Considering we won’t be looking towards many new game releases until the beginning of the spring (it’s that time of year), as long as you’re not super involved and absorbed by some e-sport or massive multiplayer online role playing game, you might find yourself stranded in what regards games to play. The beginning of the year is always a barren, relatively dried out period of time when the new titles coming out are mostly reboots of series, remasters, some DLCs and the occasional solitary game coming out. In other words, a very sad time for us all as we await the releases of the spring.
So what better time is there to maybe revisit some games you have either played before or missed out on due to other things busying up your schedule? What better opportunity will you have to refresh your own memory on storylines and plot details of prequels of games coming out this year?
Depends on how much time you actually spent in the games, along with their DLCs, but as we all know the content available in any of the Arkham titles is pretty damn huge. Whether you decide to play the games just to remind yourself where the series started from, whether it’s for achievements or simply reliving through the story, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins are considerably-sized games that you can easily return to for some extra amounts of fun as we wait for the true heir to the title, scheduled to be released this year in June – Batman: Arkham Knight.
There’s still a long time to wait until the much anticipated Witcher 3: Wild Hunt release in May 2015, but that’s no reason to not revisit Geralt’s story and try out new things, in either the first or the second installment of the series. There is surely always a number of optional quests left undone, a new character build to try out and some plot details you might have missed out on. It might be just me, but when it comes to RPGs, I always enjoy delving into everything that has been made available by the game to me – skills, abilities, proficiencies, weapon specializations and whatnot.
At the risk of sounding biased here, I’m literally on my third Dark Souls 1 playthrough (and that is playthrough from scratch, not NG+++ only) and I’m still finding out new things and getting sudden revelations regarding the mystical lore of Lordran. Even finding items I hadn’t found before, which is not that big of a surprise considering that the Souls experience for a fresh one for me, unguided by walkthroughs and class-building spreadsheets. While it’s not a sequel in any way, Bloodborne seems to be the rightful heir to the Souls series. Replaying the Souls games will definitely seal the deal on whether the upcoming title will be a yay or a nay for the Miyazaki long-term fans.
There might not be a better time than now to go back to your MMO – if that’s what you’re into of course. The first expansion for the game has just been announced – Heart of Thorns is the name for future reference (you can find more insight on the expansion here <<enter link to GW2 ARTICLE>>) and research – and although we might be waiting for it for a good amount of months, that’s no reason to not pick up on your end game progression and maybe even alts. Getting ready for the next thing in store for the Guild Wars universe might be a good call.
This may seem as the odd one out entry, and undoubtedly it is. This is not by any means a huge title, or a game that will give you dozens or hundreds of hours of fun. But as I mentioned earlier, this time of year is the most opportune time for remastered game releases and this wonderful title of our childhoods has been given some attention at last. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the remastered version of this almost 17 year old game has been released on Steam Store on January 27th and offers the exact same incredible experience it did back in the day, but with improved visuals and no compatibility issues.