Recently I’ve been really into gaming again. Back in my January 2018 favourites, I mentioned my love of gaming and I am still totally obsessed. I still utterly adore my Xbox and I thought I’d talk about three of the games that I’ve really been enjoying recently. Technically one of the games mentioned is actually three games in one but hey ho. Anyway, onto the games.
The first Xbox One game I’ve been obsessed with has been Mafia 3. Mafia 3 is an action-adventure game that was released back in 2016. The game is set in 1968 in a fictional town called New Bordeaux which is supposed to be set in New Orleans. The story follows a guy called Lincoln Clay who is a Vietnam veteran and orphan who’s mission is to build a new crime organisation to confront the Italian mob. The game is played from a third-person perspective and is set in an open world environment.
Basically, you play as Lincoln Clay to complete various objectives. You can use weapons to eliminate enemies or call for allies to assist. Alternatively, you can also use stealth tactics to go undetected but I personally feel like the game is best played using a combination of using the weapons provided, melee-combat and stealth tactics. The game isn’t just about shooting and taking down enemies though. You can also drive around and collect items such as album covers, communist propaganda and various magazines. You can also collect fuses which can be used to wiretap junction boxes which basically allows you to see all collectables on the map as well as fuses to unlock other junction boxes in the game.
The game is kinda has a Grand Theft Auto feel about it and much like GTA it also has a cracking soundtrack which plays over the car radio. The soundtrack includes the likes of Rolling Stones, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash and The Temptations to name a few. The game largely focuses on the racial tension which in 1968, when the game was set, was high in America. Plus, if you didn’t already know, 1968 was also the year that Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Also in 1968 anti-war sentiment was growing with many wanting the struggle in Vietnam to end. The fact that the main character Lincoln Clay is both a mixed race man and a Vietnam veteran definitely indicates that these were issues that needed to be highlighted. I personally enjoy the game. I know it received mixed reviews with many saying it was repetitive but I like it. I like that it is just a game that I can take my time on and just look around the map and collect items when I’m not quite in the mood to confront enemies. My only real complaint about the game is that at times it has been a bit buggy which has been frustrating but apart from that, it’s a game I’ve been playing quite a lot recently.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
The second of the three Xbox One games that I’ve been obsessed with has been Resident Evil 7 Biohazard which I recently mentioned in my June 2018 favourites. This is a jumpy survival horror game where you play as Ethan, a civilian looking for his missing wife Mia in the Baker house. In the game, you come across members of the family who have been infected. These members are known as “Molded” You can attack these characters using a variety of weapons. What I particularly like about the game is that you can use both stealth and combat.
However, what truly makes the game is the sheer scariness of it. The jump scares really are something else. At times you’ll feel on the edge of your seat just waiting for something to jump out at you and you’ll still squeal despite the fact you were expecting it. Other times you’ll be happily searching for collectables through various rooms and something will appear when you least expect it. There have been quite a few times when playing the game where I’ve felt like I’ve been on the verge of a heart attack because my heart has been racing so much.
I genuinely didn’t think I would enjoy this game as I am a total and utter wimp. However, I would definitely say the first hour of gameplay is the scariest. Once you’re through the initial shock, you start to get a feel for the game and before you know it you’re really stuck in. If you do however find it difficult or a tad too scary I recommend popping the brightness up, playing during the daytime and definitely playing with others around. Not only will you feel more at ease, you’ll also have a good laugh watching each other almost fall off the sofa.
BioShock: The Collection
The third and final of the three Xbox One Games technically isn’t a single game. It is three games in one but I am including it anyway. The game I’m talking about is BioShock: The Collection. This is a remastered collection of the BioShock video game series which features three games, BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite. The first game, BioShock, is set in 1960 and you play as character Jack. The game starts when his aeroplane crashes in the ocean and you’re then lead to the underwater city that is Rapture which was built by businessman Andrew Ryan.
The city was intended to be an isolated utopia but after a genetic material that can be used to gain superhuman powders is discovered it goes into decline. In the game, you basically try to find a way to escape and along the way you have to defeat enemies obsessed with the genetic material as well as genetically mutated and altered humans known as Big Daddies. To defeat the enemies you can use weapons, Rapture’s own defences as well as plasmids that give you unique powers. BioShock is kind of a role-playing survival horror hybrid game. I particularly like the fact that it allows you to make moral choices when it comes to killing or saving characters.
The second game BioShock 2 is once again set in the underwater city of Rapture. The game opens set on New Year’s Eve 1958, two years before the events of the first game. In this game, you control Subject Delta, a Big Daddy. You fight your way through the psychotic human population of the city known as Splicers using both genetic mods and weapons. I don’t really want to give too much away about the game but I will say out of the collection I think BioShock 2 is my favourite if I had to pick between the three games. In ways, it is fairly similar to BioShock but there are just certain aspects of it that I like just that little bit more. I particularly like the fact that the ending of the game depends on how you’ve played, it is a great touch.
The third and final game is BioShock: Infinite. This game takes place in 1912 in Columbia, a city suspended in the air via a combination of quantum levitation, balloons and giant blimps. In the game, you play as former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt who is sent to Columbia to find a woman called Elizabeth who has been held captive for most of her life. Booker learns that Elizabeth has strange powers and also discovers the city’s dark secrets. In the game, you use clothing called Gear which offers unique attributes, weapons and psychokinetic powers. Out of the BioShock game series, I would definitely say that Infinite is the prettiest out of the bunch as it contains some absolutely beautiful scenery.
Ps. If anyone was wondering, my snazzy pink and purple Xbox one controller is from Argos.
What games have you been loving lately? Are you an Xbox One or more of a PS4 fan?