3rd) Hitman 2
What can I say about Agent 47 and this beautiful game. I actually took me a while to jump into the first Hitman when it came out, as they released them episodically, so I waited for them all to come out before starting it.
I must say when I started playing I was a bit gutted that it took me that long though! Once I got into it, I fell in love. The fact you can kill your targets in so many ways is brilliant. The reason I am saying Hitman 2 is better than Hitman is for a of couple reason. Hitman 2 includes all the original’s missions in it, so you don’t need to go back and play that before you start here: so it’s a no brainer.
It also built in some great new features, like picture-in-picture mode, so if you got a trap set for your target and you left the area you can watch the carnage from a distance in a small window. The graphics made it a lot smoother when transitioning and I am a huge lover of stealth games and this is created beautifully.
You can replay the game a lot too. I understand you can finish off the game very quickly if you want to be sloppy but it’s all about enjoying yourself and taking the time to plan out the perfect assassination. The DLC’s are also fantastic and IOI really put some great work into it. They added a Sniper Assassin mode which I actually found quiet a lot of fun purely for how different the mode is, taking people out from afar rather than up close and personal.
With Hitman 3 coming to Xbox Series X/S it is going to be so great to see how the story ends.
2nd) The Escapists 1, 2 and Walking Dead
I’m going to cheat a little here about put all of The Escapists games at 2nd place because I can’t pick a favourite.
Each was fantastic and loads of fun to play! It may not be the greatest game when it comes to graphics but it’s one game that stands out for me massively and I had a lot of fun playing it!
As you may know, the main aim is to escape a prison you are locked inside of, and you have multiple different ways of doing it. Some prisons are themed and some are more normal. The creativity they brought to this a joy to behold and I couldn’t put them down when I started to play.
Let’s face it, as soon as they all came out I completely smashed them, played them all none stop! To the point where I was first in the world on Xbox to complete them all. Not an easy feat when you have no guides or anything for collectables or trying to find ways to escape.
I was even mentioned by Team 17 and got sent some awesome swag for it. It takes pride space as number 2 on my list partly for this, but mainly for just how much fun I had with it.
1st) Titanfall 1 and 2
What can I say about Titanfall other than how much fun I had with this title for months on end. It was hugely popular and fantastic to play. The original Titanfall was purely MP but had so many different game modes to play that it kept you coming back.
With the addition of one of my favourite modes later on called “Frontier Defense” where you faced waves on AI and you were on a team of 4 defending a base, it was always pure carnage but also rewarding.
And let’s not forget the fact that not only can you kill AI, but also players in head to head PvP. But, the crème de la crème was clearly fighting in giant Titans! This made for some amazing competitive gameplay.
There was a sort of mini story that was incorporated into the online battles, but it was easy enough to not pay attention to, and focus on the excellent, faced paced gameplay as one of the first purely multiplayer games.
Plus, let’s not forget how good Titanfall 2 was when it came out. The added single player storyline was a fantastic and BT was voiced perfectly.
The reason I am saying both (and of course cheating once again) in my list is because the multiplayer was so much better in the original Titanfall in my opinion, I played it for way more hours, but Titanfall 2’s storyline was a fantastic journey and a joy to play.
I wish Respawn would make Titanfall 3 (here’s hoping – ed) but Apex Legends is doing a fine job at the minute of filling that gap. I know some people don’t like it but for me it’s always my go to Battle Royale, and it will be for a long time to come. I love the variety of characters, and new ones they always bring to the table. It’s maybe why I enjoyed Rainbow so much – variety is the spice of life!
Some honourable mentions:
Rainbow Six: Siege and Apex Legends
Both fantastic multiplayer games that are great to play with friends, many hours have been spent this gen playing on these titles, getting them wins and just having a great laugh. It would be criminal not to mention them. Definitely best when friends are together at least once a week for a good few hours just joking around – and in Rainbow trying to avoid Jamie team killing us all!
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
It’s strange, as this wasn’t well received at first by me, purely for the open world element and lack of a story but I gave this title so many hours trying to 1000g it.
It kept drawing me back wanting to complete all the mission requirements and tasks, getting everything unlocked and done. As people may know, I do love stealth games and MGS is a king when it comes to this genre. Combined with the open world feel it was a joy to play. Sneak into an area, mop up what needed and get out. The storyline was a bit of a confusing mess though it was possible to wrap your head around it eventually.
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