Winter break is coming right around the corner, which gives gamers an absurd amount of free time not present during the fall semester. With that free time, here are seven games you should play during the holiday break.
1. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park has always been at the center of pop culture and outrage within society, but what South Park hasn’t done in a while is make a game. Back in 2014 when South Park: The Stick of Truth came out, it took the gaming world by storm. It was praised for its amazing writing and jokes. The simple yet classic RPG style led the game to its success. Now with The Fractured But Whole, South Park advances on this formula by giving a new tactical RPG system and a brand new adventure with as much shenanigans as the first. If you love South Park and RPGs, definitely pick this up
2. Super Mario Odyssey
Mario games have always had the same idea in mind — platforming is key. Mario games have also rejuvenated the formula of the simple premise by either putting new mechanics never seen before or new setting introducing ideas. Odyssey not only reinvents the Mario formula, but does so by being one of the best Mario games in decades. With Cappy by Mario’s side, Mario is able to take over virtually any creature, object and even a dinosaur just by tossing his hat on the desired creature. The new gameplay mechanics never seen before in a Mario game allow the player to switch up their playing style and be able to solve puzzles. If you don’t have a Nintendo Switch, the game would be an easy reason why to put one on your wish list.
3. Assassin's Creed Origins
For old lapsed Assassin’s Creed fans, the last few entries in the series have been let downs to say the least. Technical glitches, boring story and gameplay that didn’t reach the peak like Assassin’s Creed II. Fans wanted a new entry with some weight, and their demands were answered. Origins offers new RPG improvements such as equipment, combat and leveling as well as the most expansive world in an Assassin’s Creed game with scenes like the open seas of Egypt to the pyramids in the distance. Taking hold in Ancient Egypt allows the series to mess around with history and fans can go back to their roots where Assassin’s Creed originally started, thus the name Origins. If you’re a fan of the Creed series, definitely give this a leap of faith.
4. Call of Duty: WWII
Finally, Call of Duty is going back in time and “boots on the ground” with Sledgehammer’s latest installment. Taking place during World War II, the game has ample opportunity of telling an immersive story. The story has dramatic moments sprinkled in with over the top action Call of Duty is known for. The multiplayer introduces “Headquarters,” which is the central hub where players can meet each other before the match starts. The new multiplayer mode call “War” brings objective-based multiplayer matches into the fold for the Call of Duty franchise never seen before. It forces teammates to work together instead of focusing on themselves like any other match. Nazi Zombies, on the other hand, bring horror back to the franchise. Fans from Treyarch’s zombies should feel right at home with some new additions thrown into the mix that doesn’t negatively change the Zombies formula from past installations. If you love Call of Duty, pick this up.
5. Persona 5
Persona 5 is as JRPG as it can get. The group you play as, the Phantom Thieves, are transported to a world like theirs in many ways, but is filled with darker secrets never seen before. With amazing writing, full fleshed out characters and creative turn based combat the series is at an all time high. If you have 50-plus hours to spare and love JRPGs, definitely give the game a go.
6. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
MachineGames has done it again. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, expands from the previous installment by adding more guns, explosions and chaos. With a surprising in-depth story, Wolfenstein builds from the first game and adds more to the fold like a sequel should. With precise gun mechanics and fun level design, it’s a game that shouldn’t be overlooked.
7. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The launch game for the Nintendo Switch has been claimed the best Zelda of all time and lead as the Game of the Year candidate. Breath of the Wild feels like the best-of collection but made into its own game with an immersive open world, loosed based objectives and plenty of shrines to discover and complete. It is definitely a Zelda game not to miss and a game players can spend countless of hours on. Especially because the Nintendo Switch is a portable system, it’s a primetime game for long winter travels to visit family or the boring hours in between Christmas.