Those video games eh? There’s just so many of them! Like, loads. LOADS. I can’t possibly play them all. But I can play some! And these are those!
Monster Hunter World
I played one of these on the 3DS years ago and couldn’t get into it. I felt like I had no idea what was going on and that the game had no interest in telling me. I’m having a much better time with this one after being convinced to get it for the upcoming 24-hour charity gaming stream. I’m having a good time with it, but I’m still unsure of a lot. Whilst there are tutorials, a lot of it needs to be read over in the menus to get it figured out. The act of hunting down a monster from having no clue where it is to fighting it to the death feels good though. I’ll stick with it.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Everyone knows Mario Kart! A few of us played this locally, which is always the best way to play as far as I’m concerned. Plenty of occasions of dropping from 1st to 6th right on the finish line, and plenty of blue shells. The lightening has become my personal nemesis now!
I loved this game on PC, and having it as a portable option is great. There’s also the added fact that starting a new campaign feels less intimidating when it’s on a new system. The Switch runs it well enough, although the control scheme has taken a bit of getting used to when in TV mode. In portable mode it’s great due to the touch screen controls. Hopefully my campaign will go a bit better this time since I actually have a clue about what I’m doing!
I’m not ashamed to say that I found out about this game from watching Game Grumps. It’s a real time 2D golf game with hundreds of modifiers. Use the stick to aim the ball, press A to fire it. First person to get it in the hole gets the most points. It’s essentially a race, but with 8 balls all flying through the air at once, bouncing off each other makes winning quite difficult. Assuming you use balls that is. You could play using bananas instead. Or bricks. Maybe you can hit the ball again whilst it’s in the air, or perhaps they’ll stick to the walls. There are a ton of options to set up a game exactly how you want it, but there are loads of preset modes that make the most of these modifiers. Played this with a group of friends and had a good time playing it. I think it’s a little overpriced for what it is, but I had fun all the same.
Played this with the same group as Golf Party. What else is there to say about Rocket League? It’s great fun, car based football. Or basketball. Or ice hockey. Or Tron-esque ball bouncing madness (a group favourite). Aside from the loot box bollocks, it’s a good game with plenty of replayability.
Not going to say too much about this one, as I’ve written a preview that will be appearing on Big Boss Battle soon. To keep it simple though, it’s a card-based RTS game with gorgeous character models and fast paced games. It’s in Early Access for another month or so, but might be of interest to RTS gamers around my age…
What have you been playing? Have you grabbed something new, something from the backlog, or perhaps an old reliable classic that you love? Tell me so I can add some of those modern or classic greats to my ever increasing list of games.