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The comparisons between the newly released Tom Clancy’s The Division and 2014’s Destiny are making it’s rounds across the internet. Both are similar in structure while being different games almost entirely. One is an online coop role-playing first-person shooter while the other is an online coop role-playing third-person shooter. With similarities all over the place, it’s time to find out just which game does it better because competitive behavior is all the rage these days.
Happy New Year!
It’s time to start planning what games you’re going to invest in this year. I’ve compiled a list of all the games I’m personally looking forward to. There’s going to be some games missing that you may be excited about, but hey, this is my blog!
I won’t include any VR-only games or games that are on the fence with a 2016 release date. The reason I’m not including VR games isn’t because I’m not excited about any of that (I’ve already owned a DK2 unit and I’m a strong believer in our current technology with VR), but it’s because I just don’t want to. If I did, 100 Foot Robot Golf would be at the top of my list.
No Man’s Sky (PC/PS4) (Trailer)
No Man’s Sky is a giant space exploration game from the studio behind of Joe Danger. This project is the complete opposite of what Joe Danger is, so it’s going to be interesting if they can pull it off. The key feature I like about this game is being able to find a planet that’s never been discovered, scan all of it’s details including plant and monster life, but also name it whatever you want. I plan on visiting Butt Planet as much as I can.
It’s the end of the year which means it’s time for everyone’s game of the year announcements. 2015 was a really good year for gamers.
1. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt: This took me 5 months to complete, but the ending was totally worth it. The Witcher series has always had a nice touch on bringing a “realistic” (for fantasy) world to life with characters and side stories. The Witcher III just brings more of that and in a fantastic open-world. Every main story quest along with every side quest felt well thought out. I could only imagine their storyboard and how that looked. The graphics are great, and the voice acting just brought each character to life. There were performance hick-ups and weird bugs (like the endless loading bugs from launch), but a fantastic experience all-around. It’s one of the few video games my wife has asked me to play through with her instead of watching a movie or TV show with her.
2. Bloodborne: From Software makes another incredibly hard action role-playing game set in a cool world that’s full of fast moving creatures and sweat triggering bosses. I’m a decent enough fan of the Souls games so this was going to be a sleeper hit for me. Only after playing this did I really notice how slow and clunky Souls games feel. This is definitely the best playing From Software game to date.
3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: This could have easily been my game of the year if the game was actually complete. The gameplay is top-notch and a blast to play. It’s so good that you easily forget you’re spending a good chunk of chapter 2 doing the same missions you did before just on a harder difficulty.
4. Batman: Arkham Knight: I really enjoyed the previous entries and this was a bigger version of that. The combat felt great and the world felt a lot darker (thanks to that Mature rating — finally!). While this is clearly an unpopular opinion on the internet, I enjoyed the tank sequences a lot too. It’s one of those games I used to sit back and just take in the world.
5. Rocket League: This was an unexpected smash hit among my friends and myself. Take soccer and throw in some RC cars that do stunts. It’s a simple game that ended up being one of my most played multiplayer games of this year. It’s rare that I go out and buy DLC just to support them (since the PS4 version was free for Plus members), but I did just that.
6. Super Mario Maker: Who doesn’t enjoy 2D (or 2.5D) platforming with Mario physics? Being able to make and remake maps for 4 different Super Mario eras is great. It’s the perfect game to play when you don’t even want to play a game. And it’s the first game I’ve played that has a very practical reason to have a screen.
7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege: I ate major crow on this game. I wasn’t a big fan of the first beta I played. I liked parts of it, but the terrorist hunt (one of my favorite modes from Rainbow Six Vegas) was really broken and had some ridiculously mediocre A.I.. I didn’t think I would ever play the final release. Now, this is my go to multiplayer game. It’s a party game so if you don’t have friends playing with you, I don’t know how much you’re going to enjoy it. But I have a rotating set of friends playing with me anytime I want now. It’s one of the few games that has lasting appeal with limited maps, limited customization (compared to Vegas), and lacking a campaign. As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve had more fun than I could have imagined with it.
8. Mortal Kombat X: This game doesn’t hold a candle to how great Mortal Kombat 9 rebooted the MK series, but it’s still a great game. I know the PC version had some issues at launch, but once you were in the game it was a bloody good time. The first month this was out, I had played over 300 matches. That’s a lot of MK time for me since I suck at fighting games. And that gore. Whew!
9. Transformers: Devastation: A Platinum game based on the Transformers from the 80s? Sure. And graphics that look very 80s anime? Sure. This was kind of a shocking hit for me because I’m not the biggest Transformers fan.
10. Dying Light: I wasn’t a big fan of Dead Island, but who was? But Dying Light took the things I didn’t like, threw them in the trash, and made a game I think they originally wanted to make. A lot bigger open world to parkour through, less jank, and a great co-op experience. There was still the problem with having limitations on weapons you built, but they lasted a lot longer than in the Dead Island games.
* Yakuza 5 – It only missed my list because this game came out in 2013 technically.
* Axiom Verge – Really close to being on my list. It would be in the top 15, for sure.
* Tales of Borderlands – I haven’t finished the entire thing yet, but I enjoyed the first few chapters.
* Life is Strange – Same as above with Tales of Borderlands.
* Until Dawn – So close, but I picked Dying Light over this because I had more time with it.
I have a lot of games from this year that I haven’t played enough to say yes or no too. Undertale and Pillars of Eternity I just bought so I can’t say yes or no to it.
I only completed one game last night-Batman: Arkham Knight-and obtained a Platinum trophy. Yes, I did all of those stupid Riddler “challenges”. And by challenges, I mean a total waste of time. I noticed once I finished a set of these puzzles on one island, the other islands were almost identical. It was just more of the same. But I did finish the game and I loved it for the most part.
I’ve put in several hours on Bungie’s quasi-MMO, Destiny. The game clicked with me almost instantly and I can’t truly explain why. The grinding was annoying (which is fixed now). It feels content was completely stripped from the game to sell DLC. The main story mode wasn’t anything like Halo, which I think a lot of people wanted. Yet, I find myself going back every so often. The shooting mechanics are great. The game is really vivid and gorgeous. And their PVP mode, Crucible, is a blast to play. I’ve played through 150 raids, and I’m one of the few people who have the Platinum trophy for this game. But there’s a reason I haven’t even tried to review it yet. It’s a love/hate relationship and really hard to review for me. However, I can say that with all the crap I’ve had to deal with in Destiny, I really enjoyed my time in it. And still do.
If you were to ask me a few years ago if I cared if indie games were coming out, I’d have shook my head and called you a hipster. There were a few games that stood out such as Torchlight, Minecraft and Super Meat Boy. But nothing really excited me until I tried out Hotline Miami and switched from an indie-hating gamer to someone who saw potential. My hatred was mainly from buying so many awful, yet recommended, indie games on Steam. I can’t even begin to tell you how many stupid rougelike games I have that aren’t any fun at all. And there was something unappealing from the indie-only fans, much like the problem I have with PC-only or console-only gamers. But that’s then and this is now. I really enjoy a host of indie games and while my PC is still heavily used for quirky titles, my PlayStation has been really good at putting out a collection of high quality indie games that remind me of why I’m a gamer.
Ya know. To have fun!
So I decided to compile a list of PlayStation brand indies coming until the end of this year that I’m excited about. I’d do the same for the PC, Wii U, 3DS, and Xbox One, but for the sake of this blog post, I’m sticking with Sony’s brand.
I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress/anxiety recently and how I’ve been coping with it is playing adventure games thanks to Telltale’s older games. You know, back when they made real point-and-click adventure games. One series that I particularly love is Steve Purcell’s Sam and Max adventures. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it’s about two anthropomorphic freelance detectives that solve ridiculous crimes. Like stopping a psychic hippy from taking over the world with soda jerks. That sort of crime.
I never got around to finishing season 3 of their weird adventures. Not because I didn’t want to. I just forgot about it. So over the weekend I finally finished The Devil’s Playhouse (and unlocking every trophy on the way). It’s the best thing Telltale has ever done in the adventure gaming department. A creative and captivating story mixed in with a host of lovable characters. Even the villains have attributes that are hard to hate. I plan on writing a review soon. Another part of ridding my stress is to go back to what I enjoyed doing for so many years: writing.
I’ve been using this blog to post amusing game-related videos and reviews for the past year or so. I have several unfinished reviews sitting in my draft folder, waiting to be edited and uploaded. But over the past year, I’ve been having horrific depression, anxiety, and stress that I haven’t been able to deal with. Work. Education. Death. Career choices. Feeling like a crazed loon. The typical reasons you feel depressed.
But enough of my problems. There’s hope! I’m fixing my life. Part of that is going to my roots. I love writing. I love reviewing video games. I love technology. And I love playing video games. I’m going to try and continue my writing hobby to it’s fullest again. Just be prepared for more updates like I used to when I was on Gamespot and Giant Bomb.
I’ve wanted to compile a list of my all-time top 50 games for a while now and it seems like a snowy day like today is the best time to do this. I’m not putting a number system on my list because it’s pointless. I couldn’t place a numerical value of one game above the other in a list this big. It’s unfair to myself and unfair to my precious favorites. So here’s the first part of my list, which will continue for the next few weeks until all is completed.
When Star Wars Galaxies expanded by adding in star ships The Wet Bandits members decided it was time to break faces. We couldn’t really afford a good ship so we bought the crappiest one we could find. Naturally, we decided to plunder someone’s expensive ship. Some innocent fool’s ship. We found one, on the planet of Tatoonie. He was selling transport on his very expensive taxi ship by screaming in the global chat. I private messaged him and the conversation went something like this:
Me: “Good sir, we need your services. We are apart of a major guild on this server and have some high bounties on our heads from some Imperial scum. May you provide refuge on your unmarked ship to hold our guild meeting?”
Foolish Guy: “Why yes! We are an expensive taxi service of sorts. It will cost (x) millions of credits. Would you fine gents like expensive foods and entertainment for this evening on my taxi?”
Me: “Yes, indeed. We require classical music and your finest of foods. We will pay you 5% on top of the value for the food, transport, and entertainment after you’ve provided us safe travel and allow us to hold our guild meeting on your ship. An extra couple thousand credits if you keep shut thy mouth about anything we talk about.”
Grim Fandango is one of my favorite games and as a way to replay the game, I’m inviting anyone interesting to join me in an Endurance Run. Hopefully I can get through the entire adventure in one sitting. This will be on Friday the 15th around 2:00 PM EST so mark your calendars. More details will be provided soon with an official link to begin watching an hour before. See you there!