Cyber Monday does provide gamers the opportunity to capitalise on some notable deals, and with the past year or so delivering some great gaming titles, there are some under-appreciated games worth considering for your shopping cart.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Xbox One, PS4, PC
Yeah, Mass Effect: Andromeda had some bad press around its somewhat strange facial animations, but that aside, it’s actually an incredibly solid game and great entry in the Mass Effect series.
New toys, from a jetpack to a rock-climbing off-roading vehicle, Andromeda will keep you glued to your seat for weeks. Improvements, including more fluid movement and combat, is a refreshing boost in pace, along with the ability to assign skills to any type of playstyle, rather than having to pick a class from the get-go.
Xbox One, PC, PS4
If you’ve been deliberating about buying FIFA 18 for over a month now, now is the time to buy it, because before you know it, FIFA 19 will be out. We have to admit too, we were becoming skeptical of EA’s annual footie franchise (the changes just didn’t seem to warrant the purchase), but FIFA 18 has left us genuinely impressed.
The new gameplay tweaks result in a much more realistic and difficult game, which is exactly what FIFA needed. The story mode is enjoyable albeit a bit predictable, but rating FIFA on its story mode is like critiquing a salad for having average bacon — the fact it even has bacon is a win in itself.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
While it may initially appear it, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is anything but an expansion/DLC for Uncharted 4. This is a fully-fledged Uncharted game, and not to mention one of the best of the bunch, and that’s saying a lot.
That said, there’s no denying that a little something is missing with the absence of series protagonist, Nathan Drake, but the new heroines and expanded ideas do confirm that there’s life in the Uncharted series, full of climbing, gunfights, emotional story beats, and high-octane action.
Gears of War 4
Xbox One, PC
While it’s one of the biggest franchise names around, there’s no denying the feeling that Gears of War 4 came and went without getting too much attention, which is a travesty as it’s one of the most solid third-person shooters this generation.
Gears of War 4 reminds us exactly what made Gears so damn likeable in the first place. It doesn’t diverge too far away from the cover-shooter formula, but does introduce new gameplay twists thanks to some great environmental changes and snazzy guns that mix up the chainsawing carnage.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
PS4, Xbox One
Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of, if not the, best entry in the Tomb Raider series ever. The sequel expands upon 2013’s reboot, and introduces crafting and survival techniques to take the experience to new heights, and the ever-evolving story of a young and ambitious Lara Croft is impossible to not be caught up in.
The 20 Year Celebration edition on PS4 also features two previously-unreleased segments, Blood Ties, which takes place in Croft Manor, and Lara’s Nightmare, a zombie mode of sorts, which throws you into an onslaught of creatures as you try and survive.