Honestly, I’ve played very few games released in 2018. Normally I try to pick up and play a lot of current year games, but I really haven’t gone out of way to this year. God of War looked interesting, but I’ve never really been a fan of the series so I gave it a miss, Celeste is one of those super hard platformers that I tend not to get on with, and Sea of Thieves was…ahahaha. No.
There are a few I’d like to have a go at (Detroit and Vampyre look interesting) but for the most part I’ve been happy enough to catch up on some games I’ve had for a while. And here are a few of them!
I’ve had this lined up since the end of last year so I’m glad to finally get to Outlast 2. I enjoyed the first one and expected more of the same (which isn’t always a bad thing) from the follow up. It was ok, but I felt the more open environments lead to a reduction in tension simply because you were forced down specific paths less often. Add to that the fact that I didn’t feel the enemies were as intimidating and you have a recipe for disappointment.
I actually quite enjoyed it, but more for the story, as the horror aspect wasn’t really there for a lot of the game. Later on as things (somehow) became significantly darker in tone and more claustrophobic, it became much more unsettling – not least because it stopped trying to rely on shock tactics. The school sections were great though.
Fortnite Battle Royale
In a bid to be a super cool teacher, I decided to try out the game that all the kids are playing. I’ve seen a lot of talk lately (mostly on twitter) that Fortnite is a “trash game”, but I can’t quite understand where that idea is coming from. Is it because it’s popular and some people are “too cool” for it? I have no idea, but I will say that I didn’t really get it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not of the opinion that it’s a bad game. Quite the opposite in fact, I think it’s a very good game that does more with the genre/game mode than many of its competitors. It’s just not for me. I can’t quite get to grips with the building and I feel there’s a lot of information that isn’t as clear as it needs to be. A tutorial would be a big help just so people can get to grips with it. Then again, maybe I’m just too old for this…
Ahahaha. This was utter garbage. I slate it here.
I’m really enjoying tinkering with Dropmix. We haven’t “played” it as such, but as a family we’ve put it out when we’re at the table so the family can see what mixes we can make. If you aren’t aware, Dropmix is a game by Harmonix (the Rock Band etc. folks) that comes with a set of cards based on music tracks and a device to place them on. When you place a card in a certain place, it will play that track of the song. So if you put the lyric track from Bring Me To Life (Evanescence) on the deck, it will play the vocals. If you then place the guitar track from It’s Tricky (Run DMC) it will mix them together to make something viable. It’s pretty impressive really!
We really enjoy it and we’ve made some pretty fun mixes from songs that shouldn’t work together. In fact I’ve gone ahead and bought some extra card packs to expand the options we have. We haven’t played the competitive modes simply because just making mixes is fun! It’s just fun to see what works well together, and amazingly most mixes do.
Assault Android Cactus
One of the XBox Games with Gold games this, Assault Android Cactus is a fun twin stick shooter that gets very hard very quickly. I liked the variety of characters and unlocks available, and the pace of the game was great. It just felt a little cheap at times, and the final boss was a bit of a pain to deal with.
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
I’m not normally terribly good at adventure games, and this is no exception. It’s a very Holmes-esque story, with murder and mystery everywhere, plus the way investigations are carried out has that very deliberate “piecing together the clues” feel to them. There’s an interesting question-and-answer mechanic that has you putting together everything you’ve found so far to determine what happened, but occasionally the player has it figured out but hasn’t answered the questions in the correct way, or has missed a minor clue needed to unlock the next question. A little annoying, but quite interesting. The puzzles themselves are often quite tricky though.
And then it crashed. Repeatedly. So I’ve had to give up on this one. It’s a shame as the story of murder was getting quite interesting.
What have you been playing? Something incredibly brilliant no doubt. Why not convince me to spend my free time on it? I’m sure I would!