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Vidja Games!

Let’s talk a little Vidja games, seeing how the last few months has seen the release of a veritable cornucopia of games targeting me directly.

Before I begin shooting down the list, allow me to re-iterate that single player games, 1st or 3rd person shooters, are my jam. Online play is just not my thing, mostly because I’m sick of 11 year olds making me feel bad about myself.

Also, all games are played on the XB1, unless I remark differently.

That said-

Call of Duty: WW2

I have played every CoD game at least twice all the way through, and I’ve adored most of them. Admittedly, the series was getting a bit stale for a few years there, excluding Infinite Warfare which is among my top 3.

All that to say, they’ve returned to their bread and butter, at a time where there were clear battle lines drawn: World War 2.

The story was great, and the missions were challenging, but what I wasn’t prepared for, was just how engaged in it I became. The last cut scene of the game really hit close to home for me, and they may have gone too far graphically, but shite does it resonate.

A beautiful game and definitely worth playing.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

I picked up New Order and Old Blood a year or so ago when they were on sale, and this series completely caught me off guard. I was not expecting anything more than a rehashing of the original and a focus on multiplayer.

Always happy to be proven wrong, the sequel picks up where the first one lets off and is a mixture of decent drama and a shite ton of jabs at the current political climate.

Also, the end cut scene is amazingly ludicrous.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

I know everything about what went down with EA and their ridiculous loot crates, but seeing as how multiplayer isn’t my thing, I don’t super care.

Although I will make a prediction that within a couple years, Disney will buy EA.

The single player, while short, is very rewarding and I’m always happy to see new character introduced to the Star Wars universe. While I still wish the controls would function more like a tradition FPS, I enjoyed what amounted to an interactive Star Wars movie.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

And lastly, Shadow of War, which I’m playing right now.

I’ve been tearing through the game for the last week, and while I thought I was making some serious progress, it turns out I’m only 4% of the way through.

So there’s that.

Of the 4 games I’ve talked about today though, Shadow of War is the one I can’t stop talking about. I dare you to name a more satisfying action than tearing through a dozen Oruk-Hai with a two-handed sword.

It’s also hard to ignore the tech implemented in this game. While most games would utilize fancy new gimmicks in useless ways, Shadow of War uses their Nemesis system to fully immerse you in Middle-Earth and gives weight to the battles you’ll fight.

Granted, the Oruk-Hai get pretty mean, I love it.

So if you’re to try one of the games I mentioned today, Shadow of War is the one.

Oh, and 2 more sleeps ‘til Star Wars.

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“Some people say video games rot your brain, but I think they work different muscles that maybe you don’t normally use.”

-Ezra Koenig