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Top 8 Current Games to Show New Players

September 10, 2019 | Posted by Marc Morrison

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! Last week I talked about retro games for newbies, and this week I’m here to talk about current ones. For the sake of this article, I’m using this console generation as “current”, so PS4/XB1/Switch. Let’s begin:

#8: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (FPS)

I think it’s really hard to just pick a specific CoD game. I had a friend who kept suggesting the remastered port of the first Modern Warfare game but that’s not exactly a “new” game. I picked Advanced Warfare because it was the CoD game I actually had some success in, with multiplayer, the locomotive improvements were fun, and I really enjoyed the story. Say what you want about Spacey now, but in the game he was a very effective villain and actually gave you someone to go after, when he makes his evil turn. Also, there were basically phasers in this game, and that is cool to everyone.

#7: Kerbal Space Program (Puzzle)

This is a fairly odd pick but it’s one of the few I could think of for recent games. Putting either Tetris Effect or Tetris 99 seemed like a slight cop-out to me. Kerbal is great because you have the chance to really build whatever you want to get into space. At least when it comes to the sandbox mode. The science/scenario modes are far more limited, at least initially, but this is where the actual puzzle elements come into play. You might have a goal to reach planetary orbit with a ship, but you have limited means and parts to do so, so the puzzle is in designing a craft to accomplish a goal.

#6: Forza Horizon 4 (Racing)

If there’s one thing you can say about Microsoft’s games, it’s that they can make a solid racing game. Far better than Sony, at any rate. Horizon 4 is a great upgrade for the series, letting you take in a fictional version of the UK, amidst the seasons changing and altering the landscape. It’s a beautiful looking game, I’ve shown this game to non-gamers and even they were stunned by how great it looks. The only downside I really have is that I miss the story of the first game, and the characters in this are a tad lame, but that’s about it. The actual sensation of driving is just perfect though, from barely being able to see at night, to bombing up a mountain in a truck, hoping to gain enough speed to hit a jump. Why can’t Sony’s racing games feel/look/play this good?

#5: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (2D Platformer)

This is a hard pick because 2D games are making a decent comeback this cycle. Axiom Verge, Ori & the Blind Forrest, Celeste, Gris, etc. For me, it’s Bloodstained, which despite having a rocky launch, is still a superb game. While not entirely set on a 2D plane, there are occasional sections in 2.5D, it’s still like 97% in 2D. The game has a slightly anime/painted look to it, but everything has a nice style and design. I like that Miriam’s clothes change with whatever gear you equip her with. Also, there are a lot more spells/items/abilities than in other Metroidvania games, allowing for more creative puzzles and combat solutions.

#4: Nier: Automata (Non-Linear/Adventure

Unlike most other games on this list, Automata is a fairly singular vision. While the combat/gameplay is done by Platinum, the actual story/characters/world is helmed by Yoko Taro and that really shines through. There aren’t too many games where a main character dies halfway through, or that have 26 different endings for you to see, if you really want to. The combat/game world might not be as flashy as Bayonetta 2 or Astral Chain, but it is about as deep, and I actually oddly love how washed out and messed up how Automa looks. Add in fantastic music and a lot of side content for you to take part in, and that’s why it’s on here.

#3: Ratchet & Clank (3D Platformer)

Considering the success of the rebooted Ratchet & Clank game, it’s surprising that a sequel wasn’t announced or (seemingly) hasn’t been in development. If I had to guess, it’s because the R&C movie failed so hard as to make Sony question it. Well, the answer is: the game was great and the movie was lame. This is actually the first Ratchet & Clank game I’ve liked, which is a tad strange since they didn’t change *that* much about it. It may not be quite as grand or experimental as Mario Odyssey, but I just enjoyed playing this game more, it was fun powering up my weapons or trying to find all the secrets in a level. I got somewhat overwhelmed with Odyssey but not so in R&C. Now, please get to work on another one.

#2: Resident Evil 2 (Horror)

I would actually say that Resident Evil 2 is the best remake/reboot of an old game ever made, dwarfing the earlier Resident Evil 1 remake, and all others. Its great how there are specific moments and sequences that are done almost word-for-word from the old game, recreated in this game engine, with modern graphics and gameplay. While the shooting is reminiscent of the RE1 remake, or earlier games (RE7, even RE4 to some degree), the game goes a long way in making parts of it friendly, like having your map actually be useful, or keeping track of what is going on/where you need to go, to progress through the game. On top of that, for a new person playing (or watching), the game does have a lot of good scares in it, particularly when Mr. X shows up and starts chasing you around.

#1: Persona 5 (RPG)

If anyone who reads this actually knew me, this one is painfully obvious. Persona 5 has the traditional turn-based combat system that JRPGs used to have, mixed with elements of a dating sim, a Pokemon game, and a high school game, all in one Anime-infused package. I got hooked almost immediately and replayed the game 4 times to actually (finally) get the Platinum trophy in the game, just about a month ago. I think a new player might gloss over certain things, like the high school part, or even the Pokemon parts, but as a cohesive package, it is still incredibly impressive game.

For comments, list your list of current games to show new players and why.

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