It is understandable to have missed a game or two this year with so many games releasing every week and the media going wild over some more than others.
If you are looking for something awesome to keep you busy and need a little break from all these triple-A games, then take a look at these ten games that you might have missed this generation:
The Witness is unique puzzle game that takes you on a journey through a breath-taking island as you explore different locations, and overcome various brain-bending puzzles along your way.
The puzzles range from listening to sounds and matching them, using the light to navigate the puzzle in front of you, to your standard grid puzzle that sees you guide a dot to the end safely.
The game looks gorgeous as every part of the island sets itself apart from the other. The dense jungle, the greenhouse, and the desert all look and live alone, while still feeling like they belong in the game’s world.
If you are a puzzle person or just need a game to work your brain while still keeping you soul at ease, The Witness is the game for you.
Salt and Sanctuary
Salt and Sanctuary is a mixture between an RPG and a hack-and-slash platformer. Think of it as the 2D Souls game we never got, with its unforgiving combat and classic 2D sprite action.
Well-timed attacks and parries, dodging massive monsters, and crafting weapons to aid you along the way. Salt and Sanctuary is definitely something you should look at if you are searching for a hardcore platformer with some relentless combat.
There are rarely games that manage to stand out as something completely different, and Furi does not borrow inspiration from anyone, but rather it stands on it own as a game that is driven by a creative combat and boss fight system.
Furi is a battle between bosses and your inner strength to escape the prison you have been locked up in. Along the journey you encounter different bosses, each with their own unique fighting style that you have adapt to.
The game’s fast-paced combat system will see you mastering your attacks until the boss changes his attack scheme, which will leave you with no option but to adapt to it again.
Furi is an awesome experience that can be frustrating at times, but it teaches you how to learn and adapt to your situation.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Developed by The Chinese Room with a soundtrack backed by none other than Jessica Curry, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a unique story-telling game that sees you explore a small English village hit by a series of strange disappearances.
Although the game has no puzzles to solve or combat of any sorts, its the superb voice acting and deep story that keeps you intrigued to see what happened to each character in the game, and just what is causing all of them to disappear.
As you take a stroll through the village, balls of light will guide you through the game as you self-interpret the story.
This is the only VR game on this list, and for good reason. Job Simulator takes you on a VR adventure through five different jobs in awesome VR worlds.
Each job sees you doing certain things like the gourmet job that lets you cook anything you can think of using the items you have in front of you, or a mechanic job that lets you put atomic engines into cars.
The best thing about Job Simulator is its quirky humor and great use of VR. You can literally turn around and take things from the fridge, or sit down on a chair if you are tired of work.
Every job also feels different from the other, and it is the great use of your hands and the experience of the job that makes it one of the best VR games around.
Watch Dogs 2
There is no doubt that Watch Dogs 2 did not do as well as Ubisoft hoped, and it is sad that it didn’t because it is such a great game.
The original Watch Dogs reeked of arrogance and had a lackluster campaign. Ubisoft really did a great job to fix all this in the sequel, as Watch Dogs 2 felt like a brand-new game.
Paying tribute to everything we love about today’s world like 3D printing, drones, social media, and followers, it was also a much lighter experience that included memorable characters and fantastic set pieces.
It was all a wonderful experience, that everyone needs to try.
Taking inspiration from the classic SEGA Genesis games, Owlboy is an experience that will bring back those memories of Wonder Boy and Pitfall.
The game takes place in a sky city where pirates, called the Sky Pirates of course, are causing problems in the once peaceful lands.
You take control of Otus, as he explores the world around him, and uses all his Owlboy abilities in order to rid the lands of these Sky Pirates and the creatures that they have brought with them.
Along the way, Otus meets some quirky characters that aid him on his journey through the game and each of them have their own unique abilities that are unstoppable once combined with Otus.
Firewatch is a first person adventure game that follows the story of a Shoshone National Forest fire lookout named Henry. The game is set in 1989, after the infamous Yellowstone fires of 1988. Henry who has been working in the forest for a month, begins to notice strange things happening around him.
His supervisor Delilah, who communicates with him over a radio, build a relationship with him over time, and the choices of dialogue that you decide on will result in their friendship changing throughout the game.
The world is vast, and the game’s day/night cycle adds to the ambiance of the experience. What is going on in the woods, and who is the shrouded figure that you keep seeing in the distance?
The Banner Saga 2
Banner Saga 2 took everything that made the original awesome, and improved on it. Beautiful 2D sprites fill your screen as you explore the breathtaking water-painted world of the Vikings.
Backed by a superb soundtrack composed by Austin Wintory, the game’s emotional pull is fantastic.
New characters, improved combat, and an art style unique to the series. Banner Saga 2 is a worthwhile experience for anyone who loves narrative-driven games and a tactical combat approach.
Now I know what you are thinking, everyone has played Hitman, but that is not the case as its episodic release was not very popular with many people.
Many people bought the season pass and never went back to it, while some of them waited for the retail release.
Well, I recently played the full retail release that came out in January, and it is a solid package that everyone who remotely loved Hitman should play.
So many unique locations to visit, so many different ways to kill. Hitman is a great experience that makes it the perfect time to become an assassin.
If you are worried about investing in the game due to it being short, don’t be, as the entire season is out and it is better than ever.