Gamers everywhere will no doubt have their own top 5 game campaigns, me being one of them! Whether 1st person shooters like Call of Duty are your thing or whether you prefer vastly explorative environments such as Skyrim, you’re sure to love at least one of my top 5.
So without further ado, let the countdown begin!
[title subtitle=""]Batman Arkham City[/title]
Coming in at 5 is the wonderfully dark sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum, in which well hidden easter eggs were planted that strongly hinted towards it’s now brilliant sequel. Arkham City offers as much if not more ass kicking combat ability as well as exciting gadgetry all in a completely new open surrounding. The open world map gives the player a lot more freedom for exploration as well as side missions and activities which weren’t available in it’s predecessor.
The game’s grimy visuals and impressive layout add to the gamer’s campaign experience throughout, not to mention the opportunity to fight as Robin and Catwoman! I’ve struggled to come across another game that offers as fluid and enjoyable combat than Arkham City which, for me, is the big hitter (no pun intended).
[title subtitle=""]Alan Wake[/title]
Alan Wake is such a welcomely different campaign experience for any gamer and the instant launch into it’s creepy storyline has you seatedged to see what happens next. Playing as the the fictional bestseller author Alan Wake, upon vacationing with his wife Alice in the romantic surroundings of Bright Falls, things quickly take a turn for the worse as Alice is taken by “The Darkness” Leaving Alan to search and fight not only for his wife but also the answers to the gloomy mysteries that surround Bright falls.
You’ll fall in love with the Game’s astonishing visuals which beautifully encompass you wherever you explore in the safe and welcoming daytime setting of the idyllic, Pacific Northwest retreat. By night however, you are most vulnerable and your heart will race as you’re on constant alert of your eerie surroundings and hostile beings controlled by The Darkness. Light is your best friend in this campaign meaning torches and flares along with other firearms are your arsenal. My favourite thing about this game has to be the highly tense combat situations where Dodgeball’s Patches O’Houlihan’s “5 D’s” will literally save you from being sliced by some misused farm yard tool!
[title subtitle=""]Mirror’s edge[/title]
Spot number 3 belongs to the EA’s sensational Mirror’s Edge. Once again, this game really does fall into a category of it’s own and earns its place thanks to the outstandingly lifelike environment, diverse settings and wonderfully vibrant gameplay. Bright, bold Colours go together with light, minimalistic audio which smartly manage to reflect the game’s clean and futuristic setting.
It was so much fun exploring a variety of geniously detailed and mapped out levels and whether you were inside or out, you could still move around creatively. Faith’s free running skills gave you some choice as to how you wanted to approach and negotiate obstacles to get to your destination, this definitely contributed to the gaming experience as it added more freedom and
had you feel you had more control.
[title subtitle=""]Deus Ex: Human Revolution[/title]
2nd place goes to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Set in the year 2027, Adam Jensen is recruited as head security manager at the rapidly expanding Sarif industries whose expertise lie in biotechnology. In a time set where multinational corporations possess a concerning amount of power compared to the government, Sarif industries is victim to an attack by an anonymous terrorist group which leaves Jensen in need of some pretty nifty limb replacement which thereafter serve very practically in a number of areas needless to say the combat department.
The game incorporates a submersive, cyberpunk theme that conveys rapid social decline in a proportionate technological incline which manages to create the perfect setting for exploration and investigation of the environment and its inhabitants. I would say the best thing about Deus ex is it’s endless labyrinths of exploration and detailed backstories and side missions that add so much more to the plot itself and make the game as a whole so exciting.
[title subtitle=""]Portal 2[/title]
Finally, the gold medal goes to the astounding and sheer brilliant Portal 2. Before playing this game I would strongly advise that you first complete the 1st portal as in doing so will allow none if its tremendous storyline to go to waste.
You play as Chell, a ‘test subject’ in the somewhat infamous research facility ‘Aperture’ science. Equipped only with your faithful portal gun, you must negotiate your way through the seemingly abandoned and tattered maze of sinisterly designed puzzles which stand between Chell and her freedom.
There is so much right about this game and hits all the spots for me. From impressive visuals to hilarious voice acting, Portal 2 possesses so many great single player campaign elements. Its ability to completely suck you in to its wonderfully Dark and comedic storyline while offering endless enjoyment during puzzle solving is simply unbeatable and left portal fans across the globe craving for Valve’s third installment of the game.