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5 Games to help you pass the time in 2014

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2013 has already gone and we're just starting to enter the year 2014. The PS4 and Xbox One consoles have arrived and even though the next gen of gaming is now here, it's riddled with problems, glitches and defects. If you've decided to wait before jumping into the next gen, then here's 5 series that you may have missed or simply not finished to tide you over.

5. Final Fantasy XIII

This game is a franchise all its own. The third part of the series is coming February, and if you can slog through the first game and play through the second, you'll find a genuinely interesting story involving magic, time traveling and strong female protagonists.

4. Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts 3 isn't slated to be released for a while longer, but there's more than enough content to keep newcomers entertained. There's also the fact that Kingdom Hearts has one of the biggest and most confusing story-line around spanning 7 titles and only 2 core games. Square Enix has recently released the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMix that collects the first half of the franchise. The collection has games that were featured on the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS systems, making them available on the PS3 for the first time.

3. Uncharted

This fantastic franchise is this generation's Indiana Jones. World traveling and treasure hunting are the focus here and presented in such a fashion that the line between gameplay and cinematics is blurred. Three games on the PS3 make for a long and engaging experience. Pick it up or finish it, it's worth it.

2 . Mass Effect

The Mass Effect franchise has been collected in a neat little trilogy box set and warrants multiple play-throughs. The ability to choose to play as a righteous soldier or a renegade agent only scratches the surface of what the series has to offer. Multiple story arches and separate side stories offer a different experience every time. If you've played the series, play it again and play it different and see where your journey takes you.

1. Infamous

This is one of my personal favorites. The series consists of two games and a DLC spin-off. The choices in the game aren't nearly as deep as Mass Effect, but the story is more concise. One of the first superhero games to have a hero designed with gameplay mechanics in mind. The story features the morality of power vs responsibility and self sacrifice. Play both games, play with the morality system, but do yourself a favor and play it before Second Son comes out this year.


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