Mortals, Gods, And The Inky Blackness Of Space
HIGH Exciting storyline and likable protagonists. Great plot twists!
LOW The last hour gets a bit grindy.
WTF Was behind the one door in the entire game that I couldn’t open???
Another year is in the books.
While 2018 was basically a screaming horror show in real life, it was still possible to retreat for a while into gaming, and my mental health was glad of it. For brief moments, some of the wonderful works released over the last 365 days soothed the ragged edges of living in America, and I thank them for the respite.
Hades is the latest title from Supergiant Games. Players take control of Zagreus, a son of Hades, lord of the underworld. He’s decided that his time in the underworld is over. He wants to leave and search for this mother, but Hades won’t allow it. Each time Zagreus falls, he’s resurrected in his father’s palace, but not only is he determined to escape, he’s willing to die a thousand deaths to do it.
It feels like each time I start writing one of these, the whole world is a little crazier. And frankly, it doesn’t appear to be about to get any better. 2018, however, was a stellar year for games — there wasn’t a single month where I wasn’t overwhelmed by choice. It’s been a great year for reviewing too. A lot of the standout games on this list I had the good fortune to visit for GameCritics. I can’t help being effusive about the year to come, even if I am less enthusiastic about who is going to die next, and what political drama is going to unfold.
Let 2018 forever be remembered as the year in which I was bedridden for several months due to a back injury and still couldn’t work up the energy to finish Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Indeed, 2018 was a year so full of misfires that I can’t even confidently state that Metal Gear Survive was one of the five worst games I played.
On December 11th, Digital Extremes released the next big content patch for their hit MMO shooter, Warframe. Titled “Fortuna”, this update brings vehicles, new characters, items, and a whole new open-world area. This content also incorporates brand-new systems, giving first-timers and veterans alike something to check out.