Listmas 2018: Games I Didn’t Play This Year

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Up next in our #Listmas rounds is a simple question:

What games did you not play this year but wanted to?

My game radar this year remained honed in on Red Dead Redemption II for most of it. But that doesn’t mean my head was in the sand otherwise. A number of awesome games presented themselves for purchase this year, but they did not make it into my library, for reasons. Here are the top five that come to mind. 

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A sense of grandeur in MMORPGs

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Playing dungeons with our friends in World of Warcraft recently I was reminded of just how much I appreciate the background details that many players may not even notice as they race from boss fight to boss fight. The Battle for Azeroth dungeons continue a long tradition of very impressive settings for our five-person exploits.

As is usually the case the areas you can walk with your character are usually quite constrained, if not downright linear, but the illusion of wider spaces and layered environs is still important to me.

A lasting memory, recently revisited via Timewalking, is that of entering the Old Kingdom dungeon and being struck by the immense scale of the cavern within which the relatively small explorable space is painted. Considering how old this content is it remains impressive.

A slightly earlier foray into the mists of dungeons past had me equally appreciative of how effective…

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Adventure Log: Dungeons and Dragons, Part 10

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Jethro saw her for the first time. In a clearing of the thickets that had occupied their dreams for so many weeks, stood a woman adorned in a cloak of feathers, astride a white horse.

“You are all getting closer. Eventually the time will come when you can decide to open the door.” Jethro shouted questions, but before he could get a reply, he awoke. While losing time was getting to the point of normalcy, Jethro had been gone for almost a week and a half, and the party was now far away from Montral’s Mine, sitting in a supply closet in the underground research complexes of the Wizard’s College of Glebhavern.

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10 Retro Gaming Gems We Want To See Ported To Nintendo Switch In 2019

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The Nintendo Switch library is awash with incredible titles, but there’s always room for more. As Christmas approaches, we’ve decided to put together our wish list and send it to Santa himself in the hopes that he’ll be able to port all of our favourite retro titles to the Switch in time for 2019.

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DIZZY PRINCE OF THE YOLKFOLK 

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The Dizzy games were a staple of the Amstrad and Spectrum catalogues back in the 1990s and would make for an egg-cellent addition to the Nintendo Switch library.

Based on the adventures of a plucky heroic egg named Dizzy, the games featured some hard boiled side-scrolling adventures as well as puzzles that would leave your brain feeling more than a little scrambled.

The Dizzy property seems to be a favourite of the homebrew market these days, so Nintendo should really capitalise on his the characters renewed popularity and bring him home…

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The Gamer Crash Awards 2018: Best Soundtrack

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Don’t forget to visit the awards hub for more information on each award, the winners, and the schedule of what’s next. 

I think I say this every year, but it’s true. This is my favorite awards category hands down.

Is there anything better when a game and its music sync up perfectly? Music really is so important to the overall experience, but it’s something that is easily overlooked when talking about things like gameplay or graphics.

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Think about it, a game with bad or forgettable music can be just as detrimental to an experience just as a broken feature or mechanic can. If you’re going to spend a significant amount of your time with a game, isn’t it only right that your ears have a great time as well?

For me, the following games have managed to stand out as having some of the best soundtracks over the past 12 months.

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Persuasion Check: Unearthed Arcana – Sidekicks

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It’s December, and our friends at Wizards of the Coast have gifted us another Unearthed Arcana! This time they’ve given our characters a gift as well, as Sidekicks are December’s topic!

What are sidekicks? Well, have you ever wanted a dog for your character but didn’t play a character with that feature? Or maybe your party made friends with an upstart adventurer who wants to come along and learn the ropes! Whatever the case, Sidekicks allow you to bring along, and level up, companions in one of three Sidekick Classes! These are actually lifted from the 3.5 ‘Generic Classes’, which use the same names of Warrior, Expert, and Spellcaster.

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