Designed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, Fortnite is a game that innovates by mixing the shooter genre with the addictive crafting nature of games like Minecraft. This means environment and player ingenuity plays a huge role in the outcome of a match. The game was decent to begin with, but once it added the free-to-play battle royale mode where a large swarm of players in a free-for-all style game slowly eliminate one another, the game ascended to new levels of competitive revelry.
A collectible NFC card game made by Harmonix that allows players to mix songs in novel and interesting ways? If that doesn’t sound cool, it’s because the experience doesn’t translate perfectly into words. I assure you, though, DropMix is awesome.
The is, essentially, a bluetooth device that pairs with your phone or tablet. Players put cards down in slots representing different parts of a musical arrangements. The game then remixes the songs resulting in compelling or, frankly, disturbing new mixes. Thanks to DropMix, I’ve experienced a nightmare version of “Call Me Maybe,” and I never want to return to a world where that doesn’t exist.
Even in the game’s competitive modes, there’s a sense of comradery; the drive to improve upon the current track is just that powerful.
3. Friday the 13th: The Game
Capturing the campy horror of the Friday the 13th films and infusing it with the frustrating yet humbling experience of being murdered by a screeching tween, IllFonic’s asymmetrical multiplayer experience explores new territory in game design that is immediately rewarding. In Friday the 13th: The Game, one player plays as the infamous Jason and takes on a team of other players whose goal is, simply, to escape. Sure, they can kill Jason, but the odds are stacked against them. The disparity of power, the use of proximity microphone, the scarcity of weapons, and the gruesome murder animations make for a game that is worth experiencing.
2. Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy
I’m a sucker for the Professor Layton series and this mid-summer release was the perfect cure for a gaming dry spell. In Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy, you take control of the titular professor’s daughter. Its availability on mobile and the relatively bitesize gameplay means the player can easily cram in a bit of fun amidst the hectic nature of their day to day life.
Admittedly, the story isn’t as good as some of the other Professor Layton games, and the puzzles, while often good, can be ridiculously silly. Still, considering the extremely high bar set by the franchise, none of this is to say that these elements of the game make it an unenjoyable experience. For a relatively cheap price point and the on demand nature of a mobile title, this game should be an easy purchase to justify for fans of the series.
1. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
This long running franchise seemed to be experiencing some fatigue. The Assassin’s Creed games weren’t becoming awful but a degree of monotony was certainly creeping up. Perhaps this is why developer Ubisoft decided to take a bit of a break.
This year, we were introduced to Assassin’s Creed: Origins which puts players in the boots of Bayek and lets them run loose in an open world Egyptian setting. The game offers a revamped combat system, gorgeous visuals, and tells the story of the, well, origin of the assassin brotherhood that players have been learning about since the very first game.
The CheatCC Team
Date: Holiday 2017