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Holiday Games


Nathaniel Rioux

Tis the season for gift giving, and while most people are still recovering from black Friday deals, video game companies use this time of year to release a lot of blockbuster games for your entertainment. Here is a quick list along with some reviews of games that will surely entertain anybody who is an avid gamer on your holiday list.

Halo 4: Continuing where Halo 3 left of story-wise, Master Chief travels to a new planet were he has to battle with the familiar Covenant group which is now an ancient alien race. While the game is pretty impressive in terms of graphic quality and overall game mechanics, the overall feel of the game seems pretty similar to the previous games. Fans of both Halo and science fiction shooters will enjoy this game.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2: All that can be said of Call of Duty is that it has done it again. Already making waves in the gaming franchise, Black Ops 2 is set in the close future in which humanity’s tools of destruction have been turned against humanity by an unknown terrorist group. Even though it is a Call of Duty game, this, in my opinion is drastically different than the typical fest of other shooting games. With the introduction of futuristic methods of killing, such as X-ray scopes, gun-bots, and various other concept weapons that are currently being developed today, or actually being used in in our world today, it offers a different and refreshing feel to the Call of Duty franchise.

Assassins Creed 3: One of the most talked about games of this year, Assassins Creed 3 places the familiar Assassins in America during the revolution. While changing the setting of the game was a bold move for the game (its previous adaptations were set during Europe in critical moments in history), the game plays almost identically like the other games. With that being said, however, the combat animation has been thoughtfully put together which makes this game almost excellent to play.

Hitman Absolution: This game is a hit or miss for fans of the shooter genre. The game follows the story of the previous character Agent 47 as he gets hunted by his own organization (a story that fans of the covert ops franchise know all too well).  While the game is different in terms of the environmental dynamics, such as the way the environment reacts to the user, the game seems to be tailored made to fans of the genre and really offers no incentive for newbies to play the game.