Which game did you miss in 2017 that you're saving for the holidays?
It’s the PC Gamer Q&A! Every week, our panel of PC Gamer writers ponders a query about PC gaming, earlier than offering a brief and informative response. This week: which game did you miss in 2017 that you’re saving for the holidays? We’d love to listen to your solutions in the feedback beneath, too.
Jody Macgregor: Shadowhand
I loved Regency Solitaire, which was Grey Alien’s earlier reskinning of solitaire as a Jane Austen-style interval drama. And I appreciated Faerie Solitaire too, which was a unique studio known as Subsoap mainly reimagining solitaire as a cute Popcap game. What I am saying is, if you can flip enjoying playing cards by your self into some sort of saga then I’m your viewers. But I did not even get previous the tutorial of Shadowhand earlier than I needed to put it apart and play different issues I wanted to jot down about extra urgently.
From what I noticed it is a extra thorough twist on solitaire than they’ve tried earlier than, one that makes use of it as the randomizing issue for RPG fight in the similar means different video games use cube. You play a highwaywoman, and there is swashbuckling, romance, and pirates concerned. In a means it jogs my memory of a tabletop RPG known as Castle Falkenstein, which additionally used playing cards as a substitute of cube and a interval setting the place individuals stated “indubitably” with a straight face. I am wanting ahead to giving it a correct probability once I can play it on a laptop computer balanced on my abdomen which can be stuffed with Christmas ham.
Wes Fenlon: Night In The Woods
I have been looking for the time to play Night in the Woods all yr. I undoubtedly have some pent-up emotions about small city America (and perhaps a latent worry of getting to return to it in the future), and a sensible, humorous game constructed round that setting is one thing I do know I am going to love. Earlier this yr my girlfriend and I performed Oxenfree collectively and had a good time, so I’ve had Night in the Woods pegged for our subsequent game. We simply by no means acquired to it, and in October the builders introduced an expanded model was in the pipe, so that felt like an excellent purpose to attend. Weird Autumn version is out simply in time for the holidays, so I’ve acquired Night in the Woods pegged for a post-Christmas game. I can not wait to snigger, and in addition most likely be a bit depressed.
Chris Livingston: The Long Dark
When it involves survival video games I are inclined to overdo it, enjoying a bunch of them in a brief time frame earlier than getting so sick of chopping down timber and cooking at campfires that I can not bear to play one other one for months. Then, ultimately, I get again into them once more for some time. The first time I performed The Long Dark, then in Early Access, I used to be at the tail finish of storm of survival video games and I bounced proper off it, unwilling to mope round freezing and ravenous and questioning the place my subsequent meal would come from. It left Early Access this yr, and I wish to lastly give it a correct look. Maybe when my stomach is stuffed with Christmas ham and my ft heat in new socks, I am going to lastly be in the proper temper to place some actual time in it.
Philippa Warr: Okami HD
I did not precisely miss it—I used to be really all the way down to overview it at one level—however numerous different options conspired to maneuver Okami out of my grasp when the HD model got here to PC. I really performed it on console again in 2007 however hit a bug over midway by way of rendering progress unimaginable however being unable to reset to some extent earlier than it had bugged. Faced with dropping greater than a dozen hours of progress, I could not face going again. About a decade later the irritation of that bug has abated simply sufficient for me to think about returning to the inky world and attempting another time. Fail me once more, although, wolf, and I will be ditching you for Slime Rancher faster than you can whip out a paintbrush.
Andy Kelly: Wolfenstein 2
Since it was launched, Wolfenstein II has been sitting unplayed in my Steam library, watching me, questioning why I do not need to load it up and kill Nazis. So I reckon the holidays, when I’ve an abundance of spare time, is once I’ll lastly give Blazkowicz the consideration he most likely deserves. I did not love the authentic, although, so I am a bit of cautious of this one. I hear it is tough, and I haven’t got the endurance for laborious video games lately. So we’ll see how that pans out. If I can not get on with it, there are a dozen different video games I did not get round to enjoying.
Evan Lahti: The Elder Scrolls Legends
I have been abstaining completely from digital playing cards for the previous 4 or 5 months so I may dive elbows-deep into the new Elder Scrolls: Legends set, Return to Clockwork City. Thematically, it is targeted on the mechanical creations of the Dwemer (and people who’d hope to steal from their historical vaults), with a brand new singleplayer marketing campaign and a bunch of latest playing cards. Competitively its influence has apparently been a bit underwhelming, however I am nonetheless wanting ahead to reacquainting myself with the meta. Unlike the FPSes I play, certainly one of the issues I’ve at all times beloved about Magic: TG and different card video games is that their landscapes can shift so shortly and dramatically, whilst gamers merely uncover new synergies. I imply, that’s a part of the enterprise technique. I like observing the shifts in “what’s in style” on websites like betweenthelanes.web (co-run by the glorious TESL streamer CVH), selecting out a brand new deck that fits me, constructing it, then modding it additional based mostly on my preferences.
Bo Moore: Nier: Automata
I am unsure if this counts, since technically I’ve already put many hours into it this yr, however Nier: Automata. I completed my first playthrough of the superior action-RPG about robots with emotions earlier this yr, however as (most) individuals know, the game has a number of (26, to be actual) endings and is supposed to be replayed a number of instances. I am wanting ahead to beginning my “route B” playthrough, however I have been holding off for the previous couple of weeks, saving it for vacation time once I can actually dive in.
Steven Messner: Cuphead
I am certainly one of the shameful few who by no means touched Cuphead on launch. It’s not that I do not discover the game interesting (I do), simply that when everybody praised it at launch I felt like I used to be at a breaking level in what number of video games I used to be attempting to juggle and full. Adding a excruciatingly robust boss brawler to that pile would have absolutely pushed me to insanity. But what are the holidays for if not bashing your head in opposition to one thing repeatedly, sinking into the depths of despair as you notice you cannot succeed, after which consuming in the darkish till the wee hours of the AM? Oh, I am going to most likely boot up the new Path of Exile enlargement too as a result of the new league seems like enjoyable.
Tim Clark: Assassin’s Creed Origins
I’ve theoretically earmarked Assassin’s Creed Origins as this yr’s ‘massive’ Christmas game to wallow in. My fear right here is that 1) every time I’ve tried to run it, it is had some fairly wild efficiency dips, and a couple of) I’ll nearly definitely use these as an excuse to return to Destiny 2 and grind for Masterworks weapons whereas watching previous British detective exhibits. Last Christmas I ploughed by way of each Inspector Morse episode on the ITV Hub. That’s lots of useless professors. A query I can extra confidently reply is what is going to I be consuming. And the reply is good sherry.