The winter holidays are coming soon, when you can relax and take time to your favorite hobby. For many, these are video games, with which you can go on incredible adventures and try on a thousand roles.
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However, even the most avid gamers cannot devote all their free time to interactive entertainment during the holiday period. Everyone has their own worries and activities that require attention.
This is why it is important to know in advance which games are worth playing during your winter break or vacation.
The HB editors decided to help with the choice of projects and compiled a selection of amazing hits of 2020 that will appeal to most users.
It is these new items that should be added to your personal collection as soon as possible.
10. Nioh 2
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Let’s start with heavy artillery. Nioh 2 is a third-person action game inspired by the Dark Souls series. In it, players will take on the role of Hideyoshi’s mercenary and set off to conquer an alternative Japan of the 1555 model. The main advantage of the project lies in a complex combat system and a variety of mechanics. Users are given many opportunities to experiment with assemblies and create a unique character. Opponents in Nioh 2, especially bosses, require a unique approach, which makes it impossible to apply the same combat tactics on a consistent basis. The player will have to learn how to use Ki correctly, unleash the power of the youkai in time, and master other gameplay intricacies. It seems difficult at first, but as you get used to it, you start to enjoy every battle.
Plunge into alternative Japan here.
9. Demon’s Souls
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We are talking about a remake of the cult game in 2009 – the only exclusive PlayStation 5 at the moment. Bluepoint Games has done a phenomenal job of revamping the visuals of Demon’s Souls. All textures, effects, animations have been replaced with modern ones, making the project look gorgeous. Moreover, the creators of the remake were able to convey the stylistic charm of the original, for which they receive special praise. But Bluepoint did not change the gameplay: Demon’s Souls remained the same hardcore action RPG with a bunch of bosses and a mysterious world filled with secrets to the eyeballs. In the reissue, several small simplifications have appeared that add convenience, but otherwise the users are still facing the same cult classic, only now in a much more attractive wrapper.
Misty Boletaria from Demon’s Souls is waiting for the saviors on the link.
8.Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
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The standalone addition to Marvel’s Spider-Man with Miles Morales as the main character turned out to be surprisingly successful. Yes, it brings few gameplay innovations, but this is offset by a captivating storyline with a chic setting and a variety of mechanics. The protagonist participates in fights with many opponents, and secretly cleans the enemy bases, and is engaged in pursuit and even solves puzzles. And if the main plot is not enough, then there are still interesting additional tasks and a bunch of activities in the open world.
You can become a superhero guarding New York at this link.
7. Final Fantasy VII Remake
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Something a lot of remakes have appeared recently. Although, if their quality is at the level of Demon’s Souls and Final Fantasy VII Remake, then I’m all for it. Square Enix’s recent creation includes only a portion of the original storyline and focuses on the adventures of Cloud Strife and his friends in Midgar. Users are shown their encounters with the corporation ” Shinra “, which destroys the planet with its activities. The plot in the remake has been supplemented and changed, so that even hard-core Final Fantasy fans will be interested in watching the story. In terms of gameplay, the project was also tightened up: the developers changed the combat system, making it more effective and dynamic, added staged fights and expanded locations to motivate users to do research. As a result, the result is a decent and modern rethinking of one of the most popular games of the past.
Join the fight against the ” Shinra” right here.
6. DOOM Eternal
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These demons will never learn. Well, they will not be able to enslave humanity with the living Executioner Rock. This brutal hero was once again proved in DOOM Eternal – a hurricane shooter from id Software. The game, first of all, pleases with verified to the smallest detail, complex and at the same time exciting shootings. In them, the user will not stop even for a second, because it makes no sense. You need to constantly run, change guns and get cartridges to destroy powerful enemies. There are many of those in DOOM Eternal. Demons for every taste and color with their advantages and weaknesses are eager to kill the Doom Slayer at any cost. But he, too, is constantly being pumped, modifying his weapon and costume. The protagonist is ready to resist to the last, in order to ultimately win.
Follow the link to defend the Earth .
5. Ghost of Tsushima
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When the Mongols attacked Tsushima, they did not even imagine what kind of enemy they would make. Their cruelty made the main character Jin Sakai kill the samurai in his soul and take the path of the shinobi. He abandoned the old principles, gathered loyal people around him and prepared to repulse the aggressor. However, Ghost of Tsushima has more than a dramatic story to tell. This samurai action game also pleases with a chic open world design, a large number of different activities and a subtly conveyed atmosphere of medieval Japan – its culture and customs. And the combat system deserves a separate mention. With the need to constantly change stances and the ability to use aids like kunai and smoke bombs, every battle in Ghost of Tsushima feels unique.
You can test yourself as a shinobi here.
4. Mafia: Definitive Edition
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Another high-quality remake on the list. In terms of the number of changes, it sits somewhere between Final Fantasy VII Remake and Demon’s Souls. That is, the developers from Hangar 13 did not shovel the plot, but they did not leave users without important improvements. They have changed individual episodes and added small scenes that work great for revealing the story and characters. As a result, classic storytelling looks both familiar and fresh. But the gameplay in Mafia: Definitive Edition has been completely changed. There were staged episodes with high dynamics, shootouts in the game are conducted from behind cover, and it became easier to quietly eliminate opponents. For the most part, all the improvements in the remake seem to be appropriate, for which he received such a high place in the rating.
Join the Salieri crime family now.
3. The Last of Us Part II
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I think everyone has already heard about the ambiguity of the plot of The Last of Us Part II, so let’s not sharpen our attention on it. While storytelling can indeed be controversial, there are many other virtues in the game. For example, a gorgeous verified gameplay with gunfights, stealth and survival mechanics. Battles in TLoU II often take place in unique conditions: in a dilapidated building, in the middle of dense thickets of trees, in a small village, and so on. Resources are constantly in short supply, so you need to carefully monitor their consumption. And the enemies behave very naturally – people communicate with each other, and zombies quickly react to actions from the user. Plus, the world of TLoU II feels alive, and you readily believe in the apocalypse that took place in it.
Experience an unforgettable adventure in The Last of Us Part II here.
2. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
And here is, without exaggeration, the best platformer of 2020. Crash Bandicoot 4 earned this title due to the variety of challenges and the mechanics that are used to overcome them. Users will have to change gravity, manipulate time in order to correctly position platforms, go through 2D sections with a side view, where you need to very carefully jump over obstacles, and so on. Plus, in Crash Bandicoot 4, several heroes are implemented with their own skills, which are also actively used at certain levels. In general, the game simply does not let you get bored. She constantly throws up new challenges, switches between characters in time and has a bunch of secrets. Only real hardcore players can find the latter.
Experience the fun of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time right here.
1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
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Valhalla turned out to be a surprisingly robust action movie with RPG elements. From Assassin’s Creed, you usually expect self-repetition, but here there is a plot with a political context, and a huge open world with well-furnished activities, and an entertaining combat system, and even funny mini-games. The project offers a bunch of all kinds of activities and will suit all fans of action RPGs. He does not force grind to complete the storyline and draws in front of the user’s eyes a chic entourage of medieval Britain, which the Vikings are trying to conquer. For this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla received laudatory reviews from the press and users.