Just when I thought every game about a menial job had already been made, I happen to find Papers, Please. This title has you manning the booth at border control for the fictional country of Arstotzkan, painstakingly comparing entry documents and allowing or denying people entry. While the task you’re assigned in this game sounds rather dull on paper, pun intended, with the twists they throw into the mix, it creates an exciting and sometimes stressful game that becomes hard to quit.
Earlier this week, the follow-up DLC for Dead Space 3 was released. In spite of finishing the game, and thoroughly enjoying my experience, I am currently abstaining from downloading this new content. My choice is not the result of the add-on looking unappealing, quite the contrary, it has more to do with the content within the pack. There’s a disturbing trend amongst DLC that some games have been releasing where the add-on contains story beats within the main plot of the game. While the argument can be made that without the extra development time that DLC allows for, these extra bits wouldn’t even exist, if it comes out one month after release, then it was clearly planned from the beginning and should be a part of the main game.
Who doesn’t love free games? This is the question that Sony asked themselves when coming up with their brilliant idea for an instant game collection as part of their PlayStation Plus program. So far, my hard drive is overflowing with good quality games that I paid no additional fee for, aside from my PS+ membership. This month, Sony has quite a few freebies in mind, but don’t fret if you’re not a member of their paid service, they’re even offering a few titles free of charge with or without PlayStation Plus.
Ever since the 8-bit ages, when the turn-based RPG formula was perfected, game developers have been trying to reinvent the battle system wheel. As the years have progressed, we’ve seen many interesting new versions that take the core concepts of the battling you might find in an RPG, let’s say Final Fantasy, and expand upon them in fun ways. Some I’ve really enjoyed and others have left me wanting, but there is one series that stands above them all in my eyes. While the Grandia series is far from perfect in many ways, the battle system is still to this day my favorite combination of real-time and turn-based action in any RPG series.