PS+ starts 2018 with a Bang

Sony’s PlayStation + service has offered games ranging from “pretty damn awful” (See my Review of Zombi from a while ago) to “pretty ok actually” (See my review of Furi from a while ago….i need the page views, ok). Personally, while I’ve kept adding the games to my library it has been a while since I’ve bothered to download and play any of them. Well, it seems like that might change next month as the two free games coming January are both pretty big names.

First up is “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”. While i wasn’t as big on “Human Revolution” as most everyone else was but it wasn’t bad and i was very interested in seeing where the story went. While the game was pledged by controversy before it’s release (Which i wrote about….like i said, i need the page views) the reception upon launch was still rather positive.

The other game is Telltale’s Batman. This one i was a little worried about upon it’s original announcement, becuase i am so tired or “Mature” takes on Batman as they almost always turn him into a Frank Miller style violent sociopath that i find simply tiring. But from what I’ve heard that’s not what this does. I’m still not 100% sure i’m sold on the idea of Telltale doing a more action based franchise, but it is undoubtedly an interesting step for them to take.

All in all, it’s not a bad way to kick off the new year, especially for those who are going to be a little short on cash after the holidays….or just in general….god i hate being poor.

The Council Episode One Trailer and Impressions

Mystery and Detective style games are hard to get right. Give too much information and it’ll feel like the player is being patronized, but throw out too many red herring and the experience simple becomes frustrating. However, it is a challenge i’m glad to see devs taking. I mean, i had my issues with LA Noir, but it was enjoyable enough in my opinion. How will The Council handle this? It’s way too early to tell, and this trailer gave us nothing to really go on. That’s certainly disappointing, but so far the presentation has me interested. The game has a strong visual resemblance to Dishonored and the voice acting is pretty good….although i am kind of worried that we never see anyone talking. We hear plenty of it, but we never see any one talking. That might sound like a dumb complaint, but hear me out: the voice actors might be selling the shit out of their roles, but if the facial animations are crap or not fitting with the delivery, that’s going to make the game as a hole look bad. This is the kind of thing i normally wouldn’t think about unless it was super obvious, but the way they went out of their way to cut the trailer so we don’t see it draws attention to it. That’s not to say this will be an issue, just that it comes to mind.

I’ll be keeping an eye on this, but for right now i’m just hoping for a trailer that has something i can really talk about.

Witchfire Trailer and Impressions

The makers of “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” are making a retro style FPS in the vain of 2004’s “Painkiller”…that’s one of those sentences that i never expected to have to write. But it turns out that this isn’t exactly as crazy as it first seems. Three of The Astronauts co-owners were also co-owners of People Can Fly, the team that made Painkiller, which makes this scenario make a whole lot more sense. It also makes it make more sense out of just how damn good this looks. I mean, Painkiller is exactly as good as Yahtzee made it sound like it was, and even with out knowing the pedigree behind the game it’s hard not to see the resemblance.

The only real complaint i have with this as of right now is that, as it always is with reveal trailers, is that i very much doubt this will be representative of the final game. So long as the end game keeps to the spirit of this trailer i’m sure it’ll end up pretty damn good, but it’s hard to get too excited just yet when you know we’re not looking at in game footage. I’m keeping an eye on this, for sure, but i hope we get something with a little more substance soon.

Tower 57 Trailer and Impressions

Question: why don’t more video games involve dinosaurs? I mean for real, i was sold on this the second i saw you fight raptors around the 30 second mark. That’s how easy it is to sell a game once you add in dinosaurs, so why don’t more games do it?

Okay, for real though, this looks really good. It reminds me a lot of Enter the Gungeon, and I. Fucking. LOVED.  Enter the Gungeon. So right out of the gate the game has a leg up on it’s competition.  While that may have more to say with how early i play twin stick shooters more than anything, but that’s the comparison i drew, so it’s the one i’m going with.

Anyways, this looks fantastic. The verity of enemy times (FUCKING DINOSAURS), locations and weapons make this look like it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun and i am very much looking forward to giving this one a try.

Anamorphine Trailer and Impressions

I don’t mind that “walking sims” exist, but very few really do anything for me. I love the hell out of Gone Home, watched an LP of Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture and found it tedious even with the running commentary. I found  What Remains of Edith Finch beautiful, but i’m glad i watched someone else play it instead of doing so myself. In the end, this just isn’t my genre even though i do appreciate what it tries to do.

That said, Anamorphine looks like it might be one might be one of the ones that breaks through the barrier for me. You are playing through the memories of a character who has undergone some kind of major trauma, and that leads to some surreal moments. At least in the trailer. I can’t lie, that set up has me interested. But again the question is: will i want to set down and actually play this one? And that i’m not sure of yet. I guess no one can really know that until a game is released after all, but nothing in this trailer really made me say “yes, this one i want in my hands”. Either way, i’m going to be keeping an eye one this title for sure.

 

Doom and Wolfenstein 2 are coming to Switch

Unlike most people, I don’t believe Nintendo need third party support the way Microsoft and Sony do. They could easily keep keep themselves afloat with just their first party IP’s. That’s not to say, however, that i don’t want them to be more competitive in the console market, and third party support would help there. The fact they don’t need 3rd party games also means there’s no real reason not to have them on their platform. This kind of thing can only be good for everyone involved.

And so we come to todays big news: Bethesda is bringing Doom and Wolfenstein 2 to the Switch. And like i said, this is good for everyone. Nintendo is going to get it’s cut, Bethesda gets to bring it’s games to a new audience and gamers get at least one more really solid game for their console (yes, yes, i’m looking foreword to Wolfenstein 2  as well, but i haven’t played it so i’m not going to say it’s “good” yet. But let’s face it, the game will most likely kick ass). Plus, Nintendo gets the added benefit of diversifying their library with a genre they (to my knowledge) have never made before without having to do any work. And, unless these ports are really, really bad, this should also help get rid of the idea that the Switch isn’t “powerful” enough to handle AAA titles, which in tern should help persuade more studio’s to port their titles to the console as well.

Bear With Me Episode 3 Trailer and Impressions

I have a certain fondness for Bear With Me. It was the first game i got a review code for with out having to namedrop my best friend IndieGamerChick, plus it was the first game a developer reached out to me for coverage for. And…well, it was freaking adorable. On top of that, it was also a really well written and fun little point and click. This was the first game that proved i was heading in the right direction with this whole “game journalism” thing and unlike a lot of people i know, i got to enjoy the game that proved that to me.

So, naturally i’m excited to see what it’s all been building up to. What happened to Amber’s brother? Who is the Man in Red? Why is he burning Paper City down? I want answers, god damn it! And on October 5th, i’ll get them.

In my reviews for the first two episodes I’ve made a point of noting that i don’t think this game works too well as an episodic adventure. Each episode continued the overarching narrative, but didn’t really offer unique stories of their own. Meaning each episode felt like it ended as soon as it was getting good. If the team at Exordium Games can stick the landing, this final episode should make that a non-issue as it will be possible to get some closure without having to wait for months on end.

So yeah, i’m stoked. I highly recommend the first two episodes, and am as excited for this last chapter as i possibly can be.

My Reviews for EPISODE 1 and EPISODE 2.