I remember three things about playing RollerCoaster Tycoon as a kid: Leafy Lake, the carousel music and sending people to their deaths on the Shuttle Loop. Come on, we’ve all done it.
When Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in October 2018, it was greeted with multiple 5-star and 10/10 scores on websites such as Games Radar and IGN. At the time I’m writing this, it holds a 7/10 on Steam. Right now, it’s April 2020. The game has been out for a year and a half. It’s seen quite a few updates and online play was added. I’ve spent the last six or seven months diving deep into the game on my PS4 to try and find out if now, 18 months after it was released, does it live up to the hype?
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.
My wife groaned when I told her I wanted to buy a PS4 for my birthday. She told me I had enough systems that I never touch and asked how would this purchase be any different. I eventually persuaded her, but under one condition – I had to buy games that she could play as well. Woof. My wife is not a gamer.
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.
The 2010s are behind us, and they brought a lot of changes to the industry and how we play video games. Gone are the days of buying a game and having all of its content available on a disc and not locked behind paywalls, micro transactions, loot boxes and 5 planned DLCs. Of course it wasn’t all bad. We experienced the golden age of the indie developer and the rise of digital distribution services. Luckily,…