3 Games I Can’t Wait For

I can’t tell you how many hours I have lost to PC gaming, but I can tell you that I don’t regret a single second. If I had the time, I would play games all day, every day! But there’s a lot of games coming out this year, here are just a few that I am looking forward to.

 

Grand Theft Auto V

I already own this game on Xbox, but I don’t really play it. This is purely because I have changed over to PC gaming. I have always loved the Grand Theft games and this one is the best yet, it’s almost like The Sims now, but with guns and beautiful graphics. Obviously this game isn’t for everybody and I personally wouldn’t give it to a child, but as an adult, I love this. I can lose hours to just driving around causing absolute havoc and let’s be honest that’s what we love about the open world. We can do anything we want! Punch a shark, steal a plane, break into the military base. Anything! I can’t wait for the PC release of this game in April, the beautiful graphics matched with multiplayer is going to be the reason I say goodbye to sleep!

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I have the first two games in my steam library and I am thoroughly looking forward to a new installment. Will it be the last? Who knows, I certainly hope not. Open Worlds have to be my favourite type of game. Having the option to stray from the main story missions is always a plus in my books. I often get bored if I have to stick to the story, so having options makes games like these all the better. The graphics look incredible and come on, who doesn’t like fighting monsters? To be released in May, this game shows a lot of promise for fans of the franchise, I just hope it doesn’t let us down.

 

Lego Jurassic World

Everyone loves Lego right? And quite a lot of us love Dinosaurs, so putting the two together just makes sense. Lego has always been a big part of my life and I have always enjoyed the games, one of my favourites has to be The Hobbit, but I also had a lot of fun with the Harry Potter series. This new installment promises plenty of humour and hours of gameplay. I can’t wait for June, so I can jump into the best park in the World!

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Adventure Time: The Secret Of The Nameless Kingdom

Oh My Glob, a new Adventure Time game! Join Jake and Finn in a brand new top-down adventure game with plenty of puzzles to solve. I, like many other hardcore Adventure Time fans was excited for this new game. It looked hilarious and I was personally very excited to go on my own adventure with my favourite cartoon dog and human.

This game is easy to get to grips with, although there isn’t really any tutorial for the controls. When I run into a monster I can’t help myself but shout “Oh my Glob!!” and run away in terror, because for some reason defending yourself just seems to be a bit too difficult.

Jake takes the form of a shield at the beginning of the game and he’s the only defense you have to reflect attacks, however getting the angle just right is tricky and I found myself dying quite a lot because the controls are just a little too sensitive.

Having said that, the humour Jake brings to the game is brilliant and quite frankly needed. They break the fourth wall quite a lot and it can be amusing. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot more I can say about this game that is good.

The gameplay is slow, the map is too vague to know where you’re really going and the puzzles are just a bit too confusing. It’s as if you need to do everything in a particular order and you won’t be able to complete the big missions unless you’ve done A, B and C first. That would be fine, if the game made it clear as to what you’re meant to do, but it doesn’t.

Most games introduce you to the controls, the menus and the plot before you get into the nitty gritty part; but this game just drops you right into the fray and expects you to know what you’re supposed to do. There is a shop mechanic, which seems like a good idea but everything is just too expensive. While collecting “All the rubles!” isn’t hard, it is tedious and wastes an awful lot of time.

All in all I would play this game for thirty minutes at a time but no more. It isn’t a game you can get lost in and I personally can’t handle more than half an hour at a time. If I were to score it out of 10, it would get a generous 5. There are some good parts to this game, but for the most part it falls flat.

Hit or Miss? Borderlands: The Pre Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel

Crazy enemies, insane guns and horrific creatures are just a few of the aspects we are all used to in the Borderlands universe. Two games have provided players with hours of unlimited fun, with unusual driving controls and over powered guns that literally blow your enemy into a hundred pieces.

I, like many others, have spent countless hours in front of my screen shooting psycho’s and reviving my friends as we get over run by raging goliaths. But I never thought that anything was really missing. Sure the game would sometimes make you rage, but a lot of games do and that’s a part of the fun.

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel has crash landed into our homes and I was very excited to see what new additions Gearbox had come up with. A new location, new characters and a younger Jack are just the tip of the iceberg and needless to say I had high hopes for this eagerly anticipated installment.

The story takes place before Jack turns into, well…Jack, before he goes power mad and before we try to shoot him in his handsome face. The new vault hunters are unique and fun, while I currently favour Wilhelm I have no doubt that whatever character you choose to play as, you will enjoy the game and storyline.

As well as new characters and weapons, there is also a new survival element you have to keep your eye on. You need oxygen to be able to survive in this new world and it can come in handy if you find yourself surrounded by lunatics with laser guns. Using your oxygen kit to jump, you can ground slam your opponents and push them away from you while dealing damage to everyone in the immediate area.

Oxygen is a great addition to the game and adds a little bit more difficulty to survival, but while oxygen isn’t in short supply, when surrounded by enemies I did often forget about my need for O2 and found myself running to the closest oxygen vent in a panic.

But were these additions missing from the previous games? Does Borderlands need O2 kits, hoverbike style cars and aliens? The game hasn’t grasped my attention like the previous two have and a part of me can’t help but wonder if Gearbox lost the Borderlands charm with adding all of these new mechanics. The brilliant humour is still very much alive but I can’t help but miss Pandora and all of its unique locations. There is something about Pandora that makes me want to go back to it time and time again but Elpis is missing that, it doesn’t feel like home and it’s scenery is extremely repetitive.

While my heart isn’t in the game or with the characters just yet, I will keep following them in the hope that I will fall in love with Elpis just as I did with Pandora. If you’re a hardcore Borderlands fan I recommend this game, you will enjoy the new characters and of course running over enemies, but to those that are new to the franchise, I’d advice you start with the first game, introduce yourself to the psycho’s and watch the skies for those pesky rakk’s.

What I’d Really Miss

You are on a mission to Mars. Because of the length of of the journey, you will never be able to return to Earth. What about our blue planet will you miss the most?

The obvious answer would be the people I love. My friends, my family and my other half, but if I were to step away from the stereotypical answer, then the answers become materialistic.

Of course, human interaction is important and I would miss all the laughs with the amazing people in my life. But I’m also the type of person that likes their own space. I can quite happily lock myself away for days on end and talk to literally nobody. Whether I’d be able to spend forever in solitude is a different matter.

I’d miss my computer games, especially Minecraft as it’s introduced me to so many amazing people (including some of my best friends and my other half). I find playing games a great pass time, so I’d definitely miss that.

Despite the frustration involved, I would miss driving my car. Even though driving is getting increasingly more dangerous due to negligent drivers, I still love being behind the wheel.

There’s an awful lot I would miss about this World, more things than I’d care to list. But I don’t think there would be anything I’d miss more than my loved ones. I know it’s cheesy and a bit cliché but I cherish the moments I have with them all and they all know that I love them dearly. 

Just the thought of being so far away from my loved ones and never seeing them again, makes me nervous. I don’t know what I would do without the love and support that is constantly surrounding me. It’s uplifting and inspiring. We all take our loved ones for granted and when they’re gone…that’s it. Live every day as it comes and remember that tomorrow could be very different.