The Best Games to Play on NVIDIA’s New GeForce NOW Service

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NVIDIA has officially launched the world's first commercial 1080p60 cloud-gaming service, GeForce NOW. Available exclusively to owners of NVIDIA's SHIELD family of devices—SHIELD Android TV, SHIELD tablet and SHIELD portable—GeForce NOW provides members with instant access to a library of more than 60 popular PC games. There's no need to haul yourself to a store, wait ages for a game to ship across the country, or muck around with long downloads that eat up your time and hard drive space.  Simply pick your game, and play.

The service connects SHIELD owners to NVIDIA's gaming supercomputers in the cloud to stream a wide variety of compelling games across every genre directly to their SHIELD devices.  Members can also purchase new game releases from the GeForce NOW store and play them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, and then just $7.99 per month. You can learn more here.

Between the membership pack of more than 60 games and store titles, there's something on GeForce NOW for everyone—from family games to fighting games. And more will be added regularly. Here's a selection of our favorite titles that you can play right now.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

GeForce NOW Store, $59.99

The masterful work that CD Projekt RED put into its action-RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, can't be overstated. Wild Hunt is beautiful, packed with content, and is simply a joy to play.

It's also Geralt of Rivia's last hurrah, according to CD Projekt RED—just in case you need a bit more motivation to go on a final killing spree with the series' witcher character. You'll hardly need to have your arm twisted, though. The PC version of Wild Hunt currently carries an aggregated rating of 94 out of 100 on Metacritic, and has been named one of the best RPGs of all time by some outlets —a mark by which future RPGs will be judged.

In other words, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is not a game to miss. And if you missed out on the first two entries in The Witcher series, both of those games are included in GeForce NOW's membership pack.


MotoGP 15

MotoGP 15

GeForce NOW Store, $39.99

Sometimes you just need to knock a couple of wheels off your vehicle to achieve real speed. If the itch to burn a single tire-track into the asphalt is tickling the back of your brain, MotoGP 15 has you covered.

However, MotoGP 15 is about more than just making motorcycles go fast. There's a lot of content on tap: How do 20 bike models with assorted customization options and actual sponsorship branding sound?

Soup-up your ride, than hit the campaign mode in hopes of becoming the world's best.


Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

GeForce NOW Store, $21.99

The latest installment of the beloved puzzle RPG series, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, is one of the best platforming adventures to date. The cooperative challenge of the previous games is here, but it's presented for the first time in a rich and colorful 3D environment. There's literally  a whole new dimension for fans of the series to explore.

Even newcomers to the Trine series shouldn't have a problem introducing themselves to the game's mechanics on a 3D plane. Player characters Pontius, Amadeus and Zoya are up for another round of puzzle-solving andsword-swinging in this action/RPG gem whenever you are.


Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Resident Evil: Revelations 2

GeForce NOW Store, $39.99

The gaming industry isn't lacking for zombie-slaying adventures these days, but Capcom's Resident Evil series had us icing the undead long before it was considered a mainstream pastime. The story-driven Resident Evil 2: Revelations 2 offers up more of the good stuff, albeit wrapped in a episodic story—not unlike Telltale Games' own interactive zombie story, The Walking Dead (available in Geforce NOW membership pack). It's a must-play game for Resident Evil fans, or anyone who can't get enough of good times with shuffling flesh-eaters.

Despite its more adventure game-oriented format, Revelations still manages to deliver tense moments wherein enemies seemingly pop out of nowhere—and then make a rapid beeline towards you, driven by unsettling purpose. It's the kind of stuff that keeps you awake at two in the morning, which is exactly what fans of survival horror games want.


Metro 2033 Redux

Metro 2033 Redux

GeForce NOW Store, $24.99

If democracy broke down and the worst were to happen, where would humanity hide itself from the fury of the world's nuclear arsenal? Likely underground —as far underground as possible. Subterranean survival is in fact the premise behind Deep Silver's Metro 2033 Redux, a first-person shooter with survival/horror elements that's based loosely on the novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky.

Metro 2033 takes place in post-apocalyptic Moscow, where survivors of a nuclear attack huddle in the remains of the city's metro tunnels. Player character Artyom sets out for help when his home station comes under siege from the ethereal "Dark Ones."

It's a perilous task to say the least: Hostile humans live in the tunnels, viciously mutated animals live in the toxic wasteland aboveground, and decent ammo is scarce. Every shot is momentous as a consequence, but you don't often have the luxury of standing around and thinking deeply about whether you should fire or not. Your gas mask's filters fail over time, and the air outside isn't friendly.

Metro 2033 Redux is a 2014 remake of 2010's Metro 2033. It includes all the downloadable content, and the 4A Engine gives the game's graphics a new shine.

If you like the game, and we're confident you will, you'll be glad to know the sequel, Metro: Last Light Redux, is also available in the GeForce NOW store. The nice thing about nuclear wastelands is that they're slow to heal, so the danger, dirt, and disease can endure for ages.


Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV

GeForce NOW Store, $19.99

Bizarre, brutal, and blithe are three words that perfectly describe Deep Silver's Saints Row IV. You play as the leader of the powerful Saints gang. You're also the President of the United States, wield super-powers, and must fend off an alien invasion. And that's just a start.

While anything can generally happen in open-world sandbox games, everything does happen in Saints Row IV. Expect fights with zombies, tank battles, telekinesis, and an appearance by the late great Roddy Piper. Nothing is off limits here.

And as is sacred tradition in a Saints Row game, your weapon roster looks like a checklist of the contents in Satan's own toy box. You can roll with a plain ol' pistol, but you're probably going to opt for the black hole launcher, the Red Ryder BB Gun, or the phallic rubber bat that has since become a trademark of the Saints Row series. Right?


Toybox Turbos

Toybox Turbos

Included with Membership

As racing games get bigger, faster, and more realistic, we should take the time to salute games that take us back to our childhood, like Codemasters' Toybox Turbos.

Toybox Turbos recalls those Matchbox courses made of cereal boxes, straws, and cardboard. Its bright colors and cheery soundtrack are reminders of classic cartoons and the freedom of weekend mornings. Most importantly, it's full of tight racing that challenges you to steer and bounce around tight corners and bite-sized hazards (beware crumbs and puddles!).

This is one game that's even better played with a friend—so hook up an extra controller and have at it. Or enlist the same sibling you used to build Matchbox courses with, for old times' sake.


Orcs Must Die!

Orcs Must Die!

Included with Membership

Gamers, adventurers, and heroes alike understand that orcs must die. These hulking, tusked menaces are just too dangerous to leave hanging around. However, as Robot Entertainment's Orcs Must Die! demonstrates, these worshippers of evil are a resilient bunch and won't just roll over.

Orcs Must Die! challenges you with guarding Rifts that link the world of men with the world of ugly, slimy things (namely gnolls, ogres, and the aforementioned orcs). Orcs aren't smart, but their numbers are vast, and their push to invade our realm will prove disastrous if you don't do something about it.

You're well-armed against the mob, but you won't last long unless you understand the intricacies of how everything works. A variety of traps and guardians will keep you safe, but only if you manage your resources carefully.

The tower defense genre has seen a lot of entries since Orcs Must Die! was released in 2011, but fans and game critics still hold it up as one of the best thanks to its meaty campaign and satisfying mechanics.


Borderlands

Borderlands

Included with Membership

Borderlands is an action-RPG from Gearbox that lets you build up your character's strength and skills as you play. That's a good thing, as the stage for the game's events, Pandora, is a rough joint that's filled with hostile alien wildlife, and worse, hostile people.

Despite the grim scenario Borderlands thrusts you into, it never takes itself seriously. Treasure hunters need to keep their sense of humor when drawing a bead on a Spiderant, after all. The alternative is to break down and start screaming seconds before you're torn to shreds and scattered across the sand.

Borderlands successfully combines urgent combat with loot-collecting and an engaging story, making for a game that's intense and, above all, fun to explore.


Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Included with Membership

Rocksteady's critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham games are available as part of GeForce NOW's membership pack. That's convenient, since the Arkham series is a must-play for fans of the Dark Knight.

In Batman: Arkham City, Gotham's worst criminals and gangsters are enclosed in the titular "Arkham City," a prison town that's ironically lawless. Batman finds himself ensnared in this seething nest of criminals, but he can't escape until he finds out what's going on behind the curtains of the city.

Like its predecessor, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City provides plenty of dark corners and high perches that let Batman swoop down and dispatch his foes before they know what hit them. However, the Caped Crusader isn't restricted to a single building this time around. Arkham City is huge, and it's alive. Batman has free run of the joint, but he's okay with letting the criminals think they have the upper hand—at first, at least.

There are dozens of ways to play Batman: Arkham City, and however you play it, you won't forget the experience any time soon.


The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Included with Membership

Story-heavy adventure games are enjoying the biggest popularity boom they've had since the '90s, and much of that is thanks to the popularity of Telltale Games' game adaptation of The Walking Dead. This episodic series takes place in the haunting world constructed by The Walking Dead comic and television series, though its events tell a story separate from those mediums.

The Walking Dead emphasizes character interactions over puzzle-solving, which makes it an extremely accessible title for players of all skill levels. There's technically no right or wrong way to do things, but your words and actions have an impact on the characters around you.

In other words, something you say in Episode One may bite you like a hungry zombie in Episode Three.


DiRT 3

DiRT 3

Included with Membership

DiRT 3 is the third entry in Codemasters' rally racing series. Its single-player campaign (which lets you race for reputation and sponsors) garnered a lot of praise from critics for its detail and deep level of involvement. There's also a party mode that lets you smash targets and play capture the flag. Neither activity is recommended when you're behind the wheel of a real car, but DiRT 3 lets you have at it.

But the real star of DiRT 3 is the new Gymkhana mode.  You can perform stunts and earn points for your daring. Drive safely —but only if your score won't suffer for it.


LEGO Marvel  Superheroes

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

Included with Membership

Marvel's superheroes are a diverse group of crime-fighters, so it's no surprise they thrive in the world of LEGO. When Dr. Doom shatters the Silver Surfer's board into "cosmic bricks" and captures the Surfer himself (not a task for anyone below Doom's genius and guile), Marvel's best must team up and put things right before Surfer's boss—the planet-devouring Galactus—pays Earth a visit.

Like most LEGO games, LEGO Marvel Superheroes is perfect for adults who want to share a bit of gaming time with a child. LEGO Marvel Superheroes is funny, and it's a lot of fun thanks to its huge roster of characters, all of whom put their varied and imaginative powers to good use in-game.

GeForce NOW's membership pack also allows access to Traveller's Tales' expansive LEGO game library, including LEGO Batman, LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7, LEGO Hobbit, and LEGO Lord of the Rings. An ideal selection for younger players, or just anyone who loves LEGO stuff (that'd be everyone on Earth).

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