Staff picks

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

I’ve played a lot of RPGs. Usually the story and world building are not as interesting to me as the gameplay mechanics and the quests and item hunting. I can’t say the same about “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.” The game takes place in a not so distant future, where mechanically “augmented” human beings are being socially and politically subjugated, and sometimes killed. You play an augmented former cop who uses his technologically enhanced body to kill, save, hack and gather intel. Lots of RPGs have little books to read or extra fodder to build the story more in-depth than the gameplay. I usually ignore these details, but I found myself completely enthralled by the emails I read after hacking into computers in Deus Ex. I spent more time exploring than I did engaging in the story.

–Tanner Hewitt, editor-in-chief

 

League of Legends

League of Legends is a free multiplayer online arena computer game played with multiple champions of different classes such as assassins, fighters, marksmen and tanks. The objective of the game is to be the first to destroy the other team's base. Games can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, and while the objective sounds simple, the game requires strategy. The game also offers multiple-player modes, such as normal 5v5 gameplay, 3v3 and ranked matches. Ranked is where the results really matter: you are scored and have the chance to move up or down in the ranks. The goal is to get to the highest rank possible within the season. At the end of a season, everyone resets and has to play placement games to get re-seeded.

–Louis Richard, staff writer

 

Persona 5

Persona 5 is a Japanese role-playing game developed by Atlus. You have to devote a lot of hours of your life to complete it, but it is worth the adventure. The combat is easy and strategic because of its turn-base mechanics. There are multiple characters, all of whom become memorable over the course of the game. The dungeons are all creative and the story is exceptional. My favorite part about the game is the soundtrack, which is beautiful, catchy and truly adds personality to the world of the game. Each step of the way opens new doors to new mechanics or story. It can get overwhelming, but if you stick with it, Persona 5 can be one of those memorable and rewarding video game experiences.

–Grester Celis-Acosta, staff writer

 

The Last of Us

I usually don’t play shooter games because my aim is terrible, but when I first played The Last of Us, I was immediately hooked. This game is set in a post-apocalyptic United States. Players control Joel, one of two main characters, who is tasked to escort a young girl name Elle across the U.S. to a group that is trying to come up with a cure. The game is really scary and gave me nightmares every time I played. Players have to run from the mutant Cordyceps fungus that turns humans into zombie like savages and from people trying to survive.

–Michelle Mendez, social media editor

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