So, Canada24. He’s a sarcastic, impolite, possibly psychotic jerk, yet that’s what we’re good friends (Of course, I’m only kidding), and what I know about him is that he owns an XBox. And I also know that he as some pretty good games, like GTA, Assassin’s Creed, and Dead Rising. However, there are also those other good games for the console that he probably doesn’t have yet. So, I want to share with him (And all of you) A few games that I well recommend to him. Now, before I start, these are games only for the XBox 360, weather they are on discs, or can be bought from the XBox Store. Also, no Rockstar games, because, other than Bully, I am pretty sure Canada has played every last one of them. So, let’s start the list.
#10: Fable 2
Yes, I know that Canada isn’t a big fan of all of those medieval western RPG’s, but here is what I found out about Fable 2… It has guns, so therefore, it isn’t a medieval western RPG, it’s an Industrial Era western RPG. And yes, I am aware that not everyone is a fan of Fable 2 for it’s creator not being able to keep their promises, but hey, I still really loved this game for it’s fun worlds, combat, and characters. The reason I would recommend this game to Canada is because of it’s great exploration. This is a lot like any exploration game he has played, but with a lot more about exploring rather than “Head to this location to do this thing”. Not to mention, with every NPC, he can actually interact with them, instead of just walking up and occasionally insulting and/or punching them. Also, this game can have a very dark sense of humor, and if there is anything I know Canada for, it’s his very dark sense of humor, so I am sure he will enjoy the jokes of death, poverty, and crime…. Maybe. Sure, this may never make it on his list of games he must buy, but at the very least, it’s worth a rental.
#9: Fallout 3
Yet another game that I am sure Canada won’t put on his list. I would have put Elder Scrolls: Skyrim on this list, but, let’s face, the chances of him buying or even renting that game are as slim as 1 Dimensional graphics. Fallout, on the other hand, is at least possible. This is a game about exploring a massive wasteland after a nuclear war, filled with bandits, mutants, and a bunch of dangerous monsters. The best way to describe this is that it is another open world exploration game, but in a first person view. The reasons why I would recommend this game to Canada is because of it’s massive world, and all the people you can interact with. It’s like Red Dead Redemption in a way, except make it first person, give you more insane weapons, and put monsters in it…. Okay, it’s more like Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, but you get the idea. Sure, this still may not persuade him to buy it, but at least this game has a bit more of a chance to be played.
#8: Brutal Legend
I have told Canada about this game, and I don’t think he thought much of it. Not surprising, seeing as this game didn’t get a whole lot of attention, even though it does deserve it. This is a game that takes place in a world based off heavy metal where different armies fight for freedom or power. It is, yet again, another exploration game, but this time, you can actually drive a car instead of just explore the world. A reason I would recommend this game to Canada is not for the gameplay, or environments, but because of the little things. The voice actors are probably some of the best in a video game, but what do you expect with a Tim Schafer game. The main character is voiced by Jack Black, and that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this game voice actors. Also, like any Schafer game, the comedy is top notch, and you are able to have a censored or uncensored version of this game (Personally, I prefer the censored version, because those bleeps make it more funny). And the music is all heavy metal. While some of these bands may not be familiar to Canada, this game may introduce him to some great bands like it did me. All I can say is that if he enjoys great voice actors, comedy, and music… and he does, than this is for him
Picture Assassin’s Creed, put it in London, and give it a first person view. That is Dishonored for you. This game takes place in a very interesting setting, taking place in the past but having a whole lot of technology. Like I said, this is a lot like Assassin’s Creed, or even Bioshock. The reason I would recommend this game to Canada if he really enjoys those games where you go around and kill people in a very stealth like way… and seeing that he has played Assassin’s Creed at one point, I wouldn’t be surprised if he told be yes. Another thing he would enjoy are the powers, like teleportation, possessing enemies, turning enemies to ashes, and even sending a horde of deadly, flesh eating rats after your enemies and watching the rats eat them alive… Yes, this game is insane, in case you were wondering. I am not sure how Canada feels about this game, but if he can enjoy a stealth killing game, than this is for him
#6: South Park: The Stick of Truth
Yes, this game didn’t make it into the top five. Why? Because I am not sure how Canada feels about turn-based RPGs. I am pretty sure Canada isn’t a fan of games where you and enemies stand still, and you have to click on something to order your character to attack instead of doing all of it yourself. In fact, I think Canada dislikes this kind of gameplay. So then why am I recommending this game to him? Because this is a lot less like a game, and a lot more like a special episode of South Park. Since the game’s humor was made by the actual creators of the show, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it feels like an actual episode of South Park that never aired. Also, you can make yourself look like a South Park character, and who hasn’t dreamt of living in the world of South Park. Don’t lie, you all did. Sure, Canada may not be a fan of turn-based RPG’s, but I do know he is a fan of South Park, and that is good enough to put this game on the list.
#5: Banjo Kazooie
Here is the first game that can only be bought of the XBox’s Store. Canada has told me before that he once owned an N64. However, I am not sure if he has ever played Banjo Kazooie. Today, would Canada want to play a game about a bear and his bird companion trying to fight a witch by collecting golden puzzle pieces? Maybe not, but the reason I am recommending this to him is because, at one point, he did play on an N64. Banjo Kazooie would be a game that would bring back dozens of nostalgic memories of booting up the N64 cartridges, and watching the N64 logo spin across the screen, with those N64 graphics on the screen. And since Banjo Kazooie was a game that was so good it even rivaled Super Mario 64, it must be one of the best games ever. And, this may be cheating, but I would also recommend Banjo Tooie. Would I recommend Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bol- No…….. Just Banjo Kazooie and Tooie… Not Nuts and Bolts.
#4: Resident Evil 4 HD
When Canada told me that he played and enjoyed Resident Evil 5, I just thought “......................”. I wanted to recommend him Resident Evil 4, but then I thought that he probably doesn’t own a Gamecube, definitely doesn’t own a Playstation 2, and I know he wouldn’t go out of his way to buy a Wii, so there was just no way for me to recommend this game to him… Until now, of course. Resident Evil 4 is not a horror game, and more of an action game. But, that isn’t something Canada hasn’t bought before. Why I would recommend this game for Canada (Other than the fact that it is the best Resident Evil game ever) is that it was a very revolutionary game at the time, and it still is today. Not to mention, you have some of the best combat in a Resident Evil game, as well as being able to have some of the best environments in the series. If Canada can enjoy Resident Evil 5, than I am positive he will enjoy Resident Evil 4
#3: Saints Row IV
Like I said, I am not including a Rockstar game on this list, especially GTA. However, I always wondered if Canada had played GTA and thought it was just too normal. Well, that is what Saints Row IV is here for. This game is nothing more than one big as hell parody. Throughout the game, you play as a character that you customized and cause massive destruction across the world with your insane powers and weapons. The reason I would recommend this to Canada because it is, what else, an open world game where you go around and kill stuff. But this is a lot better because here, you have much more freedom, you can do whatever you wish without consequences, and you even become the president and fight off an alien invasion in a game that makes references to other games like Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid, Minecraft, and so on. I am not sure how Canada is towards Saints Row, but I do know that he enjoys a good laugh and tons of mayhem, so this is a game I strongly recommend.
#2: Telltale’s The Walking Dead
Hey, remember The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts?! Remember how fucking terrible it was?! Well, luckily for you and the rest of the damn world, Telltale came along and fixed that problem with this Walking Dead game. Canada is a fan of the Walking Dead… And that’s all you need to know as to why I recommend this game to him. Now even though hundreds of games focus on zombie killing action, like Resident Evil 3, Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead, Dying Light, and any mini-game in the Call of Duty series, The Walking Dead focuses more on the survivors and their struggle to survive, so it’s more like the show, but with different characters. This game has you make choices that you really don’t want to make, with each choice always have a VERY strong consequence, like giving a short amount of food to certain people in your group, or save a kind-hearted man who is always making mistakes for others, and the last decision is so depressing, it would make the toughest of men feel depressed. All I can say is that, even though there is little combat, it is certainly ten times better than Survival Instincts. And that is all you need to know to buy this game.
#1: Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor
Yeah, I am sure everyone (Maybe even Canada) Saw this one coming. I mean, seriously, he is a fan of the Lord of the Rings. So much in fact, that he read the books, and I didn’t even think he liked books. This is a game that takes place in between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, so there isn’t anything you will see that resembles either of those movies. Shadow of Mordor is it’s own story, and it’s really good. This game looks like Lord of the Rings, but plays like Assassin’s Creed. Your character is able to climb up buildings, and get into fights with orcs in Mordor. And another thing, every orc you meet isn’t some random AI that you need to fight, oh no. Each and every orc has a name, strength, and weakness, making you feel like a badass. So, now why would I recommend this to Canada……. Because it’s Lord of the Rings… Enough said.
So, there you have it. Did you enjoy the list. Tell me what you thought of it. With that said I will see you all next time.