The holidays are almost upon us! I’ll be spending time with family, and getting some quality reading done. But I’ll also be banking some hours into some video games, as uninterrupted time for gaming (or anything really) is something few and far between these days. Here are the top five games I’m looking forward to over holiday break.
UNCHARTED: LOST LEGACY
I finished the “main” UNCHARTED games earlier this year, and after the pitch perfect ending of UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END, I wanted to step away from the series for a bit and just let the happiness sit a while. Now that I’m ready to return, I’m looking forward to this next installment, especially as it features two women as the leads.
ASSASSIN’S CREED SYNDICATE
I’ve been in an ongoing quest to play these games in order and hopefully maybe eventually catch up to the current release. I let myself skip AC UNITY after hearing less than stellar things, and I’m so glad I’m did. Evie and Jacob Frye, twin assassins I can switch between playing, are a delight, and I’m enjoying running about Victorian London, and some new mechanics like a grappling gun have freshened up the series a bit (did I mention I can CROUCH now?? It only took them seven games to realize an assassin might want to hide behind something once in a while). There’s a lot of the same old, same old, but in a way, it’s a bit relaxing knowing I can put this on and not think too much.
On the other side of the spectrum is a game that is going to have me thinking a LOT. After enjoying games like ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST and GUACAMELEE, I’ve been looking for a new 2D side scroller to play, and this looks like just the ticket. An indie game that’s supposed to be incredibly good, you play as a little bug knight who…actually, I don’t know, the description is incredibly vague about why you do what you do, and I prefer to find out for myself. All I know is that there are maps to explore and bosses to kill and I look forward to losing many hours into this.
The holidays are a good time to remind myself of the games I have on my Nintendo DS, a nice and portable system I can take with me on the road. Of late, I’ve had a hankering for a JRPG and was pointed in the direction of this beauty. I’ve been playing in fits and starts and liking what I see, so hopefully I’ll get the chance to really dig in and enjoy some crazy time traveling adventures – when last I played, I was hunting for a human-sized frog knight that was roaming the very human occupied land. As you do.
The fact that I have been so bad about getting through games lately can probably be laid at the feet of OVERWATCH. An online 6v6 shooter, I feel in love when I first played two and a half years ago and haven’t looked back. That’s partly because the game is a lot of fun, and partly because the heroes you get to play are fun and inventive, and Blizzard does a maddeningly good job of teasing out lore. Matches last around 10 minutes, and it is incredibly easy to fall into the hole of “I meant to mess around for a match or two and now it’s two hours later, oops.” It’s my default game when I need to zone out, but really, it’s ever green. With the Winter Wonderland event launched, you’ll likely find me engaged in some very serious virtual snowball fights.
Any games anyone else is looking forward to playing this holiday?