My daughter and my mother recently teamed up to get me a pretty sweet birthday present – a Nintendo Switch. I’ve never really been a Nintendo guy, mind you. Back in the late 1980s, when your choice was either the SEGA Master System or the Nintendo Entertainment System, I went SEGA. At the time, I regretted the decision. A lot.
SEGA had few, if any, licensed games, so I thought I was missing out on familiar titles. Over the years, as consoles came and went, I did get a Nintendo 64, which featured the two greatest WWE games in history – Wrestlemania 2000 and No Mercy. I bought a Wii when I was in my 30s with the idea that it would replace the gym… but it didn’t. Meanwhile, I kept up with my Sony Playstation, which began with the first console in 1997 and that has been updated every iteration since.
However, the truth is The Princess wanted me to have a Nintendo Switch. She’s sweet that way. And I wanted her to be able to use one, as well. I’d rather she play games than get sucked into the YouTube void of Minecraft videos and Blind Bag Unboxings. So on my birthday, it was Nintendo Switch day.
“I come back to you now at the turn of the tide.”
—Sir Ian McAwesome
Maybe not quite the turn. But there’s glimmers out there, amongst the horrible. Steel yourselves. 2017 topped 2016, and as for 2018, well, the Big History™ is gonna go down in 2018.
What a gorgeous Christmas Eve! Watching the snow fall in an enveloping blanket of white, it’s tempting to think this awful year (in a series of) is being wiped away. In last year’s gift guide I called 2017 for the shitshow it turned out to be. But one hardly needed to be Nostradamus to see that coming. As your holiday festivities unfold, here’s another list of warnings, inspirations and panaceas. Spread ‘em around or take ‘em to heart as you see fit. Make that egg nog a good stiff one as I peer into my palantír. It’s way too late to pick any of this stuff up for Christmas, but let’s look out longer, goodly holiday peoples. The way is dark, but there’s always light, if you know where to look.
So many video games have come out this year, it’s hard to choose the best ones to throw on a recommendation list. But, I’m going to try. Here, you’ll find recs for games we’ve covered over the past year – some are for adults only, while others are suitable for kids and families.
Resident Evil: Biohazard – Whether you’re playing this in VR or just straight up via your joystick, this is hands down the scariest game that I have ever experienced, and I’ve played a lot of horror games. Check out our review here, and trust me, if you’ve got a horror gamer in your life that hasn’t touched this one yet, put Resident Evil: Biohazard under the tree.
Outlast 2 – Cults and gore might make for strange bedfellows at the holiday season, but horror gamers will be nicely served with Outlast 2, a first person game where you’re sans weapons and more about trying to keep yourself alive. Our review for the Trinity edition of Outlast gives you all the details. DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE KIDDIES!
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Tolkien lovers were well-served this year with the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the gorgeous sequel to Shadows of Mordor. The game continues the story of Talion, the thoughtful ranger who has merged with the wraith of Elf Lord Celebrimbor, and takes place between the events of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Our full review is here. Read the rest of this entry
Next years brings movie goers Avengers: Infinity War, which promises to showcase a team-up between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, as they take on the power that is Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. If you can’t wait that long to see Marvel’s finest join together, we’ve got good news. There’s a new LEGO game on stores shelves that puts you incontrol of Marvel’s biggest and brightest superheroes, including the Guardians and the Avengers.
Enter LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.
All of the best game play moments and machine fighting action from the hit open world game Horizon returns in Guerrilla Games’ latest add on – Frozen Wilds. This DLC comes packed with more high-stake quests, intriguing side missions and a load of new weapons, armours and abilities to help you square off against some of the baddest machines birthed by GAIA prime. In this new chapter of the game, Aloy returns to explore a demonic plague that appears to be corrupting the machines surrounding the Banuk tribe in a snowy covered, heavily forested area known as ‘The Cut’. While Frozen Wilds is a self-contained stand-alone story, the episode itself ties in seamlessly with the tight knit story arc of Zero Dawn – throwing gentle nods to familiar characters and events from the main story. As most fans of the game likely finished Horizon earlier this year, the tight integration with the main story arc really kicks off the adventure while still rooting you in Horizon’s lore.
For those that were underwhelmed by Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-Earth with his Hobbit trilogy a few years ago, take solace in the fact that JRR Tolkien’s world of wizards, elves and rings continues to enjoy a stellar life in the gaming world.
Three years following the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor, Monolith and Warner Brothers Games have returned with the outstanding new game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sit at the Sawyer family dinner table in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or stare across from one of the Firefly Family from Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses, look no further than Resident Evil: Biohazard.
The Capcom franchise, which made its debut on the original PlayStation console all the way back in 1996, was an originator of the survival horror genre of gaming in addition to spawning several sequels and a hugely successful movie series that released its concluding entry this past January. Each Resident Evil spin-off has had their fair share of lovers and haters, but following the muted response to Resident Evil 6’s shifted focus towards action gaming tropes rather than horror, it was clear to Capcom that a new Resident Evil installment would need to up the scare factor.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a NEW trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, diving deeper into the original branching storyline featured in this all-new LEGO adventure.
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Our friends at WB and LEGO are always releasing outstanding video games that are legit fun for the whole family. In my case, the arrival of a new game like LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game always means sitting down with my little princess in front of our tv and PlayStation 4 and getting our game on.
Princess: Hey, why not the 3?! We also play games on the PlayStation 3.
Oh, hello there. I see you’re sitting next to me as I’m writing this article about the new LEGO Ninjago Video Movie Game that we’ve been playing.
Princess: Ok, yeah.
When it was released in 2014, Outlast was considered by many to be the scariest game of all time. While that may be a bold statement, the first person experience, which focused on a freelance journalist exploring an abandoned asylum, managed to deliver the scares. A follow-up was always going to have significant pressure to live up to the original and, depending on your relationship with the Good Book, Outlast 2 manages the feat.