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, we’re nearly done, just 2018 standing in the way.
Spiderman as a video game hasn’t had a lot of successes. With Spiderman 2 being the only good one and the rest have been a bit crap. Insomniac Games had a punt at the hero itself with Spiderman for the PS4. So, you play as Spiderman and deal with the roster of villains – FIsk, Mr.Negative, Dr.Octopus and so on.
The game is open world from the get go, and it nails what makes Spiderman. Swinging across Manhattan is fun and challenging requiring some finesse. Combat is very much Arkham Asylum like, and with plenty to do for those 100% nutters out there. Including a few Easter eggs from the Marvel Universe, and easily the best Marvel video game out there.
Have you heard the news? That Dutch has a plan, it’s a good plan but don’t worry about details. RDR2 released from Mount. Rockstar and players all over the world loved the latest adventures of Arthur Morgan, however, I didn’t like the game that much. Personally, I find the RDR games far too empty with not a great deal to do apart from generic Cowboy things, but that’s not saying RDR is empty, I just struggle to find my own fun with it.
It’s hard to argue with the level of craft in this game, but it’s over designed to the max. Cleaning something includes 4/5 different button presses, and each animation is over crafted. The game is far too long and it suffers from the main problem with every prequel – Everyone knows what is going to happen. With all that said though, a very solid game and once again, another solid show of interactive storytelling.
Hitman is a game I wish I was better at, because I really enjoy the premise and everything about it. I attempted to play through Hitman and I struggled on the first few levels, luckily Hitman 2 is more of the same, but more approachable without trimming off any of the fun. The main selling point of Hitman 2 is a living and breathing sandbox, the level starts with the end goal and gives the player hints to a number of ways that the challenge can be completed. Go in loud, go in quiet, dress up or dress down, it’s really down to the player and the best part of the game is that it doesn’t hold the players hand throughout.
If I was better at Hitman, I could see myself playing the game over and over, creating different ways to play for myself. Attempting to complete as soon as possible, as slow as possible, ending in a shoot-out or leaving like I wasn’t ever there, if a game makes players want to create their own fun, it’s doing something seriously right. This is a dream though, because I’m toilet at the game.
The large-scale shooter somehow found a way to get even larger with Battlefield V. Set in WW2 and follows different stages of the war, it allows players to take charge of different forces in different locations of the war – so far, nothing new for the shooter genre. Battlefield V is kept fresh by regular content drops including new and free maps and challenges (some players love completing the challenges as it adds an extra layer of competition, some players, eg; me, forget and they’re there.) But they’re good to complete for an XP boost never-the-less.
In a first-person shooter world where COD is king, Battlefield V is a tasty alternative because it gives nail-biting action along with your closest squad mates. With the map being so huge, you can jump in and out of different locations, assisting with different point captures throughout, making the game feel like a new battle with every point.
What is there to say about this game that hasn’t already been said? Released in 2018, but still dropping constant content drops and hugely relevant over a year later. A beautiful game, with tons of cars, challenges and brilliant DLCs – A near perfect experience. The base game had a steady flow of races and challenges to slowly go through, mixed with community challenges, and a busy multiplayer mode to keep everyone happy, and the DLCs of Fortune Island added in treasure hunting, and the Lego DLC added.. Lego.
Forza Horizon 4 is still a strange beast because on the face of it, the Horizon series shouldn’t still feel this good and this fresh, as it follows the same formula that the other Horizon games have set up. It’s just such an enjoyable playground to make your own fun, frequently, I’ll be making challenges between myself and friends and it’ll take an entire evening without realizing. I love this game, I’ll make no attempt to hide that, if I could give it a 2019 game of the year award, I would.
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