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Title: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Kelvin on December 24, 2018, 05:24:12 PM
We usually have a game of the year thread, but since a lot of us have predominantly played older games or re-releases (like Dark Souls on Switch), I thought I'd make it a bit more open ended this year.

With that in mind, what games did you play in 2018? What were your favourites, and what were your biggest disappointments? Feel free to mention just a couple of highlights, or write out a whole list of everything you played and what you thought of them. I'll do the latter when I'm not on my phone, but thought I'd get things started.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Dex Sawash on December 24, 2018, 05:42:49 PM
Mario Kart on switch for 3 hours
Snipperclips about an hour
Arms 30 minutes
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Fishfinger on December 24, 2018, 06:02:28 PM
All PS4:

Lots and lots of Bloodborne and Dark Souls III, both of which I loved for the intense combat, which I'd been afraid I wouldn't be able to handle. I particularly enjoyed the former for its dense atmosphere and Lovecraftian lore, and the latter for the larger range of customisation and replayability provided over BB. That said, I've still probably put more hours into Bloodborne, to the extent that a few months ago I did a full solo run for the first time, including the story chalice dungeons. I had plenty of help the first go round and it was a hoot to see how far I'd come.

Bought Elite: Dangerous in January after previously being a fan of Frontier back in the day. But I ditched it after a few weeks (20 hours?) - I thought I'd enjoy revisiting that open-ended experience again, but nah. With an eye on the CAB thread, the recent updates look promising and I'll give it another shot soon.

Endless hours of GTA 5 with friends in the first half of the year, and lots of fun with the late summer multiplayer update for No Man's Sky. Will probably return to that also before too long to sample the underwater and biome expansions.

Red Dead Redemption 2, story and online. I found the story mode immensely satisfying. I won't love the online version until they let us just play with friends: frustrating and hollow.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Thursday on December 24, 2018, 06:10:03 PM
My 2018 was mainly a mix of catching up with what I missed in 2017, running through all the Yakuza games in a couple of months to in preparation for Yakuza 6 (Which in terms of wanting to know backstory and characters was a bit pointless, but in terms deepening the emotional impact was worth it, although when Yakuza Kiwami 2 came round, I suddenly felt complete apathy. Other than that it's been Destiny 2 since the Forsaken expansion has been so good.

So I guess, the best games in no particular order were

Destiny 2: Forsaken
Yakuza 5
Yakuza 6
Night in the Woods
Everybody's Golf
Passpartout: The Starving Artist

Maybe I'll post in a little bit more depth about the best another time.

In terms of big hitters from 2018, I'm getting RDRII for Christmas, and God of War was... fine maybe a 7/10

I think 2017 broke me, it was such a good year for games, but it also meant there were lots of games that were really hyped and when I played them I wasn't that impressed. (God of War reinforcing this opinion, this year) It's also became tiring, and seemed pointless trying to keep up with everything just so I could have an opinion. I don't write for a site or do a podcast or anything, so who cares?


Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Mister Six on December 24, 2018, 06:48:45 PM
Mario Odyssey
Probably the most exquisitely designed game I've played in years, possibly ever. Endlessly inventive and surprising, bursting with joy and imagination, and genuinely funny to boot. Better still, it helped introduce Mrs Six to gaming, first with her on support as Cappy and later with her taking over as Mario. Glorious.

Prey
Mario Odyssey is better made, but Prey could have been made for me. It's all the things I love in a game - exploration, sidequests, great characters and plot, multiple ways of solving problems, skill trees - wrapped up in stunning graphics and splendid storytelling. The gradual scaling up of threat and reveals of the various plot twists are probably the best I've seen in video games.

Overcooked! 2
Another game for Mrs Six and I to play together, and a glorious mix of co-operative fun and high tension as you deliver ever more complex orders from kitchens on rafts, in hot air balloons and in the midst of Hogwarts-esque magical schools. Sadly they've fucked the online co-op on Switch, so only the hosting party can have two players, which means we can't play together with her sister and husband. Boo!

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Man, I hate to be a bummer but I wasn't as enraptured by this as everyone else. The systems are great, the world is lovely and the ideas splendid, but it feels rather too directionless to me, and rather... I don't know, thin? Maybe that's unfair. I'll give it another swing in the new year, maybe track down one of those giant monsters or something.

Torment: Tides of Numanera
Loved this for most of its runtime, although I felt a bit ripped off when I realised that you can't return to areas once a chapter is up, and so it's possible to miss the triggers to develop your companions' backstories if you don't have them with you are particular times. Sadly I lost track of the plot as it went along and I dropped out, probably never to return, while battling the Mnemovora.

Witcher 3
Been playing this for ages. Fucked it up by trying to clear the never-ending series of sidequests and totally lost track of the plot proper. Doesn't help that the combat's a bit pish. Do plan to return and do a proper clear out in the next year.

Mario Party
Picked this up as a sorbet for when we're Overcooked out. Slight, but good fun. Thank god we found the co-operative party mode otherwise we'd be on our way to a divorce. Mrs Six is competitive.

Just Cause 3
Massive improvement on 2 in terms of variety, graphics, plot and characterisation. Shame the map's not as interesting though. Freeing the various towns and such is almost meditative, but I've run out of them now so all that's left to do is push on through the story, which is rather less entertaining.

Putty Squad
Picked this up cheapish, having never played the 16-bit versions (alas, it was never released for Amiga and I didn't have a SNES). Sadly the hi-res renders are charmless and the sound and visual style substantially less interesting than the weirdness of the first Putty game.

Sunless Sea
Picked this up cheapish years back but have only just given it a proper try. Simple - barely there, really - gameplay enlivened by the same kind of gorgeous writing you find in Fallen London.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Looks gorgeous - the big characters remind me of the old Don Priestly games on the spectrum - and is properly chucklesome, as you'd hope. Full of great details and Easter eggs too.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: wooders1978 on December 24, 2018, 06:58:31 PM
I think my games of the year were a little predictable but here goes:

God of war (4 is it?? The latest one...) - unbelievably beautiful immersive game (switch of the hud was the best tip I got)
Red dead redemption 2 - just an incredible open world, engaging story mode and great gameplay - shame the online version seems such a cynical money grab :(
The much maligned far cry 5 - I don’t really get why this appearing on quite a few most disappointing/worst games of 2018 - I thought it was excellent
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: biggytitbo on December 24, 2018, 07:21:13 PM
Late to the ps4 party, but mostly catching up with that.

I've played better games gameplay wise, but the order 1888 made the biggest impression on me this year, you will struggle to name a more atmospheric game with a better sense of mise en scene and production design than this, even now serval years later.

Several other ps4 games were classic video game fun - Uncharted 4, Spiderman, Horizon Zero Dawn. After Nintendo Sony are thankfully keeping quality single player games alive.

Replaying Prey a couple more times reveals why it's one of the best games of recent times. It always seems to have more to give.

Will have to give a shout to dark souls, I can't say I really enjoyed it but it was undoubtedly a memorable gaming experience.

Honorable mentions - Far Cry 5 was junk food, but there's always room for that. Dishonored 2 was a typically quality offering. The last of us has tired gameplay but very strong characters and atmosphere and was definetly worth playing.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on December 24, 2018, 07:38:43 PM
Great thread!!!!

Favorites:

AC Odyssey:
Repetitive, stupid, but so much fun. Ultimate relax and play a game game.

Fire Pro Wrestling World:
Awesome wrestling simulator.

RDR 2:
What a ride!

Hitman 2:
Good fun. Bit short though.

Dragon Quest IX:
Up until after the credits. But really enjoyed it.

Spiderman:
Didnt expect to like it as much as I did. Slinging NY was great fun.

428 Shibuya Scramble:
Mad fun. Great interactive novel.

Mario Party Switch:
Great with friends.

Yakuza Kiwami 2:
My favorite Yakuza game, remastered.

Disliked:

Project Octopath:
Great idea but poorly executed. Really boring and samey.

Smash:
World of Light was quite boring. Online is laggy. Not my cup of tea.

Pokemon Lets Go:
Pokemon without any difficulty. Meh.

Ni No Kuni II:
First game was great and unique. This was a poor Dragon Quest ripoff.

Kingdom Come Deliverance:
Might be the worst game I ever bought on release. Buggy. Bad story. Not fun. And most of it still hasnt been fixed.

RDR Online:
Dull.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Mister Six on December 24, 2018, 09:33:58 PM
Prey: Mooncrash
I totally forgot to mention it upthread, but I'm not sure why as it's one of the best DLCs I've ever played. Brilliantly ekes a different game out of the existing Prey mechanics, with one of the most densely constructed environments I've seen in a DLC.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Delete Delete Delete on December 24, 2018, 10:24:09 PM
Minecraft Killing it this year with the Aquatic update, adding Dolphins and Tridents. Making a huge house on Hedgehogs server.

The Messenger Fast retro style Platformer.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on December 25, 2018, 09:32:23 AM
I totally forgot to put Shadow of the Tomb Raider in my dislike list. What a bad way to end an excellent trilogy.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Moribunderast on December 25, 2018, 09:46:28 AM
I got a PS4 Pro this year so have been playing a mixture of old games and new games. Adored Horizon: Zero Dawn, not just for it's world and gameplay but for the fact it was an open-world game that made it's side-missions interesting and varied. You'd only encounter the same type of mission 3-to-4 times and always with enough variation to keep it interesting - as opposed to an Ubisoft open-world where they give you a task and then ask you to do it 30 fucken times as padding.

God of War was brilliant - have never engaged with the series before but this game looked stunning and played beautifully. The combat was simple but slick and satisfying and I always felt encouraged to explore and progress. I want more games like this.

Spider-Man had too many of the general open-world tropes in terms of repetitive quests but the gameplay was fucken great. Slinging about the city felt awesome and has ruined slower-paced traversal through a big open world for me.

Dark Souls - Remastered was my first go at the series - having been scared away by the promise of cruel difficulty. So glad I gave it a go. It is a beast and oftentimes a cruel one but it coerced me into a playstyle and method I never thought I'd enjoy. There was something zen-like about retreading through the same small area, killing fuckers and leveling up so I could feel strong enough to move forward and into the next unknown hellscape. Bloodborne, which I also played, gave me the same thrill, perhaps moreso. These two games also strengthened my resolve when it comes to hard games. I still get frustrated at something very difficult and I will forever maintain that making you walk for ten minutes over-and-over each time you want to try a boss fight you've failed previously is shit for cunts BUT I am now more patient and, I think, better-skilled because these games forced me to be. There are some games I thought I'd never finish (hello Hollow Knight and Celeste) but I stuck it out and did because the Soulsborne games had taught me I could.

Vampyr created an interesting world and contrived some cool ideas in terms of leveling up through killing main characters but having to leverage that decision against it's impact on the game's difficulty and perhaps the story. I really enjoyed this, though it could be frustrating at times. I hope Dontnod make a sequel because if they can improve on combat and develop the town/character management system further I think they could make something quite special.

In terms of PC games, there were a few beauties:

Celeste - People may (fairly) mock the story and it's focus on FEELINGS AND DEPRESSION because it FEELS like so many indie games are playing that violin at the moment but the actual platforming in this game was precise and really well-designed. It could be bastard-hard at times but I always felt like I could overcome and eventually felt proud when I did.

Minit - Nifty concept where you die every 60 seconds and basically have that amount of time to further explore a map and unlock more of it. It's like a bite-sized Zelda and was a very fun diversion.

Forgotton Anne - Fucking gorgeous art-style and a fun story. The gameplay was a tad lacking so maybe this woulda been better off as an actual cartoon but I really enjoyed being in this world anyhow. Definitely worth a purchase if ye can get it at a reasonable price.

Man, seems I didn't get to many PC games this year. I BOUGHT a fuckton but haven't actually gotten to them yet.

Edit to add: was the South Park game this year? If so, that. Their TV show was middling this season but the game was fucking hilarious and fun.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Boston Crab on December 25, 2018, 10:51:19 AM
I just wrote for about an hour about shmups and pressed refresh by accident. I can't tell you how much passion I put into that post. I am absolutely gutted. I had literally just finished it and was proof reading the stuff about Ikaruga. Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Delete Delete Delete on December 25, 2018, 03:47:18 PM
I just wrote for about an hour about shmups and pressed refresh by accident. I can't tell you how much passion I put into that post. I am absolutely gutted. I had literally just finished it and was proof reading the stuff about Ikaruga. Merry Christmas.
Apt for shmups, one mistake and your back to the start.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Thursday on December 25, 2018, 04:42:45 PM
I just wrote for about an hour about shmups and pressed refresh by accident. I can't tell you how much passion I put into that post. I am absolutely gutted. I had literally just finished it and was proof reading the stuff about Ikaruga. Merry Christmas.

Nobody cares about your shmups anyway you tedious fucking cunt.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Boston Crab on December 25, 2018, 05:04:38 PM
Two big laughs there, gents.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Mister Six on December 26, 2018, 01:18:19 PM
Vampyr created an interesting world and contrived some cool ideas in terms of leveling up through killing main characters but having to leverage that decision against it's impact on the game's difficulty and perhaps the story. I really enjoyed this, though it could be frustrating at times. I hope Dontnod make a sequel because if they can improve on combat and develop the town/character management system further I think they could make something quite special.

This is interesting! I've seen it in GameStop a few times secondhand and it has the look of an underperforming single-A game about it so I've always steered clear. Might look into this now and pick it up cheapish in the future.

Not for a while though as Mrs Six gave me Spider-Man for Christmas and that'll be taking up my solo play time. An Arkham City game, but in New York? Yes please!
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Thursday on December 26, 2018, 05:39:41 PM
Vampyr I played for a bit, and found there was too much faff and dull mechanics getting in the way of the interesting bits of the game, I'd say it's worth a look though, as it'll probably be very cheap somewhere by this point.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Boston Crab on December 26, 2018, 05:49:24 PM
Can you turn other people into vampires in it?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Glebe on December 26, 2018, 07:28:06 PM
Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Origins and I started playing DC Universe Online again.

Lots of variety there, and bang up to date!
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on December 27, 2018, 01:15:30 PM
After thinking things through, here my top 5:

1. Spider-Man
2. Assassins Creed Oddysey. First AC I played, really enjoyed it.
3. Red Dead Redemption 2.
4. Hitman 2. Always liked the Hitman games, and the setting in these levels was great.
5. Dragon Quest XI / Yakuza 6

And here the 5 games that disappointed or that I disliked the most:

1. Kingdom Come Deliverance. Or: How to release an utterly broken game and never fix it.
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Worst way to end an, until Shadow, excellent trilogy.
3. Far Cry 5. The plot kidnappings and ending really soured me on the game.
4. Octopath Traveler. Let's play the same prologue, opening, middle and ending eight times in a row. Not boring at all.
5. Shenmue I and II. Never played them, always wanted to play them, don't think this was the best way to play them. Easy port. Lots of bugs.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Consignia on December 27, 2018, 01:38:39 PM
This year has signalled the death of the Vita to me, and it's subsequent replacement of it by the Switch. I think I turned it on for a brief revival of Taiko no Tatsujin in the Spring but other wise it's dead. Got more play out of the 3DS thanks to WarioWare. Which was ace BTW.

I've also gone almost completely digital now. Again thanks to the Switch. I used to love have physical versions, but these days I can't be arsed with all the tat lying around. Nintendo not really discounting games either physical or digital has meant there's little in it, so going digital has been better.

On the non-Switch front, I only played a couple of PS4 games. Spider-man, which everyone played so no need to elucidate. Yakuza 6, which was a bit of a meh ending to Kiryu's line, despite having some wonderfully bat-shit moments.

The Switch, though, has been wonderful. I travel quite a bit, so it's been a real boon to have the same game experience on the go, as it does when you sit down in your living room. Xenoblade sucked nearly half a life-time's worth of hours. Valkyria Chronicles 4 was an enjoyable return to a style that's never really been emulated. I got into a whole bunch of indies on the eshop, Steamworld Dig being a real highlight. Definitive versions of Smash Bros and Captain Toad. An enjoyable if shallow Pokemon romp. And let's not forget Game of The Year, Kemono Friends Picross.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Blue Jam on December 27, 2018, 11:29:49 PM
Prey: Mooncrash. Same universe, totally different experience, and it does that whole "ramping up the threat" thing of the base game in a whole new way. The new world of the Pytheas moonbase is huge and detailed for a DLC add-on, another beautiful and intricate world to explore after Talos 1 in the original. New Starbender Cycle books too, yaaaay... there's so much to this game, I could talk about it all day. The Typhon Hunter multiplayer mode was a bit of a letdown but even that was a pretty original idea in this era of the Battle Royale. Prey 2 soon, pretty please.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution- good fun, boss fights aside. Another series that needs a new installment, I hope we haven't really seen the last of it.

Wolfenstein 2- you get to shoot a load of Nazis with a giant laser, what's not to love? Immensely satisfying.

MGSV- had a lot of fun dipping in and out of this. It probably is the best stealth game ever, aye. And when you fancy a change from that it's also fun to go loud. Just a big beautiful sandbox and an immensely fun and playful universe- Kojima has seriously made me want to get a PS4 just so I can play Death Stranding next year.

Alien: Isolation. Another great stealth game, and genuinely scary like Prey, the archaic save system is a bastard though.

SOMA: I never thought I'd enjoy playing a horror survival game as a walking sim so Wuss Mode was an unexpected delight. Some decent combat would have been the icing on the cake, though.

Fallout 4- with its retrofuturistic stylings and abandoned Chernobyl theme park feel this looked right up my street, unfortunately it just gave me a real sense of "just passing time before I die". It's a bit boring innit?

Super Mega Baseball 2: I don't normally enjoy sports games and I know sod-all about baseball so this was a pleasant surprise. Really good fun, and someone was clearly having a laugh with the players and their daft All-American names (BEEFCAKE MCSTEVENS, anyone?)

Got RDR2 and Just Cause 4 for Christmas, looking forward to a bit of equestrian boogaloo and creative destruction.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: samadriel on December 28, 2018, 06:07:46 AM
Damn edit thing.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Boston Crab on December 28, 2018, 08:57:41 AM
That lost shmups post is probably the greatest lost post about shmups ever written. I'm struggling to contribute anything to this thread now and psych myself back up again. When I was 16, I lost a 25hr save file on FF7 and while that's basically nothing these days, back then it was like the end of the world. That was probably the greatest lost save ever compiled on a dodgy memory card. Thirty years later, I still haven't finished that game. Just can't bring myself to do it.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Lee Van Cleef on December 28, 2018, 03:23:07 PM
Lots of Sea of Thieves. A month of Forza Horizon 4. Bits of Yoku's Island Express.

Enjoyed all of them.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: ASFTSN on December 28, 2018, 08:23:24 PM
Take the opposite of whatever The Boston Crab's said in this subforum and that's my year in gaming prolly
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 28, 2018, 08:46:42 PM
I struggle to remember what I've played this year, had to view my trophies on the PS4 for any kind of guide.

- Sleeping Dogs: The "Definitive Edition". When it was about a fiver on PS Store. I played it on PS3 years ago, but enjoyed going through it again. Good music, fun fights, engaging game world to the degree I quite fancy visiting Hong Kong for real.

- Infamous: Second Son. From PS+. Bored after a hour or so.

- Mad Max. Again, from PS+. A lot of fun, actually, dug the whole thing about building the car up and the fighting was enjoyably brutal.

- Beyond: Two Souls. Usual guff from the dude who created it. Decent enough acting though too often I felt like a passenger who was supposed to appreciate some kind of "message".

- The Witcher 3. Absolute crap, and I curse those who sold me it as some kind of wonderful gaming experience.

- Final Fantasy XV. Somehow put in 30 hours before I realised I was wasting my life. Tedious characters, crap fighting. It looked great, I will say, and it was cool to cruise in the car listening to the FF7 soundtrack.

- Metal Gear Survive. Paid £15 for this on a gamble. Ouch.

- Grand Theft Auto V. A first return to this since I finished it on PS3 back when it first came out. An enjoyable return, worth the £20 I paid.

- Mafia III. Nothing incredible, but a fun playthrough. Nice setting, good music.

- 2064: Read Only Memories. A lot of fun.

- Dragon Age: Inquisition. Got the DLC when on sale and played through again. Highlight was perhaps David Hayter using his Solid Snake voice for a dwarf character.

- MLB The Show 18. I don't actually like baseball, but enjoy the games for the "The Show" mode. Even at 37, I still get a childish kick from seeing my avatar being really good at sports, as I was always absolute shite at anything that wasn't high jump.

- Need for Speed Payback. Bought for £15 on PS Store. Decent enough driving bits to compensate for obnoxious characters you have to play as.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: gabrielconroy on December 28, 2018, 11:03:16 PM
My year in gaming started a little bit late really, having only bought a PS4 a couple of weeks ago. Before that I played a bit of Civ V, Wolfenstein II and Portal on PC, and a lot of Binding of Isaac.

Since I got the PS4 I've bloody loved the shit out of it. Played

- loads of RDR [really very beautiful and evocative. Undecided yet exactly how good it is, but I'm enjoying it so far]
- Pro Evo 2019 [fun, excellent gameplay. Haven't got the hang of all the skills yet and am basically trying to play it like Pro Evo 2 on the PS1 still]
- Astrobot Rescue Mission on VR [AMAZING. Magical stuff. Don't think I've had so much fun playing a game in years and years. Like a Nintendo classic in mood and animation except you're bloody only inside the bloody game, aren't you? Well, I am, in any case]

Thinking about getting the move controllers or an aim controller for PSVR. I'm also genuinely wondering whether Resident Evil would be too scary in VR. I got proper vertigo earlier playing a cartoon cutesy robot adventure, so fuck knows what it'd be like creeping around a creaking dark zombie mansion in 360 sound and virtual reality.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Bazooka on December 29, 2018, 01:44:17 AM
Had such a busy year, my gaming time has been squashed, but from what time I have had to play, 7th Dragon III Code:VFD on the 3DS was a brilliant and unique RPG. Yakuza 0 was a real joy to play too.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Boston Crab on December 29, 2018, 09:45:03 AM
Imagine if you'd just got that Switch, mate.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Boston Crab on December 29, 2018, 02:02:37 PM
My review of my year in gaming is I spent way too much time and way too much money playing games and reading and writing about games this year and while I'm going to continue to play games, the time has come to stop fixating on games as escapism because my work is stressful. Yes, this is my annual flounce. See you round. You've been great company.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Twed on December 29, 2018, 03:48:14 PM
Bye ugly
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Blue Jam on December 29, 2018, 04:00:39 PM
Damn, who am I going to use for game recommendations now? I'll need to find someone else with the exact opposite taste so I can buy all the games they tell me are crap and end up really enjoying them.

Take the opposite of whatever The Boston Crab's said in this subforum and that's my year in gaming prolly

Yes Bosto, we need you. Now I'll just have to buy everything Biggy says is good (and Biggy, still needs to get Mooncrash)
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: magval on December 29, 2018, 07:05:55 PM
Played very little this year - think this was the year I transitioned out of being a 'gamer' into someone who very occasionally played games. This is a list of everything I finished since the start of January (though it includes games started before then, and games from years ago).

Super Mario Odyssey - Loved it, though like the Wii U one, I didn't finish it 100%. Came close, but a few of those last moons just tested my patience too much. I was either a better gamer in 2010 when Galaxy 2 came out, or I had fewer other things I wanted to do, but that completist mentality has left me. This game has provided me with some great, fond memories though. Brilliant soundtrack and all. A fucking fantastic experience.

Resident Evil VII - Played it in one sitting on a January Sunday. Great first half, awful second half. If I hadn't watched people play it on Youtube when it first came out I imagine that first half would have been one of the best gaming experiences of my life. Can only imagine how great the VR is. Still, a game to never return to.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD - Bought this in something like 2015, so it was on my Wii U for a LONG time. Holds up well enough - a pleasant mix of nostalgia and the weirdly nice realisation that it's not as good as you remember but that you don't care. Goes on a dungeon or two too long, as well. Again, great music here.

God Of War - Loved in when I was playing it (even though the kid in it is emblematic of everything that's wrong with what I understand are called Triple A games), but I seem to be trying, subconsciously, to reframe the experience to one of hatred. I can say one thing - it looked lovely, but it wasn't FUN. Got to settle on side of the originals (pre-Ascension), really.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Amongst my most-played games ever. Nothing new to say, but it holds up perfectly for me. Wouldn't change a fucking thing about it.

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Had to buy a new converter to get this to run on my SCART-less TV over Wii, but was determined to reappraise this title, which I hated the last time I played it in 2012. It's not as bad as I remember but the video choreography is dreadful. Otherwise, soulless but harmless.

Spider-Man. Someone on here said it better than I could - Arkham in New York. Loved every minute I spent with this, caught my first Platinum trophy in years swinging around cleaning up districts while listening to Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye.

Also started (but didn't finish) Ultimate Spider-Man on Gamecube, Horizon Zero Dawn (gorgeous, but just like the kid in GOW has that fucking unbearable American speech problem, like a character using the word "cranky") and Red Dead Redemption 2 (which I'll likely play in January).

Looking forward to Resident Evil 2 next month, and hope to play the original again in advance of that. Not sure there's anything else out in 2019 that I'm anticipating really.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 29, 2018, 07:41:16 PM
I did just have a run through "Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes" again, to remind myself how much I liked it and MGSV, despite the fact the latter is basically unfinished*. Something of a shame it's pretty much over now, but everything has to end eventually, I guess. I'd run through MGS1/2/3/4 in order again, if I could be arsed to get my PS1/2 to work on my modern telly.

*though I never did enjoy the stunt casting of Kiefer Sutherland.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: biggytitbo on December 29, 2018, 10:04:59 PM
Damn, who am I going to use for game recommendations now? I'll need to find someone else with the exact opposite taste so I can buy all the games they tell me are crap and end up really enjoying them.

Yes Bosto, we need you. Now I'll just have to buy everything Biggy says is good (and Biggy, still needs to get Mooncrash)


I have it! And played some but then got distracted by prey itself, then assassins creed unity (vasty underrated) then assassin's creed origins, far cry 5, then the ps4 which has eaten all my gaming time since I got it. But yeah if we like the same sort of games then I'd definetly say you'd like origins, Horizon Zero Dawn, Spiderman, Arkham Knight and Uncharted 4. I'm sure you must have played all 3 dishonored games already, but they're all brilliant, and if you haven't already I'd heartily recommend watchdogs 2.


Currently playing homefront: the revolution, which now its all patched up is quite a nice little game, a mix of far cry, half life 2 and deus ex. It's not the greatest game ever made or anything but it's surprisingly underrated, probably because it was so broken when it was first released. Only cost £4 from cex too.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Blue Jam on December 29, 2018, 10:49:44 PM
Damn, I really need to get myself a PS4... Might pickup Homefront though now it's on sale here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/homefront-the-revolution/brglm9v090gw?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

Cheers Biggy!
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 29, 2018, 11:22:21 PM
Damn, I really need to get myself a PS4... Might pickup Homefront though now it's on sale here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/homefront-the-revolution/brglm9v090gw?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

Cheers Biggy!
I paid £3 for a second hand copy of that. Got bored in a hour.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on December 29, 2018, 11:31:24 PM
How many hours did you play Witcher before you quit? One of the best games ever made imo.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 29, 2018, 11:36:21 PM
How many hours did you play Witcher before you quit? One of the best games ever made imo.
About ten. Found it tedious beyond words, frankly.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on December 29, 2018, 11:39:38 PM
Did you get to and finished the Baron quest?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 29, 2018, 11:53:32 PM
Did you get to and finished the Baron quest?
I don't honestly remember. I deleted it off the PS4 and out of my mind. I'm sure it's all fab and great for many, but I just remember it being an absolute drudge.

Them sort of games with swords and such silliness generally aren't for me, but I did enjoy the Dragon Age series so thought I'd give this Witcher a go after many recommendations. Nope. Didn't give a toss about the boring old tosser I had to play as or the crappy world he lived in.

Though it was quite amusing how some people got very impassioned about how I was "wrong".
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: wooders1978 on December 30, 2018, 09:26:04 AM
Well you are wrong but everyone’s entitled to an opinion ;)

So it would seem Spider-Man is next up game wise for me - loved the Arkham games (yes even enjoyed the last one!!)
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Thursday on December 30, 2018, 09:50:15 AM
Witcher 3 was alright. 7/10
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on December 30, 2018, 10:12:06 AM
I don't honestly remember. I deleted it off the PS4 and out of my mind. I'm sure it's all fab and great for many, but I just remember it being an absolute drudge.

Them sort of games with swords and such silliness generally aren't for me, but I did enjoy the Dragon Age series so thought I'd give this Witcher a go after many recommendations. Nope. Didn't give a toss about the boring old tosser I had to play as or the crappy world he lived in.

Though it was quite amusing how some people got very impassioned about how I was "wrong".

To each their own but cant honestly understand why you liked Dragon Age and disliked Witcher.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: kalowski on December 30, 2018, 10:53:18 AM
I've found Witcher 3 fairly dull. On the other hand, just played the first hour of God of War. I cannot believe how good it looks. I love it so far.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Blue Jam on December 30, 2018, 11:20:15 AM
Them sort of games with swords and such silliness generally aren't for me, but I did enjoy the Dragon Age series so thought I'd give this Witcher a go after many recommendations. Nope. Didn't give a toss about the boring old tosser I had to play as or the crappy world he lived in.

TBH I have the same problem with fantasy settings in all media- wizards, dragons, spells ect just leave me cold. For games I prefer space/sci-fi settings, probably because a spaceship or abandoned laboratory is more fun to explore than a forest or a castle. Plus with combat I would just rather have a big gun (or a big laser) than a sword or staff.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Blue Jam on December 30, 2018, 11:25:32 AM
Just ordered a new 49" telly and tempted to wait until it arrives before I start RDR2. I think 2019 will be a better gaming year for me simply because I will no longer have a telly that flickers and has a couple of bleedy bits on the screen.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 30, 2018, 11:45:02 AM
TBH I have the same problem with fantasy settings in all media- wizards, dragons, spells ect just leave me cold. For games I prefer space/sci-fi settings, probably because a spaceship or abandoned laboratory is more fun to explore than a forest or a castle. Plus with combat I would just rather have a big gun (or a big laser) than a sword or staff.
I've very much the same. The Dragon Age series is an exception as it had a tone I found myself getting into (more than much to do with gameplay), plus I liked seeing my small choices play out over the games.

The PS4 in general has been, for me, a bit of a let down compared to the last generation. There's been plenty of games that have been fine, enjoyable, but I think the only one that really drew me in to the level I would be up till 3am on a worknight saying "five more minutes" was XCOM2.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Kelvin on December 30, 2018, 08:01:29 PM
Holy fuck. I had no idea this post would end up so stupidly long. No-one will read it all now, so maybe just browse it for games you haven't heard of, or haven't read my thoughts on before? 

Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Easily my game of the year, which is hardly surprising considering it's basically just the greatest iteration of my second favourite gaming series, with all the modes and characters I've dreamed about now finally included. The World of Light single player is a boring grind, but ended up passably entertaining while listening to podcasts, and everything else is basically as good or better than ever before.

Dark Souls: Remastered
This list isn't in any particular order, but this and Smash are comfortably my favourite two games of the year. Beautifully crafted, and not actually anywhere near as hard as I had expected, the only real issue I had with it was how needlessly vague it was about it's core mechanics at the beginning. After reading up on the basics, I found the game an absolute pleasure to play through - and in fact did so three and a half times. 

Nintendo Entertainment Service Online
Despite thinking a lot of these games haven't aged very well, I've actually enjoyed grinding my way through loads of them with save states, and in a couple of instances I've found them to be much, much better than I expected or remembered. The original Zelda is much more fun than I expected, for example, and was particularly informative after playing it's spiritual sequel Breath of the Wild so much last year. The recently released Ninja Gaiden remains every bit as brilliant as I remembered, too.

Toy Stunt Bike: Tip Tops Trials Demo
I'd never normally include a demo in this list, but my best friend's 4 year old loved "the monkey game" so much that it has to get a shout out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB6wk_iSIPk 

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Insanely faithful tribute to the NES Castlevania games. Multiple characters allowing for multiple paths, and a range of different endings that make the short game length ideal for multiple, varied playthroughs. I absolutely loved this at the time, but I have to admit, it does feel a tiny bit slow (like the original Castlevania games) when I go back to it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfiCEoKkjz0

Fortnight
Not for me, I've never been any good at online shooters. I can totally see the appeal, though.

Nidhogg

Local (and online) multiplayer indie game that I had seen and loved in various let's plays last year, and which finally came to switch a month or two ago. One of those games, like Smash and Mario Kart, which results in everyone screaming and shouting at one another, and is easy for anyone to learn. Hard to explain without watching it being played, so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_AcRT5TeYU

To be honest, I was slightly disappointed, though. Not with the game, which was exactly what I had seen and expected, but just with the fact that it's only really fun with larger groups of people all taking turns, as it gets rather boring with only two of you going at it over and over again. A strong recommendation for anyone whose got a family to play with or a large group of gamer friends.

Warframe
Played it a couple of times, but didn't like the movement, and felt like it would be a real grind. Confusing/overwhelming number of options, too. 

Celeste
Loved it for the first two thirds; great music, likable characters, really strong platforming gameplay. I just found some of the later levels a bit of a drag, and the plot ended up as a patronising bucket of platitudes.   

Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Loved the story, music and several of the characters, but the game was clearly rushed out, and both it's visuals and gameplay suffered as a result. Lot's of highlights, though, and when you nail one of the insane combos and pull off some crazy string of special attacks that deal 6,000,000 damage, it's exceedingly satisfying. A tough recommendation, but a game which I loved despite it's countless problems.     

Wolfenstein 2
Ugly on Switch, but lots of fun to play at the time, and contains a couple of moments that could possibly top a list of "maddest things you've ever seen in a video game".

Megaman: Legacy Collection 1
The first six megaman games, now with save states and rewind options. Great, obviously, but hard to play back to back, when they're all so fundamentally similar. 

SteamWorld Dig
Another game which I absolutely loved at the time, but which fell at the last hurdle, in retrospect. Incredibly satisfying and addictive loop of digging through the world to uncover new areas, materials and upgrades, plus a likeable cast of cartoon robots. I just felt like it ended too suddenly (and unexpectedly), and that kind of killed my incentive to 100% or replay it. Still a strong recommendation, though. 

Hollow Knight
Probably the indie game that left the biggest, most positive impression on me - despite me finding it a real slog for much of the time I was playing it. Lots of lots of backtracking (even for a metroidvania), but arguably the most beautiful art style I've ever seen in a 2D game, and an immersive and compelling world to explore. It's difficult, too, but like all the best hard games, that difficulty leads to constant improvement and real a satisfaction when you finally beat your opponents. Another game with amazing music and sound design, too.   

Sine Mora
I think I bought this in 2018, but can't actually be certain. Anyway, it's a really good bullet hell shmup, with lovely visuals and a wierdly bleak storyline, co-created by Suda 51. Uses time mechanics in interesting ways, but is probably a bit too hard on anything other than normal.       

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4cADAv-CU8

Ikaruga
Another, even harder bullet hell shooter. Best bit about it was downloading and watching Boston Crab's incredibly impressive runs through the first level. I ended up playing through it a few times with infinite lives on.   

Oxenfree
Bit disappointing, really. Visually interesting, lots of atmosphere and a good story, but I don't think the core mechanic of selecting dialogue options works well enough. I frequently found my character delivered lines in totally different ways than I had expected, thereby changing their meaning and relationships unintentionally.

Zelda: BOTW
I wouldn't have included this game, but I had such a wonderful experience helping my 11 year old niece play through it over summer, that I had to give it a shout out. Went from her asking me for improvised missions and dressing up the horses in my game, to starting her own game and playing through it from beginning to end with me sat beside her the whole time. Magical, really, and I still think it might be my favourite game ever. 
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: bgmnts on January 01, 2019, 12:02:15 PM
In the end of year sales bought Shadow of War, Vampyr, Assassins Creed Origins and Assassins Creed Odyssey and fuuuuck me Assassins creed is abysmal. I cannot believe i spunked 45 quid on those two. Definitely shouldn't have bought any of them anyway but thats why i'm fucked so fuck it.

Still though, at least Vampyr and Shadow of War actually offer something. Who in God's name does Assassins Creed appeal to anymore?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on January 01, 2019, 12:46:52 PM
Have you tried both?
Origins is quite bad. Dont ler you put that off Odyssey.
Odyssey was great!
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: bgmnts on January 01, 2019, 01:15:12 PM
Have you tried both?
Origins is quite bad. Dont ler you put that off Odyssey.
Odyssey was great!

I played Odyssey immefiately after and as soon as I was lobbed straight into a fight and mashing the RB button I uninstalled.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on January 01, 2019, 01:16:27 PM
You miss out on quite a lot if you quit after four minutes in what is basically a very basic tutorial.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: bgmnts on January 01, 2019, 01:19:12 PM
You miss out on quite a lot if you quit after four minutes in what is basically a very basic tutorial.

Once i'm done with my other games and there's fuck all else to do i'll give it another crack then.

I don't want abysmal attempts at Dark Souls/Zelda combat in an assassins creed game at all. Fuck knows what they were thinking.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on January 01, 2019, 01:25:31 PM
Combat in Odyssey is miles and miles better then Zelda though.

I disliked the game for the first two hours but when it clicked it clicked. Ended up being one of my GOTY candidates. And I disliked most of all the other AC games.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Mister Six on January 01, 2019, 01:26:05 PM
Got Spider-Man for Christmas, and by golly it's damn near perfect. Absurd attention to detail, even in its mangled representation of Manhattan's topography. I even found the dog park I sometimes take my dog to! Alas, no dogs in the game...

Definitely getting the DLC though. Should I play it after the endgame?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Kelvin on January 01, 2019, 02:38:11 PM
Got Spider-Man for Christmas, and by golly it's damn near perfect. Absurd attention to detail, even in its mangled representation of Manhattan's topography. I even found the dog park I sometimes take my dog to! Alas, no dogs in the game...

Definitely getting the DLC though. Should I play it after the endgame?

The DLC is set after the events of the main game, from what I've heard, so yes.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Mister Six on January 01, 2019, 04:18:37 PM
Hurrah! Cheers.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on January 01, 2019, 05:03:11 PM
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

I got this for a fiver in the Asda back in February. I only played a little bit before deciding that I should give the previous game a go first - which I've still yet to get around to. What little I played seemed good. I messed up the first mission and Peter Serafinowicz called me a "Fucking bellend."

Resident Evil Remake HD Edition

Another that I started and stopped. I should get back to it, as I was enjoying it (slight control issues aside). It still looks impressive in this day and age.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

A very generic open world game, perhaps. Fortunately, I've not played your Assassin's Creeds, or Far Cries, so I was free to enjoy it immensely. Robot hunting took a little while to get the hang of (especially as the level design wasn't always conducive to planning your encounters) but, once I did, I was hooked. Great story, too.

Hotline Miami 2

Pretty much an expansion pack for the first game, but I loved the first game so that's no bad thing.

Spider-Man

I've been looking forward to this for 14 years and it didn't disappoint. It takes the web slinging fun of the otherwise crap 2004 game and puts it into a game that's actually good. What room it leaves for improvement has me very excited for a sequel.

Wolfenstein 2

This, on the other hand, did disappoint some. The sci-fi stylings and wild plot developments had me hoping for something as fun and frenetic as Doom 4 - hopes that were dashed by the mopey tone and unsatisfying gunplay.

Onrush

When it comes to disappointment, however, this takes the cake, undercooks it, then decorates it with Marmite instead of icing. There's the makings of a great game in there somewhere, which only makes the final product all the more of a shame.

Drive Club

I got this after that. I'd say it's more successful at what it's aiming for than Onrush, but it turned out to be less of an arcade racer than I'd have liked. To its credit, I've enjoyed it more than previous driving sims I've tried. However...

Burnout Paradise

Was going cheap on the Playstation Store recently. An absolute classic of the genre, perhaps second only to Mario Kart in terms of racing fun.

Inside

Gameplay wise, this is pretty much identical to the developer's previous title,  Limbo, with a similarly bleak aesthetic. I found the story here a lot more compelling though. I expect I'll be trying to parse the details of the plot and its strange Orwellian world for some time.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Kelvin on January 01, 2019, 05:26:26 PM
You thought Wolfenstein 2 was mopey? I thought it was one of the laugh out loud funniest games I've played in years.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: biggytitbo on January 01, 2019, 05:31:46 PM
Wasn't that 2017?


It's got probably the single biggest laugh in a video game ever, and is pretty audaciously outlandish throughout. I don't think the gameplay lived up to the story or the production though, something felt off with the level design and controls, and it doesn't have the same kind of variety or inventivness as the original. It's a kind of 7/10 game for me, where the first one is a good 9/10.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on January 01, 2019, 05:58:22 PM
It's Blazcowicz, constantly acting the misery guts, making comments about how tired and dying he is. Complete tonal dissonance with the rest of the presentation.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Mister Six on January 01, 2019, 07:07:04 PM
Wasn't that 2017?

We usually have a game of the year thread, but since a lot of us have predominantly played older games or re-releases (like Dark Souls on Switch), I thought I'd make it a bit more open ended this year.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Thursday on January 01, 2019, 09:40:18 PM
It's Blazcowicz, constantly acting the misery guts, making comments about how tired and dying he is. Complete tonal dissonance with the rest of the presentation.

This would be like the first game though, the tonal dissonance is very deliberate, I think.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 01, 2019, 10:18:59 PM
Got Wolfenstein 2 for crimbo, is it worth getting the season pass while its on sale?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Thursday on January 01, 2019, 11:13:02 PM
I didn't enjoy the game enough to buy it, It's fine but it's like a 9 for Story, 6 for gameplay... so under the circumstances I'd say wait to see what you think of the game. How much longer is it on sale for?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 02, 2019, 05:02:25 AM
Two days. Only played the first level so far but I really enjoyed the previous games so I may get it anyway if its going to be more of the same only more mental. I take its new levels to play, not just a load of new skins or whatever?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on January 02, 2019, 10:38:28 AM
The main game was great (although unfortunately not stealthy anymore) but the DLC was quite weak. Wouldnt recommend buying it.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: bgmnts on January 02, 2019, 07:59:17 PM
Giving Odyssey another go. This switch to emphasis on combat is fucking dire. Pressing RB to attack is never ever fun.

I want to go around Ancient Greece stealthing, like a stealth, wot Assassins Creed is meant to be.

Fucksake.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on January 02, 2019, 08:45:24 PM
After an hour of two or so its possible and thats all I ever did until the credits rolled. Loved that game.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: bgmnts on January 02, 2019, 09:09:57 PM
To be honest as soon as I saw the size of the map I instantly knew it was going to be a massive open world filled with a shit ton of monotous busy work. I should have known really, totally my fault.

I will go through it all because I paid for it but fuck this.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Timothy on January 02, 2019, 09:40:33 PM
It really isnt busywork though. All the yellow question marks are for the most part proper sidequests with good mini stories. Play them and you level up enough for the main quest.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: madhair60 on January 02, 2019, 09:56:17 PM
Why are gamers such whinging sods?
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: bgmnts on January 02, 2019, 10:00:16 PM
I'm quite enjoying Little Nightmares and Shadow of War.  Shadow of War is basically the same as the previous installment but its still really good fun.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on January 03, 2019, 12:07:13 AM
This would be like the first game though, the tonal dissonance is very deliberate, I think.
Maybe so, but that doesn't mean it isn't kind of ploppy. It wouldn't bother me that much if the game didn't play so awkwardly, though. Since Goldeneye 64, I've played dozens of console shooters over the years and this is the first time I've really felt the aiming controls drag the experience down. Combine that with the underpowered (and mostly just plain boring ) selection of guns and I just didn't have much fun with this.

You could argue that a game about fighting the nazis shouldn't be fun, but not when it's about blinking robot nazis on the moon (I know the moon base was in the previous game, but the Venus level in this was pointless).
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: biggytitbo on January 03, 2019, 09:12:24 PM
Damn, I really need to get myself a PS4... Might pickup Homefront though now it's on sale here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/homefront-the-revolution/brglm9v090gw?activetab=pivot:overviewtab (https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/homefront-the-revolution/brglm9v090gw?activetab=pivot:overviewtab)

Cheers Biggy!


I've been playing this some more and I just found out there's an easter egg later in the game where you can play the entire first two levels of time splitters 2. Nice.
Title: Re: A review of your gaming year - 2018
Post by: bgmnts on January 10, 2019, 06:13:21 PM
Okay so I playee a little Odyssey and i'm currently going through Origins. The decisions made by AAA game publishers baffle me at times.

The levelling is absolutely abysmal. To the point where even if you grind pointless, laborious side missions you will not level up enough to do the main story missions. Only a company like ubisoft would punish you for wanting to play the game.

It's almost as if they have deliberately made it a joyless grind so you will give up and maybe buy some microtransactions or DLC to improve your character and get on with it..m

No, fuck you Ubisoft, I won't indulge in your endless greed I am going to complete your shit for cunts game. It's basically the anti-Dark Souls.

If Odyssey is exactly the same i'll be gutted.

In lighter news, Vampyr, for all it's faults, is quite interesting.

I'm also wondering about this survival sim Impact Winter. Shall see how that progresses.

I can't think of a genuinely great big big game other than Deus Ex of the past 4 or 5 years.