Good evening! Several major holidays are coming up and many students and employees are going to have a long weekend for Thanksgiving. It's best to avoid excessively large gatherings this year, but many people will have plenty of time to play games. In 202o, we'll have to find creative and different ways to celebrate. Here's a list of games I played that will be compatible with both the previous generation of game consoles and the brand new ones. Play away, everybody!
First, I'm covering Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. It's the final installment in the Dishonored trilogy. Death of the Outsider is a dystopian steampunk game that focuses on stealth gameplay. Players who love stealth games will definitely enjoy this one. Death of the Outsider gives players different options to advance through the game, but stealth mechanics reap the best rewards and easiest pathways. Along the way, gamers can also accumulate magical runes that grant special powers. They're very useful for combat, evasion, health, and other tactics.
This game was the final nail in the coffin for the Dishonored series in my opinion. I didn't connect with any of the Dishonored games. This one seems even less interesting with wonky AI, a bland protagonist, and the same gameplay from earlier installments. The environment looks almost identical to the first Dishonored game, so we don’t experience new world building. I don't know why Bethesda made this game because it doesn't add anything to the main storyline or bring original ideas to the franchise. But if you enjoyed the other Dishonored games, this one might be quite entertaining. It’s a matter of personal taste.
The Spyro: Reignited Trilogy might be a very nostalgic experience for gamers who grew up with this little purple dragon. This trilogy should appeal to gamers who enjoy platformers and titles from the original PlayStation era. The graphics are a major update from the original releases and many technical issues were cleaned up. For example, you can fly across the environment and the screen won't spin around in circles anymore. It's a charming series that gives the player several challenges, but it's still accessible to younger audiences.
I can't think of many negative elements, but it might wear thin on some gamers. The Spyro games have various environments and levels, but the gameplay doesn't change very much. Basically, you’ll collect a certain number of items and clear various missions. Some gamers might want more variety. Ultimately, I will definitely recommend the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy for most gamers, but don't expect it to be like a complex RPG or first person shooter. Make sure your expectations are realistic.
We Happy Few is a post-apocalyptic indie game that takes place in an alternate version of post-WWII England. The residents wear white masks and take a hallucinogenic drug called Joy. Why? Let's just say the United Kingdom did something unspeakable and this way of living is how they handle the outcome. This game has a very interesting premise and it has some similarities with the BioShock series. It places a big emphasis on stealth, but combat also plays an important part. The graphics aren't particularly advanced, but the environments are quite interesting and it reveals important parts of the story.
This game had a lot of potential, but it doesn't come together very well. The gameplay is super clunky with unresponsive controls, glitches, and bad lighting. It has inconsistent AI with some enemies who are very dense and others who can see you through walls. I don't find the main characters very interesting and it's really hard to grind through the slow game progression. If you're curious about the concept, give it a shot. However, I have a feeling you're going to be disappointed with the gameplay.
Everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is web slinging his way through New York in this PlayStation 4 exclusive. Marvel's Spider-Man is one of the best modern superhero games with a great plot, relatable characters, incredible gameplay, and a lot of variation in Spider-Man's powers. It has the right amount of difficulty with challenging missions that are still playable for general audiences. You can also customize Spider-Man's costumes with various skins from the comic books, animated shows, and movies.
In general, this game is very good, but it doesn't have the most interesting skill tree. The role-playing elements don't make a big impact on the game and many of the side missions are redundant. Also, a couple of the boss fights are insanely frustrating. Most of the gameplay is fair, but I lost my temper with a couple of notable boss fights. You'll know it when you get to that point. Furthermore, I would stick with the original release instead of the remaster, even if you have a PlaysStation 5. Peter Parker’s new animation is pretty weird and it doesn’t seem like a remaster was necessary anyway. In the end, Marvel’s Spider-Man is an excellent addition to any gaming collection. I completely understand why it received a nomination for Game of the Year.
The Last of Us Part II is a bleak post-apocalyptic game that takes place during a zombie outbreak. It's a direct sequel to the first Last of Us game, carrying over several plot points, characters, themes, and conflicts. Some gamers disagree with me, but this release is an utter masterpiece. It has a vivid and gigantic environment, a fantastic story, excellent gameplay, realistic characters, and lots of frightening monsters. I don't know what else you could possibly want in a game. It's very dark, but the journey is certainly worth your time.
Here's my one complaint. It's an incredibly long and taxing game. The Last of Us Part II requires many hours of ganeplay and a lot of the material can be emotionally draining. I still haven't finished it. Some games are too big for their own good. I noticed a similar issue with Fallout 4 and Red Dead Redemption II. So, this game is certainly worth purchasing and don't listen to the weirdos. Some people have an unhealthy mission against this game because it has a female protagonist, LGBTQ representation, it kills the protagonist from the first game, and it spends quite a bit of time with the antagonist. The Last Us series is supposed to be a realistic vision of a zombie apocalypse and I doubt we'll see anything with this quality for a long time.
If you're looking for a fighting game, Soul Calibur VI might be a good choice. This game has a number of different characters with various fighting styles. The overall gameplay is pretty solid, fluid, and easy to learn. It has all of the popular characters from the other Soul Calibur games and it adds a really strong system for creating original characters. In a way, this game might be nostalgic for fans of the fighting genre.
However, Soul Calibur VI has very little substance in any way shape or form. The single player campaign only takes a couple hours to complete, it doesn't have much of a plot, and the levels are very simple. You just fight another character a couple times and move on to the next round. Ironically, this game seems to have less sophistication than the other titles in the Soul Calibur series. It might be okay for gamers who enjoy building their own characters, but the overall experience is pretty empty. You could probably try it out on Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus if it sounds interesting.
Man of Medan is the first entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology. It takes place on a ghost ship with a group of stowaways who will certainly regret their outing. Man of Medan is a graphic adventure that plays almost like a movie with lengthy cutscenes and decisions that effect the ending. It has some interesting concepts with good mystery elements.
Unfortunately, this game has many problems. The animation seems pretty outdated for today's consoles and the voice acting is unimpressive. The pacing really lags and it seems like most of the results are determined by successful quick time events. Characters will live or die if you have good reflexes instead of making careful choices. Also, this game isn't very scary. It has some random jump scares, but the horror elements are surprisingly tame for a ghost ship. Ultimately, I would only recommend this game as a preowned discount or part of Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus.
There you go! I gave you a list of awesome games, disappointments, and something in between. Please, be safe and responsible during the Thanksgiving weekend. I know it’s hard to stay away from family members during major holidays, but COVID-19 isn’t going away yet. Maybe you can celebrate with your immediate household or have a digital Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Keep on gaming and I’ll see you again next week.
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