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.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead has always excelled at flipping the script when you least expect it. Whenever things seem to be going well, and at times when you can even get a laugh out at the feel-good situations, everything changes in an instant, and those feel-good laughs turn into sobs of sadness. The season finale of The Walking Dead: Season Two, “No Going Back,” was spot on in representing this, and delivered another emotional season closure that rivals that of Season One.
While going through older games to mark down on my Backloggery page what my multiplayer progression was in some of them, the Call of Duty games were among the first. As I was going from disc to disc, it got me thinking of all of the great experiences that I’ve had while playing some of these games. Not only did they provide a way to interact with my own friends, but they’ve also helped me to become friends with people online, and even people that I’ve since met in person.
It’s been awhile since I’ve last written a blog, but then again, life often gets in the way and all. This time around, a lot of that is thanks to the hectic days of this year’s Gamescom which took place last week. Most of my time in those early days of the event were spent either writing or managing news for TrueAchievements, so it didn’t leave much time to focus on my own personal blogging. However, now that things have died down, I figured the most appropriate way to get back into the swing of things would be to write a wrap-up of what I saw at the conferences that appealed to my tastes directly.