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 finally at the end, finally, 2019 is here.
Resident Evil 2
Now, while there have been so many remastering of older games from this decade. One game stood out as while it was a remaster, it completely redesigned the game itself. Resident Evil 2 was a fixed camera survival horror experience right back in 1998. This time around its ditched the fixed camera and tanky controls for an over the shoulder camera 3rd person survival horror. Again, very much like Resident Evil 4.
All this but still keeping with its roots, limited inventory, and atmospheric survival horror experience, and multiple campaigns to go through. All the while being rather good looking and atmospheric and spooky and, in some cases, very gory. A fantastic remake that panders to both the fans and newcomers, so like the Star Wars films sequels want to be like.
Next in the Battle Royale roadshow is Apex Legends, (a full review way back when). A free to play FPS Battle Royale that is more focused on teams, and what made this a bit different from the BR gang is that it’s also a hero shooter as well so characters with unique abilities. Unlike most BR where once your down and killed, you’re not out of the game, it also had the ability to bring those players back.
I liked it for the fact that while PUBG was focused on realism. And Fortnite focused on 5-star hotel building after a sniper’s bullet grazes a nearby tree. Apex managed to find a middle ground and all the while having its very own identity, it’s an enjoyable game if your fed up with the status quo of the other 2 BR games.
All around me are familiar faces, am I right, Gears 5? Well, technically Gears 6 but I guess we’re not counting Judgement — Good idea really. Gears 5 released to positive reviews and it’s not hard to see why, the game brings back what players know and love and try bold new ideas. This time out, the Gears 5 campaign showed its open world chops and the gamble was fantastic.
It’s not hard to see why this beautiful game is held in such high regard, a fresh take on the formula that can bring in new fans or provide enough meat for returning fans. Gears 5 does seem rather scared to completely take the franchise in a new direction, as the original cast is still hanging around, seemingly for the greatest hits part of the tour.
Running and owning a zoo, it’s every 10 year olds’ dream, a generation brought up on simulators like Theme Park/Hospital, and Roller Coaster Tycoon. Planet Zoo really speaks for itself, giving players the chance to run their very own zoo the way they want it, either going through different challenges or just chilling out and spending time perfecting a single park and watching the time float away.
Planet Zoo is the ultimate time sink, as it is a legitimate joy to get lost in the universe – and you will get lost within it, due to how beautiful the game is. The title shows that there is still a growing market for management games, after all the “simulator” games give their best attempt to wipe off the genre.
Start your engines, F1 2019 rolled off the grid to a much-welcomed fanfare. Building on the steady foundations created by the 2018 title and speeding off into the distance. F1 2019 brings overhauled visuals, more in-depth career mode, the addition of the much asked for F2 series and a focus on the esports series.
This game is a rather complete package when it comes to that motorsport fix, but it’s in no way perfect. The multiplayer is still an absolute mess – handing out penalties for no reason and feels rather barebones, the crowd still seems rather lifeless and the career mode hit a certain point where it stops surprising players and becomes rather mundane. F1 is still a good stride in the right direction and shows that Codemasters listen to the fans. (there is a full review here).
Ever since Remedy finished with Noir misery guts Max Payne, they’ve been dabbling in other stuff from “i love Stephen King” that was Alan Wake, and whatever Quantum Break was. Now back again with Control, where it’s gone more paranormal and Sci-FI. We play as Jessie Faden who stumbles into what seems like a dull government building which is called “The Oldest House” which is like the Tardis – bigger and sprawling on the inside. Which is full of the HIss (bad stuff) and its Jessie job to sort it out.
Story is a little bit flimsy but enjoyable, and the gameplay is where the good stuff is. As it’s 3rd person but is a bit old school with a lack of regenerative health. Powers which are fun to use. (throwing fork-lifts at people never stops getting boring). And with an open world that offers lots of exploration and side stuff. While there were better games for me out there, Control is a good and enjoyable game (full review here).
Remember earlier in the year where Fallout: New Vegas came out. Well, the folks behind that Obsidian Entertainment has gone out on their own with The Outer Worlds where we play as a dude whos woken from cryosleep where mega corporations dominate. And was headed by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, the original creators of the Fallout series.
What made this stand out was it was that it had some moments of silliness to balance out the drama. But, still keeping a solid RPG core and an enjoyable worlds to explore. As Fallout is flapping about like a fish out of water with Fallout 76, The Outer Worlds provides a serious alternative.
Earlier in the decade I played a Devil May Cry game for the first time. Specifically DMC:Devil May Cry and given its polarizing views from fanboys and newcomers alike. I thought it was alright, very stylish, and great fun. Which then lead me to the main series and in 2019 Devil May Cry 5.
Following on from the events of DMC 4. Someone has planted a big demon tree in the middle of the city which is now full of demons and Dante and Nero are in town to sort it out. Along with a mysterious character called V as well. I enjoyed the story and its characters, and the gameplay was fucking stellar, and each of the 3 playable charcters are enjoyable and diffrent to play, and it looks fucking good. As most Capcom games do these days. It’s just elegant stylish and so full of action, a great game. (there is a full review of it here).
Now, EA up till now haven’t had a lot of success since it required the Star Wars Licence. From a grudgingly OK Star Wars Battlefront, to 2 years ago with the controversial Star Wars Battlefront 2. So, when Fallen Order came around this year my hopes were low, but Jedi Fallen Order was a surprising and very enjoyable game. Where we play as Cal Ketsis, Jedi Padawan in hiding after the events of Revenge of the Sith, but after being discovered goes on the run again, but also on the trail of something that could bring back the Jedi.
The story is predictable but somehow still enjoyable, and the gameplay combines Dark Souls like combat, and gameplay inspired by the likes of Uncharted. The level design and progression out of the pages of any metroidvania game, and while the Dark Souls bit can be a turn off, there is a difficulty option, so you can fine tune what experience you want. Easily the best Star Wars game EA has made and a very good game overall. (full review here).
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