2017 and Gaming

December 21, 2017

Another year is coming to an end, and it has been a good year for gaming. If you are a regular follower of my social media feeds, you already know that I am an avid gamer. Gaming is an important part of my life, and I devote serious time to games. I prefer longer games with intelligent stories as a writer. That is the sole reason I always avoided platformers, as I constantly found myself in search of a strong storyline. There are exceptions, of course.

For me, 2017 had some solid games. The most surprising one was Assassin’s Creed: Origins. I had no hope of salvation for the series after the boring installations swarming one after another, but I was proven wrong. I can easily say that Origins is the best Assassin’s Creed game I have played, after Assassin’s Creed 2, and the Brotherhood. I felt a connection with Bayek, our protagonist, and his story. And the portrayal of ancient Egypt was top-notch. I adore the setting. There were some occasional problems with the controls, and glitches here and there, but in general, it was a joyride.

What about other titles? Horizon: Zero Dawn, Prey, Wolfenstein II, Divinity: Original Sin II were also some of the titles I enjoyed. Persona 5 is also on my list (I will start playing it after I am done with completing Origins) All in all, lots of great titles.

So, what about 2018? I am looking forward to these titles;

Detroit: Become Human – I enjoyed every title coming from David Cage, and I am looking forward to this one. The story is intriguing. It is sci-fi, and as it is the case with every Cage game, it will probably introduce some new element of gaming that will tickle my brain.

FarCry 5: I am one of those gamers who thinks the first FarCry game was the best. The mechanics it introduced (which eventually created Crysis) was epic. The following games were meh. This one, I am interested because the story is appealing to me. However, as it is with most of the Ubisoft games, I will wait for the critics before I buy.

Ghost of Tsushima: Although not many info is around regarding this one, the setting itself is more than enough to appeal me as a martial arts practitioner.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – It is an Obsidian isometric RPG. Enough said.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Anything Rockstar works.

Phoenix Point: It is a turn-based strategy game with an alien invasion, coming from the original creator of X-Com.

And, of course, there are always those games that make your eyes bulge in surprise. I will keep my eyes open for those as well. And maybe I will have the chance to get a VR headset, depending on the price tag. I am all for gaming, but I don’t want to sell my left kidney to buy one.

Any gaming expectations for 2018?