The hype was real for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but no one could have seen just how innovative and reinvigorating the game would end up. Nintendo had been playing it safe for too long with the Zelda series and vowed to go back to its roots for Breath of the Wild. The success they found with this new formula will likely go on to influence the series going forward and likely the design of open world games in general. Many open world games rely on pointing the player in the direction they want them to go, for fear of them getting bored. Nintendo expertly solved the issue that other developers didn’t even see here, by ridding the world of developer-laid icons and allowing the player to choose their own journey. Standing at the top of a tower, you might see something that looks interesting and decide to investigate. Nearly every time, you will be rewarded for your curiosity with something, even if it’s something small. This is what separates Breath of the Wild from other open world games. It allows players to create their own stories and explore the world at their own pace, while packing every nook and cranny with fun things to find. Hours melted away while I was playing Breath of the Wild as I got lost in the gorgeous world. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games ever made and easily deserves the spot as the best game of 2017.
Why This Game?
I had been pretty pumped for No Man’s Sky ever since its debut trailer first aired at the 2013 VGX awards. When the game finally landed in my hands, it had been paired down to a bit more realistic product for a small indie team to be making, but I remained excited to play. Frankly, I think the game has received a bit more flak than it deserves, but that’s a topic for another day. The trophy breakdown for No Man’s Sky involved earning what are called milestones for performing various actions you would normally do in the game. Thus, I figured, earning the platinum is akin to completing the game, since it doesn’t really have a concrete ending. Paired with both this idea and my enthusiasm for the game, I set out to get this platinum trophy. Continue reading
Survival games are amongst the most dense gaming experiences that are out there right now. Commonly just plopping you into the world and letting you figure things out all by your lonesome, it can be difficult to really get into one of these games. It is because of this fact, that I haven’t managed to truly get into any survival games as of yet. Shadows of Kurgansk, currently in early access on Steam, features a story mode which may just be what I need to get my foot in the door of this genre that has eluded me thus far.
Survival is a genre that has seen a huge push in the last few years. From zombie-filled wastelands to just the wilderness, these games create living and breathing worlds for players to experience in whatever way they choose. To that end, it was only a matter of time before someone took up the mantle to create a world where I can ride freaking dinosaurs. In addition, with the power of VR, you can visit this world in a more real way than ever before. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a chat about a little game called ARK: Survival Evolved.
When faced with a zombie apocalypse, often the first thing one might think of is how they’re going to take down the hordes of the undead. This is certainly an important point to think about, but there’s something even I often forget to take into consideration: basic survival. How to Survive takes this concept and runs with it by stranding you on several desert-islands infested with zombies and tasks you with staving off your hunger and thirst in addition to the horde of ghouls that infest the islands.