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The end of the bizarre and troubling year 2018 is close, and with it comes a time of reflection. I hope you’re enjoying the RPS Advent Calendar, but even that cannot hope to contain the bounty this year provided.
When I joined Unknown Pleasures a year ago, I was a little fatigued with games. There were both too many to see and none that were grabbing me. This isn’t the critic speaking – I’d written only one article in a year – but the player. 2016-17 were by no means bad years for the PC, but despite all the industry drama (not to mention wider sociopolitical troubles) I think this is the best year we’ve had for PC games for absolutely ages.
The games are out there. The weird, the funny, the clever, the silly, the exciting, the touching, the unambitious-but-plain-good> games are positively sloshing about the place. But which ones were the best? So here it is: the pick of picks. A selection of the very best, weirdest, most original, and plain fun> Unknown Pleasures of 2018.
The grim prospect of shopping for PC components looms over my August like a looming, grim prospect. God I love writing.
You might be surprised how demanding indie games can be on a slightly creaky video card, and not always because of ongoing optimisation. Although admittedly it’s more likely the searing heat rather than some bad code that baked my video card and almost the PSU too. Bah. That said, today’s Unknown Pleasures coincidentally has a rather low-fi theme, so let’s take a moment to thank the gods of the PC for putting an end to the hardware wars.
Mastering the basics this week: titchy interplanetary farmers, non-irritating children, and stabby jabby ninjas. (more…)