With January having been and gone and February well under way, it’s time to see how Ben is getting on with his New Year’s resolution…
Good news! I’ve been sticking to my resolution much better than expected. Not that I didn’t have faith that I could do it, but more that I wasn’t sure if I would find games that would help me achieve it. Long story short: I’ve vowed to spend more time really getting to know individual titles inside and out, acknowledging that this will be at the expense of playing the vast majority of new and old releases.
The two games I’ve been getting to know over the start of the year are Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I’ve found that having a couple of releases which operate at completely contrasting paces suits my objectives nicely. Shocking as it may seem, there are days when running around as a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier blasting everything in my way just doesn’t appeal. It’s on those days where the slower grind of a good MMO fills my gaming need – especially one that works so well on Remote Play.
That’s not to say there aren’t similarities in both: there’s the constant levelling grind that underpins each game’s systems and that their longevity depends on the multiplayer community. I’m no psychologist but it probably suggests I have a need to progress through adversity or something.
Anyway… they’re both good. Really good. Stuffed full of content too. Black Ops 3 has three different modes, each with a variety of modifiers to increase the replay options. Between a campaign, zombies and a slew of multiplayer you’re spoiled for choice – and that’s before you consider the nightmare and free run modes too. Then, as you might expect, Final Fantasy XIV has the depth and options of the best MMOs out there. Whether it’s questing, raiding, crafting or fishing the title has you covered.
I’m concerned though. Concerned about my willpower. Tom Clancy’s The Division will be on us soon and I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to resist the overtures of something that on the surface will combine the appeal of both my current games. Then there’s DOOM, Battleborn, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and No Man’s Sky in the next few months too – not to mention the raft of indie games that continue to push boundaries and challenge the medium.
My willpower is going to come under some severe testing… wish me luck.