Since the very first time I saw a trailer for the game, Watch_Dogs was one of my most anticipated games coming into the year. That’s what makes it that much stranger that I haven’t touched the game since putting a few hours into it on launch day. It really can’t be attributed to anything Watch_Dogs did itself, but more to the fact that I seem to have a nagging problem of not finishing games; or at least not playing the significant games that I should be spending my time with. I finally returned to the game now that I’ve played through and completed both Alpha Protocol and Spec Ops: The Line, and I am now seeing that the game is as fun as I originally imagined after seeing the trailers.
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of Grand Theft Auto V being out on the market, and thinking back on it, there is still a glaring omission from the overall package. I recall all of the excitement and anticipation for the game when it was announced, and even further excitement when details of Grand Theft Auto Online began to surface. Then the game released, and people went nuts over it, as the insane sales numbers have clearly shown. However, the one major negative surrounding Grand Theft Auto’s release was the fact that Online wasn’t available from day one, but instead didn’t release until a few weeks later. Though a minor annoyance at first, when GTA Online finally did launch it was as much completely insane and stupid fun as one could hope. However, that one glaring omission that we are still waiting for today is Heists, and at this point you have to wonder if it will be too little too late when it finally comes out.
It’s not every day that you find yourself playing a game that puts its story before its gameplay. Especially when that game is a FPS. Yet that’s exactly what Spec Ops: The Line did, and it was better for doing so. Of all the games on my backlog, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the time where I’d finally play this one, especially after hearing the constant praise it gets as an underrated experience. My first attempt to do so was thwarted by an unreadable disc, but fortunately Microsoft had one of their crazy Games on Demand sales and I picked it up again that way. When I finally did sit down to play it, the entire game was beaten in one afternoon, but it was a great experience.
If you were to have asked me a year ago which format I prefer for gaming, I would have told you physical. In fact, the only real reason why I ever really bought games digitally was if there was a great sale on the Xbox 360, or if I was picking up my free games on the PlayStation 3 thanks to PlayStation Plus. However, fast-forward to today and I only want to buy games digitally, and basically now avoid physical games like they’re the plague. So what’s changed? Well, quite a few things.
Everyone has their different franchises that they purchase every game that comes down the pipeline from. For myself, those franchises, on an annual basis, tend to be Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, and NHL. In fact for NHL in particular, I believe that I’ve purchased the newest game every year since NHL 06 or 07. The benefit of which is that I’ve been able to watch as the game has continued to improve with each yearly release. With NHL 15 it feels like it will be a completely different story though, with the franchise finally making the leap to the Xbox One / PS4. I was very disappointed, as I’m sure many NHL fans were, that NHL 14 did not make it onto the Xbox One, despite the fact that many other sports games did, so this year’s edition comes with a very warm welcome.