Single-Player Video Games to Play Right Now

Aidan Brunt ’24
Thomas Ou ’24
EE Staff Writers

Eagle’s Eye gamers, Thomas and Aidan, share their current “Best of” list for your playing pleasure:

Red Dead Redemption 2
Kicking off this list, we have Rockstar’s award-winning action-adventure game, Red Dead Redemption 2. In this game, you will experience the misadventures of an outlaw named Author Morgan in a fictionalized western world. You will find yourself dumping hours in this game without even realizing it as you explore its immersive and interactive open-world map with little to no restraint on your exploration. This game offers a wide variety of weapons and explosives to keep your foes at bay as you go from stealing horses to hijacking trains. Unless you want to be chased by bounty hunters, rival gangs, and law enforcement, you must maintain an honor rating throughout the game, with a bounty system much like the ones in Grand Theft Auto. According to MetacriticRed Dead Redemption 2 is the highest-rated game for the PS4 and Xbox One along with GTA V and also holds the title of the fifth-highest rated game overall.

Doom Eternal
The newest release in the infamous Doom series, we have a game that was able to combine both classic shooter elements while adding an intense and dark attitude spin. Doom Eternal takes place on an Earth that has been consumed by Hell, following the quest of Doom Slayer as he frees the Earth from the demonic hordes. You must manage your resources and fight with a nonstop pace of shoot & run, all the while praying that it somehow works out. This creates an adrenaline-filled game that is both fun and interesting to play. While the story is not revolutionary compared to other games on this list, it does have a decent one that fits this type of game. Eternal has plenty to explore and adds many features to the classic game we all know and love, being challenging but having rewarding outcomes. This game is definitely one of the darker and gory games on this list but actually fits the setting well. This nonstop nightmare will have you on your toes and your fingers on the trigger for the whole experience.

Crusader Kings 3
One of the more underrated games on our list is Crusader Kings 3. The sequel to Crusader Kings 2 is from the renowned grand strategy game studio Paradox Interactive and is the newest grand strategy since Hearts of Iron 4. The name is fitting as it takes place in an era of the crusades, ancient kingdoms, and monarchies. Compared to many other fighting and war strategy games this one is truly special. Similar to Civilization 6, this game has an option-based story system, with each feature being extremely complex. You could spend hours managing your own domestic affairs within your kingdom without realizing that there are neighboring nations plotting against you. Sometimes characters play an even bigger role than the nations themselves and throughout the game, you will make choices for your heirs and how you interact with others. With the immersive and interactive masterpiece of a game, you can become the supreme ruler of the greatest nation Europe has ever seen. 

Disco Elysium
Imagine playing as an amnesic detective with a drinking problem in a D&D-inspired role-playing game in a broken-down city still suffering from a war that had ended ten years prior while confronting a pass through a murder investigation and you have Disco Elysium. One of the more unusual games on this list, there is no fighting or elaborate cut-scenes with the focus being more on picking the right things to say and do. This is a dialogue-heavy game comparable to some visual novels though it differs itself through having a highly interactive and beautiful map for one to explore from an isometric perspective and a skillfully crafted skill tree. There is the hilarious aspect where you might have an internal debate with your mind and body, with this sometimes giving you vital clues or having you end up making regrettable decisions. You must rack your brain to solve the mystery, as you find clues around the world. A fair warning, however, this game is a bit of a slow burner, but if you are a fan of games with story and decision-making as their focal point and art that looks like it came out of a famous painting, I highly recommend it.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Considered by many critics to be the best title in the series so far, we have Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed. The story takes place in ancient Greece where you play as one of the two misthios or mercenary, Kassandra or Alexios, Spartan warriors exiled from a young age and sent to live on a small island called Kephallonia. After meeting a strange man you find yourself leaving the island as captain of the ship, The Adrestia. As you head to mainland Greece to confront your past, you find yourself in the midst of a looming war between Sparta and Athens and pick to fight for the glory of Sparta and the side that birthed you or to engage in the wisdom of Athens, who accepted you after your nation had abandoned you. With phenomenal graphics and an immersive in-game world, it makes for a great experience. There is an endless number of side quests along with an engaging main story making it one of the best Assassin’s Creed games of all time and puts it on par with Legendary games like The Witcher 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This game includes many new features, a whole new story style, and many other things to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, creating a whole new fighting experience and improved overall gameplay compared to previous installments in the franchise. Overall Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is by far the best game from the franchise yet and leaves us waiting with high expectations for the next game to come.

Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 is a single-player first-person shooter from the legendary developers Valve. Half-life was a game-changing experience that had moved the industry to new expectations and has created major expectations for Half-Life 2. Surprisingly, it lived up and even surpassed what many thought a game could be, basically pioneering a whole new genre of science fiction games. The story centers around Gordon Freeman, or as he is recalled by the antagonist, “The one free man”. He is a theoretical physicist who used to work at Black Mesa before he was involved in what is known as the Black Mesa incident which led to the seven-hour war between humanity and a universal faction called the combine. In the end, they had combined forces and won with the peace terms negotiated through the supervision of Dr. Breen, a Black Mesa supervisor and direct superior of Dr. Freeman. Dr. Breen is able to now rule the Earth under the authority of the combine. This leads to an alien-controlled world with the goal of destroying any human resistance to the alien enslavement of the planet. The game has a perfect mix of action and storytelling as you see the characters navigate around this world. The story introduced new physics to video games and teaches how to use them in a perfect balance between learning and being a game with many places and things to explore, allowing you to discover the secrets of the world. Half-Life 2, while an older game, is one of the best gameplay experiences, and just hearing G-Men’s legendary monologue is worth the playthrough. 

Undertale
No list would be complete without talking about the indie gem that is Undertale. This role-playing game from the brilliant mind of Toby Fox will have you control a lost child who has fallen into the depths of the underground, unable to escape to the surface due to a magic barrier that separates the humans from the monster. Inside this magical pixel world, you will make heartwarming friendships with diverse characters as you learn their backstory and the history of the world (or kill them, that works too), solve numerous puzzles while laughing at the witty humor and bad puns, and fight some of the hardest 2D bosses in existence while jamming out to Megalovania. You must choose to kill or spare the monsters, with each action having dire consequences. There are enough 4th wall breaks to even creep out the toughest players, with each of the endings being beyond phenomenal. While the pixel art style might not appeal to some, the writing, music, and disgustingly good story will be worth your time.

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