Top Five PS5 Games (from the “Future of Gaming” … apparently)

Editorials

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.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Kicking off my list with a new IP, Kena wowed me within a few moments with its almost Pixar aesthetic. It looks to be an action RPG along the veins of countless games in that genre but I had almost instant thoughts of Beyond Good and Evil, especially with the combat. Furthermore, THOSE FLUFFY BLACK THINGS I WANT A MILLION OF THEM. Plushies, now please.

Resident Evil VIII: Village

I’ve been a fan of the series for years, so of course I was going to love Resident Evil VIII, or Village, or VIIIage, or however they fucking want it written. It’s seemingly continuing the terrifying first person perspective of VII, but with added werewolves and a grizzly daddy Chris Redfield. I’m really intrigued by the implications of someone’s story ending too, so bring on VIII.

Horizon: Forbidden West

Aloy’s first adventure made my Games of the Year list back in 2017, and given how much I loved that game and the main character, I’m entirely up for another battle against robot dinosaurs with her. That’s not discounting the fact either that Forbidden West looks utterly breathtaking already, putting the already beautiful Zero Dawn to shame with frankly astounding ease. 

Stray

You play (presumably) as a fucking adorable cat with a little backpack on, do I really need to say more? Just in case I do, there’s not really much more to say about this from the trailer. There’s some fairly cute robots and a somewhat bleak atmosphere throughout, but no sign of what type of game this is will actually be to play. Also, I will play anything Anna Purna put out.

Demon’s Souls

Of course this would be on here! Anyone who was watching the livestream, or catches the live reaction video, would have heard how excited I got about this the moment it clicked what I was watching. I could not be more excited to dive back into Boletaria, only this time (hopefully) with more people playing online! It’s going to frustrate the fuck out of me, and I cannot wait.

Honourable Mention – Goodbye: Volcano High

Picking one honourable mention was tough, considering the calibre of the titles shown, but I went with the dragon high school drama because why not? It got really strong vibes of both Night in the Woods and Life Is Strange from this and if it comes close to either of those it is already a title I want to play. Plus the awkward anime artstyle is something I find really endearing.

That’s my picks from the “Future of Gaming” event, but honestly there were a lot more games that just missed out on making the list like Shinji Mikami’s Ghostwire Tokyo and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. But what did you think? Did you like the design of the console? What games were your personal picks? Shout them at me on Twitter if you must, and catch you soon.

RTG | Games of the Year 2017

Editorials, Reviews

So here we are at the end of 2017 and this has been undoubtedly an incredible (and occasionally dodgy) year for gaming. We have seen the indisputable return of Nintendo as a world power, the rise of the loot box with the fall of EA (again), and the spark of genius that was the first double-A game release. Needless to say, this has been a journey of a year. But, what would I consider to be my favourites out of the many releases we have seen?

A little clean up before I start this list off. Firstly, this will be a ranking of my Top Five in ascending order with the game at the bottom of the list being, essentially, my ultimate Game of 2017. Secondly, please remember that this is my personal list and therefore if you have your own thoughts please let me know in the comments or on Twitter, but as it is my list it cannot be (and is not) “wrong” by any definition of the word. Here we go …

Review | Shantae: Risky’s Revenge

Reviews

Once again, another game has been finished on stream, and therefore it now falls under my gaze as I attempt to review it.  I have a small, but cosy, relationship with the Shantae franchise as I caught the bug for the belly-dancing half-genie at the third game (one of the many great games I grabbed in the Nindie Humble Bundle a couple of years ago). Here I am finally catching up with the franchise by stepping back to play the second game. So what did I think? 

Review | The Evil Within

Reviews

Sweet Jesus Christ, this game was awful. I know that usually a review shouldn’t start with this but it does save you a little bit of a read if you didn’t want to read me ranting about how shoddy this game is for an undetermined amount of words. The biggest problem with The Evil Within is that it had so much going for it, before I started playing it. Firstly, it came from a fantastic heritage in that it was directed by none other than father of modern ‘survival horror’, Shinji Mikami. Secondly, the game looked great in pre-release materials. Thirdly, survival horror is completely up my street. It’s a shame really that this ended up being a complete waste of (arguable) potential.