This week on The Entertainment Dome, the latest episodes of RWBY Volume 9 raise more questions than answers and I call James out on buying an Xbox Series X just to play Lost Odyssey.
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My Top Five Video Games of 2022
Normally around this time of the year, I put together a list of the ten video games I’m most looking forward to in the following year. After some reflection, though, I’ve decided to stop doing that because, frankly, those lists aren’t exactly timeless. They get outdated so quickly, whether it’s because some of the games in question wound up not coming out or turned out to be bad. Plus, sometimes I struggle finding 10 whole games that I’m super excited for and we never know what the coming year’s full release schedule looks like.
I’d prefer to write something that holds up a lot better; something that can be read years down the line and not feel hilariously outdated. So, I’ve decided to follow the crowd and put together a top five list of my personal favourite games of 2022.
My Ten Most Anticipated Games of 2022
I feel like it’d be an over exaggeration, if not outright inaccurate, to say 2021 was a bad year for video games. Quite frankly, there were plenty of awesome new games or updates to existing ones. On a personal level, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart properly demonstrated the potential of the PlayStation 5, both Great Ace Attorney games finally made it to the West, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate truly made the impossible possible by completing its roster with Sora from Kingdom Hearts.
But I will admit the industry itself has made it hard to be optimistic about 2022. Over the last twelve months, we’ve seen outright abysmal releases like the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy remasters, the likes of Ubisoft and Square Enix committing to incorporating NFTs (the newest environmentally damaging grift) into their games, and then there’s just everything about Activision, which has once again highlighted how horrible the industry can be behind closed doors.
While it is important to acknowledge all the bad parts of this industry, even if it’s painful to do so, that doesn’t mean there’ll be no joy to be found in it either. As always, there are already a number of select games I’m looking forward to this year and I’m sure there are a number of amazing titles that haven’t been announced yet. Plus, this is a yearly tradition at this point so let’s get on with things and get to my ten most anticipated games of 2022.Continue reading
The Entertainment Dome Episode 178 – Attack of the E3 Episode Part 1
This week on The Entertainment Dome, we finally get round to our yearly E3 recap, starting things off with a run through all the announcements from Ubisoft and Microsoft, plus some extras.
Preview | Balan Wonderworld (startmenu Preview)
In a world where so many big-budget video games feel rather homogenised, to the point where most new releases can be easily described by just comparing it to another (e.g. Avengers is just Destiny but with Marvel), Balan Wonderworld really stands out from the crowd.
Wonderworld is the first title from new Square Enix subsidiary Balan Company, which is being directed by Yuji Naka (one of the men credited with creating Sonic the Hedgehog). Balan Wonderworld wears its inspiration on its sleeve and is quite clearly meant to evoke a sense of nostalgia from players despite being an original IP.
I’m sure you’ve seen every other outlet make obvious comparisons to old Sega games like Nights and Billy Hatcher, and you can hardly blame them. Watching the announcement trailer made me feel like I had stepped through a wormhole back to the late 90s or early 2000s but despite some trepidation about the whole thing I was admittedly quite charmed by just how strange this game seemed. The world could desperately do with more 3D-platformers that aren’t Super Mario or crowdfunded indie projects like A Hat in Time.
So, with a surprisingly sizable demo now available, it made sense to investigate this new world of Balan and let Naka and his team try to convince me to give this new (planned) franchise of theirs a look-see. Unfortunately, those aforementioned trepidations turned out to be justified.
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The Entertainment Dome Episode 155 – Why Whistles Are Scary and Humans Are Boring
This week on The Entertainment Dome, we have special guests @OllyWrites and @alex_dewing to talk about their careers in game journalism, the problems the games industry needs fixing, and some scary games they’ve played.
The Entertainment Dome Episode 153 – Foolishness, Sony
This week on The Entertainment Dome, we run through our thoughts on last week’s PlayStation 5 showcase and the announcements, including Final Fantasy XVI, Hogwarts Legacy, and Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition.
The Entertainment Dome Episode 152 – There Is No Benefit
This week on The Entertainment Dome, we are thrilled that Microsoft and Sony’s game of chicken seems to be wrapping up, annoyed at Nintendo’s handling of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection, and excited for the new Hyrule Warriors.
The Entertainment Dome Episode 149 – Does Whatever the Xbox Version Can’t
This week on The Entertainment Dome, James and I complain about Spider-Man being exclusive to the PlayStation versions of the Avengers game, before remembering that we never covered the Xbox Games Showcase.
The Entertainment Dome Episode 144 – Shareholders Are Dumb
This week on The Entertainment Dome, we’re joined by special guest Ryan Brown from Super Rare Games to discuss his work, his love of Nier: Automata, and the rumoured Kingdom Hearts Disney+ show.