Although I talk about films & TV shows a lot on this site, I've decided to reveal another passion of mine........gaming. Although I'm more restricted to my Nintendo consoles, I have decided to honour the words of I Hate Everything by making a list of 2018 games that I'm looking forward to so far. With the likes of E3, Gamescom & Nintendo Direct, there will be followups later on in the year.
Well...who saw this coming. Nintendo has always been an innovative company in the games industry & this proves it. Nintendo Labo is basically an accessory for the Switch made entirely out of cardboard. Somehow, they work together to create customisable & interactive mini games. The robot game confirms my prediction for Nintendo stepping into the Virtual Reality trend & I seem to be fixated on the piano for some reason. I'm not sure if I'll get it straight away, but I will say that Nintendo are still bringing their A-game as always. Let's just hope it doesn't end up like the Power Glove or the Rolling Rocker.
I must confess, I am not interested in gritty photorealistic games that try too hard to be movies. This game looks like it's catering for that audience....but the main reason it's on this list is because I don't want it to disappoint. There's an insane amount of hype being given to this game & with expectations like "it wants to be the Spider Man equivalent of Batman: Arkham," it better not let the fans down.
What........I'm a sucker for samurai........quit looking at me like that. This also falls into gritty photorealistic movie wannabe category, but I always find feudal samurai clans immersive & irresistible. The game might not even be perfect, but I hope it's satisfying enough for my Katana fetish.
First Captain Underpants gets a movie & now Beast Quest gets a video-game. Why is my literary childhood suddenly resurfacing in different ways. If this goes on, we could get a Mr Gum TV series. Anyway, this particular game looks like a poor man's version of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild & that probably isn't a bad thing. The books were set in a fantasy world so it makes sense & this looks solid enough as a fantasy video-game, so I wish it the best of luck.
Pac Man's still got games....who knew? Anyway, this is the kind of Pac Man game I want. It looks like a mildly 3D tribute to the original arcade game & the different amounts of variations makes the game worth owning. If you like Pac Man, please pick this up whenever you get the chance.
What the hell is this? This looks mad, odd, unusual & already I'm intrigued. It looks like a nice break from the usual gritty photorealistic fluff & I can't wait to wish it the best of luck when it hits shelves next April.
Now it's time for our first actual Nintendo game. This (still) untitled Yoshi game looks like the usual platforming fun with the expected charm. But the gimmick of entering the background makes it feel like no retread of Wooly World. It could result in some creative platforming that may even be worthy of Super Paper Mario. I'm not expecting a masterpiece, but I am expecting some lighthearted fun.
I don't know how many games are paying tribute to the SNES era, but Owlboy easily gets that vibe. It may look like an ordinary platformer, but I just can't help but be awestruck by the beautiful visuals. I feel like I'm being transported to another world & the breathtaking 16-bit-like graphics are worthy of last year's Sonic Mania. I have a feeling people might not get this game, so I'll end this paragraph by saying "get it because it looks amazing."
Now this is a tribute to the good old days. I have not played any MegaMan games in my lifetime, but this looks like it could be a worthy introduction. It stunningly recreates the platforming style that MegaMan is known for & the graphics feel like a nice balance between stunning HD & old-school. If you're a MegaMan fan, then I can guarantee that this will not disappoint.
More Kirby, YAY. The platforming formula is pretty much expected & this game doesn't have much difference..........but Kirby is just too charming & irresistible & I just can't help but feel eager to eat my opponents. Also, this isn't doing the Rainbow Paintbrush style of gameplay so that's already an automatic bonus.
Wow.............just.............wow. If you haven't seen the trailer for this game yet, do it now because it is mesmerising. I have no idea what the gameplay will be like, but if what we get is in that beautiful art style, then I will be getting it instantly. I like it when games act bolder & take risks which is what I think this game is going to do. If nobody is supporting it, then I will support it even more.
Oh my goodness gracious, FINALLY!!! The most bizzare Pokèmon spinoff is finally going overseas & it looks incredible. A game where the main character is a coffee drinking electric mouse sounds extremely silly & this game is relishing in the silliness. In fact, I'm so excited I don't even care that Danny DeVito is not providing the voice for the title character. When this game hits shelves, I will instantly buy it.
And the number 1 most anticipated game of 2018 so far is:
It takes a lot to get me hooked into a franchise I've never heard of. I have not played any of the Blazblue games at all & I think it's because of the lack of publicity. But the crossover appeal is already full of potential because newcomers will be attracted......& that's exactly what happened to me. It's not because of Persona 4 Arena, it's not because of Under-Night In-Birth, it's because of RWBY. The mere fact that I will finally get a chance to play as my favourite web toon characters is enough to give me an out-of-control orgasm. Hell, not even the fact that Blake & Yang are DLC can eliminate my excitement. Who knows, I might give the other franchises a try after this. In a point in time where Nintendo Fans are waiting for a new Smash Bros, this is set up to be the perfect appetiser. Even if it's not what he had in mind, it's still nice to see Monty Oum's dream of having his girls in a fighting game come true & getting this game will truly honour his memory.
Join me next time where we will look at the best of what was revealed during E3.