Jun 20, 2013

8 TPS Games That You Need to Play Before The Next Generation

We all love First Person Shooter games but nothing beats a TPS game. However as we now approach the next generation of gaming, you may want to play a few good games with your Xbox 360s and PS3s just to relive all the joy they brought you. So here are 8 TPS games that you need to play before the next generation officially arrives.

1. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 is actually a game that came out in the "previous generation of gaming" and it originally was only released on the Nintendo GameCube. However, it's was such a huge success that it was later released on PS2, Wii, iOS, and PC. The game was soon remastered in HD for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.

It was a very scary survival horror game for its time! One might say that it is the best survival horror game ever made. Instead of recycling a formula that Capcom itself conceded was growing tired, the development team tried to create a strikingly new Resident Evil experience. So they got rid of the zombies and sent the player on an epic adventure to save the President's kidnapped daughter. One of the most exciting aspects of the game is that you are trying to figure out what the things that are neither zombies nor humans are. This is one game you should play again before the PS4 and the Xbox One comes out.

2. Star Wars: Battlefront II

Unfortunately, you can only play this game on PSP, (the original) Xbox, and PS2. However, there is a PC version that you can still play. EA just teased a reboot of the Battlefront series during E3 2013 that will most likely be released on next-gen consoles since the teaser trailer was showing off the Frostbite 3 engine. But, there is a reason to be worried because EA has a special partnership with Microsoft that just might lead to this game being released for Xbox One and PC only. 

Battlefront II has a fun and (often) chaotic multiplayer. The Galactic Conquest Mode is a blast to play and was completely revamped. The game even allows you to play as the bad guys. You can shoot Rebel scum as a Stormtrooper or play as the powerful Sith, Darth Vader, and choke those who dare defy your power.

3. Gears of War 

You would have had to been living under a rock for the last 6 and a half years not to know what Gears of War is. It was initially released as a Xbox 360 exclusive but was later ported to PC. One of the biggest reasons for its success (other than its revolutionary cover system) is probably its trailer. Many refer to it as the best video game trailer ever released. When this trailer began to air in 2006, not only did it turn a lot of people on to Gears of War, but it's the reason that a lot of people even bought an Xbox 360 in the first place. You can see the utter helplessness on Marcus Fenix's face as Gary Jules whispered the words, "Mad World..."

Plus, Gears of War features the best weapon ever created! They fused a gun and a chainsaw together to make the ultimate weapon. Nothing can compete with that.

4. Mass Effect 3

Few games come with the amount of hype Mass Effect 3 has swirling around it. As the culmination of BioWare's epic sci-fi RPG trilogy, Mass Effect 3 hasn't garnered this groundswell in an artificial way. Rather, anticipation steadily sits at a fever pitch because the previous installments -- Mass Effect, and especially Mass Effect 2 -- rate amongst the best games ever made. And in many ways, Mass Effect 3 has set the bar even higher as the worthy conclusion to one of the finest stories ever told in gaming history, even if it's still admittedly imperfect.

Mass Effect 3 throws you back into the role of Commander Shepard, the first human Spectre that has, at this point in the story, gone above and beyond proving his (or her) commitment to galactic order. After reluctantly working for the xenophobic human-first organization Cerberus and jumping through the Omega-4 Mass Relay to fight the Collectors at the center of the Milky Way in Mass Effect 2, Shepard's greatest challenge still lies ahead.

Mass Effect 3 has a very incredible map layout which brings out the best in the enemy's AI.

You will want to replay not only Mass Effect 3 but the whole entire trilogy before Mass Effect 4 comes out.

5. Max Payne

You can play the original Max Payne on PC or Mac if you don't own a PS2 or Xbox anymore. The game features a gritty neo-noir style and uses graphic novel panels (with voice-overs) in place of animated cutscenes to narrate the game, as it draws inspiration from hard-boiled detective novels by authors like Mickey Spillane.

By default, the left mouse button fires your equipped weapons as rapidly as possible, while the right mouse button triggers Max's "Bullet Time" special ability, which temporarily puts everything in slow motion, as in the 1999 sci-fi hit, The Matrix. 

Bullet time is spectacular. The sounds of gunfire become muted and distant, and you hear a rush of air and then the pounding of Max's heart -- and you'll invariably hold your own breath as all this happens, because the effect is so well done. Bullet time isn't just for show -- it effectively gives Max superhuman reflexes, as while all the action in the game is slowed, you can still aim as quickly as you can move your mouse. Hence, bullet time lets you perform incredible feats of marksmanship--and, in combination with the movement keys, deadly acrobatic leaps in any direction. This particular technique, called a "shootdodge," is the key to surviving most of the game's gunfights. 

6. Sniper Elite V2

This game is available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and (now) Wii U. Instead of emphasizing a direct approach to combat, Sniper Elite V2 encourages the player as a sniper to use stealth and keep distance from enemy soldiers.

Plus, there is an extra mission that allows you to kill Hitler. And if you wish, you can shoot him in the testicles (like every other enemy in the game) and the slow-mo x-ray camera will show his testcles being blown apart inside his body. 

7. Dead Space

Dead Space has sold 2 million copies and is a very scary survival horror that is not for the light-hearted.

Combat involves a mechanism called "strategic dismemberment", in which the player must cut off limbs or sections of the Necromorphs to defeat them. For example, shooting most Necromorphs in the head will have little effect, but they can be stopped once the player removes its arms and legs. Depending on how they are wounded, Necromorphs can adopt new stances and tactics, even sprouting new limbs or giving birth to new enemies in the process.

What makes Dead Space even scarier is how impressive the Necromorphs' AI is. Despite resembling zombies, they do not think like zombies. For example, zombies wouldn't sneak through vents to surprise-attack you but Necromorphs do.

8. Splinter Cell: Conviction

Conviction is a Splinter Cell game in name more than anything else. You could easily swap Sam Fisher for Jack Bauer or create an all new character and no one would give it a second thought. The gameplay is fast, and Sam has been transformed into the ultimate killer. 

The murder of his daughter Sarah has siphoned away the hope and joy in Sam's life, and he's left with a single focus: find her killer. A few old friends put Sam on the trail, but that trail isn't a straightforward one, and Sam soon finds himself wrapped up in a conspiracy far greater than it first appears.

But I recommend playing this game on Xbox 360 only. The PC version is heavily flawed. 

So now the question is, which game are you going to play first?