Holy Jeebus, buds! I don’t know about any of you, but lately I’ve just been getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of crazy good games that have been coming out. It’s like a digital avalanche of big-name titles, and poor little Junambo here is trying dig through it all at once.
I’m not gonna lie, though. It’s been freaking great. It’s like being a junky in a less-than-legal “candy” store, because I’ve been addicted to them all for the past month or so.
So today, I thought I’d give you all a run-down of all my latest and most addicting of obsessions.
1 Tales of Berseria
Yes, I know I’ve done a review of not only Tales of Bersersia, but also its preceding sequel thing, Tales of Zestiria, but I am STILL hooked on this game, even after throwing literally hundreds of hours of my life into it. The gritty storytelling, lovable characters, and spot-on emotional voice-acting just keeps reeling me back in.
And it’s not just Berseria. The latest iteration of the sixteen-game-long series has gotten me reobsessed (Yeah, I made that word up, word processor. Fight me) with the whole series, and now I’m making plans to play every single one I can get my weeby little hands on. The series just kicks so much ass despite its highs and lows, and it’s just the perfect combination of action and RPG that makes me want more every time.
2 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Dragon Ball Xenoverse was a mostly awesome chance to create your own character and have him/her run around the Dragon Ball universe to kick the ever-living crap out of losers like Frieza and Yamcha any time, any place. Dragonball Xenoverse 2 is basically the exact same thing, only updated to include Dragon Ball Super characters and story arcs. Despite the obvious copypasta that Xenoverse 2 presents and the fact that some of the exact same problems with the original remain unresolved, I still can’t not have a blast (heh heh) playing this damn game. The over-the-top aesthetics and high-octane fight mechanics are just too fun to not love. I never bothered to finish the first game anyway, so playing XV2 feels like I haven’t missed a thing.
I know that Yooka-Laylee has been getting some lukewarm reception. Honestly, it kind of deserves it. Still, it is one of the most hyped Kickstarter games out there, and it is not bad by any means. There is still so much that I need to see to get a good scope of the game, and I can’t help but be emotionally invested in what will become of Trowzer the innuendo.
4. Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight was offhandedly referred to me by a friend of mine, and the moment I fired this obscure little title, I was hooked. The atmosphere is deep and dark and mysterious and spooky and just goddamn magical. It’s been far too long since I’ve sunk my teeth into a good metroidvania game, and boooy does this one taste good.
The controls are tighter than a hand-me-down wedding tux, and the insect-ghost theme is too cool. If you have never had the chance to hear about this game, do yourself a favor and look it up (or check out my twitch stream, end-of-shameless-self-promotion).
5. Persona 5
I never blessed myself with the chance to play either of the previous Persona games – or any Shin Megami Tensei game, for that matter. That said, I think I’ve found the perfect place to start becoming a shameless fanboy, because holy hell am I obsessed with Persona 5.
The story, atmosphere, and – most of all – music are phenomenal. You contract demons and steal valuable treasures in a villain type theme that feels like a hyper-fantastical Oceans 11, while still trying to maintain a modern lifestyle in the “real” world. Modern-day RPG’s are far more rare than they should be, too, so games like Persona 5 are more than welcome in my library.
6. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
This oddly-titled title is the very definition of addicting. It takes games like DayZ and H1N1, says “to hell with zombies,” and pits up to 100 players at a time in a massive Hunger Games-style survival game where your greatest enemy is some dickhead with a shotgun.
What I love most about PUBG (no way am I going to keep using that full title) is that each match lasts a good amount of time, but when you die, you can just leave and join a new game faster than you can change a sock.
The quiet atmosphere, massive map, and sheer number of players scrambling to get a weapon in a kill-or-be-killed frenzy creates a fiercely tense half-hour gaming experience that quickly turns into a 12-hour one.
And these games are just the ones I’m working on right now. This doesn’t include games like Nioh, which is sitting on my shelf begging to be played like a minor-leaguer on bench or the swath of games that I’ve yet to purchase, like Horizon Zero Dawn, Yakuza 0, or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And there are yet more on the way in the coming months. 2017 is quickly becoming one of the best years for video game releases that I have ever seen.
Anyway, it’s time for me to get back into my dungeon, so I can finally finish these games and get to those on deck. Are any of you struggling to fit all these games into your schedule? Which have you been prioritizing first? Have I missed any that you’ve been loving? Let me know in the comments. Until then, happy gaming, fools!