2018: A very Game Truck welcome!

Posted on January 8, 2018

Happy new year, and welcome to 2018! After the mad rush of late December and the sleepy downtime of the Christmas break, we are back into a new year and raring to go. We’ve already done a Vacation Care booking (thanks INEA YMCA) and an 8th birthday (happy birthday Mr J!) and have plenty of awesome bookings coming upon the next few weeks. So what are we up to right now, and what does 2018 hold in store for the world of gaming?

Well, I am (predictably) still playing Overwatch, although Father Xmas brought an unexpected surprise in the form of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. This brings the franchise’s signature free-running, conspiracy-theory, neck-stabbing action to the world of Ancient Egypt, where we find that deep social injustice does go thousands of years back. While the world is absolutely beautiful and very expansive, this entry into the series doesn’t carry the same focus on diverse animations, smooth parkour and dynamic button combinations in battle. It’s still well worth playing though, and it fill out my time when I’m not fending off the zombie hordes with international friends on Dead Island.

Game Trucker Tom has upped his Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) commitment by getting it on Xbox One: the first time in his life he has ever bought the same game twice. This massively popular game pits player against player in a battle for survival on an island, where the map regularly shrinks and you can’t avoid other people forever. Tom has now connected with Game Trucker Simon so they can play together, because I hear winning is hard.

And what is coming up in the world of games for 2018? Well a lot, obviously, but the highlights for me are:

  • A PS4 high-defintion remaster of Burnout: Paradise – my favourite ever arcade-style racing game which includes races, stunts, and demolition challenges all in a pseudo-Californian setting with an unforgettable Guns N Roses theme song. Although having a retro-style redux version of a game I played in my late 20s make me feel very old;
  • Far Cry 5: another island-bound game franchise which has had me engaged with the cooperative gameplay, open-world feel and high action: I’m quite keen to see how the narrative plays out in a fundamentalist-Christian South US setting;
  • Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant: a definite entry for younger players, Ni No Kuni is just like a Studio Ghibli film (think Spirited Away) translated into a game world: it really feels just like you are playing the film;
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: YES! One of the greatest games of its type, Red Dead brings the open-world freedom and aesthetic of Grand Theft Auto to the Wild West. This is one to watch, for sure;
  • Skull and Bones: very excited to hear that the best part of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (the pirate ship battles) are being made into a whole game itself. Yaaargh, mateys;
  • The Last of Us 2: a sequel to one of the best games ever made for the Playstation was never in doubt, but it’s great to see it announced. A zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world is the perfect setting for the profound character drama that unfurls in this game, with consequences for the whole of humanity.

So, while we are still having fun playing various stuff (and if one of us can just get off Overwatch for a change), 2018 promises more great gaming moments. The Game Truck itself now has a solid repertoire of Minecraft, Trials: Fusion, Rocket League, FIFA 15, and more mature games like Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and so on – these couch co-op experiences never go out of fashion. At the same time we’ll keep our eyes out for new age-appropriate games that create an awesome face-to-face party environment in the Game Truck.

We’ll be back with our weekly blogs and our ever-popular Ask a Gamer series, so if you have any questions about any of the above games or how games work in general, let us know and we’ll do a blog post just for you!

Bring on an epic 2018!

– Chad

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