Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, is a masterwork of film about a domestic worker of an upper middle class Mexican family in the 1970s. The film is strongly influenced by Cuaron’s childhood and his own experience with his family’s domestic workers.Read More
There is no way I would ever call this a Game of the Year list, because I only played like 12 games this year, but it’s not like I played nothin, so here’s the best games I was able to play in 2018.
Red Dead Redemption
Follow the story of my beautiful boy Arthur Morgan - who is seriously the best protagonist I’ve ever played as in a video game - as he explores a beautiful open world representative of America circa 1899, with his charming gang on the run from the law trying to collect some coin to go….somewhere (“Just have *faith*, Arthur.”). The world is big, beautiful and alive, the people are interesting and unique, and the gameplay is…well let’s just say we can’t have everything, but the game is crafted with Intent that absolutely shines through - even if it’s not to everyone’s taste. That commitment to it’s vision is what makes people *feel* some kind of way about the game - for better or for worse.
It’s an addicting loop between the 5-15 minutes you spend in a dungeon looting monster parts that turns into 5-15 minutes of selling said loot and upgrading gear to then go back into the dungeon to loot again and get a little further than you did the last time for even better loot. It’s visuals harkens back to Zelda: Link to the Past - pixely, bright and colorful, with an overhead view, and even the dungeons are rectangular rooms that pan to the next through doorways - so it comes across as part retail sim, part Monster Hunter, part zelda.
Into The Breach
Mechs, alien bugs, and time travel wrapped up as a strategy game, all from the team who brought us FTL. I sunk HOURS into this game across both the PC and Switch - I regret nothing. The trick is realizing the game is more puzzle than combat, manipulating the mechs capabilities against the pieces on the board to achieve your objectives - the game absolutely sings when your get it just right.
2018’s best action game. The controls are tight, the visuals are great (beyond aesthetics, the game does a really good job of conveying what’s going on at speed, making everything easily distinguishable), and there’s a manageable level of difficulty that doesn’t feel cheap when you die.
It sounds simple - because it is - but getting the simple things just right is one of the hardest things to do.
2018 has been a pretty rough year all over. Even within gaming, there have been huge ups and down, but the breadth and quality of the games has continued to be raised over and over. Every year it has been remarkable to see the absolute variety of released games.Read More
Hey do you like Metroid? How about Castlevania: SOTN? Jon certainly does, and tried out a pair of games this year, one of them he’s been waiting 4 years to play. How do they stack up? Read on to find out.Read More
It’s a tale of two platformers today, with Jon recounting his time with one of the best games overall of 2018, and a game he had such high hopes for that didn’t live up to its promise. Have a look and find out which it which…Read More
In the first piece reflecting on 2018 in gaming, Jon takes a look at the 2 biggest open world games he played (back to back no less) that had some starkly different designs and approaches to how to respect his time. Which one did he like more? Read on to find out.Read More
Zenimax and Bethesda have constructed over the life of ESO the perfect MMO - for me. I can play it as casual or hardcore as my life affords me. I can play with friends regardless of level or progress at any time. And, lastly, I can play this like a single player RPG and still have loads of fun.Read More
Some notes I took after watching it 23 times:
:09 - Legendary Pictures, so it has a 78% chance of being good.
:19 - Ken Watanabe!! (As a cop…….) And did that kid just backtalk Ken Watanabe???
:44 - Did Tim just threaten Pikachu with a stapler?
:48 - Pikachu is Deadpool?
1:00 - Do you think someone made Pikachu that hat, or did he steal it from a stuffed animal or something?
1:09 - Pika pika! Original Pikachu voice actor confirmed (when Deadpool isn’t talking to Tim). Authenticity goes a long way - from Wikipedia “Ikue Ōtani (大谷 育江 Ōtani Ikue, born August 18, 1965) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and narrator from Tokyo. She is best known for her roles in the Pokémon series (as Pikachu)”
1:21 - “WHAT ABOUT A WORLD CLASS DETECTIVE?!?!?”
1:32 - Bulbasaur looks awesome
1:33 - Jigglypuff looks not awesome - was he always hairy like that?
1:36 - Charizard looks awesome
1:41 - Was that Psyduck?
1:52 - That Mr. Mime bit is pretty good
I’m hyped. I’ll convince my kids to want to go see it for sure.