Here is coming to an end and everybody’s making their game of the year lists and pronouncing their favorite games of the year, which is totally to be expected. I decided to do something different and instead of picking my favorite game for the year pick a couple of features from specific games that I think are the best and the most intimate of features to that kind of a game or to a specific franchise. To make it clear, I’m not saying that the games that are housing these features are necessarily my picks for the favorite game of year 2016 merely their features are what surprised me in a most pleasant way.
First off let’s start with an very long franchise that everybody’s familiar with. The FIFA franchise. This years FIFA17 had a very unique take on storytelling and completely blew our minds. If you’re not a sports game fan or football fan in particular this years addition to FIFA might change the way you look at football games.And if you’re a franchise fan, it’s a good way to take your mind of off the FIFA17 coins and points for a while or, maybe you’ve already discovered that Goalazzo post which was really helpful regarding that manner.
The developer decided to add a very cool and a very alien feature for sports games, the story mod. It’s called The Journey it was absolutely brilliant.
The game let you play as Alex Hunter. Alex is young and skilled football player who is trying to make it into the big game with the big players. You’re getting control of Alex as you play matches, train and interact with people during all kinds of social events. For the duration of The Journey, this otherwise completely football focus game felt like I was playing adventure game with character progression mechanics. It is a must play for every football fan and I recommended even for the people who are not that much into football but still prefer to hear and play through a good story. I really hope we get to see more sports games follow this example and try to offer engaging stories and memorable characters into their future games and if you think it’s not that big of a deal, then you probably haven’t played or saw The Journey. In that case, I recommend you read more about it and see for yourself just how good is FIFA17 The Journey.
Second addition to video games would definitely be One Tamriel update for The Elder Scrolls Online. Now this game has very divided opinions about it. There are people who absolutely love it and there are people who absolutely hated it. To be honest here, the game is a very good MMORPG, very unique one at that and the reason that most people are disappointed with it is because they expected to play Skyrim online which was never an intention of the people who made the game.
The game is your typical MMO with a lot more dynamic combat even though it features arguably the least amount of abilities compared to other massive multiplayer games. But what is the feature that sets it apart and what is the feature that I like the most?
Last big update made the game truly different than the rest. Instead of dividing areas by level, the creators of the game decided to make the areas scale towards the player. What this means is that no matter where you go there will always be challenging enemies for you to battle. You can undertake any quest and group up with anyone if you need help with what you’re doing and you’re both good to be useful to each other no matter the difference of your level. What’s even cooler is the fact that unless you’re a hard-core PvP player who doesn’t ever leave the PvP area, you’ll be able to group up with any player no matter their race in alliance. The update truly justifies its name “One Tamriel” making the entire game feel like one product and not one third of it as it was before. I honestly hope more MMO games considered this approach to open world and alliances.
My last pick for the best addition is not that much gameplay oriented but is still very much video game related. My last pick is about the way the developers are delivering their products to the gamers. This brings me to The Witcher 3. Now I know this is a 2015 game but I would like to focus on Blood and Wine and talk about it specifically. If you’ve played the Witcher 3 then you know just how good this game is and if you haven’t I strongly suggest that you do. If you haven’t played the DLC thinking it’s overpriced or that it doesn’t really have too much of a new content to offer than you’re very wrong.
The thing I like the most about it is the fact that it is pretty much a completely new game. The guys over at the CD Projekt have made an entirely new game and labeled it as a downloadable content. This is something we do not see anymore. I remember how War Craft the Frozen Throne was an expansion, to be fair it was a standalone game but it was still an expansion of an already existing game with a ton of new content based upon the existing game. That’s exactly how Blood and Wine is. It would grade if expansions and the DLC’s of video games today were as good as these two were. Also let’s not forget the fact that the Witcher had 16 completely free downloadable contents that everybody could access if they wanted to. In an era where the most prized things in a video game are skins and additional costumes this was truly an amazing move by these people who made this wonderful game and I honestly hope more and more game developing companies look up to them decide to follow in their footsteps.
Do you like my picks? Do you agree that more video games should take these approaches to these elements and would you also like to see happen? I certainly hope you do because I think that it’s only a matter of time before other companies realize all the potentials of these features and start incorporating them into their own games. We can only wait and see what will happen.