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10 Must-Have Games

Games for casual or hardcore gamers

Games can be fun, entertaining, and life-changing. Whether you are a casual or hardcore gamer; these games are "must-haves" for anyone that has a PC, mobile phone, or console.

The games chosen are those that I feel casual or hardcore gamers may have or play on a regular basis whether to kill some time, beat their friends, or just to have fun with a guilty pleasure.

10. Candy Crush (Original/Soda/Jelly)

While the original Candy Crush took over the globe and may have caused some individuals to drip into their "pocket" money one too many times; it's the recent spin-offs of Candy Crush (Soda and Jelly) that can cause a small addiction. Whether you play to kill some time or before you go to bed, trying to get through "1 more level" can cause more of a headache rather than the main purpose of the game; to have fun. On your mobile phone or PC, Candy Crush in all its incarnations is a must-have for casual gamers or hardcore gamers (with a guilty pleasure). Personally, Candy Crush Soda keeps me up at night or day (I don't know sometimes). #candycrush

9. The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is a classic video game for the Nintendo gaming console. The story is simple; boy needs to save girl from evil wizard. Walt Disney couldn't have written a better story. The main protagonist, Link, roams the land in search for the princess, Zelda (Get It!). While the original game is quite time-consuming to complete, as you complete each level, kill some bad guys, or "buy" some goods from the local store; roaming the countryside was never more enjoyable especially with good traveling music. Also, as a music lover the soundtracks for ALL the Legend of Zelda games are burned into your skull from all the walking Link does. Personally, I think I passed the same tree 50 times in the original game before actually getting to a store. #legendofzelda #link #nintendo

8. Assassins Creed (at least 2 games of the series)

When Ubisoft goes big, they go BIG! The 1st Assassins Creed game blew everyone away, and who didn't want to run and jump off buildings while taking down your enemies with a hidden blade while wearing a cool hood (raising hand). It's difficult to fathom that the 1st game of the series was released in 2007; however 10 years later Assassins Creed is a mainstay of Ubisoft. For the casual gamer, Assassins Creed 2 and Brotherhood are a great introduction to the franchise while still getting the main points of the game and the overall scope of which Ubisoft created this world of historical fiction. For the hardcore gamer, owning the entire series is probably the road one might travel; even when the road drops off (Rogue). Although some of the later games had some issues (I'm looking at you Unity), the story and gameplay has evolved that it can be enjoyed by first-time Initiates or Master Assassins. Personally, I enjoy Syndicate and the most recent release Origins as they have a high replay value. #assassinscreed #ubisoft

7. Call of Duty/Battlefield (multiplayer)

I'm not here to start a fight (really I'm not!); I don't like conflict. However, Call of Duty and Battlefield are a must-have for many multiplayer addicts. On the PC, Battlefield is king and on consoles (for the most part) Call of Duty holds court. Both games are great for the individual who wants to step into the shoes of a solider or needs that daily/nightly fix of multiplayer kill streaks. Most recently Battlefield 1 has shown that it may have wavered, but never truly lost their touch. Battlefield 1's single player campaign is solid with alternating characters; which gives a unique insight to each point of view during the game. Moreover, the recent release of Call of Duty WWII has place more gold into the franchise foot-locker. Personally, I play more single-player than multiplayer, but both series give me the enjoyment I desire when the need arises. Again, I don't like conflict! #callofduty #cod #battlefield #multiplayer

6. Minecraft

Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and later developed by Mojang. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D generated world, requiring creativity from players. A game that is nearly 10 years old, you can basically build anything and interact with anything in the world of Minecraft. The creative mode alone can have you building with unlimited resources along with the ability to fly. In adventure mode, players can play custom maps created by other players with certain restrictions, and spectator mode where players can freely move throughout a world without being allowed to destroy or build anything and be affected by gravity and collisions. The sky is limitless within the world of Minecraft where you may need to manage your time in the real-world. #minecraft #mojang #sandbox

5. HALO series

You would need to have been living under a rock if you have not heard of HALO. This is the game that cemented the Xbox and Microsoft into gaming history. Released by Bungie Studios, HALO become a cornerstone of Microsoft; and launched multiplayer gaming into the stratosphere. The first HALO released introduced players to Master Chief and an original story that got players online very quickly even in the last days of dial-up and the dawn of broadband. #halo #microsoft #xbox

4. Overwatch

There are so many things I could say about Overwatch, but I don't want this post to be completely about Overwatch. Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment; yeah that Blizzard Entertainment which released StarCraft and World of WarCraft. With a roster of over 30 characters that will continue grow, having Overwatch in your library is most. I mean consider there is a whole E-Sports League Series surrounding Overwatch; you can't miss out. #Overwatch #blizzard #esports

3. The Sims (The Sims 4 currently to date)

The Sims is a simulation game that is very close to my heart. Developed by Maxis and published by EA (Electronic Arts). The Sims franchise has sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide, and is one of the best-selling video games series of all time. You can create Sims to your specifics within the game's content or install custom mods created by many "Simmers". The amount of Stuff Packs, Game Packs, and Expansion Packs are hours upon hours of gameplay. The Sims series caters to the gamer. Do you want to build custom houses or create custom Sims? Do you want to create stories for your Sims to share with the world? The Sims is a game series where you can create different stories and worlds to how you want to; and there are millions and millions of other "Simmers" who share your joy of building and creating. Even the consoles have gotten in the action as The Sims is mostly played on PC, so how you play is definitely up to you. #thesims #simmers #ea #maxis

2. Fortnite

Fortnite is a video game initialed released in 2017. Fortnite was developed by Epic Games. It is available as separate software packages having different game modes that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine. But the mode that made Fortnite a must-have is Battle Royale with more than 125 million players and has become a part of our cultural make-up. Epic Games is working to develop organized e-sports competitions around Fortnite: Battle Royale, including a World Cup tournament in 2019. Fortnite is a must-have, but make sure to not let it "play" you. #fortnite #battleroyale #epicgames #esports

1. Super Mario Bros.

The plumber who cemented the Nintendo console. Mario is regular plumber who enters the Mushroom Kingdom to save a princess or with his brother Luigi in 2-player mode. This side-scrolling masterpiece is what got me started. After over 30 years, Mario and Luigi are still the coolest plumbers around and hardcore gamers or first-starters should try their hard at Super Mario Bros. Speed Runs have become a mainstay in trying to best Super Mario Bros. as well as having one of the most recognizable soundtracks in gaming history. #supermariobros #nintendo #mario #luigi

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