GAMING: Going back to future – it’s sci-fi classics
Everybody looks forward to the summer holidays – six weeks of not having to get up until noon.
But when it finally comes around, you realise just how little there is to do without having to pay a lot of money - well, at least, that’s pretty much exactly what happens to me every year. So this year I tried to do my best to beat the burden that is boredom.
With no new games coming out until the last quarter, I had to find an alternative way to stay happy. So I decided to revisit some older games.
I first bought the newest Assassins Creed game (Assassins Creed III). This is one of my favourite game series and turned out to be the best game I’ve bought this year. If you’re a fan of history, sci-fi, good story lines and just generally being a ‘badass’ you have to get this game. I completed it in a week or two and soon enough I was back at square one.
At the same time on my PC I had picked up a copy of Metro 2033, which came out in 2010. I got it as well as eight other games (which I wasn’t too bothered about) for around £5 during a ‘humble bundle’ sale online.
If you have a Steam or Origin account and don’t know what humble bundle is, just type it into to Google. It is a brilliant place to get games for next to nothing.
I was enjoying playing Metro (although I must admit to it being a bit frightening at parts) but then my computer gave up on it and it crashed fairly near the end. I couldn’t be bothered to start again. So, I was back where I started.
I then decided to try something a bit older.
I went and looked through my PS1 games. I picked out Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer and seemed to remember every cut-scene and bit of gameplay from the last time it was played.
It was as awesome as I remembered it to be and it’s a great shame that Insomniac Games don’t make proper Spyro games anymore.
If, for whatever reason, you haven’t played any of the original Spyro games, you can either get a disc copy for the original Play Station or you can now download the first trilogy from the PSN store. It is unavailable on X-box.
Most recently I bought my now favourite game of the year so far: ‘The Last of Us’ by Naughty Dog – the developers of the sublime ‘Uncharted’ series.
It’s set in post-apocalyptic 2033 (the same year as Metro… weird…) after a mysterious fungal disease has turned most of the world’s population into flesh-eating zombie-type creatures.
You take control of Joel who isn’t immune and doesn’t have silly super powers. In fact you could say he’s just an average Joe(L). Ha. Now you may be thinking ‘ugh, another zombie killing gore fest?’ but the truth is that it is mainly plot driven and the plot is really very good. I shan’t tell you what the story is because that would be spoiling it for you and I want you to play the game for yourself.
All that aside, I am still looking forward to the games which are going to be released in the rest of the year.
Mostly, the long anticipated GTA V which I have already pre-ordered and cannot wait until September 17 when I can finally play it. There are many gameplay trailers on the internet that you can go and watch if you’re interested.
I’m also really looking forward to Assassins Creed Black Flag which is released on November 1 in Europe. This game is set during the same time as the Pirates of the Caribbean films and it looks very good indeed. And if it’s anything like the third instalment then it will be good.
I’m also intrigued by the concept of Ubisoft’s ‘The Crew’ which is supposed to have the USA as your playground to drive a vast array of overly polished, overly loud and overly fast cars. I’m not sure what to think at this early stage but I will keep a close eye on it.
Of course then there’s the annual Call of Duty game that all seem to be the same nowadays but it will probably end up in my game pile at some point.
* The latest offering from the Fifa franchise will be a ton better this year as there is a brilliant new edition to League 2 in the form of Newport County! I’m definitely getting Fifa ’14, purely because County are on it.