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.
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 …
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?
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.