Question: The presents have been opened and dinner has been eaten, so you’ve got a bit of time for gaming while Gran is snoozing on the sofa. What’s the best video game to play during the holidays?
Jon: It certainly needs to be something a bit more chilled for this time of year, so I’m going to opt for some relaxing Stardew Valley. A game that can be stressful, if you try to “beat” it, but absolutely wonderful if you sit back and just “discover” it.
Woop: Hmm The Sims. It’s my go-to chilled/slow paced game. Perfect for when you feel fat and slightly hung over, from all the chocolate consumed in a very short space of time 😛
Cat: Sonic The Hedgehog or Streets of Rage.
Dan’s Wife: I miss playing things like Guitar Hero! Get everyone involved and have a laugh!
Dan: Only because you troll everyone by saying you can’t play, then beating us all, Mrs Grade-something-or-other Cello/Piano!
Chris: Something with a good storyline to burn through whilst you have all that time off. I’m currently playing Remember Me. It’s pretty good, I’m really enjoying it. I think the prelaunch hype about altering memories ruined the game before it was even released.
Dan: Pre-launch hype?
Chris: Yeah they went on about being able to alter the memories of your enemies, to turn them into allies or generally mess with them. Turns out, in the final game, this can only be done in scripted sequences that are remarkably like the crime scene investigations in Batman: Arkham City. People were not amused lol.
Dan: Peoples expectations are too high I feel.
Chris: I think it was more the PR people completely miss-selling it in this instance – the memory altering thing is a tiny scripted part of the game, where you have no control over the outcome, yet they made a big thing out of it.
Dan: I’ve always associated Christmas with driving/racing and sports games, for some reason. I play driving games year round, I love them. Forza games are getting most of the love right now. Over the years, I’ve stopped being interested in sports, as well as sports games, but I used to dabble in the likes of Pro Evolution Soccer and NHL. At Christmas time, I can be persuaded to pick up the controller for those once more 😉
Having said all that, I’ve purchased STEEP during the Steam Winter Sale, which Woop and I played the heck out of during the open beta last year. The final game, a year on, is sublime. Oh there’s a photo mode too, sort of, so I’m doomed. Every hour of trying to beat something is followed by another hour of constantly rewinding and pausing the replays, to get another screenshot haha.