Whenever a new game releases, we expect that it’s a completely finished product with not much else to add after a player beats and completes all there is to offer. Sometimes DLC may get developed and added later for purchase, as this has been a common practice for most video games. But once a game has been experienced for the first time and we feel mostly satisfied with what we have played after it’s over, we’re already moving onto the next story and gameplay to pull at the heartstrings and excite us. The game we just played will still be the same game when we revisit it at a later date, right? Not exactly when we look at a video game like Final Fantasy XV, the one game so far that’s striving to give players newer content with tweaks to the gameplay each and every time you decide to load it up on your console.
We’re nearly two months done with the year 2018 and it has me thinking about video games lately. Many video games sites and blogs often discuss which upcoming games in the new year they’re most excited to see and play across all platforms. It’s a mixed bag of genres, style, and gameplay that will appeal to just about any personal gaming tastes. Or at the very least put it on a gamer’s watch list if they’re on the fence deciding to purchase it on Day 1. When taking stock of the titles coming for the current year we’re in, I always find myself counting less games on my hand of what I’ll immediately purchase.
Last year I picked up Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch and joined the millions of people who fell in love with this widely popular online multiplayer game. It became the game to play with my friend whenever we had our gaming sessions every other weekend. With currently 26 characters to choose from, Moira being the newest and latest character to join the roster, players are bound to find one or two they really enjoy playing as. After spending more time playing the game and almost trying every single character available, I can confidently say I have found the ones I’ll gravitate towards each and every time.
Final Fantasy XV had a jam packed 2017 for DLC. Despite the game’s initial 2016 release, newer content is still being created and released even after players have ended their journey with Noctis and his crew. The most anticipated DLC fans of the game have been looking forward to are the companion episodes that dug deeper into key moments in the game that affected Noctis’ friends solely: Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis. With all three episodes now available to download and play, I review and rank each DLC episode dedicated to these lovable bros.
The extra content in Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV is the gift that keeps on giving. The developers seem to feel there’s still much more players can get out of the game that’s way past how FFXV wraps up the story of Noctis and his friends. With the announcement of at least three more episodic DLC coming for FFXV next year, starting with an episode focused on the game’s main antagonist Ardyn, there will be plenty more to do before every aspect of the story and characters have been completely exhausted. Among the content the developers are hoping players will embrace is their latest multiplayer feature Comrades, and being a lover of all things FFXV I gave the multiplayer a shot.
The month of October will conjure a lot of images—pumpkin spice everything, foliage watching, or several rounds of beers at Oktober Fest events in your local area. But nothing screams October quite like Halloween does. Black cats, jack-o-lanterns, costumes, candy, and spooky ghost stories bring out the fun and festive side of Halloween. But if you’re past a certain age where eating candy or dressing up is no longer cool and you’re a gamer, maybe you prefer to celebrate Halloween by staying in and playing a scary video game.
Horror is not my favorite genre, and I have touched upon it before in the now defunct Geek Force Network. But just because you won’t find me playing games like The Evil Within or Silent Hill that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways I could get my own dose of chills and thrills through other video games. Sometimes you may actually play games where you wouldn’t expect to encounter a part that just makes you jump out of your seat a little or leaves you with an uneasy feeling until you get through that one section of the game. In honor of all things that are a little bit frightening, I’ve compiled a short list of gaming moments that gave me the creeps. There also may be some spoilers in the video games I discuss, so proceed with caution.
At this point in my gamer life, I have played and been exposed to a wide range of video games. I’d say I have come a long way since my medium status as a gamer when I fully embraced being one back in 2009. But one of the games I haven’t played much of are games specifically designed to be online multiplayer games. Think of games like Destiny and League of Legends. These type of games don’t interest me much because it requires you to either play with a friend who owns the same game as you, or play with a bunch of strangers online if you don’t know anyone else who has the game. I’ve always been content with playing games that are singular experiences and doesn’t require an Internet connection to play. Recently, I finally took a chance on Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly successful 2016 online multiplayer, first-person shooter Overwatch.
When players reach the end of a video game, they take a moment to reflect on the experience before placing the game back on the shelf and moving onto the next one. Sometimes there might be DLC to play at a later date or maybe there’s no new additional content to look forward to. You get what you get. Then you have games like Final Fantasy XV that goes beyond story related DLC to give you fun events or extra features to keep you coming back to the game. The limited time special events Moogle Chocobo Carnival and the latest Assassin’s Festival make it impossible to resist diving back into the world of FFXV.
Normally, this is about the time I would have a report about my latest progress with the video game I chose to finish in a month posted. If you followed along with me so far, you would know I managed to finish my ongoing video game challenge with Mass Effect: Andromeda a lot sooner than I had originally anticipated. Rather than choose an official video game challenge to replace the one I finished, I decided to use the rest of the month to play whatever game I wanted. I’ve done well in the backlog department, and I’m here to recap the games I completed or have been playing with a formal announcement on what video game I’ll be focusing on for August.
My journey with Mass Effect: Andromeda ended, which means I finished my video game challenge ahead of schedule than I thought I would. As I have mentioned in my last post, I gave myself free reign to just choose any video game I felt like playing. It didn’t make sense starting a new video game challenge with most of the month nearly gone already. I decided to go back to Final Fantasy XV after putting that aside in an attempt to complete another video game challenge. It seems like I’ve been doing well on the completion front this month because Final Fantasy XV is now also in the bag. It has been an incredible trip with this game and there’s plenty to say after reflecting on it. Fair warning to those who have yet to play or finish Final Fantasy XV, there will be heavy spoilers about the game. Read at your own risk.