2022 is upon us, and with it, my quest to vanquish my video game backlog continues. Here are the games I plan to finish this year (in no particular order).
Far Cry Primal (PC)
After finishing my replay of the Mass Effect trilogy, I needed a palette cleanser. More specifically, I needed the exact opposite of Mass Effect, a game about advanced man exploring space, befriending alien races, and working to save a galactic community.
Far Cry Primal is a game about early man surviving the paleolithic era, cracking the skulls of other races, and ensuring your tribe dominates others in a chaotic, uncivilized world. In other words, the complete opposite experience — and the perfect fit.
It’s been a very enjoyable change of pace so far. There’s little dialogue, menacing big cats lurk around every corner, and splitting the skulls of your fellow man is cathartic. The other night, I fatally impaled a neanderthal against a cave wall with a spear, only to watch his head thrash violently:
I’m playing it on Survival mode, too, which makes the experience far less forgiving and far more immersive.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Epic)
The Epic Game Store has been showering its users with discounts in attempts to legitimize its online marketplace. So, with a provided coupon, I picked up Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for dirt cheap. A month or so later, it was free with Amazon Prime Gaming — D’oh! But that’s PC gaming for you these days, isn’t it? You could probably get away with never paying for triple-A PC games ever again with all the promotions these monolithic corporations throw our way. At this point, they’re seemingly more eager to compete for attention and usage share than dollars.
Anyway: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It’s a “Souls-like” action-adventure Star Wars game. I’ve heard great things about it. I’m excited to play it. I’m now leery of Epic’s lickerish discount lullabies.
Nier: Automata (PS4)
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I haven’t played a JRPG in a while, and Nier: Automata garnered considerable acclaim a few years back. Admittedly, after watching some gameplay videos that showcased its arid, bleak landscapes, I wasn’t particularly enthused. But, as is often the case with video games, appearances can be deceiving. So I’m going to give it a shot.
Darksiders 3 (PS4)
There was something serene and methodical about Darksiders 2 that I loved. Even though it’s a game about a scythe-wielding, muscle-bound masked-man, it emphasized scale, vulnerability, and ingenuity. In its colourful and stylized world, you technically play as Death — but even Death has to look out for himself and contend with forces beyond his control. It took equal parts strength, patience, and cunning to see his quest to its end.
From what I can understand, Darksiders 3’s gameplay deviated from D2 in some fundamental ways. But overall, it seems well-liked, and if it even half-resembles Darksiders 2, I’ll probably enjoy it.
Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Campaign (BNet)
As a no-good, Mountain-Dew-sipping dirty gamer boy, I can’t resist a good Call of Duty campaign. That may be sacrilege to some, but a lot of these games are actually quite good: Tight, compact, cinematic shooter experiences that rarely waste your time.
From what I’ve heard, Vanguard hasn’t earned the most fanfare, but I’m still excited to delve into its brand of high-octane World War II conquest.
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