If you enjoy the thrills and bloody spills of a good horror flick then at some point you’ve probably devoted a bit of time to dreaming up the ultimate crossover that pits all the coolest horror icons against each other. Well, Dead by Daylight isn’t quite that because you can’t make Michel Myers fight Freddy or have Ghostface go up against Pig from the Saw franchise. But what Dead by Daylight is, is the closest thing to a super horror crossover we have, and a damn fun multiplayer experience if you can forgive its rough edges. Maybe you can’t have the ultimate horror brawl, but you can definitely find out which killer can pile up the corpses.
It wasn’t until I sat down to create this list of the best games of 2021 so far that I realised this year has been kind of weak. I’ve reviewed 21-games over the past six months and only gave a few of those a high score with the rest being mostly okay but far from great. Given how Covid has impacted the world, though, it’s hardly surprising that videogames have suffered, too, with multiple titles being delayed, and doubtless countless more behind the scenes were pushed back as well.
Ah, the humble purveyor of all things healing, helpful and harmful. There’s always a store in RPGs that carries mountains of things a hapless adventurer might find useful, from wheels of cheese to high-quality armour, magic gems and seemingly legendary weapons that they are willing to part with for a relatively small fee. These peddlers of wares are little more than set dressing for us adventurers, their entire existence ignored up until the point where we would like to buy 100 health potions that we will never actually use. But where do they get all their stock from? How the hell does someone who looks like they could barely afford some bread have a legendary sword of demon slaying? That’s where Moonlighter comes in.
A developer named Blue Box Game Studio is working on some sort of horror game that will be a PS5 exclusive. Unless you were paying attention you probably missed this announcement back in April. Even if you did catch the blog post and short reveal trailer you might not have thought much about it. But over the last week or two this little indie game has begun making waves. On Friday an app will be released for that will house an interactive reveal trailer. The game is currently codenamed Abandoned and the developer has hinted at the name starting with an S and ending with an L. And now the Internet has put on its tinfoil hats and begun putting together one hell of a theory: Abandoned is really a new Silent Hill game, and legendary troll Hideo Kojima is behind it all. So let’s delve into this murky and complex theory, shall we? Oh, and maybe grab some red string, a pot of coffee, a marker and a big, open space because this is going to get weird.
There’s nothing quite like the classic mascot platformers, and of course the king of these is Mario, a legendary icon that is locked off unless you own a Nintendo console (or play the naff Mario runner mobile game.) But that doesn’t mean you can’t find some games that come close to capturing the Mario magic, which is exactly what I’m looking at today. New Super Lucky’s Tale is a platformer and love letter to games like Mario 64, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, so if you’re looking for something breezy look no further.
Look, I’m like 60% certain that I’m not a psychopath with a lust for extreme violence, but I also can’t die that something about brutal X-ray views of innards becoming outtards and spleens being exploded gives me a warm, tingly sensation. It’s for that reason that the manic action of the new Mortal Kombat games is so engaging to me, and it’s at least partially why this week I’m recommending to you Sniper Elite 4, a game that delivers glorious slot-motion shots of bullets obliterating testicles and intestines alike. But, y’know, the rest of the game is pretty good, too.
We all have regrets in life and one of mine is that I was far too harsh on Maneater when it came out last year, scoring it just two out of five while trying to explain that despite its various shortcomings it was also bloody good fun at times. Perhaps I was trying too hard to be a critic, a connoisseur of video games instead of someone just looking for a good time. So let’s set the record straight: Maneater isn’t an amazing game, especially when you look at it more critically, but it also a game about getting to play as a giant shark that munches humans, destroys boats and developers incredible mutations. If you know what you’re getting into, Maneater is a damn good time, and it’s the perfect fodder for Game Pass.
After the peaceful, relaxing experience of building hospitals and curing people suffering from illnesses in Two-Point Hospital, I thought it would be nice to shift gears and bring some much-needed darkness into our lives. I’ve always had a love for things that take classic fairytales and feel-good stories and twist them into something sinister and strange, which is why this week I’m jumping back to the Xbox 360 era and the cultural touchstone that is Alice in Wonderland.
Having spent quite a lot of time in hospitals the idea of being a doctor never really appealed to me. Plus, all the illnesses looked super boring. Cystic Fibrosis? Pfft. What’s cool about that, man. Luckily, Two-Point Hospital understands that real illnesses kind of suck and don’t involve anywhere near enough unscrewing people’s heads or patients dying in the corridors and becoming obnoxious ghosts who scare the other patients. Being a doctor is cool again!
Welcome back my packmates, it’s time for another wildly inconsistent Weekend Whammy! Hurrah! Personal life at the moment continues to be a messy affair filled with more drama and intrigue than the early seasons of Game of Thrones, so getting anything done is a bit of a challenge. Still, I’m here, we’re head, so what am I chattering about this week? Well, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition impressions, mostly, but there’s also a bunch of Sony news to tackle, Valve games maybe coming to console and how there are 25 Playstation games currently being made. Let’s jump in, yeah?