Tag: opinion

The Best Overlooked Video Game Gem Of 2020 Was….

Launched back in March, Ori & the Will of the Wisps received a lot of glowing reviews but was damaged by performance issues. But since I only got around to finally playing it last week those issues have been resolved and new, shiny Xbox Series X and Series enhancements came out. In other words, I played Ori & the Will of the Wisps in its best form, blissfully unaware of any launch woes it might have suffered from. And I’m so glad I stumbled upon it this way, because it’s a glorious, playful, vibrant, wonderful game and feels like it has been vastly overlooked and underappreciated, despite it being on Games Pass.

The Best Playstation Game of 2020 Was…

Spider-Man: Miles Morales was a strong contender for the best Playstation game of 2020, delivering another slice of outstanding web-slinging combined with a fun story. But Miles Morales was a known quantity – after the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man in 2018, it seemed a safe bet that a follow-up would be terrific. But Ghost of Tsushima was an unknown element. Yes, Sucker Punch have a rich and successful history, but Ghost of Tsushima was a brand-new IP that didn’t actually have much hype and marketing prior to hitting store shelves, and wound up launching right next to the biggest Playstation title of the year, The Last of Us Part 2. That’s a daunting thought for any developer. And yet Sucker Punch didn’t need to be worried because of Ghost of Tsushima ended up being the perfect antidote to The Last of Us 2’s relentless assault of dark themes and violence. The Last of Us Part 2 is beautiful from a technical perspective, but Ghost of Tsushima is beautiful in the truest sense. I constantly abused the photo-mode, taking dozens and dozens of pictures of Tsushima’s awe-inspiring landscapes.

The Best Xbox Game of 2020 Was…

In terms of games Microsoft hasn’t exactly had a great year. While Sony pushed out multiple exclusive games that have garnered incredible critic scores and huge sales numbers, Microsoft have had very little to get excited about. Of course, their planned acquisition of Zenimax could change all of that in the future, but for now Microsoft haven’t had much to offer their players. It’s also a little tricky to pick a game for this category because so many of Microsoft’s games aren’t actually exclusive to their console, typically appearing on PC as well. In fact, the game that I would have selected actually popped up on Nintendo Switch, too, disqualifying it. Don’t worry, though, that game will be appearing later on. So, for this award, I’m including Xbox games that are available on PC, too.

The Best Game Of 2020 That Made Me Feel Stupid

Admittedly, at my advanced age of 29, it doesn’t take much to make me feel like an idiot these days. These young ‘uns and their complex games full of buttons and icons are so damn hard to keep up with. But one game released in 2020 in particuilar made my brain hurt, made me agonize over every little chance, made me question my every move. And it was a game that was a surprise, a sequel that arrived years and years after the last entry. Yes, Desperados 3 takes hom the highly coveted, hugely sought after award for The Best Game of 2020 That Made Me Feel Stupid.

The Best Game of 2020 Was Hades

Dying in a videogame has never felt as good as it does in Hades, the latest game from Supergiant. Falling foul of one of the many minions or bosses that inhabit Hades is a chance to visit with friends, hand out gifts of Ambrosia, maybe buy some stuff to spruce the place up and decide which weapon to take for a spin next. Sure, death and failure are staples of rogue-likes, but few of them manage to weave dying so completely into the experience that it feels seamless.

The Best Movies To Watch On Halloween

As I finish writing this we’re just two days away from Halloween, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing much more than settling down with some movies thanks to a certain C-word of a virus floating around. So I thought I’d share my personal favourite movies to watch on Halloween. Now, I’m a big horror fan, but when it comes to Halloween I switch over to more goofy horror flicks and such, so there’s only a couple of films on this list that could be classed as true horror movies.

Marvel’s Avengers Beta (Demo) Impressions

The “beta” (Read; demo) for Crystal Dynamics forthcoming Avengers game was open to everyone to play over the weekend, so I jumped in and spent some time smashing stuff as the Hulk, flying around as Iron-Man, kicking ass as Black Widow and generally avoiding playing as the annoying Kamala Khan as much as possible. With less than a month until the Avengers is out, this demo is our chance to see if we’re going to get an awesome new superhero game that can stand with Marvel’s Spider-Man and the Arkham games.

Best Games of 2020, So Far

So, we’ve managed to officially make it past the half-way points of this utterly crazy year. Putting aside all the madness, that means we’re half-way to the traditional Game of the Year lists where we can gush about the games we love, argue about what we didn’t and remind ourselves why our hobby is awesome. That’s another 6-months away though, and I’m impatient, so just like last year I’m going to do the best games of the year, so far.

Ranking The Tony Hawk Games From Worst To Best

Activision just recently announced Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, a remake of the first two Tony Hawk Pro Skater games developed by Vicarius Vision, a team responsible for Crash Bandicoot and Spyro remakes. For myself this is pretty exciting because I’ve been playing the Tony Hawk games since the very beginning. While I’d still love to get a brand new entry in the series, perhaps this remake will pave the way for just that.

9 Remasters I Want To See Happen (In 2020, Please)

Remasters, remakes and even just re-releases of older games have proven to be a great source of money, especially over the last few years. Resident Evil 2 sold loads and won various Game of the Year Awards, Crash Team Racing came screeching back with a great remake, Spyro the Dragon got all three original games remastered and even MediEvil somehow managed to clamber out of its grave. Basically it looks like just about any old game has a chance of a second lease on life.