Most people see games as mindless entertainment, something to relax your brain after a stressful day of work. However it's been proven that games can tell thought provoking stories and every now and then a game will come along and tell one of those stories. Nier: Automata shook me to my very core, I haven't thought about game's story this much since Metal Gear Solid 3. Nier explores the notions of identity, questions our reality and turns our very expectations upside down and out the window. This isn't a game you only play once, this is a game that you need to play multiple times to understand the scope of the story. Yes the combat is pretty simplistic but it is serviceable and for a game like this that's all I really need. Nier: Automata will make you think, Nier Automata will make you weep. That is why Nier Automata is my Game of The Year for 2017.Read More
Without a doubt, 2017 has been the hardest year of my adult life.
Over the course of the last eighteen months, video games have been one of the few constants in my life. I’ve moved at least five times, lived in four different cities and had the opportunity to do some really interesting work for others and myself.
One example of the good in 2017? After trying for the better part of fifteen years to produce a consistent series about video games, I’m finally part of a group doing exactly that. The Left Behind Game Club is a twice monthly podcast where we play older games and talk about them. This year, we’ve played games like Spec Ops: The Line, Papers, Please and Gone Home. The only problem with the podcast is that I spend less time playing new releases.
With that preamble, I would like to start this off with a full disclosure of the games that I have not yet had time to play. I give you, my Top 6 games I will be playing immediately in 2018.
1. Finding Paradise 2. Night in the Woods 3. Golf Story 4. SteamWorld Dig 2 5. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 6. Super Mario Odyssey
Games that may also have made my list had time been on my side: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Pyre, Last Day of June, What Remains of Edith Finch, Tacoma, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Uncharted: Lost Legacy. 2017 was an excellent year for video games, y’all.Read More