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There are many popular phrases in the world of gaming, but only a few of them build up expectations quite as much as “triple-A”. But what hides behind the term, and what titles fit into this group and can be described as AAA games? Let’s take a look.
In the vast majority of cases, AAA games are at the top regarding the technical aspects: graphics, audio design, and a limited number of bugs. They can offer their high production value thanks to large budgets and teams of people working on every aspect of the presentation and mechanics.
If your main draw is the story aspect, triple-A games can be hit or miss, although recent bestsellers such as God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, or Insomniac’s Spider-Man offer fantastic story and competent storytelling, complemented by evocative and frequently relatable characters.
Now that we’ve cleared out what AAA games are, let’s bring up some examples divided into the most popular genres, so you can quickly find a game you might be interested in and buy it on G2A marketplace.
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Pick a game from this genre if you want a good mix of storytelling, environmental puzzles or other challenges, as well as exciting action scenes.
The Uncharted series at a time was one of the system sellers for pre-PS5 generations of PlayStation, and it remains one of the finest action-adventure series in video games. It helps that the protagonist, Nathan Drake, has the kind of roguish charm making a slaughter of hundreds of goons feel like a nice afternoon jaunt. Uncharted 4 is the conclusion of Nathan’s journey, and a spectacular one at that.
Developer Naughty Dog, famous also for The Last of Us 1 & 2, made A Thief’s End an exciting, cinematic experience filled to the brim with creative set pieces, interesting puzzles, and likeable, memorable characters. The quality of graphics and animations was top-tier as well, and it still looks great four years later (at the time of writing). Definitely one of the best games in the genre.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
2018’s God of War revitalised the series in a big way. Since Kratos murdered his way through the entire Greek pantheon and there was no god left to kill, he had a several crises and decided to go north. As a result the latest (although the sequel is already in the works at the time of writing) God of War has the old Spartan tangle with Norse gods in the snow-covered Scandinavian landscapes.
GoW changed quite a lot from the originals. Kratos has more chill now, and a bratty son. The game is presented via a third-person perspective, and the map is more organically connected, rather than cut into distinct kill or puzzle rooms. It also makes the most out of the hardware, delivering stunning graphics, excellent soundtrack, and an epic story of gods and running from one’s past.
God of War PS4
Rockstar Games’ cowboy epic presents one of the most incredibly detailed, immersive, stunning open worlds of its generation. There are detailed, complex animations for most, if not all actions you can take; there’s a dynamic, immersive dialogue system; the massive map hides many secrets to discover, and prized animals to hunt for glory and trade. It’s easy to just wander off and got lost in this world.
The story takes place a few years before the original RDR, and we get to play through the events which led to the fall of Van Der Linde’s gang, playing the role of Arthur Morgan, rather than Marston. We have a pleasant, but not distracting, degree of control over Arthur, including his behaviour and appearance, and the person we make him is going to influence what kind of ending he gets.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Legion is an interesting iteration on the formula of the Watch Dogs series. Instead of a gruff dude Aiden Pearce or young and energetic hacktivist Marcus Holloway you can play… that person sitting on a bench over there. WDL allows you to recruit virtually anyone you encounter on the street, provided you can solve their problems, and the procedural generation can create thousands of unique recruits.
Watch Dogs: Legion also presents a neat, nearly cyberpunk vision of London, controlled by the invasive ctOS surveillance system and with enforcers from the Albion private security company replacing police. The recreation of the City is stunning and detailed, and there are some cool systems you can engage with, like large drones your recently recruited hacker granny can fly on.
Watch Dogs: Legion
With Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt exhausted as a topic, the Assassin’s Creed series skipped Ancient Rome as a topic and plunged straight into early Middle Age, specifically: the Viking era. As a warrior called Eivor (Eivor can be male or female, or you can leave the decision to the game) you’ll raid and pillage English villages and found your own. Or you could go exploring.
The world of AC: Valhalla is beautiful, and more filled with activities than even Origins or Odyseey. And many of them are very thematic, such as flyting – Norse verbal battles, or working on cairns, a neat physics-based minigame. Valhalla is broad, deep, and thanks to a smaller commitment to historical accuracy than previous entries it can dig into Norse and old English myths in cool ways.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft)
Respawn’s Jedi: Fallen Order is a solid proof that there is still space and demand for story-based Star Wars games. It is also a great game with great level design, cool combat system reminiscent of Souls-likes, and several vastly different planets presenting unique challenges. As Cal Kestis, a Padawan who managed to survive Order 66, you’ll regain your Force abilities, face your past, and fight the Empire.
The storyline is very well told, with memorable characters with messed up pasts, so Cal fits right in among them. There’s some customisation, mostly through different ponchos and lightsaber colours Cal can equip and unlocking new Force powers over the course of the story can open new pathways on already explored maps. Many of them hide useful secrets, or at least open a shortcut.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Devil May Cry 5 was probably one of the best-looking game of 2019, thanks to the RE Engine. The latest chapter in the story of Sparda’s descendants not only looks great, but also sounds great, and features three very different playable characters, with the fourth available through a Special Edition or DLC, depending on your platform. Help Dante, Nero, and newcomer V defeat demon prince Urizen.
DMC5’s offer is quite extensive. There are several difficulty modes, the 3 (or 4) playable characters, a challenging Blood Palace mode, and a safe area to test your combos. There’s even a good codex, providing backgrounds on monsters, characters and weapons. It’s a full package, and well worth giving it a shot if you enjoy fast-paced, hack and slash games with very high skill ceiling.
Devil May Cry 5
Remedy’s Control came suddenly and turned out to be an outstanding TPS/ Action-adventure game with some really cool ideas about its world and story. You’re playing as Jesse Farden, a woman who, through circumstances you’ll discover yourself, ends up being a director of an agency collecting and cataloguing paranormal phenomena, in a manner similar to the SCP Foundation.
The game’s blend of superpowers, brutalist architecture, bizarre events, and more than a few horror elements makes Control a high-quality, highly engaging story on top of being a very good game. There are even ties to Remedy Entertainment’s previous work, Alan Wake. And on top of that, Control looks amazing, fully utilising the modern tech to create eerie atmosphere and odd locations.
First-person shooters excel at immersing you in the world and putting you closer to the action than any other game. You get to use your gun’s iron sights and see your enemies eyes.
Before Doom (2016) came along nobody seemed to put faith in the old way of doing first-person shooters. Intense, fast, focused almost entirely on running, shooting, and turning demons into blood splatter. This Doom is a kinetic joy, presented with great graphics, amazing heavy metal soundtrack, and one of the best shotguns in gaming. And, curiously, there’s even a pretty cool storyline. In DOOM!
The Doomslayer, a silent, but angry protagonist of the game begins the game chained to a stone slab while demons are ravaging the facility which recovered his sarcophagus. After that you occasionally listen to arrogant scientists, collect new weapons, and try to prevent hell’s armies from spilling into out reality. There are even fun collectibles and hidden levels from original Doom. It’s a full package.
Far Cry games have a certain brand identity, at it involves a lot of cheerful mayhem, some explosions, and a mixture of first-person shooting, stealth, and trying to explore for ten minutes without something or someone trying to kill you. This was magnified and perfected in Far Cry 5, which is also notable for being the first FC to take place in continental United States, namely: Montana.
Your main enemies are a doomsday cult led by the Seed family. Their followers have taken over the Hope county and keep in under armed occupation. You’re playing as a deputy sheriff who was supposed to arrest Joseph Seed and end his cult. Of course, things go sideways fast, and you end up being a key member of the local resistance. What follows… well, see for yourself.
Far Cry 5
The first Destiny was solid, but the sequel is just great. There is a stronger emphasis on telling its story in-game rather than in external resources, there are even better graphics, and more of the great gunplay Bungie is known for. Destiny 2 grew a lot since release, and at this point is a large, diverse game with tonnes of loot, locations to scout, and quite a few exciting classes with different playstyles.
If you don’t know about either Destiny, what you’re looking at is a great looter shooter set in a semi-SF universe centred on the Solar system. Although your primary weapons will be a variety of firearms, from space revolvers to space bazookas. However, each class (Titan, Warlock, Hunter) and subclass (several per class) also has amazing abilities, like casting flaming blades at your enemies.
Destiny 2 is free to play.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light (DLC)
The Call of Duty series is heavily populated some of the best first-person shooters in the genre, and most of its campaigns are tense, dramatic festivals of tightly directed action sequences. CoD: Cold War sees you go on international black ops mission on orders from Ronald Reagan, and you’ll even get make some ending-influencing decisions during the campaign.
There are also multiplayer modes, both traditional PvP and the cooperative Zombies mode, both made to the standards of the series. There’s also an updated Create-a-Class option from Modern Warfare for an extra degree of customisation In multiplayer. With great graphics, action set pieces, and multiplayer as a good as ever, Cold War is a solid entry into the long-running series.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War (Green Gift)
Apex Legends launched out of nowhere, exploded momentarily, and even through the initial boom simmered down over time, it remains a thriving game steadily updated with new champions and balance tweaks. There’s over a dozen different playable characters with unique movesets and playstyles, many influenced by the mechanics of Titanfall 2, with which it shares the developer and setting.
A typical match of AL involved twenty teams, three players each, trying to get good gear and survive long enough to be the last team standing. Unlike games like PUBG or Fortnite, Apex Legends is also a hero shooter, so figuring out how to utilise to you team’s benefit. Best of all, Apex legends is free to play at its core, so you can check it out at your leisure any time.
Apex Legends is free to play
After two games set in the claustrophobic tunnels of the Mosco underground, Metro Exodus sees Artyom and his family go on a cross-country trip in a train. The trip is going to be a cause for some interesting revelations, but also much hardship, and you’ll be there every step of the way. Metro Exodus has a much more open structure than the previous games, too, in addition to more linear missions.
Introduction of sandbox areas came with a number of other features, such as scavenging (which fuels the crafting system), dynamic weather, or a day/night cycle. Since the game’s story plays out over a year, there are also changing seasons to emphasise that. There are also different endings based on the decisions you made over the campaign, so be mindful of that when you play.
With Gears 5 the series moved away from the Fenix family a bit and focus on Kait Diaz, whom we met as the companion of JD Fenix in Gears of War 4. Kait has learned some weird things about her family in GoW4, and Gears 5 follows up on that, in addition to the ongoing war against the Swarm. Gears 5 features great voice talent, including Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz and John DiMaggio as Marcus Fenix.
G5 has many spectacular maps, and plenty of intense third-person, cover-based action sequences, which work great on their own and truly shine when you play in co-op with your friends. There’s also the classic Horde multiplayer mode, which will have you and up to three friends trying to survive again waves of enemies swarming your location. When you have a good group of friends it’s awesome.
Somehow Doom: Eternal manages to be even more metal than it’s immediate predecessor, 2016’s Doo, described elsewhere in this list. Set some time after the Mars adventure concluded, Earth has fallen to the demons, which mean the Doomslayer has a lot of work to perform in a target-rich environment. What more could you want from a first-person shooter in this series?
There are new weapons, such as the Crucible Blade or armour-mounter flame thrower. There is some expanded movement, useful when you’re looking for secrets hidden on the maps. There are new mini-boss and boss-level demons for you to kill, and oddly enough, we even get more information about Doomslayer’s background, mostly just hinted at in the previous game. This game is a lot.
Both genres put a strong emphasis on their storylines, although where RPGs put it in the centre of the experience, action RPGs lean more towards combat and mechanical challenges.
Monster Hunter World turned out to be massive hit, and for good reasons. Capcom’s action RPG features cool monsters, fourteen categories of oversized weapons, and several detailed, beautiful biomes. When you’re not on a hunt, it’s fun to just get a ghillie mantle and just watch what small and big monsters do when they aren’t trying to eat you. It’s like walking among dinosaurs, in many ways.
Of course, the game is not a walk in the Jurassic Park, and getting used to its combat may take some time, because it’s more deliberate and sometimes less responsive than combat in, say, Devil May Cry. But it does feel great when a good hit with a hammer slams a monster’s head into the ground and stuns it for a while. Thanks to detailed believable animations, hunting feels amazing.
Monster Hunter: World
For many people The Witcher 3 is THE triple-A story-oriented action RPG. CD Projekt Red’s game features vivid art direction supported by great graphics, vast, immersive maps, and a story which resonated with millions of players. It’s the last chapter in Geralt of Rivia’s journey to reclaiming his memory and his old life after a few years he’d spent being mostly kind of dead.
Even several years later the sunsets in Velen, or the raw beauty of the Kaer Morhen valley make a lasting impression. On a journey to find and help his adopted daughter, Ciri, Geralt gets tangled in the business of kings and mages once again, and he’ll deal with the fallout of his decisions. When you start your adventure with TW3 be ready to be glued to your PC/console for more than a hundred hours.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
After the new formula to the Assassin’s Creed series introduced in origins, Odyssey pushed the series even further towards the action RPG direction. It takes place between 431 and 422 BC, and the vision of Greece it offers is rich in detail, vivid colours, and interesting people. It also has some monsters, which are supposed to be the remnants of the meddlesome and mighty Precursors.
The game allows you to pick which sibling you’re going to play, Kassandra or Alexios, and much of the game deals with family problems which you witness in the first stages of the game. Once you’re let loose on the world you’re free to explore, complete quests and side quests, and just take in the views, because the vision of ancient Greece in Odyssey is stunning and full of climbable monuments.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
The Outer Worlds is Obsidian’s cheeky science-fiction action RPG set in the “humans are colonising other planets” kind of future. You even get your own spaceship which serves as both a hub from which you embark on quests, and a fast travel solution, transporting you from location to location as needed and desired. Unlike Pillars of Eternity, TOW is a first-person game, with strong emphasis on action.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the game is lacking in the role-playing department. There are stats, companions, and decisions to be made, and your playthrough’s story can be unique thanks to the flaw/perk system, popping up when some element of the game turns out to be a hard to overcome. Of course the decisions you make throughout the game will influence the shape of the ending you get.
The Outer Worlds
The story of the Kingdom Hearts series is too convoluted to summarise or understand without lots of paper and multicoloured yarn, but what it does very well and very clearly is create a setting where characters from vastly different franchises: Final Fantasy and Disney movies can coexist and interact. Kingdom Hearts III had the chance to introduce character created since 2005’s KH2.
Some of them are Elsa and Anna from Frozen, and Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, but the list goes on. On the gameplay front, KH3 is mostly hack’n’slash in style, with two characters (usually Donald Duck and Goofy) joining the protagonist Sora’s party. Combat is quite flashy, with very creative special attacks, especially when Sora make a team-up attack with someone.
Kingdom Hearts III Xbox Live
Final Fantasy VII is arguably the most beloved entry in the series, and the fans have called for a remake for years. It’s fortuitous, then, that the Remake turns out to be quite excellent even if it only contains the city of Midgar so far. Every location has been lovingly remodelled to be suitable for a third-person perspective gameplay, and the city is brimming with life and personality.
The combat system is also quite different, more dynamic and responsive than the original ATB, although there are still elements reminiscent of that solution, such as many available spells and selectable special attacks. The story includes some interesting new elements, and while it doesn’t stray too far from the original, there is room to be surprised, especially with side stories.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
Code Vein is going to appeal to people, who enjoyed Dark Souls, but wished it could have more of a shōnen anime aesthetic. It’s also going to appeal to people who enjoy cool, over the top special attacks, post-apocalyptic settings, and vampire stories. CV has it all, blended together in a very pleasant, engaging way. Especially the combat and progression systems make the game really interesting.
The class system involves collecting and switching between the game’s many different “Blood Codes”, each offering a number of Gifts, ranging from passive perks to new combos and attacks. The fun part is that gifts can be transferred from class to class, opening a way to interesting builds. Code Vein is a solid substitute if you’re looking for a new Soulslike with an aesthetic distinct from Dark Souls.
2020’s most anticipated release, and still upcoming at the time of writing, Cyberpunk 2077 was a long time coming, announced tenuously back in 2013 with a spiffy trailer. CDPR’s newest action RPG takes place in Night City, the default setting for Mike Pondsmith’s classic tabletop RPG Cyberpunk -/2020/Red. You’re going to play as V, a young hotshot mercenary hoping to make a name for themselves in the futuristic city.
V ends up with a chip containing a digital spirit of a long-dead celebrity, and it’s going to be a source of many problems. CDPR spared no expense in creating Night City as a place full of life, activity, and many conflicting groups fighting for influence. Look for jobs from corporation, make deals in gang hideouts, have some fun in a club, have a ride out of town, the Night City is yours to explore.
Fighting games typically take place on 2D arenas (although some games feature a full range of movement) on which two (or more) characters try to knock the opponent out using character-specific attacks and abilities.
It is a remarkable achievement that a game with 3D models and 3D environments looks so much like the all-time classic anime Dragon Ball Z. Arc System Works’ team painstakingly recreated the art style and animation and the result is simply outstanding. The game itself is also an excellent fight game, with some cool ideas and just as spectacular and over the top as the source material.
It relies a lot on the tag team system, having the player pick three characters for their team, and during the battle they can call them in for a quick assist in a combo, or make them the primary fighter. There’s even a story mode, revolving about the quest for revenge of a new character, Android 21, and features some of the most famous heroes and villains, such as Frieza or Cell.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Injustice 2 takes place a few years after the story of Injustice: Gods Among Us ended, and without spoiling much, there’s a power vacuum and people very eager to fill it. What follows is more of the superhero and supervillain fighting games built on the foundations set by NetherRealms’ main series, Mortal Kombat. If you like DC comics and excellent fighting games, giver it a shot.
Injustice 2 introduced equippable items which will change the appearance of heroes and villains, and affect their power and abilities, but the bonuses can be turned off. The game is a treat for fans of superheroes. The characters look great, the special attacks feel true to their powers and themes, the arenas have a few interactive elements, useful for adding some spice to your combo.
The SoulCalibur series has a long history, and occasionally convoluted story involving a demon sword, its purified counterpart, and people who get to wield them. SoulCalibur VI reboots the series’ story but keeps the essence: duels of melee weapons users of extraordinary skill. There’s also Geralt of Rivia, who fits in very well with the likes of Zasalamel or Mitsurugi, even with his magic Signs.
SC6’s presentation is top notch, and the animation system manages to work really well with the abominations which can be made using the game’s extremely flexible fighter creation tools. If good old fisticuffs aren’t a flavour of fighting games you enjoy and you’d rather slice and dice people from all over the world with anything from swords to sharp hula hoops SoulCalibur VI is your best bet.
Mortal Kombat 11 introduced excessive time travel to the MK reboot’s storyline, and it resulted in a really fun, really cheesy game which allows you to have old Johnny Cage beat up your Johnny Cage. Win-win scenario! Jokes aside, NetherRealm clearly knows how to make a great fighting game, and MK11 is a result of polishing the gameplay over almost three decades of experience with the franchise.
The Fatalities, Brutalities, and all other kinds of special attacks are meticulously animated, and benefit from MK11 detailed, if stylised, graphics. There’s even a healthy dose of customisation. There are some pre-made loadouts, but you can also prepare your own, choosing the appearance and moveset of any fighter you want to play as. MK11 is absolutely worth checking out.
Mortal Kombat 11
While Dragonball FighterZ looked just like a playable version of a Dragon Ball Super episode, Granblue Fantasy Versus manages to look like a visual novel in motion. Artists at Arc System Works managed to capture the detailed, vibrant style possible in static art and turned it into models and animations. It is gorgeous both in motion and on static screenshots where it looks like pure 2D.
The game is a part of a long-running series of mostly gacha games, but in the hands of Arc System Works it became a competent, spectacular, finely tuned fighting game. There’s also an RPG Mode, which leans more towards beat’em up/side scrolling style of gameplay. If you’re looking for a stunning 2.5D fighting game you could do a lot worse than Granblue Fantasy Versus.
Granblue Fantasy Versus
Jump Force is in many ways the ultimate anime crossover game, putting some of the most famous shōnen anime characters from the Weekly Shōnen Jump periodical manga anthology. There are characters from some of the WSJ’s biggest hits, including One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball, and My Hero Academia. They all come to Earth due to plot shenanigans, ready to duke it out in style.
In addition to getting to fight Frieza as Luffy, Jump Force also allows players to create their own character who is an important part of the story mode. The characters were lovingly recreated in 3D, keeping the source materials’ art style, and battles are a flurry of iconic attacks and abilities, especially once you get the hang of the tag team system.
There are many more AAA games, across many other genres. In this article, we prepared a simple list of recommendations for some of the most critically acclaimed titles in recent years that are definitely worth buying. For more recommendations and a quick way to buy them for the best prices on G2A digital marketplace, refer to the table embedded in this article.