by William Lamb and Ryam Famiglietti
Here at Gaming and Tech, we picked some stuff that we think you need to check out if you haven’t already. Seriously, how have you not looked this up?
Horizon Zero Dawn
Released: February 28, 2017
Price: £29.33 on Amazon
There is not one single game with a bow and arrow out there who’s controls are more fluid and intuitive than this game... I’m looking at you Fable I. You cannot change my mind. The story is rich with emotional scenes and voice acting, and who can say no to the matriarchy? On top of great game play the game boasts amazing visuals boosted with pretty decent animations and graphics. But back to the combat, the weapons available to the player are a little funky. There are three levels of weapons the strongest of which, with a little grinding, can be easily accessible in the early game. The questing is similar to Far Cry in that the map will reveal more activities the more you explore. All in all if you haven’t played Horizon Zero Dawn yet you must.
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
Released: May 15, 2012
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Price: £29.99 on Amazon, £49.99 for the Switch
I like old games, they just remind me of times before I had a dissertation to be worried about. This edition adds levels of difficulty that I can never play alone without crying for three hours afterward. Witch Doctors and Wizards are forever overpowered in co-op and solo. What makes this so special is that whether you follow the narrative or just want a wickedly difficult dungeon crawler the game can deliver for the casual or intense gamer. I will say that unlocking the higher difficulties is a bit of a trek especially when you begin to coast through the last few levels on your first time around. However, once you arrive at level 65 or complete the campaign then you may put yourself through some well-deserved suffering. On top of that, the equipment that you will get as you go along at the higher difficulties brings out your true power.
Bloons Tower Defense 6
Released: June 14, 2018
Maker: Ninja Kiwi
Platform: iOS / Android
The first time I played a game of Bloons Tower Defense was during a particularly boring seventh-grade science class. Almost a decade later, the series’ latest installment, Bloons Tower Defense 6, continues to delight. While there is nothing innovative in the game’s premise, controls, or graphics, I can’t help but feel a wave of nostalgia every time I complete a track. The game’s primary drawback lays not in its lack of originality, but rather its inclusion of a premium currency and other features that are usually associated only with free-to-play titles. To add insult to injury, BTD6 is not even free. Including bonuses and upgrades that are difficult to achieve without forking over additional money is nothing but greedy, and some of the game’s fun is spoiled for it.
Released: October 28, 2018
Maker: Chucklefish Limited
Whenever friends ask me to describe Stardew Valley, my answer is usually something to the effect of ‘it’s like Harvest Moon, but better’. Even after months of playing, I still can’t come up with a more appropriate description than that. Unlike most modern (read: free-to-play) farming simulators, Stardew Valley is entirely free of the exorbitant out-of-game wait-times that often accompany the growing of crops and the construction of buildings. Much of Stardew Valley’s fun is derived from having a little something for everyone. Want to build a massive farm and make massive profits? Or fish? How about mining and fighting monsters? Or socialising with the game’s rich cast of characters? All of these are both possible and well-developed, providing hours and hours of novel gameplay. I cannot recommend Stardew Valley enough; it has definitely been the best arrival to iOS of 2018.