Oh, look, half of 2021 is gone already. I hadn't noticed that it was time to take stock of the best games of the year so far. Note that anything that might have come out on or after July 1st, perhaps distracting me from other things, isn't eligible..
Let me take this opportunity to once again remind videogame designers that there is never a good reason to put something on a 3D globe, because now I can’t see half of the map despite the fact that there’s plenty of screen real estate where I could have seen more of the map if you hadn’t insisted on being cute and making me twirl a 3D globe around.
Preach! This alone drove me off of Imagine Earth just like it did Even More Extremely Super Mega Commander or whatever the Total Annihilation guys called that game.
Yeah, I should have included a list of stuff I’ve been meaning to check out, but haven’t gotten around to yet. The Tainted Grail game is one of them, but it looks like yet another deck-builder rogue-like, and I’m sooooo burned out on that genre.
Other games from the first half of the year I’ve wanted to try are Urtuk, Trials of Fire, Legend of Keepers, Silicon Dreams, Where’s Samantha, Vedelem, First Feudal, and Mind Scanners.
I have mostly ignored Imagine Earth, probably because the art style didn’t quite grab me in screenshots. Hearing it compared to Settlers 7 puts it on my radar…and my wishlist for now.
It is funny seeing that Resident Evil Village screengrab in the header. Between the poor performance, micro-stutters, and limp gunplay I put it aside after a few hours. Seeing that the cracked/pirated version performs much better maybe I will revisit it if Capcom ever removes the shit DRM from it. Sadly though Village and the multiplayer Hood were two massive disappointments for me this year.
Yeah, that would probably be my #11, after Ratchet & Clank. It would be killing me that I can’t play the latest Ratchet & Clank and Housemarque games, if it weren’t for Old World devouring all my time and attention. Thank you, Soren Johnson and Mohawk Games, for making the wait for a PS5 easier!