Growing up in a highly competitive house, I’ve grown into a fair bit of anxiety when it comes to competitive games. Finding one that manages to feel just as fun whether you win or lose is rare, but Ultimate Chicken Horse nails it. I can’t tell you the number of times play sessions devolved into the entire room laughing as the ridiculousness of the stages grow each round. Coming newly to the PS4, Ultimate Chicken Horse is one of the best couch competitive experiences available on the console which can be enjoyed by the whole family.
An outside observer might have expected Overwatch to be significantly higher on my game of the year list. The actual truth is that this game existing on my list at all is a testament to how well it does its job. I can count on one hand the number of multiplayer-focused games I’ve gotten into over the years. Blizzard takes any concept they work on and polish it to a high sheen and Overwatch is no exception. Not only are the characters tons of fun to see and play with, but the whole game feels a lot more friendly and inclusive than others of its kind. It’s easy to get into, difficult to master and celebrates all of the players without putting anyone down in the process.
Revolutionizing local multiplayer by allowing smartphones to be used as controllers, The Jackbox Party Pack has been a staple for nearly every party I’ve thrown since it came out. None of the collections had been perfect yet though, as there were always a few duds in each pack. Sporting the best selection of games yet, The Jackbox Party Pack 3 is now available and might just be the selection I boot up here on out whenever I have folks over. Sporting four brand new games alongside my personal favorite returning game, let’s break each of them down one by one in no particular order.
Not only a mouthful, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is an amazing Early-Access multiplayer experience. I have not, in a long time, gotten that sucked into playing match after match of any competitive multiplayer game. With fist-pumping music, diverse match types and psychedelic visuals, this is one of the most promising games to enter the Early Access program.
Value is one of the most subjective concepts in the world and thus can be difficult to nail down. Something that might be of great value to one person can just as easily be a terrible deal for someone else. Spurned by the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, this is a topic that has been discussed frequently in the last week. There is a system which I use to judge how much value something has in relation to the amount of time is spent enjoying it. I’d like to share that with you today, but know that you may not agree with it, and that’s perfectly okay, it’s just something that has worked for me in the past.