Avinash BaliJan 10, 2012 09:34:53 IST
A video game store might be hard to find in a post-apocalyptic world so it would help to stock up on games that provide tons of content right out of the box to ensure that you stay entertained for a long time. Here are a few suggestions.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Bring it on troll
Skyrim boasts of so much content, it literally borders on MMO territory, only it’s offline and there’s no monthly fee. You could blaze through the plot in a few hours, sure, but why would you when you could spend hours exploring the beautifully crafted game world by taking up a profession like smithing, mining or alchemy, get married, join one of many guilds, clean out its many dungeons or just hit the open roads in search of fame and fortune.
Just Cause 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Cos I'm free, free falling
Just Cause 2 is an open-world action game that throws logic out the window in favor of good old fashioned over-the-top fun. How else can you explain a grappling hook that allows you to latch onto a plane, hijack it, and then jump out to surf on it! Besides the balls to the wall action, the game throws in a ton of side quests that allow you to enlist yourself with various factions to liberate the fictional world of Panau.
Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Welcome to Liberty City
GTA IV was a huge game, but Rockstar decided to take things to the next level by announcing Episodes from Liberty City, which includes two single-player expansions - The Lost and Damned and Ballad of Gay Tony. These were then bundled with the main game to form the GTA IV Complete Edition. While both expansions are largely similar to GTA IV, they both bring a bunch of gameplay, visual, as well as multiplayer tweaks to the table, making this pack a must-buy for any GTA fan.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Army of four
Set in a bleak, distant future, Borderlands was the world’s first RPS (role-playing shooter), a term coined by developers Gearbox themselves. The game was a shooter at heart, but packed in content equivalent to an RPG, making it accessible to both fans of both genres. The GOTY edition is obviously the one to go for as it includes the base game in addition to four packs of DLC.
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Who doesn't love exploring a post-apocalyptic wasteland?
The apocalypse is generally not a very pleasant experience unless, that is, you’re experiencing it from Bethesda’s perspective. Like any of their previous games, Fallout 3 is literally teeming with content, be it through its plot or a plethora of side quests. Once again, the GOTY edition is the version to grab as it includes all five packs of DLC released till date. Another incentive for PC gamers comes in the form of tons of user-made content that’s available free of cost.
Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360, PS3)
We love Rockstar's Wild West
With Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar dragged us down to the Wild West, a genre not visited too often in games. And we loved it. The game offered players everything they’ve come to expect from a Rockstar game - a stellar plot, well written characters, tons of distraction in the form of side activities, and of course, solid gameplay. The GOTY edition packs in a ton of map packs as well as a very interesting ‘undead’ take on the game. It’s a pity the game never made it to PC.
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Do you crave some speed?
Gran Turismo 5 offers perhaps more content on one disc than any other game in this feature. For starters, the 1,000 cars in the game will take scores of hours to unlock. To put them through their paces, there’s the Training School mode, the insanely long A-Spec career mode, as well as a B-Spec management mode. Add to that the seasonal events that Polyphony adds and the massive free Spec 2 update, and you’ll be playing GT5 for hundreds of hours.
LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
By itself, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a cute little side-scrolling platformer that can be enjoyed by upto four players. However, developer Media Molecule has also included a powerful set of creation tools - the same they used to make the game, so players can design their own levels. They can then share these levels with the world and play levels created by others for free, making LBP2 a virtually never-ending game.
Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Tis the age of uhh dragons?
After the action-oriented Mass Effect, Dragon Age was Bioware’s return to the hardcore RPG, retaining D&D elements that old school players loved. Even just tackling the game’s epic main quest along with a few side quests takes well over 60 hours, and it’s worth every minute. Aside from that, there are various different ‘Origins’ to play through, each of which has different back stories and opening sequences. It’s role-playing games at their very best.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Two massive Hawaiian islands; the ability to drive anywhere - on and off-road; options to buy real estate across both islands; a great selection of everyday sedans, sports cars, exotics and SUVs; and a mini-map populated with missions and exploration bonuses spanning every inch of the game world. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is that and so much more. Whether you’re racing or just driving around taking in the sights, you can lose yourself in it.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC PSP)
My ball, your face
FIFA may have the licenses and the better online features, but offline, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 takes the cake. The legendary Master League mode is addictive as ever, and after sinking in 50-plus hours, you’ll enjoy your 20th season just as much as you did the first. That aside, there’s also the Become a Legend mode as well as training challenges and various leagues and tournaments. There’s more than enough content to easily last you till the next iteration and beyond.
Infamous 2 (PS3)
Cue stoic pose
Like most open-world action games, infamous 2 too offers fairly long single-player campaign, and along with the plethora of side missions, you’ll clock well over 25 hours. Unlike most open-world game’s however, it doesn’t end there. Sucker Punch has thrown in creation tools to let you build your own missions or obstacle courses, complete with AI to give the game limitless replay value. What’s more you can also play missions created by other players from around the world.