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Yeahyeahyeah I know "2014 sucked SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard, 2015 can only be better"
While I agree that the industry with its sheananigans and some internet trolls have been roughing things up a bit, 2014 wasn't a bad year when it comes to games. I mean....Nuclear Throne was released and OKOKOK I'll shut up about that game. 2014 wasn't a year that was very top heavy, but it was excellently when it comes to broadth and depth. We had a lot great games in nearly all genres.
With that said, 2015 is already in full swing and boy-oh-boy are we in for a treat of a year when it comes to gaming (if every game turns out to live up to the potential....unlike 2014).
So without further ado, here are my personally most anticipated games that are set to come out this year.
15. The Banner Saga 2 (PC)
There is not much to be said about Banner Saga that hasn't been said before: it's a gorgeous game with a stellar soundtrack, that blends norse mythology with enough lore of its own into one of the most engaging games of last year.
We are now getting more of that and that makes me an extremely happy Zer0, as I'd love to dive into this world again.
14. Bloodborne (PS4)
As a big fan of the Souls games and even Armored Core to some extent, I'm always curious for something new from From Software.
Bloodborne looks like everything, a Souls Fan could wish for in addition to a new setting and what seems to be a more movement based combat system. So not only can you break your oppenent's counter stane this time, you can also give him a reassuring shotgun-blast to the face afterwards...that alone should get you excited (if the Victorian England didn't already)
13. Cuphead (PC, XBone)
I love technological advance. All the new stuff it enriches our minds with is mind-blowing. I mean: I'm 28 and if you told my elementary school (or hell: even my early high-school) me, what we would have in 2014, it would have blown my mind. Why am I writing all this?
BECAUSE TECHNOLOGY MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR CUPHEAD TO EXIST, a game, that looks like a 1920s cartoon and features the adventures of Cuphead and Mugboy, who embark on a journey to pay back a bedt to the devil.
12. Love you to Bits (PC, iOS, Android)
This one took me by surprise, but whenever I think about games I want to play this year, this one pops up. Is it because of the wonderful art-style? The captivating music? The fact, that it's made by the core team behind Tiny Thief? All of it?
Nevertheless, this game just makes me too curious to pass up. Also, you play a human explorer who has to find the pieces of his robot girlfriend who got destroyed to piece her back together again....how kawaii is that?
11. Hyper Light Drifter (PC, XBone, PS4, PS Vita, WiiU, Ouya)
Man, nowadays we get bombarded with "retro" action games but Hyper Light Drifter has been catching my attention for some years now with a certain blend of "retro" that just strikes all the right chords in my Nostalgia.
10. No Man's Sky (PS4, PC)
This is a huge gamble. If this game reaches its potential, this could be one of the big singleplayer-multiplayer-crossover experiences for years to come....or it could crash and burn (pun intended), which makes me kinda want to delete ot from this list....but damn, we get so few space games (luckily a few are coming or out now). PLEASE BE GOOD!!!!!
9. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)
8. Ori and the blind Forest (XBone, PC)
I initially didn't have this game on tab at all. Then, E3 2014 rolled around and if I'm completely honest: this is the game that (almost) impressed me the most. The art style alone has so much charm, it's impossible to not be at least curious what the big black guy and the small white lad are up to. Getting a serious "Dust - An Elysian Tail"-vibe from this and I'm totally fine with that.
7. The entire Nintendo Line Up
Throw me under the bus for cheating, but after the (great) year Nintendo has had in 2014, they seemingly decided to kill it this year. I couldn't pick one single game out of the following: Codename Steam, Devil's Third, new Fire Emblem, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Wooly World, a new STARFOX (for Fox's sake, FINALLY), new Zelda, Mario Maker.
WTF Nintendo? Other companies plan to release that many killer apps over the course of five years....I love you. Gotta get a WiiU this year.
6. Batman Arham Knight (PS4, XBone, PC)
I. Love. The Arkham Games. I could even find some entertainment in Arkham Origins, though that really wasn't even in the same area code as the stellar first two entries. And guess what: Rocksteady is making this one again so OMGOMGOMGOMG, can't wait to ballet-stomp more evil faces.
5. Persona 5 (PS3, PS4)
When I first booted up Persona 4 Golden, my reaction was "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech". Too much pastelly-highschool bullshit.
Then I played it and it is one of the best RPGs I ever played and I might even put it into my favorite games of all times. The pacing was perfect, the characters endearing and believable and it was a game, that didn't want to go the "American Pie"-route, but respect its audience in showing us.
....oh yeah, the sequel is coming.
4. Tokyo Twillight Ghost Hunters (PS3, PS Vita)
A visual novel-type game about Ghost Hunters in Tokyo (duh), that actually features a lot of ghostbustin' gameplay and RPG-elements, it would seem.
And if that doesn't sell you yet: it's a collaboration of Arc System Works, the guys behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue) and Toybox Inc. of Deadly Premonition fame.
Still not enough to convince you? How does "a Soundtrack by Nubuo Uematsu" sound?
3. Yakuza 5 (PS3)
After nearly 3 years (!!!) Sega decides to bring this over. I imported it some time ago and played it, yet my Japanese is not yet good enough for a complex game like this and I ran into some kind of wall where I didn't know what to do.
As someone, who thinks Yakuza 4 should heavily be considerated as the best game of the last console generation, this news makes me very, VERY happy.
2. Hotline Miami 2 (PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita)
Well, this actually was my most anticipated game of 2014. After finishing its predecessor on PC, PS3 and PS Vita, I was very eager to play more. The game got delayed and so it had to measure up against the game in first place, but that is no knock on HM2.
1. Metal Gear Solid 5 - The Phantom Pain (PC, PS3, PS4, XBox 360, XBone)
...how could it be anything else? After Ground Zeroes and the breathtaking E3 Trailer. After all that trickled down the news channels over the course of last year, I feel rather comfortable to say, that I have very little doubt about what MGS5 is going to be for me: a serious GOTY contender.
I love the Metal Gear series as a whole and oh boy: This looks like the msot advanced game in series history. Hype doesn't even begin to describe my feelings.
So, those are my Top 15 most anticipated games for this year. Tend to disagree (because OF COURSE YOU DO)? Leave your comments and let's have ourselves a nice argument, before we all bow before the glory of MGS V ;)
Well a lot of people have put out their obligatory 2014 lists and while this might not have been gaming's finest year, there have been many a great games this year.
HOWEVER, I noticed one big omission on most lists.
NUCLEAR MOTHERUCKING THRONE!
Nuclear Throne, for the uninitiated, is a roguelike, top-down Shooter, where you play as one of many adorable mutants, each with their own abilities (and disabilities) to reach the titular sitting furniture. This might sound a bit Run-of-the-mill these days, but trust me when I say: this is one of the most fun games of the year. Period.
I was having a conversation with Shade of Light yesterday, who received one of the gift copies and he literally said: "This game is amazing. I don't know if I can live with myself knowing, that I haven't paid money for this." THAT's how amazing this game is.
But I see, you won't take my word for it, so let me prove to you, why Nuclear Throne is literally better than any of your favorite games this year.
What better place to start with than Dtoid's game of the year. Undeservedly so. "Oh why?" you ask. "It has so fast-paced gameplay and such moves and ASS".
Yeah, I give it that, it has ASS, but so has Nuclear Throne. NT also has THRONE BUTT which is infinitely more useful than normal witch butt. What does Bayonetta's Ass do for you instead of distracting you? Yeah, guess so. It distracts you in a game, where you have to be focussed....GREAT FUCKIN' JOB PLATINUM. In Nuclear Throne, EVERY character can acquire the magnificence of a Throne Butt and instead of distracting you, it is there to help you by enhancing your abilities. That's right. Your butt makes you literally a better person. Or Mutant. Or Fish.
Winner: Nuclear Throne
The Banner Saga
So yeah, the world is coming to an end by the hand of giant stone golems that are really hard to kill. Allow me a quick laugh at the sheer notion of this being a problem.
Listen son, in NT, the world already HAS ended. Yeah, that makes every achievement you have in your little viking world like 20x less gooder.
Also: Stone Guys are a problem? Seriously? Allow me anther quick laugh. In the already apocalypsed world you fight freakin' diamonds.....THAT SHOOT LASERS AT YOU! AND THEY DON'T NEED LASER EYES FOR THAT BECAUSE THEIR WHOLE BODY IS LIKE A GIANT LENS LIKE THAT PINK FLOYD ALBUM COVER! Not only do you fight and DEFEAT enemies that are made of the hardest material known to man and mutant, but those things fight back with one of the awesomest materials known to man and mutant. Lasers. Oh and they are not bosses, just regular enemies you meet not even halfway through.
Winner: Nuclear Throne
Terrorists are bad, 'Murica is good. Such a simple message gave way to deeper thoughts on my end. What do they want to hide with all the explosions and particle effects; the blood and guts and fake names?
Then it struck me: You know who else enjoyed video games? HITLER! Yeah, I said it. And since you're playing as some super heroes, you're basically SUPER HITLER! Don't you see? You are WORSE THAN HITLER!
Don't be worse than Hitler.
Winner: Nuclear Throne (for not being Hitler)
The Evil Within
So you are this super-suave dude Sebastian Castellanos, whose last name sounds like a synonym for testicles. He goes around the mind of this super evil dude who wants to do stuff.
This, however, BEGS the question, how awesome this evil guy's mind really is. Let's look at Nuclear Throne again: Oh, there is a guy, who can make corpses EXPLODE with the power of his mind alone. That produces NEW CORPSES which are instantly ready for MORE EXPLOSIONS! Can that super evil dude do that?
He can't? Then why the hell does this Testicle guy have so many problems with him? What a milquetoast douchebag!
And mind you, you CAN BE the guy who does the whole EXPLOSION-thingy. (sorry, it's impossible to express the magnitude of this word without writing in capital letters)
Winner: Nuclear Throne
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
The name alone is an easy win here for Nuclear Throne but that is not, what puts it over the edge.
It's one easy fact. One simple detail: you kill a senator. Not just any Senator. A Senator of the US of mothertruckin' A!!! A visionary dude who's not only willing to do, what it takes, but also STARRED ON HIS COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM AS A FULLBACK!!! Given that nowadays even Punters are more important that Fullbacks, this achievement is marvelous. AND YOU STRAIGHT-OUT MURDER HIM YOU EMO-HAIRED TERRORIST!!!!
Winner: Nuclear Throne (for not being a terrorist)
Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Rho Rubble
So you managed to catch a powerful being. Your ripped it out of its natural habitat, force it to live confined in a tiny ball (think of its joints for just one freakin' second) and enslave it to fight for you. You are like Michael Vick and nobody likes Michael Vick. You are an abusive motherfucker and you should feel ashamed.
Not so in Nuclear Throne. There are also things like a plant or a crystalisk lifeform, but they are FREE. And if we know one thing America has told us, it's that FREEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!
Winner: Nuclear Freedom Throne
This doesn't even count. It's a 2013 Release. 2012 even, if you count Japan and no: If AmeriSTUPIDS can't complain hard enough for it to be released earlier, they don't have a say.
Winner: Nuclear Throne (by (bravely) default)
Assassin's Creed: Unity
These two games have more in common, than you might see at first glance: Both feature horrible mutations, killing other mutations in a world that has long since abandoned the rules of physics.
That, however, makes us compare. Can the AC:U mutants make corpses explode with their mind? (a rather handy ability for assassin's who need to hide the bodies, dontcha think?) No? Oh.....
Winner: Nuclear Throne
Can you play Nuclear Throne the way it was intended? Yup.
Can you say the same of DriveClub PS+? Nope.
Winner: Nuclear Throne
Rambo - The video game
Winner: Nuclear Throne
Drakengard has a lot of things going for it, gotta give it that. It has a singing dragon who pisses on your doorstep and most importantly: dick jokes and Innuendo galore.
However, there is one thing strangely absent. Drakengard 3 features a baffling lack of butt. As stated above: BUTT is important for games and since THRONE BUTT is basically a killer argument by those standards, Drakengard 3 can't keep up.
Winner: Nuclear Throne
Oh, so now we compare two retro-pixel style games. Both even have a Shovel as a weapon in it, with Shovel Knight even using it to traverse the various landscapes.
YAWNARAMA! Who needs a jump? And why does he need a Shovel for it? The Shovel is a tool for killing. Nuclear THrone understands that. You don't need to jump; you don't need the shovel for it. Dead Enemies can't hurt you, whether you jump or not.
Winner: Nuclear Throne
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Oh come on now. What filthy casual are you, that you opn your whore mouth for this.......thing? Being killed by an enemy and just returning to him like it was nothing? Where are we here? Freakin' Ikea Smaland or what?
If your mutation dies, it's your fuckin' fault. You don't get to just leisurely stroll back there. The postapocalyptic wastelands of the future are no playground. They teach you hard, brutal and menacing life lessons.
The only Nemesis there is YOU and YOU alone....and if you can't pull it off FUCK YOU! BACK TO THE START AND TRY AGAIN!
So there, I proved it without a doubt. I know this all, because of science. Are there other titles you have in mind? Tell me and I will gladly prove all your theories wrong.
Ohai guys, how ya doin'?
Fine, I hope. So let's all welcome the new Year and hope for the best, video-game-related, but also in personal matters because let's face it: if the world is falling apart, it's just not the same.
Initially, I wanted to post this blog on New Years Day but the year started exceptionally well for me with my Scoliosis rearing its ugly head and me filled to the brim with painkillers. Since I don't take pills very often, this led to my intestines burning with the wrath of a thousand suns yesterday, so yeah: I wasn't able to write a new-years-blog beforehand.
The year 2014 was, for me, a rather successful one, with me finding a new job (FINALLY!!!) and at least no catastrophes on a personal level. So I sincerely hope that 2015 can keep up the trend and I hope, that your situations are changing for the better as well (or stay the way they are if they're good...never touch a running system).
I've already planned a 2014-blog, though that's going to take some time, since I plan on making a ranking of every game I played...and yeah, there are a few ones left I want to get at least a quick look on, before I make a final judgement. Wolfenstein: The new Order is the biggest one I have left to tackle, but it's already in the mail. However, don't expect it until mid- to end of January I guess. I played around 60 games methinks and this will take some time.
What I will, however, release earlier is a blog regarding the games of 2015 I'm looking forward to in one way or the other and DAMN, there is some stuff coming our way this year....and then there is of course Metal Gear SOlid V, which I'm already salivating so hard over, I'm afraid my body will be a dried out husk, when the game finally releases.
So yeah, that was basically all I wanted to sa......STOP
There is one other thing:
I've got my hands on four Steam-codes for the Director's Cut of Deadly Premonition that I really want to give away to you guys, so if you'd like one, leave a comment below.
Have a nice 2015 everybody and who could say it better than good old Bob Dylan?
yes you there. You know, I'm a rather laidback guy. I don't really care a lot about other people's opinion, as I don't see how this affects what I like, but today, I learned about Operation Colbert and something in me snapped.
Are you guys serious? I mean...really? REALLY?
You clamor more "ethics in videogame journalism" but basically all you do is focus on some stuff you don't like, flame the referring folks and act like you are one big community or movement (speaking in "code", using the unilateral "we").
Newsflash: You're not. GamerGate is not a movement with an Agenda.
Videogames as a medium are not really new to controversy. I mean: basically every time there's a schol shooting, at least one finger points towards video games as the primary source of evil.
However, video games do have some internal problems that need attention, most of which come from the industry itself.
EA milks their franchises, forces beloved franchises into completely different directions, releases games that are a broken mess at realease and barely playable now and puts Microtransactions into full-price games.
Activision has to be the single most awful company in regards to how they treat their contractors with a guy at the helm who has NO idea, how to handle video games publicly.
Capcom refuses to see what made their franchises good in the first place and continues to screw up the once great likes of MegaMan or Resident Evil.
I could go on here but frankly, I don't have to. You know it, I know it: the AAA-industry in its current state is a colossal clusterfuck of bad ideas mixed with ADHD.
Yet all of this doesn't concern the fine people under the banner of GamerGate. THey unite because
....a woman slept with a man?
What basically kicked you off as the story that Zoe Quinn slept with Stephen Totilo and therefore got an article on Kotaku.
Really? I mean yeah, betraying someone who trusts you is a dick move on Quinn's end but well, I don't know how to break it to you guys: it happens. All the time. Everywhere in the world.
Of course this was not okay and yes, it makes Mr. Totilo's coverage of Depression Quest a wee bit shaky to tell the least. But wait...
Where do we know all that from? Ah yeah, a guy on the Internet. Yes that's right. You people, the shining example who demand ethics take ONE. SINGLE. SOURCE., a whiny and childishly overblown sob-story and TAKE. IT. AT. FACE. VALUE.
Why? Because it fits your agenda of course. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDIN ME?
You say that you want more ethics, yet you send death and rape threats.
You want to be aggravated about something in the gaming industry? Be aggravated about the things I mentioned above. Be aggravated about reviewers who take money for positive coverage. Be aggravated about bought reviews, be aggravated about publishers shutting down reviewers who don't say what they want to hear and put them on blacklists. Be aggravated about overblown product placement.
But no, it's more easy to target other things.
You want games to be recognized as a serious medium, THAN GODDAMN ACT LIKE IT. You can't demand games being taken seriously, yet at the same time react like you do when someone points to something that's wrong. It's a part of growing up, besides: why exactly do you care? I mean:
ONE feminist says something on ONE topic in ONE area.
Holy Crap, do you guys have an idea of how big a field feminism is? Do me a favor and read stuff by Alice Schwarzer, Simone de Beauvoir or at least Terre des femmes and you get a picture of how wide a field this really is.
You say you are "publicly shamed". No, you are not. Nobody would be shaming you if you didn't act like total pricks on the internet. It's not even you that's being shamed but particualr things in particular games.
But guess what: even if they are; even if your favorite game gets degraded because of whatever...does it take your enjoyment away? If yes, why? You can still enjoy it you know?
You scream for more diversity when it comes to games, yet when something like "Gone Home" rolls around, you say that it's not a game.
You want to be taken seriously, yet you act like a two-year old who's favorite toy got stolen.
And you even do it here. On Destructoid. The same page, where the likes of Jim Sterling, Anthony Burch, Ashly Burch or more recently guys like Holmes or Hansen have ALWAYS been outspoken against the same stuff you "criticise".
If you look at what you want to achieve, look again at how you actually try to achieve it. You are not the Illuminati, stop acting like it and actually use arguments.
Or even better: realize what you're really doing and what you pretend to be doing.
This is not a viable protest-movement, it's a bunch of uber-conservative pricks who choose to be miserable on purpose and to be part of at least one group.
That's not legit, it's pathetic.