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.
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.
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.
I’ve been a fan of the Gears of War franchise since the very beginning, playing through each game at least once with my friend Mike. The remastered original came bundled with my Xbox One and while it was fun to play through, it really just got me excited for the next entry in the series. October saw the release of Gears of War 4, the first new game in the series in three and a half years and the first one developed by The Coalition. I’m not ready to put Gears of War 4 at the top of the franchise, but it’s a good game that shows that the series is clearly in good hands.
I have been a Pokemon fan since the original Red/Blue days, playing through every generation along with the recent mobile sensation. What’s not to love between collecting, battling, growing as a team, and attempting to become the champion of the land? The newest pair of mainline games, Sun and Moon, promised to put a new spin on the 20 year old franchise and they certainly did. A wonderful, fresh spin.