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.
Our world is growing more and more connected every day. It’s gone from rude to almost assumed that smartphones come out at some point during dinner. Multiplayer in video games has felt quite a bit of this change as well. With rare exception from Nintendo, it seems that the norm for multiplayer is changing from something you do on the couch next to your buddies to over a webcam or headset. With that rise in the popularity of online multiplayer, we’re starting to see some games that don’t even give you the option to play by yourself, to the point where the latest game in the Call of Duty series actually lists “offline mode” as a feature
The PlayStation Vita is desperately in need of a killer app. With the recent price drop and impending slew of indie titles headed to the portable, the one final push it needs to drive a proper install base is one game that’s just too good to pass up. After spending some time with the beta for the latest entry in the Killzone franchise, I’m seeing a game with some good potential to provide that needed push. After some time with the beta for Killzone: Mercenary, my hopes are certainly higher for the future of the portable console.