Saints Row 4
From being a hero and vesting with saving Earth from a seemingly vile and deadly alien invasion, to soothingly slaughtering powerful aliens, this game is all about protecting your country and recapturing the abhorrent alien occupation.
This action-adventure fantasy game developed by Volition is the fourth title in the Saints Row series. They are comprising of quests and side quests by engaging in shooting and combats with its unique abilities acquired by killing different alien bosses and collecting data clusters scattered all over the city. All things are symmetrically linked to the task of liberating the country of the United States from the alien occupation. Set in an extensively explorable environment, the player can perform different tasks by his abilities, which includes climbing, running at ultra-fast pace, and propelling the air in the desired direction.
The game introduces various characters of its previous franchise, which take up key positions in the game’s quests, key characters like Kinzie Kensington and Asha Odekar have returned making the game more appealing to Saints Row fans. Overall the game is quite charming and action-packed with its range of weapons, enemy makeovers, and style of combat, anyone desiring to play a seeming sci-fi action-adventure can always go for Saints Row 4.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Well, who is not aware of the marvelous action-adventure role-playing Witcher series. The predecessor to the upcoming Witcher 3, this game has all elements from engrossing combats to vengeful explorations. Based on a linear storyline, this game again features our beloved Geralt of Rivia, on his path of slaying beastly monsters for a living.
The story is yet again based on the bestselling fantasy drama series novels of the legendary Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, having the fictional kingdom of Temeria. Widely praised for its improved combat this game, additionally, structures laying traps, accurate aiming and throwing ranged weapons. Also, the protagonist Geralt has impressively improved with his abilities, costume, armor, and the narrations featuring him, which look quite touchy.
The game also includes a stealth mode in various sections of the game, this combined with stunning enemies from behind and performing silent melees are just other things that make the game breath-taking. This game can be a treat for the players preferring period drama action-adventure games involving kingdoms and liberation.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Who wouldn’t have heard about a game which earned more than 1 Billion $ in just three days of its release, well GTA 5, in my opinion, was worthy too for such a reception. This Rockstar North action-adventure video game was the successor of GTA 4 released in 2008.
Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, which took inspiration from the USA’s southern California. The story trails on the lives of three protagonists setting up their lives on track and performing heists while being under pressure from a powerful governmental agency. Grand Theft Auto games being famous for their open world and free roam the environment. This game wasn’t just about it as the combat, driving gameplay, and its cinematic camera took this game to just another level. Played with either a third- or first-person perspective.
The player can choose between main and side missions, having a branched story linked together with the lives of three protagonists. Combat in this game involves taking covers, using a range of weapons from assault rifles to specially made shotguns giving a realistic feel of every aspect of the game. Overall this game I would suggest is fully worthy of a try irrespective of your genre choice in playing video games.
This BioWare’s action role-playing sci-fi video game launched in 2007 was a big hit among gamers who love space exploration and intergalactic storyline. Set in the futuristic year of 2183, in Milky Way galaxy, where the civilization is endangered by an extremely advanced machine race known as reapers.
The player then takes on the role of the Command Shepard, a rogue agent who is vested with stopping the influence of the vile reapers. The gameplay involves various quests, which include space exploration, squad, and advanced vehicular combats, also interacting with different characters of the galaxy. Beginning with the option given to the player to customize their player with gender, appearance, military background, and first name choice.
This video game comprises an overworld galaxy map, given for the player to explore, and as the game progresses, six other members join the player’s squad. The player with his starship can navigate from one planet to another, and aboard it, the ship enables different customizable features like buying weapons and interacting with the squad. Combat is quite engaging in the game where the player is accompanied by his squad and includes weapons ranged from pistols to assault rifles and sniper rifles.
Overall the game’s narration, dialogues, and graphics, to are also praiseworthy, giving the game a cutting edge from other games.
A stealth-action video combat game developed by IO Interactive and Square Enix. The game features a protagonist, Agent 47, seemingly a cloned contract killer, who is a flawless assassin equipped with precisely well-trained sniping and gunning skills.
In the game, the player, being a part of the security agency ICA progresses through various given contracts to assassinate different high-profile targets, and thus moves through the elite list of wealthy sharpshooters. Played in a mainly third-person perspective, the player disguises himself in different given costumes like a repairman, police officers, or waiters blending amongst the people amongst whom he has a target to kill. The game also features a suspicion meter. The player is vested with the task of stealthily killing enemies and then disposing of the dead bodies at different places of the environment with his phenomenal skills of sniping and stealth.
The player then moves through various levels of difficulty in a methodically generated environment, which could be a bar, a nightclub, or maybe a parking lot. This game is quite famous among people preferring stealth shooting and quiet melee one on one combats and can be on a wish-list to play for anyone.
Tomb Raider (2013)
Another action-packed adventure video game developed by the gaming giants Square Enix is a tenth title to the widely acclaimed Tomb Raider series. This game follows the chronicles of Lara Croft, who is equipped with battle-hardened skills. Set on an abandoned Japanese island Lara is devolved with the responsibility to save her friends and then escape from the island’s malevolent cult chasing her.
Gameplay mainly focuses on survival and exploration; Lara can also be met with deadly animals and traps with whom she would have to combat using her bows and guns or different abilities. The game also has an ability feature which the player acquires from various enemies, collectibles, and by solving various puzzles in the game. As a player progresses through the game, the game becomes more RPG focused, featuring experience points by different actions of hunting, exploration, and combat.
The game’s setting looks quite ravishing with historical and rogue elements mixed with the fictional elements of mystic creatures. This action-adventure game overall is a mix of exploration, adventure, history, and survival with its appealing setting and gameplay.
Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
Well, this action-adventure thriller of the Assassins creed giants, is truly a masterpiece made by Ubisoft. The fictionally historical 18th-century environment of the real world follows the struggle between Assassins and the Templars to establish peace and free market on the seemingly Caribbean islands.
The environment mainly focusing on the expanded sea routes and beautifully crafted islands make this game quite unique from its predecessors. Moreover, land exploration on the islands of Havana, Nassau, and Kingston are also appealing. The gameplay involves looting and capturing ships by engaging in naval warfare to gain loot and money. On land, exploration, completing quests, taking on officials on forts, hunting, and engaging in combat when required mainly comprises the gameplay.
The main character Edward Kenway, a welsh privateer-turned-pirate and eventual member of the Assassins order, looks quite adoring with its cunning attitude and outlandish skills and abilities. The game can be critically praised for its environment, gameplay, combat, and open-world exploration. Besides that, the game’s visual effects, music, and narration are made at par compared to its previous versions.
Dark Souls 3
Another fantastical creation of Bandai Namco, comprised of magic, spells, and dark world. This action-role playing video game was a worldwide bestseller, shipping over 3 million copies worldwide within two months of its release. The Game of Thrones type story combined with the lucid environment, fictional kingdoms, and fictional ages in which the game is set.
The gameplay design of the game follows closely its predecessor Dark Souls 2. Players will be equipped with a variety of weapons to fight against hordes of enemies, each weapon having its own set attack, weapons ranging from bows, throwable objects, and magic swords. Spells and Magic also play a vital role in combat, which comes as a returning magic system known in the game as ‘focus points, ’ which consequently are consumed on performing spells and magic abilities. With game placing more focus on role-playing it introduces a character builder mainly comprising of improved arsenal and varied set of skills.
The game overall can be termed as an appealing work of fantasy, adventure, and action RPG, mainly garnering huge respect for its story and beautifully made over scenic beauty and environment.
Metal Gear Solid 5
The Phantom Pain: Following the revengeful expedition of a mercenary in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. This stealth game set in 1984 is the ninth installment in the Metal Gear series and was released in 2016 making it widely acclaimed for its mechanics and interconnected systems.
Played from a third-person perspective in an open world, the gameplay remains unvaryingly unchanged from its previous version Ground Zeroes, which means that players will have to sneak from places, avoiding enemy guards and remaining obscured. Encouraging a player to progress through the game using stealth by using non-lethal weapons like tranquilizer darts to mollify enemies. Players also have an option to transverse the open world with vehicles, like tanks, horses, cars and go rock climbing in case of the terrain being mountainous.
The protagonist can also be accompanied with his companions whom he can call in between gaming sections including Quiet, a silent female sniper with supernatural abilities; D-Dog, a wolf pup raised and skilled to support the player on his missions and D-Walker, a wrought highly sprightly weapon platform which provides heavy weapon support. Overall the game is quite charming, with its edging stealth and touchy storyline, opting it for your next play wouldn’t be a bad idea though.
Sleeping Dogs is an action-adventure video game developed by United Front Games, which follows the story of an undercover Chinese-American police officer on an assignment to insinuate a criminal Triad organization.
The player being a proficient parkour expert has other abilities like fighting and shooting, which further helps in evading enemies and doing combats when required in the game. The game introduces various missions to unlock content and move the story further, however free roam is always available with the game offering an engaging environment where the player can involve in both legal and illegal activities which can further come to Police chasing the player. The game features role-playing elements depicting three types of experience points that can be earned through melee combats and violent actions such as environment kill in the game.
From buying clothing to unlocking vehicles this game contains all elements of an epic free world gaming. Well, this game can be on anyone’s list looking for another crime thriller to play.
Batman: Arkham City
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment’s action-adventure sequel to the 2009 video game Batman: the long-running comic book mythos inspires Arkham Asylum. The game’s storyline sees Batman incarnated in an Arkham City, which is a prison enclosing the slums of Gotham city.
Batman is then vested with the task to unfold a menacing scheme orchestrated by the city’s warden. This game played in the third-person perspective offers highly enhanced combat, stealth, detective and gadget skills which can be used in both combats and exploration. The game features an openly hostile world full of evil gangs and people of the warden, which can also result in Batman engaging in combat while roaming in the city. Batman is now equipped with grapple’s gun and retracting rope to reach out to ledges.
The player is also given with a detective vision which then helps to find clues while exploration in missions. The game is critically balanced with a free flow combat system, stealth and exploration combined with an advanced set of weapons, Batsuit, and unseen gadgets.
This action-adventure role-playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios is an open-world game. Set in a post-apocalyptic city of Boston which is popularly known as “The Commonwealth”. Takes place in the year of 2287, ten years after the events of its previous game after the Great War which caused deadly havoc across the United States.
The player controls a character, who comes after a long time from the chronic shelter made for shielding from nuclear war and thus ascends on a journey to find his missing child. Available both as the first person and the third person playing option, the game’s dialogues and storyline look mesmerizing with well-laid narrations and powerfully captured theatrics.
The game involves free roam around the city, taking on enemies when required and crafting objects to progress through the game, on top of that the game also comes with meticulously designed weapons and armors. Other things include accessing maps, customizing weapons and traveling with companions available in the game.
Based on the life of Max, the protagonist, this game follows him as he progresses through the wastelands of the country in search of peace and stability. Taking inspiration from the movie series Mad Max, this game similarly involves vehicular combats involving upgradable cars, armored semi-trucks and gun mounted SUVs.
Like the movie majority of the game’s gameplay involves traversing through different parts of the wasteland passing through deserts, canyons, and barren plains. The combat as discussed is majorly vehicular with Max having his mini truck Magnum Opus, mounted with deadly flamethrowers and turbo boosts, while other tools like grappling hook and sniper rifle being used with conjunction with the vehicle. Although the combat looks quite an action-packed and deadly, the game mainly focuses on stealth, since ammunition is scarce and Max prefers melees more than guns in such circumstances. Having a praiseworthy free-flow combat system, which is added with professional wrestling techniques and powerful bodily shots.
If you have seen Mad Max: Fury Road and want to experience the same adventure and thrill, then you can never expect this game a disappointment for you.
Mount and Blade: Warband
Warband develops on the original game by presenting a sixth faction (the Sarranid Sultanate), thus increasing political options, and adding the ability for the player to start their own faction. This action-role playing video game is methodologically a stand-alone expansion pack to the old Mount and Blade.
The game now includes various new elements like the reorganization of the world map and introduction of various political options which enables the player to influence the lords and marry ladies. Moreover, the game comes with improved graphics, the inclusion of multiplayer and keenly maneuvered animations in combat. Here, this version mainly focuses on multiplayer mode which is a single-player mode, focusing on direct combat, character customization, and equipment purchases.
Although no link is established between the single-player and multiplayer mode, the player can still perform combats and use weapons by combining their abilities. The game mainly highlights aspects like horse-mounted combat and giving orders to one’s Warband in the field, such as telling archers to hold a position or infantry to use weapons.
This 2014 action-adventure magnum opus of Ubisoft follows hacker Aiden Pearce’s search for revenge after the killing of his niece. Set in a fictionalized city of Chicago, this game is played from a third-person perspective with the world being navigated on foot or by a vehicle which can also be played as a multiplayer with up to 8 players.
Aiden equipped with his advanced smartphone, digitally controls traffic lights, car locks, cell phones, access pedestrians’ private information and takes out money from bank accounts. Combat in this game is scarce as the game focuses more on stealth and progression from hacking the things present around, although a player can engage in combats using handguns, shotguns, snipers, grenade launchers, etc which looks quite ravishing with its theatrical slow-motion mode.
Vehicles are owned by the players which can range from muscle cars to SUVs, besides the game features a reputation and skill tree which can affect progress at many points in the game.
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the first sin
Taking place in the kingdom of Drangleic it begins with a human who has become cursed and thus has a story of a fictional kingdom fighting from a vengeful cult. Released in 2016 this action role-playing game came with upgraded graphics, expanded online multiplayer and various other changes compared to its previous versions.
The gameplay remains majorly focused on two modes namely PvE and PvP modes, with more challenging quests and an advanced artificial intelligence system. This game mainly revolves around a seemingly absurd currency called ‘souls’, which enables a player in the game for leveling up and also for purchasing items from shops, with each quest giving some souls to the player.
Played with majorly as a third person, this game’s gameplay takes us to a large open-world environment where the player fends of enemies in battles and thus progresses through the game conveniently. Combats majorly include melees, various defense forms, and magical abilities, player thus is equipped with a wide array of high fantasy, medieval-style weaponry which includes swords, spears, maces and more.
Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition
Dead Rising 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Capcom Vancouver and published by Microsoft Studios. The story follows a young mechanic named Nick Ramos and his attempt to survive a massive zombie outbreak in the fictional city of Los Perdidos, California. Which takes place in 2021, 10 years after the events of the Fortune City outbreak and 15 years after the Willamette outbreak. Set on a vast open-world environment, which is much larger than its predecessors, this zombie killer RPG can deliver twice as many as zombies compared to its previous versions.
The game starts with crafting weapons, and thus retains the ability to create combo weapons as the system also allows players to craft combo vehicles by combining different vehicles. The gameplay’s major part is an exploration to discover and unlocking blueprints to gather progress and unlocking weapons. Stealth and melee combat also plays a vital role as loud noises from the player have the potential to trigger the rush of zombies.
Moreover, the multiplayer mode is available to play for a two-player cooperative with different modes like casual, completionist, speed run, etc.