4. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Play on: PC, Xbox 360, PS3,
Loosely based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West, this action game from Cambridge-based Ninja Theory has players take on the role of Monkey, a strong and brutish loner. Monkey enters into a reluctant partnership with the technologically savvy Trip. Together they embark on a perilous journey in a world where most of civilization has gone and nature has begun to take over, with only technological remnants as hints of the past.
3. Gears of War 3
Play on: Xbox 360
While the blockbuster franchise is best known for its bro-tastic spectacle and tight tactical combat, it’s the third installment that makes the setting’s trademark destroyed beauty a more vivid experience. Gears of War 3 is Maryland based North Carolina based Epic Games in top form, delivering great gameplay and a well realized world in which men and women gave up their dreams to keep annihilation at bay.
2. Metro 2033
Play on: PC, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One
The Malta-based studio 4A Games isn’t famous, but its singular commitment to the Metro series has resulted in a bleak, survival horror shooter like no other. After nuclear war devastated Moscow, the remnants of Russia’s population take refuge from monsters and mutants of the surface in the city’s subways and metro stations. It’s a unique take on the apocalypse, where bullets serve as currency and ideological clashes persist.
1. Fallout 2
Play on: PC, Mac
The second installment in one of the most iconic video game properties of all time, Fallout 2 is the post-nuclear role-playing game going for broke. Developer Black Isle Studios doubles down on some of the grittiest and maybe even immature aspects of their world, featuring more drugs, more violence, more slavery and more prostitution. Life after the bomb only proves that man never changes.