Canada is the third-largest developer of video games in the world. As a result, the video game industry in Canada is quite large and its contribution to the nation’s GDP is more than C$4.5 billion. Innovators are not only creating trailblazing original content but also launching billion-dollar franchises. There are more than 300 registered game development companies in the country, excluding freelance and indie developers who often work alone. Having said that, here is some information about the best games made in Canada:
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Genre: Action-adventure Stealth
Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 and 5, Google Stadia, PC
The action-adventure stealth video game franchise Assassin's Creed is mainly developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The game engine used is Anvil and its advanced derivatives. Published by Ubisoft, the series depicts the struggle between the Templars and Assassins. While the Templars try to establish order and control, the Assassins fight for free will and peace. In the games, players often control an Assassin. The gameplay of Assassin’s Creed, one of the best video games made in Canada, revolves around stealth, combat, and exploration, including parkouring to navigate through the environment. The games feature main as well as side missions and a few titles. Besides, it offers both cooperative and competitive multiplayer game modes.
Developers: Extended Play Productions, EA Vancouver, EA Romania
Publisher: EA Sports
Genre: Association Football Sports Simulation
Platforms: PlayStation, Nintendo, Game Boy, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android, Xbox, macOS, Stadia, Zeebo
EA Sports FC (formerly FIFA Football) is an association football video game series developed and released by Electronic Arts. As per Guinness World Records, FIFA is one of the best-selling and most popular video game franchises in the world. The legendary series, which has been in existence for more than 20 years, is the largest franchise in the world as far as sports video games are concerned. It brings the football game to life by allowing you to play for the biggest clubs, in leagues, and with the top players in the game, all with unbelievable detail and realism. Whether you are looking to build a dream squad, lead your club to glory, or take the football game back to the streets, the FIFA series offers different modes of gameplay so that you can play football the way you want.
Developer: Kitfox Games
Publisher: Kitfox Games
Genre: Action-RPG, Dating Simulator
Platform: Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, macOS
There is no other game like Boyfriend Dungeon. This is one of a type of Canadian indie games, which mixes dungeon crawling and a dating simulator. In this game, you have to fight your way across isometric locations, helped by a human partner capable of transforming into a sensitive weapon. The game also features visual and novel-style conversations to enable you to date characters of your liking. It is the game’s novel approach that has helped Boyfriend Dungeon find its audience. The game features refreshing and gender-diverse characters to romance and even highlights the darker side of dating, especially stalkers.
Developer: Greg Lobanov
Platform: PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo Switch, PC
At first glance, you may think that the cute, doodle escuela art style will offer a fluffy and light experience. Contrary to your expectations, the game is very different and exciting. The game’s simple-but-deep painting mechanics offer you a great deal of joy. The adventure video game created by indie developer Greg Lobanov allows you to pretty much paint everything in the world and manipulate it. This adds a sense of creativity to the gameplay. Chicory is much more than a game and tells you a surprisingly touching story on the subject of mental health, specifically about the importance of self-care and the darker sides of self-doubt.
Developer: Torn Banner Studios (Toronto, Ontario)
Genre: Multiplayer Slasher
Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Platform: PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, PC
Chivalry 2, one of the top games made in Canada, offers a fun-filled multiplayer experience. The game focuses on engaging players in melee combat. Apart from using medieval weapons such as swords, sledgehammers, and battle-axes, the game allows you to use unorthodox weapons such as severed chairs, limbs, rolling pins, and even bread. The game also offers many different game modes, including Free-For-All, Team Deathmatch, and other objective-based options. Throughout the game, Chivalry 2 maintains an adorable Monty Python-esquela sense of humor, which acts as the icing on the cake.
Developer: Extremely OK Games
Publisher: Extremely OK Games
Platform: Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia
Celeste is a side-scrolling platform game that was released in January 2018. The gameplay involves a young woman named Madeline attempting to climb Celeste Mountain. She has to overcome a great number of obstacles posed by the mountain and the demons within her. She can jump and climb up walls for a specified amount of time and perform mid-air dashes in eight directions. Initially, the mid-air dash can be performed only once. She must acquire the capability either by landing on the ground, moving to a different screen, or hitting certain objects. Later on, the player gets the capability to perform two mid-air dashes.
Genre: Action role-playing
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios and Electronic Arts
Platform: X360, PS3, Microsoft Windows
Mass Effect is a game created by BioWare in the action role-playing genre. It was released in 2007 initially for the Xbox 360. This is the first game in the series wherein the events happen in the galaxy in 2183. The civilization is threatened by the Reapers, a highly developed machine race. As a player, you have to assume Commander Shepard’s role. The elite human soldier’s mission is to prevent Reaper’s rogue agent from invading the galaxy. The gameplay involves completing several quests, involving space exploration, vehicular and squad combat, and interacting with non-player characters.
Developer: HB Studios
Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, Google Stadia
PGA Tour 2K21 from Canada’s HB Studios is one of the biggest-selling video game franchises of all time. The sports game is a continuation of "The Golf Club series" from the same developer, who has moved over to the PGA Tour franchise of 2K Games. Whether you choose the licensed courses, Tour Career Mode, or any other mode, they all feature pros like Justin Thomas. Furthermore, you can create as well as customize your golfer by equipping them with equipment and apparel and choosing a course. PGA Tour 2K21 is being hailed as the most enjoyable golf game since Tiger Woods' PGA Tour of the 2000s.
Developer: The Coalition
Genre: Third-person shooter
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Platform: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
The third-person shooter video game Gears 5 is the 5th main instalment in the Gears of War series. The follow-up game to Gears of War 4 tracks Kait Diaz’s story. He is on a mission to find out the Locust Horde’s origin. The Locust Horde is the Gears of War series’ main antagonistic faction.
Gears 5 Ultimate Edition and Standard Edition were released in 2019 on September 6 and September 10, respectively. The game received favorable critical reviews and praise for its gameplay, presentation, amount of content, and campaign.
Developers: Nintendo EAD and Grezzo
Genre: Action-Adventure, Horror
Platform: GameCube, Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo developed and published the action-adventure video game Luigi's Mansion in 2001 for GameCube. Besides, this was the first Mario franchise console game. This is the second game wherein Luigi is the central character in place of Mario, after the game Mario Is Missing? As a player, you control him when he goes exploring a haunted mansion, searches for Mario, and catches ghosts using Professor E. Gadd’s vacuum cleaner. In the game, there are four stages to the main story. You can access the gallery in Professor E. Gadd's laboratory and a training room in between stages.
Zartek Technologies Canada
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