Another year has sailed by and left a series of bad games, some dull games and some brilliant games, and both Darren and Matt have spent their time and handpicked several games from each year of the decade, next in our series is 2014.
South Park: Stick of Truth
History has always told us that when video games and popular films or Tv Shows like for example Harry Potter or The Godfather, rarely the occasion arises when a quality product comes out of the marriage- almost like celebrity marriages when you think about it. Anyhow South Park decided to have another crack of the whip and came out trumps with The Stick of Truth.
The Stick of Truth was a turn-based RPG where the usual gang of kids are playing fantasy. Which then goes well over the top with government conspiracies, toilet humor and Nazi Zombies and popular culture. All the while giving fans of the tv show a game to enjoy fully, but if you’re looking for a fun simple entertaining RPG then this is worthy candidate.
The real trend setter in the Horizon series as it debuted many systems that are still used in Horizon 4 now. Horizon 2 is where the showcase events started to come through, a more emphasis on tournaments, rather than just single races, and the road trip aspect. For those who haven’t played this title, the road trips would have you and the AI racing to a new location, and you’ll be overtaking so many different, and random vehicles along the way.
Horizon 2 was a fantastic game and still stands up by today’s standards and it still gives off that brilliant sense of freedom. The only thing I can think bad about it, is the DLC provided was a bit of a dud as it was rather stale, but after that, Horizon 3 brought the Hot Wheels expansion, so it evens out.
When you look at Alien as a franchise as a whole it had 2 stellar films and since then kinda flopped about like a fish out of water, and the games, well the less said the better frankly and if possible, even less so for Aliens Colonial Marines. A year later Creative Assembly brought out Alien: Isolation, which follows on the first Alien film where we play as Amanda Ripley learns that the flight recorder for the Nostromo is being held at Sevastopol (space station) and what happened to her mum. After getting there all the androids are mental and an Alien is roaming the station killing off its inhabitants.
What really made it was simply that it captured the essence of the franchise. From the art design right down to the fact it’s just a singular Alien, and it’s something that we can not mess with, and with a A.I that will hunt you down and things did get even more tense. While I can admit that it was too long of a game in retrospect, it’s still a great horror game to kack your pants to.
Now I will happily admit that Shinji Mikami is one of my favorite people in games. I mean behind such great games like Resident Evil and RE4. and have worked on stuff like Killer 7, Devil May Cry. When I heard wind that he Directed The Evil Within, it got me intrigued and it paid dividends when I started, we started out as a grizzly police detective called to a murder, which then was upgraded to a massacre. Before suddenly waking up inside the mind of a really fucked up individual.
While it played very much like some of Mikami’s earlier work (Resident Evil 4), but with an emphasis on Survival horror. So, limited ammo, confined spaces and stealth mechanics, which after games like Resident Evil and Dead Space felt like action games in a haunted house, felt like a refreshing change. While the plot wasn’t as fleshed out as it should have been and the protagonist was a bit dull – not Watch Dogs level though, but still I enjoyed my time with the game.
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