by Jeremy DeFatta
Good day, everyone! Though my primary area of specialization here at Sourcerer is comic books, I am also a gamer—video games, tabletop role-playing games, you name it. Today, I want to lay out a few of the games that make me wish I had more disposable income. Please note: I am not attempting to incite any sort of argument between console loyalist factions; I have switched sides several times myself over the years and find the constant bickering tiring. Please, if you wish to comment, avoid this particular subject. Thank you and enjoy!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Though I didn’t get the chance to finish the original Witcher game because of its spotty release in the US, The Witcher 2 is one of my favorite games on last generation’s consoles. The Witcher games are dark, violent, and most definitely intended to be played by adults. I believe that the fact they are based on a European fantasy book series (by author Andrzej Sapkowski) helps this; I have to say these games and stories feel more like a dirty, old world Europe than any other fantasy I’ve enjoyed. The appeal of this game extends beyond the story, setting, and characters, though—as a massive, open world game, The Witcher 3 will be a reported 26 times larger than The Witcher 2. That alone makes this game worth every penny spent on it.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
I’ll say a few things here—I love Bioware and all its games, I love the Dragon Age property, and I do not understand why people gave the second game so much grief. That said, this game looks to be a step up from the limitations of its predecessor while improving upon and expanding the world established in both previous entries in the series. The Dragon Age universe has so much potential, and I am glad to see another entry in this story.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Sure, this is a Lord of the Rings version of Assassin’s Creed, but who cares? This gameplay preview does it for me—it establishes the main character and his abilities, shows me a sampling of the world I’ll be able to explore, and shows me a control system I am familiar enough with to want to give this a shot. That, and ripping off other properties isn’t new when it comes to Lord of the Rings video games—anyone else remember The Third Age? I found it to be an engrossing, if tangential, role-playing game, even if the combat system was obviously copied directly from Final Fantasy X. Speaking of which…
Final Fantasy XV
I have been a fan of this franchise for years, and I have seen good and mediocre entries. I honestly think this one will end up being pretty strong. Many fans are incapable of divorcing themselves from their favorite entries in the series to give new versions a chance, but I honestly hope those people can change. Just taking in this trailer, it looks like the game will explore the same sorts of existential dilemmas as its classic predecessors. That, and the new gameplay looks amazing. All I’m saying is give it a chance.
Possible future bonus: If Bioware and Bethesda ever officially announce and release information about Mass Effect 4 and Fallout 4, respectively, expect those games to have places on this list as well. In fact, once more is released about those games, I’ll put something together about them right here at Sourcerer. I may also talk about the Elder Scrolls Online if I decide to play it one day. I just have a complicated past with MMOs is all.
Let me know your thoughts and share your own lists below! Tweet me @quaintjeremy.