As much as I appreciate how far gaming has come as an artistic medium, sometimes it’s just too much. Sometimes, I don’t want to play a game that makes me question the very concept of free will. Sometimes, I don’t want to make complex moral choices where neither outcome appears to be the right choice. Sometimes … I just wanna jump.
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Remaking an old game is both a huge compliment and a biting insult. On one hand, you’re saying that this game is a beloved classic, and we need to devote resources toward recreating its brilliance for a modern audience. But then again, you’re also saying that this game doesn’t hold up to today’s standards, and it needs an update to remain relevant. Whether it’s simply a cosmetic makeover (like most HD remasters), or a ground-up overhaul that changes the game’s design (like Resident Evil 2 and 3’s remakes), the message is clear: these remakes are meant to replace the originals.
That’s what most people assumed Final Fantasy VII Remake was going to do.
Nioh 2 is a bold experiment to determine how much you can copy off another video game without getting sued. Much like its 2017 predecessor, it borrows so many ideas from the Dark Souls series, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking it was developed by From Software themselves.
Most video games age like bananas. You buy them and they’re really great for a day, maybe two. Then one day you come home, and suddenly they’re all brown, and gross, and have regressive views on gender and sexuality. Just like bananas. But some games age much better than bananas. Some games have visuals and mechanics that don’t wither with age, but rather only seem to improve as time goes by.
2019 lacked a clear standout for Game of the Year . But it was still a solid year for gaming. Even the games that didn’t make the list were pretty good.