As we wave goodbye to the trash fire that has been 2020, we can start to think about what 2021 may bring. While the beginning doesn’t look like it’ll be all that much different from what’s gone before, we can hope that as vaccines roll out around the world things begin to get back to normal. One of the things that has managed to remain constant throughout the year though has been the arrival of new games to keep us all occupied, and they’ve quite probably made all the difference to our mental health.
That’s continued through the festive period, and I finally took the time to really delve into Gears 5, finishing the main campaign, playing Hivebusters with Tef, and starting to get a grasp on the Horde mode. Besides that, I’ve begun Final Fantasy XV for about the seventh time, as I used it to give my new PC a real test. The fact it can hammer through it at 90fps with every graphical effect bumped up was all I needed really, but now I must finish it. Again. So much for those new games I have.
Gareth was first up this week, and he’s played both Space Invaders Forever and Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead for review. In between those he’s played Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and some more Cyberpunk 2077.
Nic B was next, and he’s been using the Christmas break to focus on finishing the games he loves, which he normally wouldn’t have as much time for. He told us “I’ve finally finished the Monster Hunter DLC, unlocking a scary amount of endgame content. Capcom have been very generous with their support of this game!”
Meanwhile, Aran played through Mafia Definitive Edition. He said, “I quite enjoyed it. The story was good and the visuals were very nice. I’ve also started playing through Call of The Sea and it’s eerie. I’m about halfway through so may try and finish 2020 with it.”
Nick P has been playing Mafia 3, telling us, “I’ve been really enjoying it! The soundtrack is sterling and I’m loving the New Bordeaux setting.”
Steve played through Blossom Tales and Golf Story on his little Switch Lite, with both being “really charming little games”. He continued, “I got really hooked on finishing all the challenges in Golf Story. I also played some Forza Horizon 4 so that my son could access the Lego DLC which was fine (driving games and I do not mix well). I started some research on folk horror forest-based games for a book chapter I’m writing so rattled through the surprisingly good Cursed Forest on PC. Spent an afternoon pretty obsessed with Solitairica after getting it from Epic’s giveaways and finally tried out Nier emulated in preparation for the PC remaster in April.”
Finally, Tef played some Gears 5 with me and beyond that the first mission of Star Wars Squadrons in VR, where he encountered the evil “Darth PSVRDrift”, which sounds like no fun at all.
What about you, what have you been playing while staying inside?