Gamer’s Gift Giving Guide

We have made it into December, which of course means Christmas is right around the corner! So if you haven’t started you Christmas list, you better hop to it. Luckily, we are here to help. We have made a list of the top five video games voted by Inland Lakes students. This list has been edited to make sure the more recent games are listed. In other words, games that people will want to get for the holidays.

#5 Skyrim


Being the oldest game on our list, Skyrim has given all of its players memorable experiences, from exploring small caves in a massive world, to riding dragons! Skyrim is an open world fantasy game that has a very “Middle Earth” like feel to it. The game starts out with you being sent to be executed for a crime you didn’t commit. You are saved by a stroke of luck; a dragon burns the entire town, giving you a chance to escape. After this, you are pretty much on your own. You create your own story. You can choose to learn the secrets of the dragons coming back in the main story line, or set out and simply explore. The world is your oyster, and with hundreds of hours of gameplay, you will not get bored of this game anytime soon.

#4 The Last of Us

The Last of Us

If you are looking for a story driven game, you are not going to find a better one then this PlayStation exclusive. Winning over 200 game of the year awards, The Last of Us follows the steps of antihero Joel, a middle aged man with few moral lines left to cross, who is obligated to travel across the country to find the cure for the deadly Cordyceps fungus. The game takes place in a overgrown post apocalyptic America set 20 years in the future. You will get to see a beautiful world that is massive, yet detailed. Even the gameplay is exciting and full of tension. With limited supplies, you get to chose your fighting style. You can go in guns blazing, or be conservative and use stealth to take advantage of your environment. There is much more to cover in this masterpiece, which is why I will write a full review in the near future. You will be immersed in this emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, guaranteed.

#3 Grand Theft Auto 5


Living up to the franchises name (plus some), Grand Theft Auto 5 is a masterpiece of open world games. Having the largest map in the game series to date, it also has the most detailed. This game is simply better in every conceivable way you could think of. It has a highly ambitious story, letting you take control of 3 characters, each dramatically different in there own right. Each there story lines cross roads at some point in the game, and is very compelling. Keeping the campaign aside, the game offers you the opportunity to cause massive amounts of mayhem, which makes the game oddly compelling. Probably the biggest cause of this game being critically acclaimed is its vas variety of content to dive into. From riding numerous vehicles, to robing banks, to following the story, you will have your hands full for a while.

#2 Madden 2016


The most successful sports video game is back and didn’t disappoint. Its game is crisp and fluid just like the last, but the real aspect that sets this game apart from the others in the series is the new amount of options you can choose in game. One notable addition is the different choices that the quarter backs can make. they can give high, and low passes. These options are nice so you can get enough air to get the ball over the line backer, but not so much that the safety can get it. Even on defense you have new options. Players can choose to either go for a player or ball while playing defense, both having their benefits and their downfalls. The only upsetting addition to the game is the dull commentary, that can sometimes take away from the whole experience. The Multiplayer is also just as entertaining as before, making it a great game to play with friends and family during the holidays.

#1 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3


Having the live up to the other 11 games that came out before it, Black Ops 3 has a lot to prove. Taking place far into the future, the game focuses on humans interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) and the good and bad that can come from it. A new turn from the series, which is refreshing, yet poorly implemented. The Campaign is very fast pace which can be a good thing, but also very predictable and cheesy.  I seems to use gore and language just to look flashy, making it seem like the game is aimed at a fairly younger audience. But there are some additions that do make the campaign more enjoyable, including 4 player co-op, and personalization. As you complete missions, you unlock credits which can be used to buy news guns, attachments, or give your give character abilities. The Multiplayer has some new content as well. You now have thrusters that are similar to the games predecessor, Advanced Warfare, Which work more fluidly and have more limitations. This is great because now enemies will have to use there supplies more strategically and not fly around aimlessly. Of course the famous Zombies mode is back as well with a refreshing new map. The map takes play in a 1940’s fictional Morg City and introduces new characters as well. Zombies mode now has its own progression system. You can level up and create your own personalized weapons and equipment. This game will have you playing longer then you would probably like to admit.

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