There was no shortage of amazing games this year, with many offering hundreds of hours worth of content to dive into. But as it goes with all large-scale, mechanically complex adventures, there’s often a learning curve you need to get adjusted to. You need only look at games, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Divinity: Original Sin II, and Destiny 2, which are all games that offer a multitude systems and mechanics that you might not get all at once. With so many of this year’s biggest games being so involved, we’ve gathered all of our beginner’s guides below for your reference.
This year was a fantastic year in gaming. If you want to see our choices for the best games this year, check out our Game of the Year 2017 Top 10 List. And for more on our picks of the best games of the year across various categories, as well as features focusing on the year’s performance for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch, check out our Best of 2017 hub.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed Origins is an immense game packed with an abundance of quests to complete and new systems to experiment with. From the get-go, the game quickly pushes you forward, lightly familiarizing you with its mechanics and expansive skill trees, while putting you on a path towards the numerous regions of its vast world. With so much to do all at once, you’re likely to get overwhelmed–or even worse–you’re likely to neglect essential information that could be of great help to you. That’s why we’ve put together a beginner’s guide focused on helping you through the game’s early hours. Put these handy tips into practice and you’ll be a master Assassin in no time.
Call of Duty: WWII
This year’s Call of Duty multiplayer mode beckons. Trading in its sci-fi path to return to its roots, Call of Duty: WWII’s multiplayer mode brings several new things to the table. Abilities and loadouts are now fully customizable and there’s a brand-new mode called war mode. Whether you’re a recruit or a veteran, that plight might seem a little overwhelming, and we’ve got just the guide to make jumping in a breeze.
Destiny 2 is one of those sequels that’s easy to get into without having played the first entry. But for a game that can be described as Halo with an RPG-style progression and loot system, it can feel like a foreign experience even for shooter veterans. If this is your first time playing, here’s what you should know to make the most of the first five or so hours in Destiny 2.
Whether you’re a seasoned Guardian or a newcomer joining the good fight against the Red Legion, Destiny 2 presents a few challenges early on that you’ll need to overcome before you head out in the galaxy to rebuild your power and influence. There have been many changes to the core mechanics and systems of Destiny that will feel a bit strange to returning players, and not all of it is explained in depth for newcomers. To help you out, here are some essential Destiny 2 tips to get you fighting fit.
Divinity: Original Sin II
Original Sin II is a difficult game that eagerly punishes your mistakes in combat or even when talking to NPCs. With so many factors to consider as you explore, it can be tough to survive. To help newcomers to the series, we’ve gathered nine tips to know before you set off to Fort Joy and into the world of Rivellon.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of the Wild
It’s dangerous to go alone in the world of Breath of the Wild; the unwary can perish in a matter of seconds. That’s why we’ve compiled beginner’s tips to help you become a veteran survivalist of Hyrule. For a condensed take on what you need to know, watch the video above. Otherwise, check out our comprehensive guide for the full details.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds can be an intense multiplayer experience, but the only way to really learn how to play it is to actually jump in. The battle royale-style game pits up to 100 players against each other, with the single goal of being the last player standing. Now that it’s on Xbox One in addition to PC, it’s a good time to jump in and try to get the coveted chicken dinner.
With no tutorial, single-player mode, or other traditional ways to pick up how the game works, most players just have to spend lots of time getting killed in PUBG in order to learn the ropes. But with a little information about the essentials, you can cut the learning curve significantly. Here are 12 essential tips to get you started in PUBG that’ll help you hit the ground running.
Super Mario Odyssey
Unlike the last few Mario games, Odyssey fits into the same gameplay mold as Super Mario 64 and Sunshine. It presents large, open areas and lets players hop, skip, jump, and buttstomp their way around in search of collectibles. Nintendo has put in subtle gameplay mechanisms that can help you on your quest to get Power Moons–both obvious and hidden. Some of these systems are explained in-game but may be easy to miss, while others are left a bit vague. We’ve put together a collection of tips that’ll give you a little leg-up, and get you skipping on your way to rescuing Peach. You can also check out the condensed video version of the guide above.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus does a great job of explaining its game mechanics thanks to a simple tutorial system. While these introductions explain basics like movement, stealth, and combat, there are still some things that would be good to know when starting a new game. What difficulty should you choose? Is it worth searching every inch of every level to find all of the game’s collectables? And how does that early story choice affect your game going forward? The answers to these questions and more can all be found in this list of 10 things we wish we knew before starting Wolfenstein II.