Released in 2017 for Microsoft, this game is very different from the Tom Clancy series. It does a lot to embrace realism. In the game, there are more than 500 real airports and 1,107 runways. This means that you can take off and land in areas that look like real-world places as well as any game on this list.
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Following that emphasis on realism is an emphasis on realistic flight. When you take off and fly, you need to follow the correct aerodynamic procedures. You should also keep an eye on important things, like how much fuel your plane has. Even though this game is more like a simulator than an arcade shoot ’em up, it still has a very good Dog Fight mode.
1. Lego City: Undercover
Whenever there was a new Lego game, you said, “Someone should make Lego Grand Theft Auto!” No, you didn’t think anyone would do it. But then, all of a sudden, Traveller’s Tales went there, and it was a great game, too. Unlike other open-world crime games, Lego City: Undercover doesn’t have an Adults-only rating. It has a huge city to explore and all the charm that Lego games are known for, but it doesn’t have an Adults-only rating. Instead, it’s a fun trip through a blocky city that anyone can enjoy. There are things to build and people to save, and it’s full of fun.
Chase McCain exploring the world is a lot of fun, and being able to change into eight different outfits to take on new jobs adds a lot of fun to the game. Astronaut and firefighter costumes will let you fly around in a jetpack and put out fires you find in the open world, so you should wear them. There is a good chance that you won’t notice that Lego City doesn’t have co-op. There are a lot of hours worth of content, and you might not even notice that it doesn’t have co-op.
2. The Wonderful 101
In The Wonderful 101, don’t think it’s some kind of group-management game like Pikmin. This is a full-on action game disguised as a Viewtiful Joe game. You control a superhero in a world that is full of sass and puns (no surprise considering The Wonderful 101 comes from Platinum Games, the team behind Bayonetta). It’s up to you to save the world one GamePad stroke at a time.
See, your superhero can make his followers form huge weapons, like whips, swords, and so on. This is done by drawing the shape of the weapon on the GamePad’s touch screen. While this is a great way to use the Wii U’s unique controller, it can be hard to draw certain shapes on the fly while also avoiding attacks on the screen. That doesn’t mean that The Wonderful 101 doesn’t have charm or humour in equal measure. Even though the gameplay doesn’t always make it fun, it’s still a mostly fun game.
Back in 2012, when Ubi’s game came out, many people were scared to death. One of the few people who haven’t turned into brain-eating zombies is you. London has been hit by the virus. In ZombiU, there are a lot of ways to make the game even more scary. For one thing, it’s going to die. Send someone out into London town and die, and you’ll start over as a completely new person, with all of your backstory. If you want your rucksack back, you’ll have to kill your old character.
ZombiU is very cruel and mean. Survival is hard, weapons are scarce, but a lot of the fear comes from some very scary ways to use the GamePad. While you’re looking through your rucksack for loot, you’re prime zombie food. Every time you look at your inventory, you’re taking a big risk. Looting enemies and sniping are also done through the GamePad, so it all feels like it was made for the console and not just thrown in. On the Wii U, it’s the scariest game there is right now.
4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a rare thing: a game that’s better than its predecessor. Granularity is taken from the original PC game, but much of the extraneous material has been cut out. This makes the game more efficient by tightening the fights and adding modern open-world design elements. So, the game honours its past while looking to the future, all wrapped up in a transhumanist narrative that blends real existential questions and typical schlocky conspiracy stories to great effect. This is what the game is about.
Later, the Director’s Cut came out for Wii U, fixing the boss fights so that non-lethal methods of engagement could be used. It also added a second screen to the GamePad to make the controls more intuitive and easy to use. It may not be as exclusive as most other Wii U games that aren’t made by Nintendo. But it’s still a great version of a great game.
5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
If you’ve played the Donkey Kong Country games on the Super Nintendo, you know that they’re hard. If you die over and over again, it doesn’t seem like a bad thing because the challenge is fair and even the most difficult platforming sections seem doable with a little bit of work. As a Wii U sequel to Retro Studios’ great 2.5D remake of Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has the same level of difficulty as its predecessor.
Besides the hard but rewarding running and jumping, Tropical Freeze looks great and has a lot of style. It has a lot of small details and bright colours, and a great soundtrack makes the whole thing even better. Plus, each of the three Kongs you can team up with, Diddy, Daisy, and Cranky, each has a unique ability, which gives you a different way to deal with each obstacle. If you own a Wii U, Tropical Freeze is hard. But it’s hard in the right ways and is a must-have game.
6. Runbow (Wii U eShop)
In every way, Runbow looks and sounds like a game made by Nintendo. Nintendo even had a party for the game’s launch in New York City’s Nintendo World Store. If you like party games, this is a great one with a solid single-player campaign and more unlockables than the colours of the rainbow. You won’t be sorry if you play this game on the Wii U! (or Switch).
7. Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Wii U eShop)
Mojang did a great job of bringing the whole Minecraft experience over to the Wii U, and they did it very well. If a game like this had come out sooner, it would have been great. The gameplay is very open-ended, which means that you can have a lot of fun for a very long time. It can be hard to stop playing when it’s really got its claws into you. There’s not much reason to go back and play again, but it was a good version of a good game.