Our choir of gaming Christmas carollers is back once again for the fourth day of Blogmas, where creative conductor Athena from AmbiGaming is leading us all in a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas – but with a video game twist. Be sure to check out her blog today to see what she’s written for her fourth answer in this collaboration, and keep your eyes peeled for all of the other bloggers out there taking part.
Yesterday we looked at ten reasons that will make us play a video game. With the choir clearing their throats and warming up in the background, let’s see what the subject of today’s verse is:
On the fourth day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me:
What are your 12 favourite gaming memories?
Tell us 11 games you love!
What are ten reasons you’d play a game?
Give us nine games on your to-play list!
Due in 2019: Draugen
The thought of there soon being another narrative-driven game by Red Thread Games fills me with excitement, although it’s bound to be quite different from the Dreamfall series. Players will find themselves unravelling a mystery which goes back decades but questioning the protagonist’s sanity at the same time: can we trust everything he sees and hears? I first found out about Draugen at Rezzed in 2013 during a developer session, so I’ve been waiting for this one for a while.
Already out: Detroit: Become Human
Not everyone is a fan of Quantic Dream and their releases have a polarising effect on both the community and critics alike. Personally though, I’ve loved their games since completing Fahrenheit in 2005 and couldn’t wait to try the demo of Detroit: Become Human at EGX last year. Adult life has meant it’s taken me a while to get around to playing the full release however, but I know what I’m now going to be doing this Christmas after purchasing it last week. Stream incoming!
Due in 2019: In the Valley of the Gods
It was Cameron from Dragon In The Castle who suggested I try Firewatch in 2017 and what a great recommendation that turned out to be. I’m now looking forward to Campo Santo’s next release set in Egypt, In the Valley of the Gods. Players step into the role of an explorer and filmmaker who, along with their old partner, has travelled to the middle of the desert in the hopes of making a seemingly-impossible discover and an incredible film.
Already out: Fallout
Although an overload of news about Fallout 76 recently has totally put me off for the moment, at some point during 2019 I really do need to make a start on the series – from the beginning. I have a weird gaming habit whereby I’m unable to play a title in a franchise unless I’ve played all previous instalments, even if they’re now unavailable or absolutely terrible. Some kind bloggers have told me that I’ll probably be able to get the GOG version of the original game working on my PC so I’ll give it a try.
Due in 2019: Observation
Stories Untold turned out to be one of my favourite games of 2017 thanks to a recommendation from Bradley from Cheap Boss Attack so, as is the case for many of the entries on today’s list, I’ve got my eye on the developer’s next release. The idea of uncovering what happened to Dr Emma Fisher and her crew through the lens of the space station’s artificial intelligence (AI) sounds intriguing – and there are bound to be a few surprises if No Code’s previous title is anything to go by.
Already out: The Secret World
The Secret World should be a game I’ve already fallen in love with as it’s made by the same developer of one of my favourite titles. Unfortunately though, I’ve tried several times and can’t seem to get to grips with it: there’s just something about it which turns me into a button-mashing mess. Next year will be the year that I overcome that though. With the combat system getting a redesign for the Secret World Legends relaunch in 2017, perhaps this time I’ll succeed.
Due in 2019: Someday You’ll Return
I played J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars during a lazy week off work and thought I’d found a new entry for my favourites list. Unfortunately though a game-breaking bug struck and I haven’t been able to continue (if anyone happens to have a save file, please do get in touch!). This hasn’t put me off looking forward to CBE Software’s upcoming release however: psychological horror Someday You’ll Return looks as creepy as hell and it has already been added to my wishlist.
Already out: The Shapeshifting Detective
I’m partial to a full-motion video (FMV) game every once in a while and I picked up The Infectious Madness of Dr Dekker back in January. Getting the text parser to recognise some of the entered questions was a little frustrating at times but I got sucked into the story and trying to figure out what was really happening. Wales Interactive is now back with another release, The Shapeshifting Detective, a supernatural murder-mystery which sounds right up my street.
Due in 2019: The Occupation
I had the opportunity to try White Paper Games’ The Occupation at Rezzed last year and wasn’t only me who ended up enjoying this politically-driven narrative title. My stepson first asked if he could have the headphones so he could hear the sound; then decided to sit on my lap so he could see better; and eventually ended up taking over the keyboard completely. Who knows, when the full title is released early next year I might actually have the opportunity to play it for myself.
It’s time for the choir to take a short break so we’ll be back for the fifth day of Blogmas tomorrow, with the video game characters we love. In the meantime, why not tell us about the games you’re looking forward to next year in the comments below?
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