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Some game recommendations
Sorry for the lack of newsletters. And to think I started off so well... It has been a tough few months. Got myself an iPad Pro, though!
Buying games is hard, so maybe I can inspire you with what I have been playing since the last newsletter. I am writing some stuff for future editions.
What I have been playing:
Ace Combat 7 — I have actually completed the campaign today and I loved it. For years I imagined how great it would be be able to play one of them and they delivered a solid PC port (HOTAS and ultrawide issues set aside) and a great game. Ace Combat 2 to some extent, but mainly Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere formed a large part of my childhood gaming diet. Watching YouTube videos of gameplay was quite the nostalgia trip. Do I recommend AC 7? Yes. Absolutely yes. The plane models are life-like. There is a space elevator involved. The maps are vast. I am definitely writing more about it more in future.
Donut County — picked it up for the iPad and it is a fun little game. Great music and a perfect game to play in small chunks. Mechanics are simple and the game is not particularly difficult. A good way to waste time.
Beat Cop — a fun take on 80’s New York police television shows with great dialogue and interesting mechanics. Not the most fun to play but a good package overall — to elaborate, the mechanics are tedious at times and there will be patches of where nothing really happens. Also played on iPad.
Obviously more Rocket League I am never gonna give it up! If you think the game’s community has declined, that is not the case. Psyonix has surprisingly been able to keep it going with constant updates. It is now possible to invite friends who play on other platforms to join your “party” and now I have an excuse to play even more!
Hitman 2 — oh man oh man. The maps are incredible! Both large yet detailed. If you enjoyed 2016’s Hitman, this is more of the same with extra spice. Perhaps I was not as absorbed by it as I could have in my first playthrough due to having played lots of Hitman just before I picked it up, but this is an evergreen game that you can always come back to. There is so much to explore and experience and you can try infinite ways to creatively kill your targets. Definitely recommended.
Arkham Knight — my second playthrough and still very enjoyable. This time I played the DLC missions. Three missions in The Season of Infamy (if I recall correctly) are integrated in the game’s campaign with the remainder being fun little standalone missions. In From the Cold was a heart-warming story which explores Mr Freeze’s dilemma thereby exploring his true motivations and character. Both Batman and Mr Freeze are painted as what they are, two humans. Perhaps one of my favourite bits of the Arkham series. I received the DLC for free due to owning it prior to the disastrous PC performance at launch (REMEMBER THAT?). I achieved 100% on the game except for the (truly awful) Riddler trophies and missions, but thankfully, they are not necessary to complete. Oh, and I have the Batman suit from The Dark Knight and it looks incredible!
Thanks for reading and never stop loving games!