If you only play one NieR game, Automata is the one to play. If you liked it enough to want a second helping, Replicant is probably the best form you can experience that in. It still feels a little more like medicine than dessert.
Mad Devils, by Itzy Interactive, gets a play test outing on Steam. Lead a squad of damned GIs to thwart a Nazi plot in hell
Tenderfoot Tactics is an open world turn-based tactics game where you play as a band of goblins exploring a vast archipelago, getting into cool fights and pushing back a malevolent force known as ‘the fog’.
The fights are cool because they’re all about manipulating and dramatically transforming the battlefield. You can smash craters and crack ravines into the earth, fill them with water then electrocute, boil, or even ice the water over to cross it. You can grow movement-hindering (or enhancing!) brush then set it alight to toast your foes (or your tender toes). You can even infect enemies with a fecund poison that, on death, spawns a ‘bog body’.
My first bog body was called Bobbie. Bobbie the bog body.
Unfortunately Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and I have not been able to do Side by Side this year due to, well, the nature of the series being totally at odds with a pandemic. Joel had always planned to do a deleted scenes episode for season 5 but he got distracted. Well, that time is now, or, it was, about a month ago when he put this together, but I got distracted and forgot to post it up. Lots of amusing clips here of what was a great selection of local multiplayer games. Fingers crossed for 2021…
When your original mod has been downloaded more than 5 million times, what’s left to do? Go bigger and bolder, according to Element Studios.
25 hours of space adventuring, in a gorgeous 2.5D setting? Sign me up.
It’s not as good as the first one…
On paper, I fit the fanboy bill. I’ve decreed my love of The Last of Us to not only my gaming friends, but to my parents, wife, and kids, all of whom I’m sure are dying to hear my thoughts on the sequel. I’ve played through the game twice on each of the last two generations of PlayStations. I even dabbled in the vastly underrated multiplayer despite my failed campaign to recruit my friends.
This proves that 1) I need new friends, and 2) I’m a devoted disciple of Naughty Dog’s tale of Joel, Ellie, and Friends.
So then, here’s the short version: The Last of Us Part II is the most disappointing masterpiece I’ve ever played.
He’s not! He lives. In fact he’s typing this. Hello!
I’ve failed to publish my Games of the Year (or much of anything) since 2016. I would like to do something about that. Strange as it may be to discuss my highlights from last year halfway through this one, it’s nonetheless what I’ve got for you today. Read on… IF YOU DARE.
Argh, this was meant to go out over the New Year period(!) but I’ve been burning the candle at both ends with work and… well, this turned out a lot longer than I expected!