The Best Online Games…So Far
It’s definitely a great time to be a gamer.
There are still several months before we bid goodbye to 2014, but already there is no shortage of online games that are worth playing and spending hours and hours on. Critics and games award-giving bodies are certainly not holding back in handing out much well-deserved accolades to the online games that are sure to make an indelible mark in gaming history, much like a deepfried garlic snorting challenge would make an indelible mark on your sinuses.
Let us take a look at three of the best online games that are so good they simply would not be ignored.
HEARTHSTONE: HEROES OF WARCRAFT
In the recent Unity Awards 2014, “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” by Blizzard Entertainment was a big winner, scoring awards such as the Golden Cube Award and Best Gameplay. It is also currently up for the award of Best Online Game in the upcoming Golden Joystick Awards.
This addictive collectible card-game looks deceptively simple and straightforward, but players will soon discover that it is anything but boring. It boasts turn-based matches pitting two opponents against each other, depending on which of the 5 game modes (Practice, Play, Arena, Adventure, and Duels) are chosen. Players get to choose their hero from a selection of the more important Warcraft characters, such as Jaina Proudmoore, Anduin Wrynn, Uther the Lightbringer, Rexxar, Thrall, Garrosh Hellscream, and more. The matches take place in four possible battlefields: Orgrimmar, Pandaria, Stormwind, and Stranglethorn.
The game “Monument Valley” by ustwo is earning recognition left and right, particularly for its 3D visuals and game concept. And why shouldn’t it? This puzzle game proves to be both challenging and fun, not to mention, great-looking. No wonder it was also the Community Choice in the 2014 Unity Awards.
Basically, you are looking at an M.C. Escher drawing that you can actually play. The goal is to guide a princess through different types of challenging puzzles and architectural hurdles, all played across 10 levels. It is operated through touch, giving players a more “hands-on” feel. The fact that it also includes a special camera feature that comes with filters that resemble that of Instagram is definitely a very welcome addition!
As far as online multiplayer games go, EVOLVE looks set to be the conquering hero. The Game Critics Awards chose it as the Best of Show, Best Console Game, Best Action Game, and Best Online Multiplayer. Meanwhile, gamescom named it as the Best Console Game for Microsoft Xbox, the Best Action Game, the Best PC Game, and Best Online Multiplayer Game. It also bagged the Best of Gamescom Award.
In this multiplayer shooting game from Turtle Rock Studios, 4 Hunters (from any of the 4 Hunter classes, which include Assault, Medic, Support, and Trapper) will be pitted against a Monster. Players will have the option of taking on the role of the Hunter or the savage Monster.
The recent crop of online games shows a lot of promise, offering more to gamers all over the world. These are only three of them, and they are already enough to pump up the excitement of what is yet to come in the world of online games.