Unlike 2017, my “Game of the Year” is in line with The Game Awards along with probably countless other people. God of War is the best game of this year, I think by a long shot. 2018 is probably one of my favorite years for gaming in a long time, but God of War stands out from the rest for a few different reasons.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and gaming, I’ve been thinking about what games inspired my passion for the industry. I’m confident that Crystalis for the NES is the game that started my appreciation for the medium.
Thankfully, for me anyway, the releases have stopped and now its time to work through some back log games. 2018 has been an incredible year for games and I’ve played a majority of the major releases, that I can think of.
I haven’t been this excited for a new release in a long, long time. Like many people, I played the original Red Dead Redemption at release and loved it. I knew we would get another game in the series eventually, I didn’t expect it to take eight years. Once you start playing Red Dead Redemption 2 you can see why it took so long. Red Dead Redemption sits in my Top 5 favorite games of all-time. I expected greatness for RDR2. Here are my thoughts.
TL,DR: At the end, as usual.
I am a long-time fan of the Assassins’ Creed series. I didn’t play Rogue, Syndicate, or Unity for some reason but I’ve played and enjoyed every other major console release. I love the history and the fun alterations that Ubisoft makes to our living world. Assassins’ Creed Odyssey represents the where the series can go and the capabilities of the Ubisoft Quebec.
I’m excited to see where they go next, but for now here’s my review for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
TL,DR: At the end, as per usual.
I have been powering through Odyssey in order to finish it before Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out. Well, mission accomplished. Now I’m working on getting the review done but I have a ton of thoughts so I’m taking my time getting it done.
In the meantime, I’ve come short thoughts that don’t really belong in the review.
TL,DR: Have fun. Don’t buy XP boost.
I’ll go beyond the graphical prowess of the game since I talked about that in my reaction to the first gameplay trailer. RDR2 still seems awesome. I am only skeptical about the first person perspective.
I am really glad I played this game when I did. I missed it earlier in the year when it came out. But, I needed something to fill my time between Marvel’s Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, two very gameplay heavy games, and Detroit: Become Human filled that gap nicely. I treated this game like a long movie and it feels right at home with that mindset.
Also, I needed a palette cleanser after getting annoyed at the Spider-Man platinum and Detroit: Become Human really helped get me back in the gaming mentality.
TL,DR: At the end, as per usual.
Also, no spoilers in the text of my review, but images will probably have spoilers. A review with images is no fun, so I felt like I needed them. But, again they will probably have spoilers.
In my Spider-Man PS4 review I mentioned that I was excited to get back into the game. I wanted to explore the digital version of NYC and web some bad guys to buildings. In my search for the platinum trophy, I did both of those things. I think in excess.
I should have stopped playing the game after beating it. But, I like going for cool platinums or platinums that don’t have ties to difficulty. The platinum trophy for this game is easily obtainable, just time-consuming. The more that I played the game the more apparent some of the issues became.
I’m glad I got the platinum trophy. I am not going to play this game again. At least for a while, I am a bit soured on the experience after completing the game 100%.