This year’s been filled with great video game releases, especially in the past few months thanks to the usual holiday rush. There’s been excellent revisions to the traditional first-person shooter genre, a few returns of classic franchises, and some overhauled handheld titles — just to mention some. With that in mind, here’s a few games worth checking out once you’ve finished with Watch Dogs 2.
Respawn Entertainment’s sequel to the Xbox One exclusive Titanfall was a release many seemed to miss entirely. Overshadowed by other first-person shooters with bigger names like Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Titanfall 2 is an improvement across the board with numerous additions to multiplayer and an entire single-player campaign that puts the Titanfall twist on a traditional shooter.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to take a look, consider trying the free multiplayer weekend trial coming up or diving into one of the sales available during the holidays.
While more linear than the vast, open world of Watch Dogs 2, Dishonored 2 is a stealth-based sandbox worth diving into if you’re a fan of playing around with NPCs and commanding supernatural powers.
Based in the fictional cities of Dunwall and Karnaca, you play as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano fighting to take back everything that was once yours with a wild array of equipment, supernatural abilities and combination attacks that spur your creativity on the battlefield.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Like Dishonored 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a much more linear experience compared to the open world of Watch Dogs 2. But, what it lacks in open-world exploration it makes up for in approach to level design. Mankind Divided is a game filled with amazing level design that allows you to tackle your in-game objectives any way you want, opening up numerous opportunities to experiment with the augmented abilities you’ll have access to as Adam Jensen.
Theres also a wide array of side quests, events, and secrets to uncover during your time exploring the futuristic city of Prague, providing plenty of content for you to enjoy.
Dark Souls 3
If you’ve yet to experience the dark, dangerous world of From Software’s Dark Souls franchise, now’s a perfect time to get started and see if you enjoy the addicting gameplay loop of exploration and death. Widely known as one of the most difficult game series available in gaming, Dark Souls 3 is the latest and most refined take on the franchise, with a great tutorial that eases you into the core mechanics of the game.
It may take a little bit of patience, but if you learn the ins and outs of Dark Souls 3, you’ll find a large world filled with just as many secrets, activities, and tasks to complete as the ones from Watch Dogs 2.
If big, blockbuster multiplayer shooters are your cup of tea, Battlefield 1 is the title you’ll want to check out once you’ve completed your single-player experience in Watch Dogs 2. One of the smoothest launches in Battlefield’s history, DICE’s take on World War I is filled with beautiful graphics, superb performance and a surprisingly fresh approach to campaign design. They’ve taken the usual 6- to 8-hour single-player campaign and turned it into a series of short war stories that share the turmoil of the Great War in a way we haven’t seen before in gaming.
Then, once you’re finished with the campaign, you can dive into the 64-player multiplayer matches the series is known for.
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