Old and new: 4 games that you need to be playing right now

Jake Hughes
May 15, 2018 - 1:34 pm

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You might want to sit down. This will probably come as a big shock to you, but…

I play video games.

I know, I know, completely out of nowhere. But not only do I play them, I like to think that I have rather good taste in them. Oh, sure, there are some genres I dismiss on sight, like JRPG’s. Sorry, but I have no interest in playing "Angsty Androgynous Teenager with Spikey Hair Saves the World 27." But for the most part, I’ll give anything a chance. I’m the king of buy-and-then-return-the-same-day on Steam.

I figured I’d let you know what I’m playing these days. Mostly big name titles, but one or two smaller ones you might want to check out.

God of War (PS4)

This should surprise no one. Already gaining traction for GOTY mere weeks after its release, “Dad of Boy” centers around former Greek god-slaying Kratos and his son, Atreus, as they trapise through Norse mythology. I’m only halfway through the game, but I can tell you it has earned the praise. Unlike earlier GoW games, the combat is up close and tight, with an emphasis on thoughtful combos instead of button mashing, and knowing when to use Atreus’ bow can turn the battle. But the big draw is the story. Previous games never had much of a story beyond, “You mad, go kill,” but this one weaves an excellent narrative in with the combat.

Far Cry 5 (Xbox One PS4, PC)

Some might complain that this game is simply, “more of the same” from the Far Cry series. I answer, “Yeah… so?” Set in rural Montana, you have to free a county from the clutches of a doomsday cult. In true FC fashion, you do this through liberating outposts, taking out VIP’s, exploring the huge map and generally being a good little resistance fighter. The shooting is tight, the car control great and oh, by the way, you can team up with a drug-fueled, man-eating bear named Cheeseburger. Literally, what more could you ask for in a game?

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)

I’ve beating the dead and rotting horse of the DS franchise to death. But with the remaster coming out shortly, I felt it time to revisit Lordran. You might say, “Jake, why not just wait for the new version and play that?” Well, because I refuse to pay $20 for a mere graphics update. Besides, this time, after beating it legit multiple times, I’m playing with the aid of a program called Cheat Engine. I just started, and all my stats are at hard cap, I’m in full Havel’s set and all the most powerful magic spells. I assume this must be what the Angel of Death felt like in Egypt. “You! Death!” Ornstein and Smaugh are no match for my Havel monster!

Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4, PC)

I think what drew me to this game initially was the protagonist. He’s a fox who’s a former thief, and Robin Hood is one of my favorite Disney movies. (No, I am not a furry.) The game takes place in a fantasy land ruled by an evil emperor. A teenage rabbit whom you are sworn to protect has a book that can aid the rebellion, and so you, very reluctantly, follow him and fight the good fight. What makes the game interesting is twofold. First, the story is told by an unreliable story teller who narrates your every action in a very dry, snarky way. Second, like the name suggests, this is a game where choices matter. You will make decisions that affect the entire way the game plays out. The writing is spot-on, the combat is intuitive, and the visuals are well done. Definitely check this one out if you can.