- Which game have you enjoyed the most so far this year?
- What games are you most looking forward to in the remainder of 2013?
Question One has been a little divisive. There is one school of thought which says it was implied that it is referring to games actually released this year and a second which says, ‘Neener neener! Didn’t actually say it so whut-eva, I do whut I want! You’re not my real dad!”
Speaking honestly, I belong to the first camp. But then when made to reflect on the games I’ve played this year vs. those that were actually released this year… Well, I’m about as certain as I can be that no-one from RPS is my real dad.
I was all excited momentarily though when I thought of Farcry 3 as I thought I might be able to do this properly. Farcry 3 — despite never being finished by me — was a heck of a lot of fun. A little google later and I realise it actually released last year, albeit December of last year.
There is just something about these somewhat open world games that I adore, even if this one in particular was far more ‘gamey’ than most. There were certainly quite a few influences from the Assassin’s Creed games as well — which is somewhat amusing upon reflection, since I’ve recently started a blat of gameplay to catch-up in this series. I bought AC2 and AC: Brotherhood quite some time ago, but never played them. In the most recent Steam Sale I picked up AC: Revelations (and I’m about to start this one next time I get some play time!) so after that it’ll just be AC3 to go, which I note with some glee has already dipped in price quite significantly.
I think perhaps my favourite game that both released and that I played this year would have to be Bioshock: Infinite then. Yes, yes, I realise I may well be inviting a bunch of flak for that, it certainly wasn’t to everyone’s taste and I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was the perfect game. But it certainly possessed some narrative brilliance. Elizabeth was a fantastic character — I wasn’t sure that I’d ever get to see the day we were blessed with an AI Sidekick who wasn’t a chore to babysit — and the ending of the whole thing… Goodness, I still have yet to recover all the pieces of my mind shot out my ears so thoroughly was it blown.
As to what I’m looking forward to for the rest of the year? Well goodness. If you’d asked me this as little as a few weeks ago, I’d have possibly looked at you as if you were daft, and wondered, “What IS there to look forward to?”
Now? ALL THE THINGS!
X-Rebirth: Now Confirmed as Coming November 15th 2013
This would have to top my list of anticipated games coming this year. This was announced back in 2011 and was supposed to be released later that same year. Turns out, they were dirty, dirty liar pants. The video below goes some way towards earning back my forgiveness however.
I love the complete earnestness with which this man tells us that all the stations are real. I must admit, this gave me a bit of a o.0 reaction. They’re what now? If so, I’m surprised this didn’t take a great deal longer. Perhaps you should share your technology with the people workin’ on that ISS thinger.
Still, language barriers and/or word choice issues aside, so very excited. I still remember with great fondness my time in X3: Reunion and X3: Terran Conflict wherein I would frequently start as a lowly trader type, just minding my own business in the safer parts of the universe, slowly building up my commercial empire. Gaining new contacts in alien space, expanding the regions in which my trade vessels would operate in… Until some catalyst would occur for me to want to go to war. Experienced Universal Trader equipped with jump drives and carrying valuable cargo gets destroyed? Time to buy a Nova and get some revenge. Xenon invasion halting trade in a sector I own a base? Time to put an end to that carry on as it simply will not do!
Rebirth seems to limit the player to directly piloting a single ship which is certainly going to be… interesting. In earlier X games you could essentially pilot anything. I admit that personally flying the larger carriers wasn’t always the most exciting business ever compared to the zippy fighters, but still… Ah well, I’m sure it will be modded back in in no time. X universe games tend to have fantastic mod communities (and support) as well.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Coming October 30th 2013
This is coming a little close to X-Rebirth’s release date for my comfort, it’s taking me a few weeks to get through each of the current AC games given my somewhat limited play time plus the fact I have been interspersing playing them with other things such as a lil League of Legends and Path of Exile.
Still… I’m sure I’ll manage.
The thing that really turned me around from being another ‘Eh, I’ll get it on sale. At some point,’ title like the rest of the AC series to one of, ‘Want noooowwww!’ one is actually this 14 minute gameplay video they released.
They’ve learnt my weakness for the Open World business and are cashing in on it relentlessly. Plus? Pirates. Pirates with ships.
Well, I somewhat hope to be able to play Everquest: Next and/or The Elder Scrolls Online (even if in Beta) this year, but even if not, Everquest Next: Landmark should make it to our hard drives this year, so certainly looking forward to that.
I’ll no doubt be posting more about those in the near future though.
What about you guys, anything in particular you have enjoyed this year or are eagerly anticipating enjoying?
Oh, as a parting bonus… I may not be playing Guild Wars 2 presently, but I was excited to hear that Jeremy Soule would be doing some of the music for EQN! I know some find his sound to be somewhat ‘samey’ and I know for a fact I’ve noticed this on tracks of his here and there. But this one from Guild Wars 2 is still amazing but yet sufficiently different not to fall victim to this criticism in my opinion, although the vocal accompaniment perhaps helps somewhat.