Nba 2k14  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Nba 2k14  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The 15 highest-rated PS4 games https://www.gameskinny.com/bdc6n/the-15-highest-rated-ps4-games https://www.gameskinny.com/bdc6n/the-15-highest-rated-ps4-games Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:58:47 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So that's the lot! Of course there are many more awesome PS4 games - we never even fell beneath 84%! And that's not counting the PS3 ports and remasters, which help make the PS4's library more and more impressive.

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The best thing about these 15 games is the impressive diversity on display. Last generation bore witness to the rise of digital games and the indie developer, and it's great to see that tradition is continuing and growing with the PS4. So we get games like Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 on the same list as Shovel Knight and Rocket League. There's truly something for everyone on the PlayStation 4!

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What games were you surprised to see, or not to see? Personally I thought Infamous: Second Son would have had a place in the top 15, and maybe Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. And what games do you think will make the list in future? Uncharted 4 seems a no-brainer, but what else? Let us know in the comments!

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1. The Witcher 3 - 92%
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This should come as no surprise, because The Witcher 3 is the most breath-taking and immersive RPG ever created. Fun, interesting, beautiful, absolutely huge, and with things to do at every single point of the map, The Witcher 3 is exactly what we'd always wanted from a fantasy RPG.

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You play as Geralt of Rivia on his last adventure, that of finding his loved ones and finally taking down the Wild Hunt. The premise is simple, but the characters make the main quest a delight to play through, and the plethora of side quests, all with an amazing diversity of characters and monsters, make this game hundreds of hours long, but interesting all the way.

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Simply put, The Witcher 3 is the biggest and best game on PS4.

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Its shockingly cohesive world is as beautiful as it is demanding, and it's packed full of mature content that throws you from one emotional response to the next. Its storytelling is superb, its combat is grippingly refined, and its often unforgiving nature only lends itself to a brilliantly rewarding experience.

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                                  - Push Square

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2. Bloodborne - 92%
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Rarely has a game felt like such a descent into madness. That itself is the story of Bloodborne. You play as the silent Hunter, who travels around the town of Yharnam battling the residents-turned-monsters. The premise is simple, but the game gets more bizarre as the story unfolds, and you may find yourself going mad along with it.

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Continuing the challenging template set forth by Demon Souls, From Software created a masterpiece with Bloodborne. Melding together everything that made the Souls games great, Bloodborne makes the action a little faster, adds a gun to parry with, and makes the monsters more than lumbering brutes.

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Bloodborne takes the best of Dark Souls and builds the unrelenting gaming challenge on a prefect foundation - it will test your abilities to the max. The first true must-have exclusive for PS4 is here. 
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      - LEVEL
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3. Shovel Knight - 91%
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The ultimate love letter to old-school 2D platformers. Shovel Knight is the true evolution of classic games like Mega Man, CastleVania, or Ninja Gaiden. But it isn't a clone or a rip-off, it's its own entity - and a fantastic one at that.

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Not only does Shovel Knight play like the perfect amalgamation of the games mentioned but it looks amazing, has an instant-classic soundtrack, and the PS4 version even features the God of War, Kratos. Shovel Knight begs to be played by gamers, young and old.

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Whether you were weaned on an NES like I was, or don't yet know what you missed in a time before you were born, Shovel Knight is an absolute must-play.

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               -IGN

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4. Dragon Age: Inquisition - 89%
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BioWare breathed new life into the Dragon Age series with Inquisition. As a series that had been waning and never quite reached the heights of rival RPGs, Dragon Age finally reached its potential with the 2014 installment.

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Dragon Age: Inquisiton is an incredibly dense fantasy RPG that took the open world genre to new heights with it's size, lore, characters, and world. Inquisition is easily one of the best RPGs on the PS4.

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With a huge, breathtaking world, an epic story, and choices that leaves a significant mark on the world around you, Dragon Age: Inquisition embodies everything that makes the series so popular.

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                                                                                      - Shack News

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5. Batman: Arkham Knight - 87%
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Batman: Arkham Knight has been met with a lot of criticism since its release, and some of it well deserved. However, the criticism is resounding because expectations were so very high, and because we've already had 3 installments, the core gameplay that makes the series so fantastic is overlooked for Arkham Knight's flaws.

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My point is, at its core, Arkham Knight is an amazing game. No one can argue that is a bad game. They may not like it or think it was disappointing, but the game itself is very good. The characters, world, graphics, and gameplay are all phenomenal. The Batmobile controls well and the tank mode similarly is very tight, though it can definitely be argued that it's overused and unbefitting of a Batman game.

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Regardless, Arkham Knight is a great game and one of the best on the PS4. It may not have hit the game of the year highs that the previous two did, but it's still a testament to superhero games and world-building.

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...any frustrations I have with Arkham Knight don’t take away from the fact that I was unable to stop playing for four days straight, frequently in awe.

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       - Hyper Magazine

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6. Fifa 14 - 87%
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EA's classic football series debuted on the PS4 with the best entry to date. Fifa 14 brought the near-perfect gameplay that EA has mastered, tightened it even further, and enhanced the graphics. Compared to the series' debut on PS3, this was a real belter.

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We all know what Fifa is and who it's for, so it doesn't take much extrapolation to explain why the series gets better with each entry. However, it's '14 that stands as the best football game on PS4 to date.

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FIFA 14 exudes polish from every pore. It’s a great all-rounder, able to entertain players of all abilities.

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                                                 - DarkStation

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7. OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood - 86%
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OlliOlli 2 is a skateboarding platformer that is equally frustrating and rewarding. Like its predecessor, OlliOlli 2 doesn't play like any other skateboarding game you've played. It's very tricky, no pun intended.

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The second entry in the series takes the skateboarding from the mean streets to the "Olliwood" hills. You play a variety of cool locations, including some that look like they're right out of Guacamelee. The game is as difficult, if not more, than the original, and well worth picking up if you want something different or skateboard-related.

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OlliOlli 2 may be incredibly difficult at times but it is also non stop fun. It takes everything that made the first game great and made it even better.

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                                                                                     - Gaming Nexus

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8. Rocket League - 85%
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Do you like fun? Then Rocket League is for you.

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That's all I really need to say, but I will break it down a bit for anyone who doesn't know about the game or is on the fence. Rocket League is essentially football/soccer with cars. You drive, jump, boost, block, powerslide, and even climb walls in order to score the next all-important goal.

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While the gameplay is where Rocket League excels, especially in online play, the customization of cars is also a ton of fun. You can choose from an array of chasses, patterns, colors, tires, jet streams, hats and flags. So the diversity of cars you see online makes it feel consistently fresh and exciting.

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But to be honest, talking about the game can do it no justice. It's truly something you need to play for yourself to really get. And right now it's free on PS Plus, so join the 4 million others already playing Rocket League.

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Rocket League is a pure videogame defined by an excellent mixture of its mechanics. It's extremely fun, addictive, one of the best competitive experiences of this year on PS4.

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                                                   - Atomix

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9. Far Cry 4 - 85%
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Far Cry 4 continued the insanity of the previous installment but took it to the Himalayan mountains. The story may not have been as good as that of Far Cry 3 but the same open-world traversal, combat, and quirkiness remained true to the series.

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Paragliding over the hills of Kyrat, taking down outposts, finding masks and letters that shed light on the world, and shooting honey badgers with fire arrows is incredibly fun. And to be honest, if you don't like the sound of that then you wouldn't like Far Cry 4. Ubisoft created another great entry in the series and it's one of the best open-world games on PS4.

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Far Cry 4 pounds out an open-world FPS maelstrom of ridiculousness. It’s always in your face and it’s never afraid to throw numerous and diverse dangers in your path, just to see if you can adapt and survive.

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                                                                                 - PSX Extreme

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10. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions - 85%
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The latest installment in the Geometry Wars series, Dimensions is the best on PS4 and arguably the best of the series. The gameplay is tighter than ever, the color palette and soundtrack assault the senses, and online leaderboards make it addictive.

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a multi-directional shooter that is as fun and chaotic as it is hypnotic and challenging. Though this kind of game might not be for everyone, if you are a fan you will love what Dimensions has to offer.

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It offers plenty of things for all players, as the Adventure mode draws in new fans, the Classic mode appeals to veterans, and the leaderboards manage to fuel their competitive natures.

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                                                                - Softpedia

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11. Super Mega Baseball - 85%
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Here's a game you've probably never even heard of. I will say I'm still shocked that Super Mega Baseball is higher rated than any version of MLB The Show, although The Show '14 did rate at 83. That shows just how good this game is beneath it's cartoonish exterior.

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Not so much about the realism of baseball as it is the sheer fun, Super Mega Baseball offers a jump-in mentality for those who aren't lovers or familiar with baseball, and surprisingly deep complexity for those who do.

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Super Mega Baseball is one of the best baseball games out at the moment. Sure it may not be a licensed game like The Show, but the gameplay is as good as the official MLB game.

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                                                                      - The Sixth Axis

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12. Battlefield 4 - 85%
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As a launch game, Battlefield 4 really showed what the PS4 and Xbox One were capable of. With the series' trademark online play that incorporates a fairly huge landscape, trucks, jeeps, jets, and "levolutions", Battlefield 4 set the bar for insane war games.

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I'm sure you've seen them by now, but the levolutions are pretty amazing, from falling buildings to dams bursting. They dynamically change the gameplay and give you something to show your friends! The campaign leaves you wanting and the plethora of bugs/online issues were unacceptable, but for a first next-gen outing, this was impressive.

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As the first game to demonstrate the prowess of the Frostbite 3 engine, its explosive debut indicates a promising future for its technology. Gear up and strap in, Battlefield 4 sets the new standard for next-generation multiplayer.

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                   - Game Trailers

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13. NBA 2K14 - 85%
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As good as the core gameplay of the NBA 2K series is, the visual fidelity of the first PS4 version was what made it a must play - for everyone. Even if you aren't a fan of basketball, you should check the game out for the graphics alone.

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Another really cool feature of the game, more frequently seen in the WWE series, is MyCareer Mode, which sees you create a player and play a story mode. The mode came equipped with cutscenes and even post-match interviews with real-life personalities. Needless to say, fans had never felt closer to being a real pro-baller.

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...beyond impressive graphics NBA 2K14 keeps touching perfection in terms of gameplay, still as precise as ever, with a game experience still more satisfying due to the very well done AI. You still don't know what game to buy for your PS4 or your Xbox One? Think again.

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                                                                                - Jeux Actu

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14. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - 84%
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The game that surprised everyone in 2014, Shadow of Mordor deserves a place on any great next-gen games list. With a feature that truly screams "next-gen", Shadow of Mordor made a fairly bland story and world, extremely fun to play.

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You play as Talion, a Ranger of Gondor, who is murdered alongside his family by Sauron and his minions. The basic plot sees you kill every Orc ten times over in your road to revenge. It's really as simple as that, but the gameplay, skill-tree, and much-touted Nemesis System, are the reasons you keep playing Shadow of Mordor for a long time.

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It turns out that Shadow of Mordor is that rarest of things in video game culture - an unexpected knockout punch.

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                                                                      - The Guardian

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15. Axiom Verge - 84%
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Starting off the list is Axiom Verge, the latest in a long line of MetroidVania games, but Axiom Verge is arguably one of the most faithful to its inspirations.

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You guide a confused scientist around an alien world in order to figure out where you are and what the heck happened. Axiom Verge is very reminiscent of Super Metroid, and shows that there is plenty of life left in the genre yet.

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The exploration loop is incredibly satisfying, and combat feels both tight and adaptable, like a complex dance where the partners both accentuate each others strengths, allowing any weak points to fade into the background.

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                         - DarkStation

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We're coming up on the 2 year release of the PS4 (it seems longer than that, doesn't it?). And we thought it high time we celebrate the console and its games. The PlayStation 4 has a ton of games already, many of which are excellent - some even masterpieces, and we wanted to list the very best of the best. These highest rated PS4 games to date, as per Metacritic.

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HD remasters and ports will not be counted. That means The Last of Us Remastered, God of War III, Guacameleee: Super Turbo Championship Edition, Fez, etc. will not make the list.

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The reason behind this is simple, new games are more exciting. If we were to include those games, this list almost be entirely comprised of previously released games. That doesn't reflect the great games only on the PS4. 

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Additionally, when two or more games have the same critical score, which several of them do, we will rank them depending on the higher user score.

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So without further ado, let's just dive in and bear witness to the 15 best games on the PlayStation 4 thus far!

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The 15 highest rated Xbox One games https://www.gameskinny.com/u857o/the-15-highest-rated-xbox-one-games https://www.gameskinny.com/u857o/the-15-highest-rated-xbox-one-games Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:30:01 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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And there you have it, the highest-rated Xbox One games on the market. From Ori and the Blind Forest to Titanfall, and everything in between, the Xbox One is clearly a pretty great place to play games with something for everyone.

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It will be very interesting to see if this list changes any in the coming months, what with Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, and Fable Legends, not to mention third-party games like Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Mad Max, all coming out before Christmas. This list could look very different in a year's time and lets hope it does!

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What games were you expecting to see? Surprised Sunset Overdrive or Dead Rising 3 didn't make the list? Think a game was rated too highly? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And until next time, keep it here on GameSkinny!

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1. The Witcher 3 - 91%
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And no surprise here, we have CD Projeckt Red's RPG masterpiece, The Witcher 3. We also recently published The 15 Highest Rated PS4 Games, and The Witcher 3 was also atop that list. So it's fairly undeniable that Geralt's final journey is the best game on current-gen platforms.

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With a gigantic open world that demands to be explored in the greatest depth, a myriad of side-quests that are as long and interesting as many games' whole stories, a fantastic cast of characters to meet along the way, graphics that have to be seen to be believed, and a great story to cap off the trilogy, The Witcher 3 is quite possibly the best RPG ever made.

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"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a thoughtful, diverse, and frequently awe-inspiring adventure. Its stories are deep and satisfying, unafraid to touch on themes of personal character, presenting players with choices and consequences that aren’t about turning into a hero or a villain. In the end, it’s quite simply one of the best RPGs ever made."

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 - Game Trailers

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2. Fifa 14 - 88%
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The second entry in the Fifa series to make it on to this list, but rather surprisingly it is the older, 2014 edition that sneaks into 2nd place. Even though Fifa games supposedly get better with each iteration, a belief I too have held, critics disagreed and rank the Xbox One debut game as the best out there.

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"A great demonstration of how to craft a new console launch game, leveraging the machine's strengths with a new engine capable not only of giving the game a renewed look but improved gameplay as well."

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 - MondoXbox

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3. Ori and the Blind Forest - 88%
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And here we have the second, and last, Xbox One exclusive on the list. Ori and the Blind Forest is emotional story-telling at its absolute finest and a truly awe-inspiring, albeit challenging, journey through a beautifil world.

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Ori and the Blind Forest is a MetroidVania game with RPG elements, not so dissimilar to Child of Light, but it is also a deceptively tricky platformer underneath a charming and very pretty art-style. As its debut game, you can expect Moon Studios to be a major player for Xbox One going forward.

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"A terrific blend of story, gameplay, and graphics, Ori and the Blind Forest is an unforgettable debut for indie developer Moon Studios." 

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- EGM

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4. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor - 87%
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Undoubtedly one of the surprise hits of last year, Shadow of Mordor was an excellent game with innovative features, not to mention thousands of Orcs to kill.

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With a great open-world and the awesome Nemesis system, which creates rivalries between you and Orcs as well as a genuine power struggle, Shadow of Mordor wasn't the simple Lord of the Rings spin-off everyone expected. The gameplay was a mix of Batman and Assassin's Creed, the world was fittingly barren and bleak, the story simple but effective. The overall package was something special. A sequel is guaranteed!

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"With a brilliant blend of silky smooth yet brutal combat and some memorable stealth sequences, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor offers up some of the best open world combat we have seen in quite some time."   - Canadian Online Gamers

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5. Shovel Knight - 86%
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If you enjoy old-school side scrolling games like Mega Man, CastleVania, Duck Tales, etc., then you will love Shovel Knight. As much of a love letter as any game can be, Shovel Knight is a fantastic throwback to games of yore, while adding a modern sheen to the look, mechanics, and level design.

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And hey, Shovel Knight is the closest thing to a Battletoads sequel we've gotten!

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"One of the best retro homages of recent years, that cleverly combines the best elements of older 2D games with plenty of new ideas of its own."  - Metro GameCentral

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6. Forza Horizon 2 - 86%
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Playground Games have worked year after year to make the Forza series a worthy competitor to Gran Turismo. Even though the two series have markedly different styles, one being arcadey and the other a sim, Forza has definitely become the top racing game on the market.

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Yearly installments allow the developer to make the series better with every iteration, while dominating public mindshare. But it isn't just consistency that makes Forza great, it's the graphics and the gameplay. Forza Horizon 2 exemplifies this with its open-world gameplay, dynamic weather, day and night cycles, and a huge range of cars to choose from.

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"An amazing example of online and offline racing built around an engaging, satisfying handling model with the looks to match. Very, very nearly worth buying an Xbox One for alone."  - GameStyle

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7. Mortal Kombat X - 86%
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NetherRealm Studios' ultra-violent fighting game made a resounding debut on Xbox One. Mortal Kombat X was every bit as gross, competitive, and fun as we hoped it would be.

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After a few failed experiments from the PS2 generation, NetherRealm has really found what makes Mortal Kombat great and are doing it with the utmost style. Embracing the ridiculousness of the series and continually tweaking the gameplay has made Mortal Kombat X one of the best fighting games in recent memory, and the best on Xbox One.

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"Its technically precise gameplay, lean storyline and gruesomely gorgeous graphics run circles around the previous entries in the series."   - We Got This Covered

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8. Titanfall - 86%
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As one of only two Xbox One exclusives on this list, Titanfall stands high as the consoles highest rated AAA game to date! It may surprise you, considering few talk about the game anymore, but Titanfall was incredibly well-received when it was released.

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Titanfall is an incredibly tight FPS multiplayer game that lets you play as wall-running soldiers, or huge mechanical Titans. It's easy to forget how hotly-anticipated it was, but Titanfall was a very big deal that just failed to keep an active player base. Despite this it is still a great game that set a solid foundation for future installments.

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"Titanfall is a ridiculous amount of fun. Maybe it’ll be surpassed, but right now it’s the best game on Xbox One and one of the best multiplayer shooters ever."  - Xbox One Magazine UK

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9. NBA 2K14 - 86%
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Despite there having been two installments in the series since 2K's NBA franchise debuted on Xbox One, it's 14 that received the best scores. The graphics alone wowed everyone when it debuted on next-gen consoles. I mean, just look at the court!

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But on top of the insane graphics, 2K implemented a fun career mode that featured cutscenes and post-match interviews, making you feel more like a true pro-baller than ever before.

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"Visually the game is stunning, and at times can be mistaken for an actual game of basketball. The gameplay is as solid as ever and is great fun, whilst still being a first class simulation of the sport."

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- God is a Geek

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10. Dragon Age: Inquisition - 85%
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Rising from the ashes of a series that seemed doomed to be abandoned, Inquisition became the amazing RPG we always wanted from the Dragon Age series. With a huge, sprawling world that changes as you play, fantastically detailed graphics, and a great cast of characters, Inquisition became the benchmarks for RPG games on Xbox One.

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One really impressive aspect of this game is the way in which it continues to surprise you and fill you with awe. Despite being over a hundred hours long, Inquisition is constantly throwing new challenges your way and making you change your style of playing, as well as your views. It reinvigorated a series and now stands in an echelon occupied by few other games.

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"There’s no hyperbole when I say that Dragon Age: Inquisition is the best RPG I’ve played in a long time. Hell, it’s the best game of any genre I’ve played in a long time."

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                                 - NZ Gamer

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11. Batman: Arkham Knight - 85%
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Despite being the most divisive Batman game from Rocksteady Studios, Arkham Knight is still a shining testament to world-building, characters, graphics and core gameplay mechanics. Whether you like the Batmobile and the story or not, Arkham Knight is far from a bad game.

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While the wound of this one may still be fresh for some, the fact is that in a few years we won't see Arkham Knight as the tainted experience we currently do. It will just fit nicely into the trilogy and be remembered as part of one of gaming's greatest achievements.

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"Rocksteady ends the Arkham trilogy with a real masterwork: a game full of dramatic turns of events, highly polished, with a varied gameplay and rich of things to do. It will be hard to be disappointed with it."  - MondoXbox

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12. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions - 82%
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions blends together everything players loved about previous games in the series, and new elements that fit like a glove. Online co-op and leaderboards are definitely the best additions to the series that make this game much more tense and exciting than it ever was playing against the AI.

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Fans of multidirectional shooters, i.e. Asteroids, Dead Nation, Super Stardust, should definitely check out Dimensions, the latest in a long-running series that helped define the genre.

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"Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions takes everything that worked about its already-great predecessors, and brings them together into a new dimension of awesomeness."

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                                 - Arcade Sushi

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13. Child of Light - 82%
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As one of the most beautiful, elegant and memorable RPGs in recent memory, it's no surprise Child of Light features on this list. It might not be a 100+ hour RPG like every other that comes out nowadays, but Child of Light is exactly what it needs to be. It's a 2D side-scrolling RPG with elements of MetroidVania. It's RPG-lite and very accessible, but nonetheless memorable and polished.

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The turn-based gameplay is incredibly well thought out. It plays simple enough for those not accustomed to the style, and is nuanced enough for those who do. The story is truly emotional and touching and the whole game looks like a Studio Ghibli movie, as was the inspiration. Put simply, there are few games like this out there and there needs to be more!

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"...perhaps the best thing I can say about Child of Light is that I was often unsure as to whether I was headed in the direction I was supposed to, and I never once cared. I just wanted to fly to every corner of the world, take it in, and smile."  - IGN

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14. Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones - 82%
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Much like the original game, Stealth Inc. 2 has you play as a clone attempting to escape a research facility. With over 60 levels of sneakiness, Stealth Inc. 2 is one of few real stealth games on the market.

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The levels increase in difficulty as you progress and can become truly challenging. But similar to the Souls games, death is almost encouraged as a learning tool.

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"With some planning, a little patience, and a plethora of ruthless death animations, Stealth Inc. 2 is a fun and rewarding experience."                                                  - DarkStation

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15. Fifa 15 - 82%
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We begin our list with an EA Sports staple and the best football/soccer series ever to hit consoles. Coincidentally at number fifteen on the list, Fifa 15 is the second in the series to make it to current-gen consoles, and the little tweaks made the beautiful game even better.

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Improved player memories and emotions make for a more realistic football simulation, in which players' body language and facial expressions change as each match progresses. Additionally the fans, managers and bench players react for the first time. And commentary was refined yet again, continuing to improve the Fifa series. And yet, Fifa 15 is not the highest ranked football game on Xbox One. Regardless, here's what The Guardian had to say about the game:

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If this is your first Fifa game on the new gen consoles then you will be blown away by all the little details that together contribute to an overall experience not too dissimilar to watching football on live television.

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It was little over 2 years ago when Microsoft walked out of its worst ever E3 press conference. Little more than a week later it reversed all of its Xbox One policies over DRM, online connectivity and game sharing. Fast forward 2 years and the ramifications of those initial blunders are still being felt by Microsoft. But the Xbox team, including its head Phil Spencer, deserves a ton of credit for the way it's turned the ship around.

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But alas we're not here to dwell on the turbulent life of the Xbox One, we're here to celebrate the awesome games on the console. We've compiled a list of the highest rated Xbox One games to date, as rated by Metacritic. It's worth noting, however, that remasters and games that were released on Xbox 360 first, will not be counted.

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The games on this list show the diversity of not just the Xbox One's library but the games industry as a whole. 

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One final note: games that have the same score are in descending order of user score on Metacritic. And with that out of the way, read on and find out what Xbox One games are the highest rated!

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April 2014 NPD Numbers are Live https://www.gameskinny.com/01us3/april-2014-npd-numbers-are-live https://www.gameskinny.com/01us3/april-2014-npd-numbers-are-live Fri, 16 May 2014 05:54:00 -0400 Rocky Linderman

The NPD has released sales numbers for the month of April. 

Every month the NPD, a group that independently tracks sales across a number of different industries including video game software and hardware sales, posts a list of the industry's best sellers. Here's a look at the games and hardware that dominated April.  

Hardware Sales

Microsoft confirmed 115,000 Xbox Ones and 71,000 Xbox 360s were sold during the month of April - the PS4 retains its lead. However, Sony has not confirmed the number of consoles sold at the time of this writing. 

When combining sales for hardware, software, and accessories, $580.3 million were spent by gamers during the month of April. That's up 17 percent from last year during the same period. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One boosted hardware sales by seventy-six percent when compared to the previous year. That's a staggering increase from $109.5 million to $192.8 million for this month alone. Clearly the video game industry is thriving thanks in large part to the release of Sony and Microsoft's new consoles.

With the announcement of the new Kinectless Xbox One, it'll be interesting to see how Microsoft's console fairs during the next month. Will consumers not buy Xbox Ones at all in anticipation of the price cut on June 9? Or will sales continue to chug right along?  

Software Sales

The NPD only tracks sales numbers for physical copies of games sold, so this list does not cover games sold digitally. It is also worth noting that the NPD list places the console that the game sold the highest number on first. For example, Titanfall sold best on Xbox 360 so it's listed first in parenthesis. That being said, here's the list of the top 10 selling titles for the month of April:

1. Titanfall (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)

2. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC) 

3. NBA 2k14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC) 

4. Minecraft (Xbox 360) 

5. Lego: The Hobbit (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita) 

6. The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox 360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)

7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PS3, DS, 3DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, Vita, PC)

8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)

9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)

10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)

Wow, Minecraft? Still? Seriously? 
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Prince William's Got 99 Problems, And The PS4 Is One https://www.gameskinny.com/zdpc7/prince-williams-got-99-problems-and-the-ps4-is-one https://www.gameskinny.com/zdpc7/prince-williams-got-99-problems-and-the-ps4-is-one Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:53:06 -0500 Brian Armstrong

As it turns out, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William is a lot more like you and me than we first thought, in that even a prince must first ask his wife if it’s ok to buy a new video game console.

Prince WIlliam told reporters today that as much as he’d love to get the PlayStation 4 when it releases on November 29 in the UK, he’s not sure the Duchess of Cambridge will let him, especially considering the recent birth of their son Prince George. As he's learning, being the face of a nation is not nearly as difficult or time-consuming as being a dad.

"It's very addictive. I'd like to get one but I'm not sure how my wife would feel about it."

We're All Basically As Good As Royalty

It feels pretty good, knowing that I’m basically as good as royalty. See, I have two kids myself, yet I not only convinced my wife to let me get a PS4, but she also buys that it was a good idea. Playing games helps me release stress and wind down after a hard day of work and getting the kids to bed. I’m a much better father thanks to that sexy PS4 sitting in my office. Maybe Willie should try that argument?

I wonder what kinds of games he plays? He seems like the kind of guy that would enjoy a good first-person shooter, and the PS4 certainly offers that in Killzone: Shadow Fall. Running in 1080p at 60 frames per second, the game looks gorgeous and plays silky smooth, and has a great online multiplayer component to boot. It seems like the perfect game to help someone as busy as him unwind at the end of the day.

Sneaky, Sneaky...

Or maybe he’s more of a sneaky, exploration kind of gamer? I can say from experience that Assassin’s Creed IV is fun and looks great on the PS4, so maybe he'd like to dive head-first into that game? Of course there’s always NBA 2K14, which looks great, plays smooth, and is a lot of fun. Though I’m not sure basketball is as big over there as it is here.

He should probably avoid Need for Speed (for what I think should be obvious reasons), but don’t forget the sleeper hit Resogun. Available from the PSN Store, Resogun is a futuristic, twin-stick shooter, with beautiful graphics, addictive gameplay, and tense action. It’s one of those games that someone as important as Prince William could sit in front of for a few minutes at the end of a long day and enjoy, even if only briefly.

FIFA Has to Be On His List

Of course there's always a chance the Prince is actually quite concerned about the direction of the next generation, and thinks perhaps it just won't live up to his expectations. Maybe that's the real reason he hasn't jumped on board yet? But I am pretty sure once all his friends jump in to FIFA 14 he'll quickly change his mind and desperately want that new console.

The bottom line here is that Prince William is just like the rest of us. He loves to game, but can’t always get all the latest and greatest pieces of technology the moment they launch. His reasoning may be different than yours or mine, but the fact of the matter is, we’ve all got problems. But don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll see his Royal-ness on PSN playing some Knack in the very near future.

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NBA 2K14 Releasing November 19th for Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/l1kek/nba-2k14-releasing-november-19th-for-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/l1kek/nba-2k14-releasing-november-19th-for-xbox-one Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:54:26 -0500 Courtney Gamache

Since the arrival of NBA 2K14 is soon approaching on November 19th for the Xbox One, we can expect some great details to surface. This reigns true for the newly found trailer, that has given away key features of NBA 2K14 to the public.

About NBA 2K14

The game, NBA 2K14 is naturally a game all about basketball. With this simulator, it'll bring the game to life on any HD TV. Although it hasn't launched for the Xbox One yet, it's available for the PS4 as of this week, and still available on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. No need to worry if you're not part of the next-gen consoles, you can still find it for the earlier ones.

This 'Uber Trailer'

The 'uber trailer' is all about details involving NBA 2K14, and how it's been revived. 2K Sports released the trailer to bring in some hype for the game, and to give you a taste of what to expect. With a video under five minutes long, you'll get a great concept as to how the game will work, and how the Eco-Motion system will make this game as realistic as possible.

This month has given great announcements for next-gen consoles, and we can expect some great things to surface over the next few months.

What do you think about NBA 2K14? Did the trailer give you some insight? Comment below!

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LeBron James Gets His Own Soundtrack in 2K14 https://www.gameskinny.com/3bvh3/lebron-james-gets-his-own-soundtrack-in-2k14 https://www.gameskinny.com/3bvh3/lebron-james-gets-his-own-soundtrack-in-2k14 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:31:04 -0400 Raymond W

When LeBron James was selected as the cover athlete of NBA 2K14, 2K Sports stated that he would be "actively involved" in the development of the game.

"It's not our style to slap someone on the cover and call it a day," 2K's Jason Argent said. "We always make use of their expertise to make a better game."

The decision has so far resulted in the game's soundtrack, ranging across hip-hop, rap, and pop genres and chosen by James himself, which was just released.

"2K is letting me take control of some important elements in NBA 2K14, including this year's soundtrack," James said. 

James, the first NBA 2K cover athlete to choose his own soundtrack, succeeds 2K13's executive producer Jay-Z in deciding the songs to go into the game. Incidentally, one of Jay-Z's tracks has made it onto the list, in addition to worldwide Multi-Platinum hits "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, and "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The full track list includes:

  • Big Krit - "Cool 2 be Southern"
  • Cris Cab - "Paradise (On Earth)"
  • Coldplay - "Lost!"
  • Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams) - "Get Lucky"
  • Drake - "Started from the Bottom"
  • Eminem - "Not Afraid"
  • Fly Union - "Long Run"
  • Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"
  • Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
  • Jada Kiss (feat. Ayanna Irish) - "Can't Stop Me"
  • Jay Z - "The Ruler's Back"
  • John Legend (feat. Rick Ross) - "Who Do We Think We Are"
  • Kanye West - "All of the Lights"
  • Kendrick Lamar - "Now or Never"
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton) - "Can't Hold Us"
  • Nas (feat. Puff Daddy) - "Hate Me Now"
  • Phil Collins - "In The Air Tonight"
  • Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell) - "Blurred Lines"
  • The Black Keys - "Elevator"
  • The Black Keys - "Howlin For You"

The soundtrack can be found on Spotify, so you can prepare in advance for 2K14's release on October 1 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, or its launch day release for the PS4 and Xbox One.

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