There are games that strive to be art; to push the boundaries of the medium and experiment with how it can be used to tell stories and present its concepts. There are games which are artful in their execution, leaning into the existing strengths of the medium and using traditional constraints as reasons to execute masterfully and create something that defines and shapes the gaming experience. Ori and the Blind Forest is without a doubt an artful game, adding volumes to existing formulae in service of creating a game which is gorgeous to behold, a joy to discover, genre-defining in execution and utterly indelible on the memories of those who are lucky enough to play it.
Fortune Island is the first expansion for Forza Horizon 4, and it mixes the feeling of deja vu with something new. And in the end, it feels like a shallow offering. The new island is an unusual spot for the festival, as it’s a treacherous, and treasure-laden island that resides north of where the main game takes place, and is one not to be trifled with. Fortune Island is a DLC that offers a lot to do, but asks you to make a lot of your own fun as well.
Playground Games have quite possibly made the best racing game of all-time in Forza Horizon 4. With Forza Horizon 4, it merges its online and offline worlds into one, making it feature rich, and seemingly endless amounts of things to do with friends and strangers alike. Prior entries have paved the way for this game is an evolution for the series, and racing games as a whole. Forza Horizon 4 is everything you’d want out of a racing game. It is an incredibly social game, constantly evolving, and so fun you’ll be smiling ear to ear with each activity you play. You simply won’t find anything better than what’s in Forza Horizon 4.
Sea of Thieves is the pirate game I’ve always wanted. It doesn’t deliver in all the ways I would have expected, but it makes me feel like the world is my oyster. Rare nails the look, sound, and feel of being a pirate with Sea of Thieves. Where it falters though, is giving you the information necessary to get started. Once you get everything figured out though, Sea of Thieves is at its most fun with friends.
Microsoft has a lot to prove to their audience for new PC releases. A lot of gaming bridges were burned with “Games for Windows”, and now Microsoft is pushing their “Play Anywhere” initiative. This one is hoping to re-invigorate the initiative where if you buy on Xbox One or PC, you own the game on both platforms. Now comes the time for one of the year’s most anticipated releases for either platform, Forza Horizon 3 to be put under the spotlight of examination on PC.