Horizon Zero Dawn was touted as the PS4s next big exclusive. I had it as my most anticipated game of the year. The descriptors sound like a perfect storm: open world, post apocalypse, robots. I’ve spent the better part of the last three weeks playing Guerilla Games’s latest release and all the hype is deserved. Horizon Zero Dawn is the best game I’ve played in a long time and easily my current game of the year.
I’ve always had an interest in Greek mythology, but I’ve recently taken more and more to Norse mythology. Strong, preferably bearded vikings determined to win glory in battle just draw me in, especially compared to knights and samurai. Jotun, a game about battling Norse gods, released a while ago but fell off my radar. A tweet about the developer’s next game, Sundered, reminded me to go back and play Jotun. If you enjoy hand-drawn games or fantastic boss battles, you should follow suit. Better late than never!
Remember when you were a kid and would argue over who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman or cowboys and ninjas? Ubisoft’s latest game asks you a similar question: knights, vikings, or samurai? For Honor was on my most anticipated list for 2017 and after almost 20 hours of play, the hype was real. It’s a simple to learn, hard to master fighting game with some downright brutal combat.
The Resident Evil series is one of the biggest names in gaming going all the way back to the original PS1 title in 1996. I’ll never forget playing the GameCube remake of that game and seeing a crimson head run towards me in a hallway mirror. Resident Evil 4 is one of my all time favorite games, but 5 and 6 focused too much on action instead of the horror that defined the series. After watching a friend play the demo for Resident Evil 7 on PSVR, I was ready to give the series another shot.
Many people are asking if Resident Evil 7 brings the series back to its roots. I can definitively say that it does and I have the increased blood pressure to prove it.
January is typically a light time for new releases and this year is no different, so I’m trying to make a dent in my backlog. First up is Firewatch, a game I was pretty interested in back in early 2016 but never got around to playing. Seeing Firewatch on plenty of top 10 lists gave me the nudge I needed to pick it up. Four hours later it’s clear to see why people love it: fantastic voice acting, great writing, and a beautiful area to explore.
Duke Nukem Forever. Final Fantasy XV. The Last Guardian. We live in a world where all three of these games, once thought to be myths, actually exist. I’ve played DNF (which was awful), I’m going to play FF XV soon, and I finished The Last Guardian a few days ago. I didn’t play Team Ico’s two previous games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, but I just had to see what a game originally shown of in 2009 turned into. The final product is an emotional journey of a boy and his companion creature that suffers from some technical mishaps and imperfect mechanics.