Clear your backlog and expand your horizons. Here’s what the team played this month
Is the PC Gamer team on track to play 100 games this year?.
ABSURDTHINGS Phil Savage Editor
While everybody digs into the latest Assassin’s Creed, I spent this month finishing off its predecessor. I’m glad I didn’t skip straight to Odyssey, because Assassin’s Creed Origins is really good. The setting is gorgeous, and I found Hellenistic-era Egypt’s clash of cultures, mythologies, and architectural styles fascinating.
Judging for GDC’s annual Independent Games Festival Awards began, which proved a great excuse to catch up on cool things I’d missed. I was charmed by The Norwood Suite, and then challenged by Opus Magnum. I look forward to spending more time with both.
I also tried Return of the Obra Dinn, and so spent the remainder of the month hunting down corpses, studying faces, and trying to place accents as I uncovered the mystery of an ill-fated voyage.
ear wor m hel Philippa Warr Deputy Editor
Obra Dinn, Obra Daaaa, life goes on! Ooooh. Lalalala life goes on.” That is what has been stuck in my head all week. It’s lucky, then, that Return of the Obra Dinn is such a good game that it can counterbalance this Paul McCartney earworm hell. But now that I’ve solved the murder boat mystery, I’ve been seeking other ways to pass the time.
Brendon Chung’s Thirty Flights of Loving filled that void for a hot second (and will again as I play it a couple more times). No Man’s Sky’s Abyss update also sounds like a good candidate, as it’s all underwater prettiness. And I’ve been meaning to finish the solid platformer, Candleman: The Complete Journey.
Longer term, I hope my bad memory will come into its own, and I will have forgotten enough of the details of Obra Dinn that I can play it all over again.
G O O D ( B A D) Andy Kelly Section Editor
Ilove a good (bad) FMV game, so when I saw Tender Loving Care appear on Steam, I had to have it. It stars John Hurt as a psychiatrist who asks you philosophical questions as you observe love triangle drama playing out. Be warned, though: Some of it is basically just low-res softcore porn.
I’ve always enjoyed Call of Duty’s singleplayer games as big, empty, beautiful spectacles. So I gave Call of Duty: WWII a go, which is a lavish production with some decent performances, but just feels too on-rails to be that enjoyable as an FPS.
I have fond memories of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire on the N64, so I thought I’d check out the PC version and, well, I think that’s a memory I should’ve left pristine and untouched. The Hoth battle is still kinda fun, but it’s aged more than Palpatine’s weird monster face.