What’s the point of nostalgia? I’m not asking why we put so much stock into it, but why it exists. When we feel nostalgic about something, are we just reminiscing about the time in our lives we encountered it, or are we appreciating a uniquely great thing we wish could have more of?
Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment is a studio that knows exactly what it is. Since 2001’s Max Payne, the studio’s second and breakout game, they’ve created two new IPs: 2010’s Alan Wake, and Quantum Break, which was released last Tuesday.
I’m going to just come out and say it: as I’ve aged I’ve become acutely aware of the cycle of monotony that embodies most online multiplayer gaming.
This list wasn’t supposed to be 10, but it turns out I only played 10 games I would qualify as “good” this year.
As is usually the case with my gaming posts, I write this if only to make sure the embarrassing amount of time I spent on it doesn’t go entirely to waste.
(Seriously, HUGE spoilers for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain inbound. If you haven’t completed Mission 46, turn back NOW.)
OK, so here’s the actual list, complete with some friendly blurbs from some friendly people that I am friends with. Also a bunch of strangers. Friendly strangers!
Brian took a poll of the best games of the 21st century, and the early results…are here.
The Top Ten, featuring Battlefront, KOTOR, and more…
With a new Battlefront (and a new film!) on the horizon, Brian Schroeder begins his countdown of the greatest video games to bear the STAR WARS label.