Last night we were privileged to witness Sony’s interpretation of the “Future of Gaming”. Whether or not this is actually the case, it can’t be denied that this is an unbelievably pretentious title of a video. We saw the console in all its half sexy / half router glory, but the games will make or break any console reveal and Sony definitely didn’t skimp in that department.
In fact, there were a lot of games ranging across different franchises and genres, some deeper looks at previous reveals, and some brand new showings to sweeten the deal. All of this coming together to create something that was very difficult to whittle down. But I did, because if there’s one thing I love, it’s torturing myself to create utterly arbitrary lists for no reason.
Let me tell you a story, one which takes us back to the halcyon days of March 2005, an bygone era when we we still allowed to leave our houses. Something that I’ve entirely forgotten how to do in 2020. Having purposely requested a Gamecube for the previous Christmas, I eagerly awaited the release of Resident Evil 4. In fact, I even called my not-so-local Game store on the release day to see that they put aside a copy for me.
Why am I telling you this? Well, I’ve been a fan of the series for a long time and followed it through the highs and lows, and I have been very impressed by the last two years and the subsequent remakes that have arrived of my favourite game of all time Resident Evil 2 and it’s successor 3: Nemesis. But, no matter how great I might think it is (and I REALLY do), I don’t think we need the rumoured Resident Evil 4 remake slated for 2021.
This whole lockdown thing is incredibly fun isn’t it? There’s only so much that can be done within four walls, and needless to say that I’m doing a lot of gaming in the interim. Although, this means that I’ve been continuing the noble pursuit of entirely ignoring my backlog in lieu of buying new games. What the lockdown has done though is mess with most of the plans from my previous update, so I thought a second update was in order.
Imagine that you narrowly survived a living nightmare that was orchestrated to kill not only you but your entire specialised military unit. Then imagine that almost all of your friends that escaped that ordeal have already skipped town to take the fight to the bastards responsible. But, you elected to stay because the city has a particular donut shop you’re a fan or, or whatever equally stupid reason. Oh, and you’re a dumbass.
If you imagined that all correctly, you should now find yourself squarely in a pair of fashionable boots, with a skirt, vest and cute little jumper tied at the waist. Lucky you. This far less functionally-dressed Jill Valentine is the heroine of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis for Playstation, released in 1999, and a game that has seen a recent remake in the style of last year’s popular “The undead chomp on Claire and Leon” simulator – Resident Evil 2.
Before I start here, just a quick warning of potential spoilers for a game that is more than 20 years old. Some of the plot threads might not have been altered with the remake so go and play that nonsense then come back. Okay? Okay.
Mario is a video game icon. From bothering an ape almost 40 years ago as the imaginatively named “Jumpman” to travelling around to stop what would have likely been a beautiful wedding, the portly plumber has been an integral part of our lives for a long time. It’s undoubtable that he has range also, appearing across almost every game genre from adventure to sports.
Being a child of the 80s, I grew up with Mario, beginning with the phenomenal Super Mario Bros. on dad’s NES. I didn’t appreciate truly how well it was designed when I was young, but I played the first three main games practically to death. But that’s not what I wanted to focus on here, I wanted to talk about when the series transcended beyond mere games for me –
Super Mario World.
The eagle-eyed among you, or whatever the listening version of that might be, will have likely noticed that things have started changing around here. For one, my upload schedule to this very site has become somewhat regular in comparison to a large portion of last year. On top of this, you have likely noticed that the visual design has changed too. Allow me to explain.
The decade of 2010-2019 is finally over, and we head into the ‘20s with some of the defining years of modern gaming behind us. Some of the games that have blessed (or cursed) us in the last ten years will likely be remembered as some of the best games of all time, with many of the games released in earlier years seeing various fantastic sequels in the decade too.
But, which are the best? I’ve argued with myself a lot over the most appropriate way of doing this list and I eventually landed on this, my year-by-year best game from 2010 all the way up to 2019. I’ll put a couple of honourable mentions in each year, but there can be only one actual. Ready? I’m not.
I was there at the beginning. I got my copy of Pokémon Blue back in 1999 and, as I didn’t have a GameBoy yet, my friend let me borrow his Super GameBoy peripheral for the SNES so I could play this new game that everyone was so excited about. I have a lot of love for these early days of the series. So, after a lot of agonising, I wanted to talk about my ten favourite Kanto Pokémon.
I know, I know, I’m later than everyone else doing this, but a lot posted theirs before the year ended so I win. Ahem, anyway, 2019 was a pretty good year for games, wasn’t it? The Switch continued its march for dominance, Capcom made a triumphant return to form, and the first proper whispers of the next generation of consoles began to surface. Oh, and Google released their Stadia thing with all the gusto of a wet fart.
But, that’s not what we’re here for, especially not the Stadia thing; we’re here to celebrate the games of 2019 in all their glory. So here it is – my picks for Games of the Year 2019!
You’ve had my snarky quasi-reviews of the conferences, and heard what I thought of the shows overall, but what about my favourite bits without my ingrained sense of pessimism pissing over everything good and right with the world? Well, I’ve got you covered with this little list of my Top 10 Moments from E3 2019 (in no particular order, of course)!