Choosing a theme for this month should have been obvious. ‘What games I am thankful for’ but sadly I did that last year. Well, the saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. So this time around I will focus on the games I had a chance to play this year that I am thankful for getting the chance to play.

Antihero (PC, Mobile)

Turn-based strategy games and I usually go together like, sardines and Nutella. Which is to say at first glance they probably wouldn’t go together very well, or shouldn’t even really be in the same room. There are exceptions to every rule though and for me it is Antihero. Antihero keeps a pretty fast pace to it, that always keeps the game interesting. The story of the game focuses on a thieves guild trying to take back its territory from rivals all set in a gas-lit Victorian style series. There are different kinds of thieves that make up your guild. Street Urchins can be used to take over businesses and orphanages to earn money. Thugs can be used to block pathways and can be grouped up to take out contracts or rivals. Your guild leader can be used to raid buildings for income, can be leveled up to deal damage. There are even some like the Saboteur who let you set traps for the enemy. The game ends when one person holds when one player has the required number of Victory Points, which you get a few different ways. Completed contracts, bribes, taking over churches are all at your disposal take whichever suits your strategy to ensure victory. There is even a local multiplayer mode that lets people play against one another. So, if any of this sounds interesting to you, you can grab the game now on Steam for fifteen bucks.

 

Perception (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch)

It’s nice when a horror game comes out and shakes things up a bit. Perception was lovingly crafted by some of the amazing minds that helped make the Bioshock series and that experience shows. Perception follows protagonist Cassie, a blind woman, as she visits a house that has been haunting her dreams for some time. Cassie sees the world in echolocation so the player gets to literally get to step into the eyes of a blind woman. The team sent over a very in-depth dossier on the amount of research and care that went into creating a realistic interpretation of how sound echoes help the visually impaired navigate the world. Cassie bangs her cane and uses an app on her phone to help her figure out what she is in front of. Since this is a horror game, there is a giant monster that chases Cassie around as she visits different time periods of the same house to figure out what is going on. Banging the cane on the ground, knocking over things, or being loud in general will attract attention and possibly bring the monster down on Cassie. I could talk all day about how amazing Perception is (which I did in the review link below) but I would rather you just drop the twenty-three dollars on this game and play it yourself. You won’t regret it. If you are still on the fence please check out my full review below.

Perception Review

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

You have not lived until you have taken down a Bolivian drug cartel while dressed as a hooded panda man. Thanks to Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Ubisoft I can say I have lived that life now. What I mean is the character customization in Ghost Recon: Wildlands is fantastic, it felt like I was able to add a little bit of myself into the character before I sent him out to kill some drug lords. The co-op is great, it allows friends to drop in and drop out without really affecting the game, I mean to say it usually doesn’t cause a huge lag spike or crash the game. Don’t worry, you can still run through the whole thing alone and not allow people to join; if that is your play style.  As I mentioned earlier the main focus of the game is to help Bolivian Rebels and citizens take back their country from the Santa Blanca Cartel that has taken it over as their own. A feature from the previous entry, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is still around, the weapon customization is still present, complete with the pull apart animation that lets you highlight individual pieces of the weapon you wish to change. This game is still a tad pricey but worth the price. I have already sunk about ten hours into the game and it feels well worth the forty bucks.

Fortnite: Battle Royale (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

As someone who has yet to get their hands on Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite: Battle Royale definitely has opened me up to that genre of games. I spent a lot of time watching streamers play PUBG and I have noticed details that set Fortnite apart from it. The art style is different, with Fortnite feeling a little more like a cartoon. There are different tiers of the weaponry that randomly spawns, White is the basic weapons, Green is slightly stronger, Blue, Purple, and Orange is the Exotic super rare type. Be warned, the purple and orange guns do god tier level damage and can kill you pretty much right away, even with full shields. Which brings me to another point, unlike PUBG armor is currently not visible, all armor is in potion form and the damage dealt with a person flashes blue until it is depleted. Another big aspect that sets it apart is that Fortnite allows players to build forts (duh, right?) so as the game field shrinks and players are forced to move closer to each other, building forts to help protect and give the high ground become more and more important. The games are very fast often taking less than twenty minutes, best of all Fortnite: Battle Royale is completely free to play even to those without the Fortnite base game.

Pick of the Month: MAiZE (Xbox One, PC)

Perhaps the most underrated game to grace 2017, MAiZE is a gem in a field of corn stalks. Almost literally, since the game is about helping sentient corn beings escape earth. The corn was created thanks to general incompetence by a company who misunderstood a military communication. MAiZE is very comedy-heavy and it is highly enjoyable. For instance, your companion Vladdy is a teddy bear with a robotic backpack and a Russian accent. He hates everyone, thinks they’re stupid and if you can’t have fun with that, you’re dead inside. At one point he literally stares down a six foot tall bully of a corn stalk and yells “WHY IS YOUR FACE SO STUPID?!” before jumping on him and biting him. The game gets bonkers at one point breaking from its Portal style puzzle heavy progression to a legitimate Dance Dance Revolution boss fight. Its zany, over the top, and I am in love with it. Grab the game now for twenty dollars and check out my full review below.

MAiZE Review

Well, there it is, a full list of games to enjoy in between bouts of stuffing your face this Thanksgiving weekend. Don’t slip into too much of a food coma. Remember to wear stretchy pants, you can eat more that way. Don’t accidentally burn the house down, firefighters actually save a lot of people’s skins on Thanksgiving due to Turkey mishaps. You know what screw it, hug your mom tell her you love her and grab an extra drink to deal with your less than desirable extended family. I know, I know, they’re racist and homophobic but they are blood and it is only for one day. You can power through it champ, I believe in you. Happy Thanksgiving!