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.
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 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%.
Playtime: 18 Hours-ish. Almost the perfect length for a story, but there is a ton more to accomplish in the game.
I originally didn’t want to play Spider-Man on release. However, when I heard about the length of the game on twitter from Insomniac Games, the developer, I jumped in right away. I’m glad I did. I find it hard to stay invested in longer games, but Marvel’s Spider-Man is just right. The game delivers on an enjoyable experience from start to finish without overstaying its welcome. In fact, it’s one of the few games I can’t wait to get back into directly after finishing. And I will as I search for that platinum trophy.
I feel like its important to point out I don’t follow the comics. I only follow the Marvel films, so my expectations for a Spider-Man story might be different than a comic reader.
TL,DR: At the end, as per usual. No Spoilers.
We are about a month away from the chaos of fall gaming. The three month period of September, October, and November is the most contentious time in gaming. Most major new games come out in that period, usually yearly releases with some big names. I get it. Publishers need to get everything out before Black Friday and Christmas to increase sales.
At the end of 2017 I talked about a few of the games I was looking forward to in the coming year. But, I didn’t really mention a couple games that I’m looking forward too for whatever reason. Let’s talk about Spider-Man and Dragon Quest XI.
After researching the overall review scores for Bioware games after purchase by EA, I found that “quality” didn’t necessarily go down. The review scores stay pretty high. The overall score went down by two points compared to pre-EA Bioware.
However, sometimes Bioware games just miss their mark. Mass Effect: Andromeda was the first major failure, maybe Dragon Age 2 but that series didn’t get put on hiatus after its release, unlike Mass Effect.
Another idea that makes me think EA hurt the overall quality of Bioware’s game lies in the realm of DLC. I think it’s hard to judge DLC before and during EA because DLC wasn’t really a thing until well into the 360/PS3 generation. I do think the amount of DLC per game can have an impact on the overall quality. I expect the full game when I purchase at MSRP on release.
Each Bioware game now comes with DLC. To be fair, many contemporary games offer DLC after release. But, we are talking about Bioware so I can only compare different Bioware offerings.