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Current trends within gaming can indicate the decline of fantastic single player experiences. Some could say that there is a bigger push to see multiplayer focused video games with game modes mimicking the success that PUBG or Fortnite brought out into the public. With that said, we’re still hoping to see brand new IP’s and new installments to some of our most beloved single player campaign narrative video game titles.
If you’re looking to enjoy something new without having to focus on jumping online or gathering a group of friends then check out our list below. We’ve compiled thirty of our favorite single player video game titles that were released in this latest generation of consoles. Hopefully, you’ll find something new to play. Likewise, being that this list will be updated frequently, we don’t have a list ranked in any particular order. So feel free to leave a comment below of your own top ranking games in your opinion that people should check out.
#52 Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion came out in 2020 which throws players into a futuristic London. DedSec has a new challenge to take care of a strict authoritarian regime. Players this time around are given unique gameplay compared to the previous two installments. Rather than being a standalone character going through the storyline, Watch Dogs Legion thrives on players recruiting members to use in DedSec, and from there, you’ll have the ability to pop into these characters. Each will have their own unique attributes and skills which means hunting down characters is not only a requirement to complete certain missions but at times a thrilling experience.
Once you find a character of your liking you’ll have to complete a mission for them before they’ll readily join up. This diverse set of characters makes the gameplay a bit diverse as you’ll find multiple ways to complete a challenge. However, a big portion of the game marketing is the fact that once a character dies in the game, they’ll be gone forever. Fortunately, this is just an option as you’ll be able to turn it off and use the characters later on after a cool-down period.
#51 The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us was such a worldwide hit that fans were craving to dive back into the world featuring Joel and Ellie once again after the game’s conclusion. Naughty Dog really makes a big emphasis on their games not only being highly detailed but also narrative-driven. Each release from the studio has plenty of people eager to get their hands on a copy but even more so with The Last of Us Part 2. Fans were finally able to get their chance to dive back into the world of The Last of Us in June of 2020 and this game picks up years after the events of the first installment.
Ellie is a grown woman now and it seems that life has started to pick back up a bit more than before. With Joel and Ellie living in a thriving town, their way of life is threatened by a new hostile faction. Ellie once again sets on a journey that is seemingly against all odds once again but this time her reasoning behind the journey seems to be fueled by rage and revenge. We’ll of course refrain from spoiling anything here but with both The Last of Us Remastered and The Last of Us Part 2 available on the PlayStation 4, if you own the console platform and have yet to play these games then you’re truly missing out.
#50 Death Stranding
Death Stranding was quite the hyped-up video game title. It comes from a world-renown video game developer, Hideo Kojima, right after the public split from his time at Konami. The developer had brought out several popular video game titles in the past and was in the process of picking up the beloved Silent Hill franchise to deliver his take on the IP. While that game was canned along with Hideo Kojima’s position at the studio, we do have Death Stranding. This is the debut title that came out from Kojima Productions and sets players into a world after an event that has changed so much of humanity.
In this game, players are essentially a deliveryman that is working in a world that has supernatural elements. However, the game plays a big role in how you manage your inventory. You’ll need to carefully position your packages on your protagonist before venturing into hard terrain treks. Of course, being a Hideo Kojima, the narrative can be complex and there are more than a few blockbuster faces that have popped up throughout the campaign. We will, of course, refrain from saying anything to spoil the adventure you’ll embark on if you pick up a copy.
#49 Doom Eternal
After the massive success id Software had with the 2016 reboot of Doom, the development team was quick to continue development on a sequel, Doom Eternal. The gameplay remains mainly intact but simply built up upon. Players will still be tearing through demons but now they’ll have a new array of abilities and weapons such as a grappling system. There’s even a feature added into the game that would allow the demons to visibly display damage from when they were being hit.
While the game still features Doom Slayer taking on all kinds of demonic scum, the story picks up where Doom 2016 left off. Now hell has been unleashed on Earth and the only thing to stand in its way is our favorite space marine. One little attribute that fans may find of interest in this particular installment is the post-launch content that the developers are bringing to the game. With Doom 2016, the game launched without any content to further keep players enjoying the title. As a result, they knew Doom Eternal would need some updates afterward to give players new challenges or content to enjoy once they completed the main campaign.
#48 Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Final Fantasy 7 is not only a fan-favorite video game installment to the Final Fantasy franchise, but its become quite the iconic RPG title in general. Overall, the game follows a mercenary by the name of Cloud Strife who is working with a group to stop the corrupt Shinra megacorporations. Early into the PlayStation 4 lifecycle, we knew that Square Enix would be bringing out a remake but it wouldn’t be until 2020 that we got the first part of this game. This is not the full game, instead the title is an episodic journey and at the time of writing this, we’re unsure just how many installments will make up the full remake. Outside of that changeup, there are a few other changes made to the gameplay. Rather than being a traditional turn-based RPG, this game is an action RPG with game mechanics similar to the Kingdom Hearts franchise.
#47 The Outer Worlds
From developers, Obsidian Entertainment comes the action RPG, The Outer Worlds. It’s clear that these developers can dish out some great content and after their time with the Fallout franchise, this studio was looking to deliver fans an experience similar to what they had in Fallout New Vegas. Overall, this game follows a protagonist that was set out into space with a group of others in hopes of reaching a planet to colonize.
When their ship gets set off course, the crew and those that were in cryostasis deemed lost forever. That was until a scientist who was labeled mad managed to find the ship and rescue you in hopes that you’ll do his bidding which would ultimately unveil a corrupt ruling organization along with rescuing the rest of the crew. Meanwhile, players also have the ability to side with this organization and aid in the capture of the scientist. The game is all about exploration, heading to unique planets, meeting with the locals, shaping your character up, and twisting the story towards your narrative choices made along the way.
#46 Resident Evil 3
The remake of Resident Evil 2 was such a huge success that it wasn’t surprising to hear that Capcom was going to continue on that trend with a remake of Resident Evil 3. Now, this third installment wasn’t as long as Resident Evil 2 and it doesn’t feature two protagonists for players to go through. Instead, when Capcom developed the title originally it was more of a cinematic piece keeping the story progression a bit more linear. In the narrative, players take on the role of Jill Valentine shortly after the events of Resident Evil, who was researching the Umbrella Corporation in hopes that she could take the company down legally.
However, during her investigations, the virus had spread through Raccoon City with a new bioweapon threat hunting Jill down to silence her once and for all. The game follows Jill as she attempts to flee the city and figure out what Umbrella is really up to. Much like the past Resident Evil games, this is a survival horror gameplay experience where resources are scarce, with a variety of enemies, plenty of exploration, and a slew of puzzles to solve.