Look, I’m like 60% certain that I’m not a psychopath with a lust for extreme violence, but I also can’t die that something about brutal X-ray views of innards becoming outtards and spleens being exploded gives me a warm, tingly sensation. It’s for that reason that the manic action of the new Mortal Kombat games is so engaging to me, and it’s at least partially why this week I’m recommending to you Sniper Elite 4, a game that delivers glorious slot-motion shots of bullets obliterating testicles and intestines alike. But, y’know, the rest of the game is pretty good, too.
We all have regrets in life and one of mine is that I was far too harsh on Maneater when it came out last year, scoring it just two out of five while trying to explain that despite its various shortcomings it was also bloody good fun at times. Perhaps I was trying too hard to be a critic, a connoisseur of video games instead of someone just looking for a good time. So let’s set the record straight: Maneater isn’t an amazing game, especially when you look at it more critically, but it also a game about getting to play as a giant shark that munches humans, destroys boats and developers incredible mutations. If you know what you’re getting into, Maneater is a damn good time, and it’s the perfect fodder for Game Pass.
After the peaceful, relaxing experience of building hospitals and curing people suffering from illnesses in Two-Point Hospital, I thought it would be nice to shift gears and bring some much-needed darkness into our lives. I’ve always had a love for things that take classic fairytales and feel-good stories and twist them into something sinister and strange, which is why this week I’m jumping back to the Xbox 360 era and the cultural touchstone that is Alice in Wonderland.
Having spent quite a lot of time in hospitals the idea of being a doctor never really appealed to me. Plus, all the illnesses looked super boring. Cystic Fibrosis? Pfft. What’s cool about that, man. Luckily, Two-Point Hospital understands that real illnesses kind of suck and don’t involve anywhere near enough unscrewing people’s heads or patients dying in the corridors and becoming obnoxious ghosts who scare the other patients. Being a doctor is cool again!
Welcome back my packmates, it’s time for another wildly inconsistent Weekend Whammy! Hurrah! Personal life at the moment continues to be a messy affair filled with more drama and intrigue than the early seasons of Game of Thrones, so getting anything done is a bit of a challenge. Still, I’m here, we’re head, so what am I chattering about this week? Well, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition impressions, mostly, but there’s also a bunch of Sony news to tackle, Valve games maybe coming to console and how there are 25 Playstation games currently being made. Let’s jump in, yeah?
Despite launching straight onto Game Pass back in December of last year, Call of the Sea struggled to make a splash and has sunken into the depths of relative obscurity. So I’m here to drag it out of the water and provide some hasty CPR, especially since Call of the Sea just launched on Playstation, bringing a whole new chance for this little pearl of a game to find an appreciative audience! And I promise I’ll stop making bad water jokes now. Sea?
If you enjoy shooters and haven’t played Titanfall 2 yet, get ready for one of the finest FPS campaigns to have ever been created. while the first Titanfall focused purely on delivering multiplayer thrills, Respawn upped their game for the sequel and gave players a 5-6 hour campaign all about a dude and his Titan stranded behind enemy lines and kicking ass.
From the befuddled mind of Tim Schafer the many skilled staff of Double Fine came a unique third-person action-adventure game named Brutal Legend, a love letter to heavy metal music. Although it got good reviews and was adored by most people that played it, Brutal Legend sadly didn’t sell much and thus passed into relative obscurity, like just another local band that has the skill yet never quite manages to move up from playing at the corner pub. If a pounding beat the tortured scream of guitar gets your blood boiling, then Brutal Legend is one game you need to play
While I might be aiming to feature a lot of the smaller, easy to miss gems in the Game Pass collection, at some point I was always going to talk about some of the bigger, triple-A titles available on the service. Right now Microsoft might not have a lot of Xbox exclusives under its belt, although that may change in the coming years, but in Forza Horizon 4 they do have a hell of a big hitter, holding a score of 92 on Opencritic. Released toward the end of 2018, Forza Horizon 4 is still going strong thanks to its seasonal objectives and constant updates.
There are games with amazing controls. There are games with stunning graphics. There are games with complex tales that ensnare, bewilder and enchant. And then there’s Human: Fall Flat, which is like a cross between a drunk simulator and what it’s like to be a toddler trying to reach the cookie jar. You’re basically a boneless blob of rubber that flops around the place, bounces off the walls, falls over and stumbles up steps.