Video games provide endless hours of entertainment. Some are puzzle-solvers while others take you into distant worlds or enthralling narratives.
Obsidian Entertainment is known for producing engaging games without needing an expansive piece of hardware to play them; their work on Bastion and Transistor was no different; Grounded was yet another brilliant offering from them that deserves your consideration. This game stands out as one of their finest examples.
BioShock combines first-person shooter and role-playing elements for an engaging experience that explores philosophy and morality. From an underwater city to a space station in the clouds, BioShock’s games have earned critical acclaim due to their rich storytelling and unforgettable visuals.
Players will enjoy exploring the games’ lush settings and environmental storytelling cues as they learn more about its history or characters through audio logs or listening to audio logs; however, most stories in interactive mediums tend to remain fixed due to few ways in which users can influence events that transpire during gameplay.
BioShock features some of the toughest baddies in gaming: those imposing Big Daddies who will threaten players unless they use every weapon, trap and Plasmid at their disposal to outwit them.
2. Fallout: New Vegas
Post-apocalyptic classic and fan favorite Fallout is one of the most enjoyable post-apocalyptic games ever created, allowing players to explore Vegas after its nuclear explosion, seek revenge against attackers, and discover just what was special about that platinum chip an attacker tried killing them for.
New Vegas boasts superior gameplay to Fallout 3, offering plenty of side missions like earning the trust of boomers or infiltrating Caesar’s Legion, or taking on super mutants and ghouls. Furthermore, New Vegas shows more evidence of a nuclear holocaust aftermath and allows players to explore how civilization is being rebuilt by different factions.
Some consider Fallout 3 the greatest of its series, while others favor Fallout 4. This all comes down to personal opinion and how many games have been played by each individual player.
Grounded is an enthrallingly immersive world. Walking alongside ladybugs while searching for aphids, creeping past Wolf Spiders nestled in their daytime dens or simply gazing upon the water surface from a distance are all wonderful experiences that take this already stunning game to new levels of visual sophistication.
The gameplay loop may feel familiar to those familiar with other survival games, yet its unique take on an old formula was refreshing and surprising. I will likely return to this title once early access closes later this month.
Performance is excellent, offering consistent 60 FPS on Xbox Series X|S consoles and even on an older PC. There is also an impressive list of features, such as HDR support, Quick Resume and Variable Refresh Rate support.
4. South Park: The Stick of Truth
Since South Park first hit store shelves with its first video game back on N64, Cartman and his friends have had difficulty being given due credit when it comes to video gaming. Previous attempts fell flat, failing to capture either its crass humour or strange sweetness within an enjoyable game form.
Obsidian Entertainment, known for creating such RPG classics as Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, has delivered another award-winning title in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Players take control of one of four South Park characters – Fighter, Mage, Thief or Cleric – embarking on an incredible adventure alongside Stan Kyle Cartman Kenny and company.
5. The Outer Worlds
At its heart, The Outer Worlds is an ode to the RPG genre. Packed with deep dialogue systems and borrowing many combat mechanics from Bethesda’s popular post-apocalyptic property, the game brings players an unforgettable RPG experience.
Obsidian’s satirical humor adds much-needed contrast, providing plenty of laughter without losing its powerful message about corporate culture and flawed value systems. From shipboard AI ADA, double-talking company man Reed, or Parvati’s cheerful yet innocent sidekick; each character in The Outer Worlds feels fully-realized and memorable.
Just because this title doesn’t offer special space spouses or fancy starfighters doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly! Take a good, hard look around at what lies around you while admiring its art design nods to steampunk and Art Nouveau and experience every meaningful dialogue sequence that awaits!