Favourite Games of 2018

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God of War

God of War is my bet for the game that will most impact the game industry going forward. The idea to make a game as a single continuous story with no breaks may occur to some game designers, but almost everybody would immediately recognise it to be too much trouble. This was not true of Cory Barlog and those around him who, in the face of many seemingly insurmountable challenges along the way, not only achieved this vision but made what many have regarded as the best game of the generation.

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Spider-Man

As for the the funnest game of 2018 my fight would be unhesitantly for Insomniac's Spider-Man. How it is that they developed a swinging mechanic that immediately makes sense and doesn't get boring even after 20 hours is beyond my comprehension. There was so much love poured into this experience and it easily has any of the Disney Marvel movies beat for a compelling and well told story.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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When it comes to the deepest and most immersive game this year I'd have to storngly propose RDR2 because never before have I felt this close to inhabiting another life outside of my reach. No movie, book, TV show, or other game in my knowledge has better approximated the 1900-era America as an outlaw. I simply cannot conjure to mind there a better piece of Western entertainment, nor have I played within a richer or better-crafted world.

2017 Hip Hop

2017 was a good year for Hip Hop. I haven't listened to everything, but I've made an effort to check out some new people. I'm not going to do a Top 5, or some sort of categorised "best of" compilation. Instead I'd like to shout some artists and albums that I feel have been exceptional in 2017.

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BROCKHAMPTON

I'd feel like an idiot if I didn't mention this boy band. Hitting with a fire first album, SATURATION, back in June it seemed like they came out of nowhere and were noteworthy out of the gate. Just two months later they drop the follow up, SATURATION II, which already commented on some of what people found special about their presence in this genre.

As if two great albums in a single year wasn't enough, mere weeks before 2017 drew to a close SATURATION III was released complete with the bouncy, funky production and co-ordinated vocals the group had given us up until that point.

Shout out to these bars (SATURATION II - Junky):

"Why you always rap about bein' gay?" 'Cause not enough niggas rap and be gay

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J.I.D - The Never Story

Watch this guy; he's going to blow up. His "The Never Story" was one of my favourite projects this year and demonstrates incredible talent beyond what one would usually expect from a first studio album. The promise in this 27 year old is not to be underestimated.

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Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva is a Mighty Long Time

I'd happily just call this my favourite album of the year, or rather, my favourite two albums. KRIT could have dropped either side of this double album and it would have been "stop what you're doing and listen to this right now", but for anything with 22 tracks (20 excluding skits) to be this consistently incredible - it goes past "wow" and into "how?!".

It kicks off with a song called "Big K.R.I.T." which starts slow before transitions smoothly into the high energy rapping and from there we get carry on with the absolute bangers; "Confetti" and "Big Bank" (featuring none other than the other King of the South himself, T.I.). I would love to go through each track and sing it's praises, but I'll finish by touching on the second disc wherein we get a more introspective and personal KRIT, exemplified by his choice to give the first song his family name "Justin Scott". Please listen to this, if nothing else of what I mention.

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IDK - IWASVERYBAD

Another rapper that I hadn't previously heard but massively impressed me with his debut album. The journey over the 12 songs was incredibly well executed. The succinct set up of his mother's exasperation played well with the empathy created for IDK in his adoration of his Mum as the album rounds out. Each track demonstrates passion and serious skill.

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Eminem

Thought I'd just take some time to mention that I didn't hate Revival, I rather enjoyed it. I also still massively believe in this guy and hope that the severe criticism of his latest albums lights even more of a fire under his arse. If the Chloraseptic Remix is anything to go by, Shady has a lot more to give us.

I'll admit to being a massive Stan by the way. As far as I'm concerned Em is probably the G.O.A.T. and is certainly my favourite artist of all time. That being said, Encore was straight trash, so I do know a bad album when I hear it.

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Cunninlynguists - Rose Azura Njano

When people don't know about these guys it's hurts me a little inside. They have to be one of the most solid Hip Hop trios still going and each of their projects has been one of my favourites of it's released year.

This album touches on the political climate of America in a manner which feels simultaneously gentle and forceful.

Movies That You May Not Have Seen (But Should)

A bold title I know.

I find the most exciting recommendations to be the ones where I didn't even know what the person was talking about. I can't promise that these will be "Movies That Nobody Watched in 2015" because that's ridiculous. Also, not all of these films came out in 2015, but why should that matter? These are going to be good movies that if you haven't already, you should check out.

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it's so unlikely you're going to agree with me, but at least take a look, you might see something really worth hating me for

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