Updated: Jul 30
Looking for a new game to try but you have no idea where to start? Well, the BHOP family has got your back! We've accumulated some of the BHOP staff's top picks for games that you should try. Some of these are newer, modern titles, and others are old school classics.
With that out of the way, let's get right into it. These are in no particular order, and I'll be dropping the Discord name of the person who recommended the titles so you know where they came from.
Starcraft II - Wings of Liberty was one of my all-time favorite campaigns to play of any game genre. Also one of my favorite multiplayer experiences. Was global #23 in 2v2 and top #100 in 1v1
Hearthstone - Played professionally, rated top 10 in NA.(Dreamhack, pro circuit, world championships)
Journey - One of the most uplifting and emotionally complex games ever
Doom (1995) - Doom had a fun gameplay loop but also showed great ways to encourage exploration or breaking off the beaten path with a set of breadcrumbs. The game's map design is hardly ever matched compared to the now trendy "boomer shooter" tagline.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000) - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 did for Skateboarding and other extreme sports that most other games could not keep up with. The game bleeds personality, from the set pieces to the soundtrack behind it. The only other game franchise to get close to what Tony Hawk had was the SSX Series.
MAG (2010) - MAG pushed the boundary for what was possible on big scale FPS Online. While unfortunately it was only online, the game as an online experience had a similar loop to battlefield, but had the added selling point of having 128 players on one server at the same time PlanetSide 2 is the only game that evokes the same feel. Later in the games life, it supported PlayStation Move, Sony's Answer to the wii-mote, and the PSMove was a great addition that sadly turned into more of a gimmick than a companion due to lack of developer support. MAG can still be played to this day, but primarily through private servers.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Persona 5 Royal
Fallout: New Vegas - One of the better games in the Fallout franchise, it had great mechanics and a way of hooking you into the dialogue and progression.
Minecraft - The main video game of my childhood all the way up to high school. This game allowed for creativity and was one you could keep playing without it feeling old.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: The main video game I played throughout high school.
Megaman Battle Network / One Step From Eden - The Megaman Battle Network franchise of games was a staple of my childhood, even more than something like Pokemon was. It had some wonderful RPG elements, and an incredibly unique combat system that rewarded "deck building" skill, and mechanical skill. The series was recently re-released in an Anthology collection so you can play through the series. A more modern take on this style of game is One Step From Eden. This game is a rouge-lite with the same combat style as MMBN. It has that same deck building skill and mechanical skill required to progress, just without the RPG elements.
Path of Exile - Path of Exile is an action rpg, very similar to games like Diablo and Torchlight. It's all about getting loot and facing hordes of monsters. I love this game because it has incredibly fast and satisfying game play, and it's one of the only games that has a living and breathing player based economy. And I'm not just talking about gold, in fact there isn't even gold in this game. This game has many items that are used for crafting gear, but these same items are the currency for which you can "purchase" items from other players. This gives the game a feeling of the next super rare item is right around the corner and the pay off for finding it could be massive.
Teamfight Tactics - Teamfight Tactics is the most popular Auto-Chess game out there. Being a game that is played within the League of Legends client, it's completely free to play. It's a strategic game that pulls from the League of Legends universe. It scratches the itch for pure strategy, and a little RNG. The devs are amazing for the game as well, being open and transparent with the community, and TFT Esports is on the rise! It's also playable on mobile, which means you can get your fix anywhere.
Hopefully some of these games sound fun and intriguing to you, and if you've found a new fun game from out list here, be sure to let us know in the Discord! Also, be sure to check back as we'll be adding more to this list over time, and changing things as games come out. Also, if you did pick one of our games to play, we'd love to talk with you about your experience!