Some of the games in this article might be a little older than others but here are the top 10 games I have enjoyed in the past year.
To be honest I never really liked the Elder Scrolls games but working with Telkom Do Gaming (DG) has shown me that if you want to find out what games you enjoy, you should play them for more than a couple of hours. This is why The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has made my list. When the legendary edition was released, I was tasked with writing the review on it. By spending the time I needed to get to figure out all the nuances in the game, I found myself enjoying it more and more. Since reviewing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, I have gone back and started doing all the little side missions to see if I can get them all. It has given me hours of intense play and I am happy to put it on my list. You can read my full review here.
Although I have not personally bought SimCity, I was able to play it on my mother’s PC, I do find that it is quite enjoyable for more than just a few hours. I have always been a fan of SimCity right from the SimCity 3000 days so this game was complete Heaven for me, everything seemed a lot more clean-cut. Unfortunately for me Origin kept bugging out so I wasn’t really inclined to rush out and get my own copy. It does still make for a great source of entertainment though. You can read the SimCity review here.
I am really bad at flying planes, which is why WarThunder is my number eight game of the year. WarThunder is a lot of fun when you are playing with people you know. I had the great opportunity of playing it with my boyfriend, David “Swiftzn” Allen and father, Clive “Legend” Underwood. Of course they started before me and therefore had better planes but it was still a lot of fun to shoot someone out of the sky before they were able to capture your base or destroy your ground troops. There have been a few updates since the last time I played the game, which should have brought in ground troops control to the players. The best part of this game is that it is free-to-play and can be played with a multitude of friends.
Some people ragged on God of War: Ascension, saying that it wasn’t as good as its predecessors and this might be true but it is still great to take Kratos and kick some butt. I have always been a fan of the God of War games and even went out and bought my own PlayStation 3 as well as the God of War controller to show my support. My only problem with the game is that you can pretty much only play it through once. I love the God of War series and God of War: Ascension really put some things into perspective for me. You see this game is supposed to be a predecessor of the other games since it shows you how he became the great butt-kicker that he is. You can read the review here.
Even though Hearthstone is a relatively new game, I was given the opportunity to play in the closed beta. It has given me hours of fun as I battle it out to be one of the better players in the game. Unfortunately for me, I have never played many card games so my knowledge only really extends to games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! It has been fun to figure how to play this kind of card game and I have heard a lot of people comparing it to Magic: the Gathering. In all honesty I prefer this online version of card games. You can read the preview here.
I waited a very long time for Diablo 3 to be released. I used to play Diablo 2 with my brother, Stephen “Rexxar” Underwood, and cousin, Stanley “Loki” Pretorius when we were a lot younger. When Diablo 3 first came out I couldn’t believe it, Blizzard had been promising for years that it would be released and I was shocked to find that it was my birthday present. Unfortunately I was unable to play it right away as it was still waiting to be released, but at least I had my pre-order receipt. When I finally got the game, I rushed home to play it, unfortunately we had that terrible error where no one could get on the servers. After a while the servers were up and I spent most of the month just grinding to get levels and progress through the story. In all honesty it was a great story and the twist was completely unforeseen. I loved the way the game was made and coming back to it this year, I can truly say that it is still one of my top games. You can read the review here.
I haven’t been playing Guild Wars 2 for the longest amount of time but I have played enough to know that is one of those games you can put down for a few months and then come back to it. I got the game just after its release, played it for a while but didn’t really enjoy it. About six months ago I decided that it was time to try again and low and behold it seemed like a completely different game. Since coming back to it, I have played every single chance I got, it is that addictive. Not only have I learnt how much fun a Guild of friends can be, I have also figured out that playing the Trading Post can be a valuable source of income in the game. The game has made me want to try other MMO games just to compare. You can read the review here.
Smite is a game similar to that of League of Legends (LoL) and Dota 2 but you can only compare them as far as the fact that they are all in the MOBA genre. In Smite, you see things from a third-person perspective and the characters are identifiable in the way that you identify with Norse or Roman Gods. It is a lot of fun to play and seems to be getting quite big in a competitive sense. To be honest I haven’t played enough of it to warrant me trying to find some great players but I hope to get there eventually.
There has been a lot of falling out between players of Dota 2 and LoL on which one is better. In my opinion, I enjoy Dota 2 but not as much as LoL. The mechanics are very similar but the meta game of each are completely different. Coming from LoL into Dota 2 was a huge transition for me, a lot of things are completely different when it comes to the two games so don’t think that just because you are good at one, you will be good at the other. Sure the last-hitting is the same but that’s about all you can say when it comes to mechanics. I must say that I always told myself that I would never play a game like Dota but now my top three games happen to fall under the MOBA genre.
Of course from my number two decision you should have already realised that my number one game of the year would be League of Legends. I have spent a lot of time and effort playing this game to get to where I am now and I am very proud of the fact that I have been playing LoL for a year now. In the beginning I had a lot of problems with the game, such as getting banned for an entire month. The reasoning behind this was because I went AFK in too many games. Unfortunately for me it was due to internet connectivity issues which were worked out eventually. Now I play LoL almost every night. During this year I had a lot of fun playing in an all-family team with my father, mother, boyfriend and grandmother. Yes, I even got my grandmother playing, that is just how awesome the game is. At this point in time my grandmother has played and won double the amount of games that I have and it has been a real treat to be able to play with my family. This is the exact reason why LoL is my number one game.
Those were my top 10 games of the year, some of them are free-to-play and others are a little bit on the expensive side but all-in-all, they are a great way to relax and enjoy some awesome laughs with friends or quite grinding times.