Hello everyone! Thank you for bearing with me recently! Been all over the place! I’ll always come back to you though, remember that! A library is never closed for long!
This week I promised you a bumper post of what games I have been loving so far in 2018; most of these games are old, or have been updated in 2018, some of them are new. I play a lot of video games at home, with Seb and with friends so narrowing this list down was hard. But without further ado – here is the ‘Top 5 Games I’ve Enjoyed Playing in 2018’!
Life is Strange
Life is Strange, DontNodEntertainment, 2015
Let’s start with Life is Strange. I have been playing this in anticipation for playing the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Both are episodic games, with the ability to do things to change the future dialogue or events in the game. Set in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Max Caulfield (a student photographer) discovers she has the strange ability to rewind time when her childhood best-friend Chloe is shot dead by Nathan Prescott, the boy who’s father owns the school and most of the town. The ability to rewind time is a big part of Life is Strange. It allows for the puzzling mechanics of the game – fetch quests and changes to the environment. The first rewind is to save Chloe from her untimely demise at the hand of Nathan.
I really enjoyed playing this game, I haven’t finished it yet, but plan to in the next week or so. Whilst some of my friends found the story to be mundane, I currently find it to be compelling and I want to progress to find out what happens. I can’t wait to finish and start the next one!
Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter
Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter, Cryptic Studios, 2015 – Present
I have played this game for a long time; at least 3 years at this point. Like many other gamers, I play both tabletop and video games, so playing a D&D MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) with the ability to sit at my desk in my pyjamas sounded like a laugh riot!
Neverwinter takes place in the time when a the city itself is forced into chaos by the disappearance of the last Lord. Factions are fighting for dominance to call Neverwinter home, as undead rise and attack. The Lich Queen Valindra attacks the newly built wall, it’s a weak feature, and attempts to sack the city. The tutorial forces the player in as deep as possible – they have the save the city as quick as possible!
As with all Dungeons and Dragons stories, Neverwinter is captivating from a narrative standpoint. All of the races are accepted equally; classes and races get their own quests too, which you can include your friends in on. My main character Lerissa (a tiefling warlock) loves to run around with her lover Svokk (a dragonborn rogue)!
Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment, 2016 – Present
I’ll be honest – everyone and their dog plays Overwatch or has seen Overwatch being played. I, like many other people, have a main character or two – I really like playing D.Va, Sombra, Moira, Zenyatta and I’m looking forward to the addition of Brigitte later this month!
A brief synopsis is thus – Overwatch is set in a fictionalised Earth, thirty years after the the resolution of the Omnic-Crisis. Human created AI’s called Omnics, that turned against their makers. The United Nations, based off of the real life equivalent, quickly created the team of ‘Overwatch’ to fight against them. They win, and shut down the Omnics. The Leaders of Overwatch begin to argue, Gabriel Reyes and Jack Morrison can barely be around each other anymore. The UN realise they need to do something to stop them, as the rest of the world have outcried about it. Overwatch HQ is blown up, purposely killing Reyes and Morrison among others. The UN then passes the Petras act, stopping all Overwatch and Overwatch-esque activity from ever happening again. Years pass and it turns out that Reyes and Morrison are very much alive – Reyes is now a terrorist called Reaper (basically death), the leader of Talon, out for vengeance and killing. Morrison is the masked vigilante Soldier: 76, and he’s working with old members of Overwatch to stop Reyes and find out why he was shut down in the first place.
Now this story is great, but I wish I had found it out in the actual game and not via story comic books or via my own research. These characters have amazing backstory, which should be found out via playing the game. The story doesn’t even mean anything in the game, Overwatch and Talon characters can play in the same maps together and be on the same team. Why have an in depth story when it means literally nothing?
Kitty Powers Matchmaker / Love Life
Kitty Powers Matchmaker, Magic Notion, 2015
Who doesn’t love drag? Who doesn’t love matching people to others, forcing them to be together even if they aren’t meant to be? Who doesn’t love giving their couples a happy ever after? If you answered “I love it!” to these questions this game is for you! Kitty Powers is a real British drag queen (waiting for one of our Queens to get on RuPaul is getting tiring), and the lending of her persona is amazing for this game. She’s the perfect person to have as a boss. She has recently launched a new branch of her dating service and has hired the player to serve as her newest matchmaker . You can design your character to fit how you want, including dietary requirements. I really loved this little game, even though it can be repetitive at times, it’s a fun way to pass the time. I obviously just like to play matchmaker, even if I make all my characters lie to get to the second date!
Orwell / Orwell: Ignorance is Strength
Orwell, Osmotic, 2016
Orwell is an episodic surveillance game. The Nation is lead by The Party. And you are an investigator of the government, spying on the civilians. It’s a linear story, unti’ the end; you are investigating The Thought, a freedom fighting company against The Nation and The Party. Each part of the evidence is a data-chunk which can be used for or against The Thought. It is the players story that determines the outcome of The Nation, Orwell and The Thought. The Second Game is much in the vein of the first; the player is still an investigator for The Nation.
I really enjoy these kind of games. I love a good story, especially a dystopian one, and can’t wait to get playing on the second episode of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength.
Have you played any of these? Loved or hated them? Want to know what other games I play? Leave a comment down below!