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Christian’s Top 10 Games of 2018

Christian’s Top 10 Games of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on what the year has brought us. With a few titles that were sure to shine, there were a few gems that seemed to have come out of nowhere. Although I wasn’t able to get to as many games as I had wished, this year still was a great year for gaming. On to my top 10!

God of War and Grief

God of War and Grief

Grief is a monster you cannot kill. You have to find a way to live with it. I avoided God of War for a long time because I wasn’t ready to play a character that was so casual about death.

“Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” Review

“Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” Review

The year off in 2016 for Assassin’s Creed was a much needed breath of fresh air as the series returned to reinvigorate the franchise into new and exciting directions. Origins was an instant success, breathing life into a stagnant series with new combat, exploration options and scenery. But unlike past yearly installments that tried to reinvent the wheel with each new iteration, Odyssey branches off of what Origins created and delivers one of the best entries into the long-running Assassin’s […]

“The Quiet Man” Review

“The Quiet Man” Review

The Quiet Man was an interesting little title that was shown at Square Enix’s E3 showcase.  I’m all about interesting.  Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of good things to say about the game at all.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars” DLC Review

“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars” DLC Review

After starting off the DLC series with Black Cat, Marvel’s Spider-Man is back with part two of The City that Never Sleeps with Turf Wars, featuring Hammerhead. While The Heist had its highlights, it was too intimate of a setting and I had hoped we’d see a much larger expansion of the storyline. Not so much, unfortunately. What’s It About Turf Wars picks up shortly after the events of The Heist. I wasn’t incredibly clear on how far after, but […]

“The Jackbox Party Pack 5” Review

“The Jackbox Party Pack 5” Review

Another year, another Jackbox Party Pack.  Since its initial release in 2013, the Jackbox Party Pack has been a delight especially when you reach that point in a party where it’s largely over, but the people still at the house are sobering up or are close to considering leaving after finishing the last of your spiked punch. The fifth Party Pack continues that tradition, and it’s definitely the most fun its been in a while, primarily because of two games. […]

“Tetris Effect” Review

“Tetris Effect” Review

Tetris is a game that has seen releases on just about every platform with a CPU, and some without one, too. It’s a perfect example of a simple concept that is approachable and intuitive to learn but is incredibly addicting and challenging at a higher level. Tetris Effect takes the tried and true block clearing concept pioneered by Alexei Pajitnov and extends it to its natural conclusion. The result is a game that is in my opinion, the definitive version […]

“GRIP: Combat Racing” Review

“GRIP: Combat Racing” Review

Gamers of a certain vintage will remember a futuristic racing game released by Psygnosis in the late 90’s. No, not that one. I’m referring to Rollcage, the game that came after Wipeout, but just didn’t gain the same level of success. Rollcage had a fun concept where you had cars that could drive in either orientation. They were also able to drive up walls and on the ceilings of tunnels. Add in a healthy dose of speed and weapon power-ups […]

“Castlevania: Requiem” Review

“Castlevania: Requiem” Review

The Castlevania series is well loved by gamers. The last iteration of the series, Lords of Shadow 2, though, was not very well received and has left a bad taste in many gamers’ mouths. There is one sure fix for this, re-release Symphony of the Night. Castlevania: Requiem does exactly this but also includes Rondo of Blood for good measure. It’s a compilation that’s a safe bet, and an easy way to get two of the best Castlevania games on […]

“Valkyria Chronicles 4” Review

“Valkyria Chronicles 4” Review

  Japan has produced some of the most inventive games ever developed for the medium, and in the process have also created entire genres that previously didn’t exist. Their devotion to whimsy and the melodramatic has produced everything from adorable shooters like Fantasy Zone, to action dating sims about steam powered robots like Sakura Wars. It seems that the inventiveness of Japan’s developers knows no bounds. But considering Japan’s history, it is perhaps understandable that they have tended to shy […]

“Shadow of the Tomb Raider” Review

“Shadow of the Tomb Raider” Review

Rise of the Tomb Raider launched to quite a bit of praise, especially from yours truly.  A timed Xbox One-exclusive at the time, I went as far as to call Rise of the Tomb Raider the Uncharted 2 to what the 2013 reboot was.  At that, because it launched alongside Fallout 4, it didn’t really get the attention it deserved, but we’ve fortunately still been blessed enough to see its sequel, Shadow of the Tomb Raider come to fruition, and […]

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