We’re officially past the half-way point for the year and that means it’s time to stop and take stock of what we’ve gotten so far. 2019 has had a couple of pretty good games already with a lot more awesome stuff to come, the likes of Doom Eternal promising a hell of an end to the year. That’s the future, though.
I’ve always been a gamer. At 45 I probably should have ‘grown out of it’ according to a chunk of the general populous.
With a combination of Fibromyalgia, a chronic back problem and anxiety you would think my life would be pretty depressing. Obviously, I have bad days when I rage at the universe and make plans to lick every species of British frog (just in case one of them is an undiscovered cure) but generally, my life is actually pretty good. I have a wonderful partner who after 24 years still thinks I’m awesome, a few close ‘real life’ friends and family members who are a godsend, and thanks to World of Warcraft, a large online family who I wouldn’t be without (Other MMORPG’s are available… apparently).
As you may have already guessed this little rant is going to contain spoilers for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 4 titled The Last of the Starks. If you haven’t watched it yet then stop reading now. Otherwise, venture forth into my lovely word vomit. Be careful where you step, mind.
I won’t try to lie and claim that Ubisoft’s The Division left me feeling impressed when it first launched. There were some good ideas and man was it beautiful from a visual perspective, but it was ultimately a hollow experience. Still, with The Division 2 coming in a few months and lots of people saying The Division is far better than it was at launch I fired The Division back up.
Welcome, my dear readers, to the top 10 games of 2018, spanning Xbox One, PS4 and PC. This is the year I’ll always remember as the time EA declared that nobody was interested in single player games anymore. It was a stupid thing to say at the time, but a slew of fantastic single player games has made EA look even more absurd. Indeed, all round it has been a superb year for games regardless of the platform you play on.
2018 continues to roll onward to its grand finale like a runaway child on a sled down a steep hill, so now that we’re just past the half-way point and are all just starting to realise that Christmas is somehow not that far away again it seems like a good time to check out the best games of the year thus far.
Now, do keep in mind that I currently game on Xbox One and PC, which means a very notable game in which “BOY!” is yelled and uttered a lot won’t be making an appearence on this list. Sorry, Playstation fans, I’m annoyed I missed it too, but money is limited and consoles are expensive.
Oh, and it goes without saying that I need to have actually played it. I’m one person, I can’t play everything. I try, though. I really, really try.
In the dead of night, I’m wading through a deep swamp that’s hindering my movement, feeling far too vulnerable for my own good. To the right of me I can hear the echo of rifle fire as several players duke it out for dominance, but as a solo player I have to be more careful. Ignoring the gunfire and steadily weaving through the myriad of beasts lurking in the darkness I make my way to the final clue which reveals the location of my quarry; a giant arachnid that’s far too realistic for my liking. And that’s when I freeze, the nearby ambient noises having changed and alerted me to the sound of other players who are also hunting the beast. Two of them emerge from the treeline, the probable victors of the gunfight I heard earlier. They’re unbearably close to me, and for me, it’s the tensest moment I’ve felt in a video game in a long, long time. A 2-on-1 fight won’t go well for me, not with these rifles, but at the same time, the temptation to take out the competition is strong. I take aim and…
This list might be a bit late, but I can’t help it; I was playing board games. The point is 2017 was a good year for board games, and being just one person I missed so many amazing games, but I did catch some good ones, too. All in all I reviewed over twenty games in 2017, and played quite a few more, so here’s a list of my nine favorite games that I played in 2017. Do note the wordage, there; these aren’t all 2017 releases, just games that I got around to playing and reviewing that year.
It’s that time again! Somehow 2017 is almost over, and even though I was looking for it all 365 days seem to have snuck past without me noticing them. Cheeky little bastards!
For this site it has been another great year thanks to you guys. The daily views have gone up further, I’ve been fairly happy with the quality of my writing and more and more opportunities have arisen, which again is all thanks to you, dear readers! Without you guys popping on to read the words that my untalented brain and hand come up with I’d never get to check out so many games or test out loads of cool accessories. You are amazing, and I’m so, so grateful that you keep coming back. I love you all.
But let’s get on with this list, shall we? As always there are going to be titles that I’ve missed, partly because I’m a PC/Xbox One gamer, and largely because there are a lot of games and not enough time to play them all! And please keep in mind that while I do try to buy games that I don’t get sent to review, I’ve barely got enough money to look after myself and feed my own Pepsi addiction. What this means is that lots of games flew by me, either because I couldn’t afford them, didn’t have time or just didn’t have the right console. Sorry, Breath of the Wild. And sorry, Hellblade.
Exploring The Light, Dark And Grey Of Star Wars: Battlefront II’s Story And How It Connects To The Movies
Star Wars: Battlefront II has been in the headlines a lot due to its controversial loot boxes, EA’s greed, DICE’s questionable design and more. In amidst everything, though, the story has gotten largely overlooked which is surprising as in the greater Star Wars story it contains some important bits of information. So, with SPOILER WARNINGS in mind I wanted to take some time before my full review of the game to explore Battlefront II’s campaign story, what it gets right, what it gets wrong and all the stuff in the middle.