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Destiny 2 Review

2014's Destiny was a polarizing product, confused about its own identity and therefore confusing to consumers. Was it a failed MMORPG or a multiplayer shooter with a bolted-on campaign? Was it a Diablo-esque loot collection game? Was it a new genre? Even after the excellent Taken King expansion/reboot, Destiny remained both a disappointment to many and a favorite to many more. 

Destiny 2 Review

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review

Although well written and acted, its story is still too binary and lacks the subtlety of real-life geopolitical conflict. Amazing, its short campaign can feel too long in places, and its stop-and-start pace suffers in comparison to its shooter peers. Multiplayer and Zombie modes fare better, and for many players, that will be good enough. 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review

Bedlam

All things considered, an interesting premise and good storytelling can't make up for bad game design. If the game were actually fun to play this would be an easy recommendation for anybody that grew up playing PC games in 90s, but as it stands not even the quality of the writing can save it. Unless you are a die hard fan of the author, I can't see any reason to recommend this, and if I ever become trapped in a videogame I hope it's a much better one.

Bedlam

Rainbow Six: Siege

Rainbow Six: Siege delivers on what it promised to be: a well-made, multiplayer-focused, team shooter. To criticize it for not having a stronger single player experience is accusing it of a pretense it never made, and consumers will decide whether the product has broad enough appeal to warrant its price. Beyond that, the game would benefit from more visual detail and polish, and a coherent narrative that placed the matches in context or part of an arc and while the levels are well designed and the weapons and toys are satisfying to use, the game wildly and incongruously strays here and there from its realistic roots. A "healing gun?" Really? Right now, Rainbow Six: Siege feels like a framework onto which much more content could be added.

Rainbow Six: Siege

Destiny: The Taken King

That, in essence, is the give and take of this package. Finally at a point where I can not only recommend it, but have actually bought it myself, I am still shocked when I think about the game as a whole. For the first time, Destiny feels like it's complete. It's not perfect, far from it in fact, and I still can't entirely disagree when they speak of the package itself as bad. But I've also been unable to put it down for the past month I've played it. And that, the fun of getting into the game and exploring what it does have to offer, rather then sitting on the sidelines grumbling about what it doesn't, makes The Taken King, a worthy addition to my library.

Destiny: The Taken King

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Sure, the enjoyable bits are wrapped in the safest of cliché bubblewrap, but even that manages to be entertaining and add enough to the overall arch to warrant inclusion. Plus, you get to smash stuff with an awesome pipe. I did mention the PIPE, right?

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Wolfenstein: The New Order

If you are down for mayhem, down for a great story and feel up to a difficult challenge The New Order has you covered on all bases. What it lacks in online play it makes up for in collectables and story length. You can replay the whole game, choosing an entire other alternate time line. What really makes The New Order stands out from other shooters is that it has cheesy big budget cut-scenes and out of this world gameplay grounded in some reality. We are lucky that Germany did not win the war and these nightmares did not come to reality, but we are also lucky that MachineGames has reimagined Wolfenstein and The New Order can stand toe to toe with any first person shooter to date.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Keep Killzone: Shadow Fall in mind if you're looking for a multiplayer shooter that shows off what the system can actually do. If you're one of those that are lacking the subscription to Playstation Plus, needed to access the multiplayer, then you will likely leave the game disappointed at a poor single player experience and you can do much, much better in the launch lineup than this.

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Everything about this game is solid, but does nothing from a narrative or gameplay standpoint to move the franchise forward. I’m sure the game will sell gangbusters again but for me the franchise is going to need to take bolder steps in future releases to maintain its firm lead on the rest of the industry.

Call of Duty: Ghosts