The reality we’ve found ourselves in today seems to be descending into more transparent chaos. To describe it as ‘more chaotic’ might not be totally accurate. Western civilization has always been hegemonizing and violent, it just adapted to be less culpable as the years progressed; especially now with a nefarious ego-maniac leading a global superpower.
Beg! Forage! Steal! Live your best life as a dog. Games allow you to explore lofty fantasies but never before has the medium appealed to the dogspotting demographic so pointedly. Home Free is an open-world, procedurally generated stray-dog sim that veers away from the wackiness of Goat Simulator and aims for more grounded and autonomous exploration.
Night In The Woods
Release: February 21st
Boasting wry-humour, gorgeous scenery and anthropomorphic animal characters that possess an unique humanity – this could be the closest thing to ‘Wes Anderson: The Video Game’ we’ll ever get. It’s a hotly anticipated narrative adventure that we can’t wait to shed some tears over.
In a world where everyday objects can spring to life, it’s refreshing to be able to exorcise your destructive tendencies without the implied guilt. And sometimes it’s just fun to eat your donut friends and poop them out. Wattam creates an hallucinogenic, interactive world that harks back to other far-out Japanese puzzle-exploration games like Katamari Damacy or Noby Noby Boy.
A hand-drawn story unfurling as you solve it’s illustrative puzzles. Gorogoa’s narrative is navigated by manipulating, stacking and combining a series of panels to build a complete and contextually relevant image. While The Witness stole the show in 2016 with it’s stunning visuals and perfectly tuned teaching mechanics, Gorogoa is taking the puzzle route of giving players the chance to exercise their spacial imagination.
A ‘Where’s Wally’ style puzzle game that has you scouring charming, monochrome landscapes looking for specific characters. It’s soundtracked by human sound effects making for this really intimate, novel cerebral experience. Imagine working on an 1,000 piece puzzle using the point-and-click mechanics of Samorost and you’re not far off this game.
What unique and gun free gaming experiences are you looking forward to playing this year? Is there any you think deserve a spot in our list? Let us know in the comments.
Will Butler | @QuesaWilla