The Best Xbox One Games of 2016 (Part 3)

Batman – The Telltale Series

BATMAN – The Telltale Series' Episode 5: 'City of Light' Launch TrailerThe leader of the Children of Arkham prepares to execute the final act of a plan to destroy the Wayne family name, and the people closest to you are in their path of vengeance. Can Batman's ultimate secret be kept – his very identity – when it is causing chaos and death in Gotham? The…2016-12-13T18:47:32.000Z

We were quite skeptical of Telltale Games’ announcement of an adventure game geared towards Gotham City’s dark savior. But after wading through five chapters of Bruce Wayne/Batman’s taxing fight against the Children of Arkham, we grew to appreciate it. Instead of sticking to the traditional mythos the “Dark Knight” has stuck to since his inception, Telltale Games decided to alter his background. This move didn’t anger the traditional Batman fan in us; all it managed to do was give us a different take on his biggest conflicts and Bruce Wayne’s public image. Each chapter provided awesome action set pieces, clever crime scene investigations and a host of familiar allies/antiheroes. Batman – The Telltale Series closed out on a high note and its ending teaser has us excited for what’s next.

Buy Batman – The Telltale Series here.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Official Call of Duty® Infinite Warfare: Post-Launch TrailerInfinite Warfare delivers three unique game modes: Campaign returns to the gritty, large-scale war roots of the franchise, while boldly looking ahead. Multiplayer delivers the future of warfare, with many new gameplay innovations. And the cooperative Zombies mode takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics. Infinite…2016-11-16T22:14:57.000Z

We know, we know – everyone is seemingly tired of Activision’s annual routine of releasing a new Call of Duty game. We were far from excited after watching the initial gameplay reveal trailer (and it seems like we weren’t the only ones seeing as how many dislikes it garnered). But Infinite Warfare surprised us by its quality in two specific areas – the main single-player campaign and Zombies Mode. We enjoyed our time navigating through the far reaches of space, wiping out marked targets during side missions and engaging in hellacious dogfights. Once we were done with that portion of the game, we had a blast with the “ripped straight from the 80’s” take on humans vs. zombies. The multiplayer is what its always been and there’s still a fanbase out there for it. But the other two stronger pillars of Infinite Warfare are what kept us entertained throughout.

Buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare here.

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 – Launch Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]After being wrongly profiled as a criminal risk by a citywide operating system, Marcus Holloway investigates to find rampant corporate corruption and manipulation of the public. Marcus and his group of hackers, DedSec, wage a war to take down the system and return power to the people. Watch Dogs 2 Available 11.15.16 Watch Dogs 2…2016-11-09T17:00:00.000Z

A lot of people who were disappointed in the performance of the 1st Watch Dogs didn’t revisit its concept for the sequel. We figured that was true due to the lower sales figures of this follow up. But we hope that category of gamers finally gives Watch Dogs 2 a fair chance. It leaves the grey, dull expanses of Chicago and takes a bunch of tech-heavy hackers into the more colorful state of California. The main character is way more lively, which lends a more light hearted feel to every mission. The hacking mechanics were even stronger than before; we caused arrests after changing a person’s personal info, took over cameras to survey our enemies, took control of cars we definitely couldn’t afford etc. The gunplay was solid, but we had way more fun causing havoc with our little pocket disrupter. Hacking every bit of sunny ‘ol California gave us the hope we lost with the 1st Watch Dogs.

Buy Watch Dogs 2 here.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Official Launch TrailerAvailable now on Steam (Win PC), PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U! Shantae embarks on her first full HD adventure! When a mysterious crime wave sweeps Sequin Land, it’s up to Half-Genie Hero Shantae to save the day! Use Shantae’s devastating Hair-Whip Attack to send monsters flying, or Belly Dance to transform into a…2016-12-20T19:08:26.000Z

Taken from Game Review: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero may not throw in a whole bunch of fresh faces/elements to get acquainted with. But there’s isn’t much else to complain about. The most familiar elements of the Shantae series (fun platforming segments, cool transformations, catchy tunes etc.) return along with a beautiful new take on the graphics. The art pops off the screen thanks to its HD presentation, which makes each stage, the enemies you encounter on them and the massive bosses you take on look even better than before. This platformer may have released late in the year, but it stands tall as one of the best 2D platforming experiences of 2016.

Buy an Xbox Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Xbox One TrailerYou’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?2016-11-29T18:05:36.000Z

Eric Barone pulled off a feat that must be celebrated as one of 2016’s highest gaming achievements – he created excellence all by himself with Stardew Valley. This addictive life simulator offered gamers a modern-day rendition of Harvest Moon and then some. Improving our farm never grew old as we spent hours building up relationships with the friendly townspeople. We cooked, we fished, we crafted and we braved the dangers of dungeons in order to nab more valuable loot. These activities threw us into a never ending loop of fun that turned into our end of year obsession. Stardew Valley is getting even better at the time of this writing, which makes an already quality product near perfection.

Buy an Xbox Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Stardew Valley.

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