A bit behind in getting involved in the thread this year so here is a quick catch up to where I am so far:
01/01 – Lego Builder’s Journey
Spent a nice couple of hours finishing this on New Year’s Day while this wife caught up with Eastenders. A lovely chilled if slightly abstract experience that for some reason reminded me of Thomas Was Alone despite being very different. Simply use the available Lego bits to construct a path around the beautifully lit environments with some very light puzzle solving and that’s pretty much it. Recommended for a night you don’t fancy getting to riled up.
28/1 – The Outer Worlds
I feel very similar to others about this in that it started really strongly but started to run out of steam for me toward the end of Monarch. It didn’t help that, Parvati aside, I didn’t really like any of my companions which made me pine for a more Mass Effect type of affair. I did like the story enough to finish it (hence it’s appearance here) but something intangible was missing. Still it’s a solid 7/10 for me.
01/02 – Untitled Goose Game
Another game played with my daughter which took far longer than it should have due to spending most sessions watch her terrorise the kid with the glasses (this itself was 10/10). Nothing to say that hasn’t already been said a very enjoyable romp around Borton-on-the-Water being a prick. Fuck that pub bouncer guy though.
04/02 – Wandersong
Well this was lovely. An adventure game where you use music instead of weapons; where you a categorically told you are not the hero of the story but you carry on anyway as you still have a mission. With a simple art style and a palette that had my brain rifling through old Amiga games for comparison, you move from act to act using your songs to help people and try and save the Universe from destruction. The story is superb and really quite uplifting as your character is relentlessly optimistic which doesn’t get as annoying as you think it would. My only gripe on this is that the music controls could do with being a bit tighter but that’s probably the pretentious muso in me and by no means a deal breaker.
11/02 – Ghostbusters
Like many of you I’m sure, Ghostbusters was an enormous part of my formative years, but I never got round to playing this one first time around for one reason or another. With a few gaming sessions spare before Darksiders hits the consoles I thought it would be a perfect time to squeeze it in. Glad I did. Despite taking a bit of time to get used to the controls (after playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 recently my brain kept expecting the proton streams to stay locked on ghosts) the gameplay was samey yet satisfying. I cracked a little smile pretty much every time I trapped a ghost from start to finish. Where the game shines, of course, is in its script. Written by Aykroyd and Ramis, it’s full of very authentic humour, silliness and one liners worthy of the franchise. The performances are mostly great with only, disappointingly, Bill Murray appearing to phone it in for long stretches. So despite feeling distinctly ‘last gen’ in its level design this was well worth the 6 or so hours to play through and a must for any GB fan.