It’s getting closer and closer to the “most wonderful time of the year” and with that, hopefully some new games to keep me occupied until the big early releases of 2018. Today, lets go through some of the titles I’d love to see under the tree this month.
When making this list, I was surprised I had yet to jump on some kind of deal myself. I’ve been pulled in different directions lately, with video games competing with board and tabletop games for my time. Nonetheless, I’m probably in for some post-xmas game shopping as well.
#1 Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
I put Crash first because I can’t believe I don’t have it yet. Crash is one of my favorite series (before the Activision acquisition) and I have had it in my Amazon shopping cart multiple times. Not being a full $60 release also increased the availability. It seems the Switch has really impacted my PS4 purchases.
The remake of the Playstation classic currently sits at an 80 on Metacritic. After all the platforming I’ve been doing in Mario Odyssey, I think it could be a smooth transition to. what is becoming apparent to reviewers that have not played the originals recently, a difficult quest. The first Crash is quite challenging, and I’ve heard the control scheme was pulled from the second game, increasing the difficulty in precision.
#2 Splatoon 2
I missed out on the original Splatoon, and I foolishly wrote down the wrong dates for the testfire, completely missing those in the Spring. Despite those disappointments, I am excited to finally dive into Nintendo’s newest, colorful online shooter.
The gameplay looks solid, fun, and easy to pick up. It’s been a while since I have sat down and put much time into an online competitive shooter, but Splatoon brings something much different from the realistic shooter glut we’ve been in.
I’m also interested to really see how Nintendo’s online system really works. I’ve heard poor reviews, and yet to see any real progress concerning the lobby system, but I want to experience it myself. Plus, online doesn’t require a subscription — yet.
This is another one I had in the shopping cart but never actually hit purchase. While I don’t have an Xbox One, I’ve got a PC ready to play this highly anticipated and challenging boss rush.
As with Crash, when Cuphead released, I was knee-deep in Switch shenanigans, and thus didn’t feel like picking it up immediately. I’ve tried really hard this year to only buy a title when I will play it right away (which has mostly worked…). Christmas or not, I WILL be buying Cuphead soon.
I also held back as to not be burned by another super-hyped and long delayed title that might follow in the footsteps of No Man’s Sky. The visuals looked amazing, sure, but reports about how the gameplay changed from boss rushes to platforming throughout its life cycle made me wait for some reviews. Clearly, the game has delivered and I can’t wait to get started.
#4 Eldritch Horror
If you read my weekly posts, you’ll see my latest posts have been pure board gaming ramble. I’ve come to find they hit a perfect balance of gaming accessibility that allows me to share the experience with those I often don’t get the chance to.
I’m focusing on some cooperative games, and those with some heightened complexity. Eldritch Horror appears to hit these notes, and have a high production value to be expected with FFG products.
I have no idea if the whole Cthulhu mythos will grab me, as I’ve had very little real exposure to the source material, but I’ve heard this game is more Indiana Jones vs creeping insanity and horror. I guess I’d be fine either way.
#5 TIE Silencer
Lastly, I’d love to unwrap the newest, shiniest X-Wing release, Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer. Released in perfect coordination with the new movie coming out later this month, the Silencer is getting a lot of hype and may finally bring Imperials back into competitive play.
I’ve been primarily a Rebel player throughout my short X-Wing career. When Guns for Hire released, I did pick it up and started to look at some Scum lists. While those were fun, Scum has not really gripped me in the same way Rebels have. Imperials, the third available faction in X-Wing, have eluded me completely.
While I currently have most of the Rebel ships I want, I’d like to have at least one 100 point Imperial list to try out. The Silencer is the perfect time to join the hype train.
Just writing up this post has built up my own hype. 2017 had a whole lot of goodies to supply the gaming hobby, so its been a challenge to try and get exposure to all the greatness. Christmas is the perfect time to get a couple new titles, and also a little off-work time to start playing them.
What games are you hoping for this holiday season? What games are you surprised to see missing in your collection? Comment below!