can build a chassis out of wooden beams, slap on a few wheels & cannons & have sầu yourself a medieval tank. Alternatively, you can bởi vì what the Besiege community has done: go a little crazy with the sandbox, creating complex clockwork robots out of simple components. You don’t necessarily need to lớn mimic their bizarre fascination with wanking automata, though.

With just a small selection of gizmos you can construct the most ingenious, bizarre, joyful, và imaginative creations, and then use them to lớn utterly destroy a village filled with tiny men & sheep. Besiege is a game that will feed on your imagination for weeks.

Satellite Reign

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Satellite Reign is a spiritual successor to Syndicate, và unlượt thích the 2012 FPS reboot not only looks & plays like the original game but is also rather good. Its Blade Runner-inspired cityscape is absolutely stunning: the perfect stage for your squad of cyberpunk soldiers to storm about on, huge coats billowing, splattering brains all over the pavement.

The combat is satisfyingly strategic, with shades of both the original Syndicates & modern real-time tactics games. Your infiltrator can fire up his cloak, hiding from cops & security; the tư vấn agent can scan crowds, worming his way through their digital lives lớn snatch important bits of information; our pal the hacker can jaông chồng into lớn all sorts of things, switching off cameras or siphoning off cash from ATMs; & there’s also a shooty man who is good at shooting things. It’s Syndicate. Not the actual Syndicate, mind, but the one that exists in the memories of those who played it over đôi mươi years ago. And that’s a real treat.

Project CARS

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Another crowdfunding success story, Project CARS offers a sandbox experience for racing enthusiasts. Pick your preferred racing style & attempt to make a career out of it. From small, nimble karts to high-performance F1 cars, there’s a multitude of different motorsport paths lớn pursue, with realistically recreated tracks khổng lồ compete on. Building on their Need for Speed: Shift engine, developers Slightly Mad Studquả táo have sầu worked with motorsport veterans such as Top Gear’s ex-Stig Ben Collins và Touring Car Cup winner Nicolas Hamilton (brother of Lewis) to ensure their simulation is as painstakingly accurate as possible.

Project CARS is about listening to lớn each vehicle, understanding what it’s telling you, và respecting their differences. It’s about adapting lớn the unexpected, as the sun sets và the storms close in, just trying to survive sầu the next few minutes until you get lớn the pits. Make your peace with the evil AI, và you’ll enjoy a great drive sầu.

Prison Architect

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Everyone và their dog had been playing Prison Architect thanks khổng lồ its long use of the Steam Early Access mã sản phẩm, but only in 2015 was the game finally released <…on bail – Obligatory Metaphor Ed>. Introversion’s incarceration slặng has evolved from a group of well-functioning but obviously still-in-development systems to lớn what is a fully-fledged sandbox incorporating alternate modes, random events & endless possibilities.

It’s a virtual delinquency ant farm in which you tread the line between your prisoners’ happiness và the prison’s efficiency & safety. Set up metal detectors & order extensive searches of every cell and tensions will rise, but neglect to de-shiv your inmates in favour of a feel-good prison atmosphere & those happy prisoners will over up all stabbed lớn bits in a bodybag. Now that the game’s finished, you can even play as escapists attempting khổng lồ vacate the hellhole you’ve sầu inadvertently created. Prison Architect sets a new bar for the long-lapsed management genre.

Volume

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Indie darling Mike Bithell returned in 2015 with Volume, & while it couldn’t be more different from his breakthrough act Thomas Was Alone, it does require the same intelligent approach. Volume is a stealth game heavily inspired by the first Metal Gear Solid. Demanding exactly zero liên hệ with the enemy và absolute silence from your actions, Volume requires swift planning & execution & the use of decoys to complete a variety of heists.

As with Thomas Was Alone, there’s a svào narrative sầu that runs alongside its complex gameplay. In a sci-fi retelling of the Robin Hood legend, Volume’s lead Robert Locksley performs heists in an AI simulation (voiced by Danny Wallace), broadcasting his actions to lớn an internet audience as a kind of anti-establishment Let’s Play. He faces off against Guy Gisborne, CEO of future England’s corporatocracy, played by Andy Serkis. The heist simulator can also be used lớn construct player-made levels, meaning there are already a nearly-infinite amount of extra options through Steam Workcửa hàng.

And that’s the way it was. Or at least it is in our eyes – what vì chưng you think? Anything we’ve sầu missed out when it comes to the top games of 2015?