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.

2016 Highlights

Something that hasn't seemed to suffer this year is entertainment. Personally I've been more than happy with the quality of the music, TV, movies, and video games we've seen released in 2016, and I wanted to take the opportunity to list some of the highlights.

 

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Weekend Review - Idle Thumbs

There aren't enough serious looks at the world of podcasting, nor are there enough critical articles about the best and worst podcasts out there and Apple's own system isn't particularly brilliant when it comes to allowing you to discover the next show that you'll fall in love with. Personally I see podcasting as a completely valid medium, on par with anything else we would choose to enjoy (books, movies etc.).

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