2018 is almost over so its just about time to bring out the wine, party poppers, and pointy hats to celebrate the start of the new year. It’s also about that time when every single video game reviewer and blogger on the face of the planet makes a fancy list of their favorite games and biggest disappointments. Then proceeds to spam your social media with them!
Sundered is a Metroidvania game with a strong Lovecraft influence with its visuals and references. If you are familiar with other products influenced by Lovecraft you will notice references to things like Nyarlathotep or Atlach Nacha. I myself have never read any of his work, but I fancy some board games and tabletop RPGs that have spawned from it. So despite not being an actual fan, even I appreciate the nods to the Elder Gods of that universe in Sundered.
Many years ago I played a game titled Earth Defense Force 2017. For its time, it had low-quality graphics, cheesy dialogue, a silly story, and it was an insane amount of fun to play. Now in 2018, I’ve got my hands on Earth Defense Force 5 and…well..not much has changed. Its graphics are still mostly poor. Its dialogue is over the top and cheesy and its story went past movie theaters and DVD and landed straight on the Sy Fy channel. But in spite of all of that, it’s a damn fun game to play
Exotic matter is an open world adventure game by MoebiusGames. It is currently in early access and is available on Steam. Overview Exotic Matter takes the
Kingdom Two Crowns is a life lesson in artistic form. What lesson does it teach? A couple of them in fact. Firstly, that mistakes can never ever be undone ever, seriously ever. Secondly, it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you have done or who you are. As long as you have boatloads of money!
Sector six would be easy to dismiss as a run of the mill side scrolling shooter by looking at a few screenshots. But let me assure you, that would be a big mistake. Sector Six surprised me, Yes it’s a scrolling shoot ’em up and yes it was made by one person. But beneath the surface is a detailed game with a whole lot of unexpected depth.
Mutant Year Zero snags the DNA of tactical turn-based combat from X-Com, splices it with the stealth and exploration of adventure titles, and injects it in the embryonic egg of a linear story based package. The result? A mutated beast with a unique identity, but hideous in spots.
Chef allows you to channel your inner Gordon Ramsay as you manage a restaurant. You start the game by creating your very own cute little chef, there are a decent amount of appearance options available to customize your doll like avatar with.
Aside from having a super cool company name, Shotgun With Glitters put Moss Destruction into early access back in September of 2018 and has been continually updating it ever since. Seriously though, that name. I went and chose Gideon’s Gaming for my site when I could have had something like that…so much regret…..
Parkitect puts you in the big comfy armchair of, well, a Parkitect. It’s up to you to design, run and manage a theme park of your own creation. You can do this via a campaign mode, or just by building your own park from scratch. Campaign mode has you creating a park in a variety of goal-oriented levels. You can also build one in a free play mode with a set of stock maps or ones you have unlocked from the campaign. If you are feeling particularly creative you can even make your own map and scenario.
Uagi-Saba is a strange combination of genres that is both charming and aesthetically pleasing, but somewhat shallow from end to end. In it, you are building a sanctuary to hold and care for ancient creatures known as Mystics. In practice, you are building a labyrinth of rooms from a 2D perspective, producing and spending resources and keeping inhabitants happy.