2016 is almost over and good thing too; it’s been a pretty shitty year. For myself and the rest of the Drunk Dorks, it’s been fairly hectic. We’ve all gone through significant life changes and it’s been difficult to bring content to everyone in the past months. We apologize for that. We’re going to try and get back on track with a schedule after the holidays subside. Personally, I’ve started to write several in depth reviews for games I’ve played, but never gotten a chance to finish anything. So, instead, here’s a brief overview of what I’ve been playing and recommend from this year’s video games.
Overwatch – Blizzard’s answer to the hero shooter, complete with a colorful cast of characters, memorable maps, and rich lore. Enjoy 6v6 matches as you and your team attack points, defend points, escort payloads, or stop payloads. It’s pretty basic and reminiscent of Team Fortress 2, but exceptionally well-crafted. We’ve already seen two new characters, new skins, maps, and modes added between now that it’s release in May. Play it on Xbox One, PS4, or PC.
Pokemon Sun and Moon – The Pokemon series has been rather formulaic over the past 20 years. Noting this, the Pokemon Company and Game Freak decided to change thing up, doing away with HM moves and Gym battles; staples of the series up until this point. Set in Alola, the region modeled after Hawaii, trainers embark on trials throughout the four islands in the region. There’s a sinister plot in the works though, bizarre Pokemon from another realm, and you’re the only one strong enough to stop them. Play it on the New 3DS, 3DS, and 2DS.
Inside – PlayDead’s follow up to their 2010 game, Limbo. Play as a boy who must traverse rather unsettling circumstances and settings to discover… something. I can’t say too much about it without revealing the plot, so it’s better to just play it and find out for yourself. Brett and I were confused and blown away by what we saw. Play it on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
SuperHot – SuperHot is a first-person shooter where time only moves when you do. That doesn’t make the situations any easier to play through either. But surprise, you’re actually playing a computer game within the game. Inception gaming! Oh, and there’s also something not entirely right going on. I’ll also save that for you to find out on your own. Play it on Xbox One and PC.
Firewatch – Travel back to 1989 and become a park ranger in Wyoming as you play through this first-person mystery adventure in the beautiful backdrop of Yellowstone National Park. It’s one of those games that blurs the line between game and interactive narrative, and might not be for everyone, but the journey is worth taking. It’s deeply personal, emotional, and compelling. Play it on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Battlefield 1 – Unlike other popular FPS titles, Battlefield decided to take a step back 100 years and set their latest game in WWI– an era that seems to be glossed over for the more well known WWII. It’s a surprisingly touching and heart-wrenching experience that I didn’t expect to get from Battlefield. It’s got a pretty good campaign and intense multiplayer. Might not be entirely historically accurate, but it does an okay job of it. Play on Xbox One, Ps4, and PC.
Honorable Mentions: BoxBox Boy, Yo-Kaiwatch 2, Battleborn, and ReCore.
What I’m looking forward to in 2017:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Wii U and Switch
- Cuphead – Xbox One and PC
- Yooka-Laylee – Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, and PC