Here is a good heuristic I picked up here in the south of England:
Summers are for Biking. Winters are for Gaming.
With the weather getting chillier by the passing day, nothing remotely beats sprawling on the sofa and firing up the xbox with a hot cup of coffee parked next to you.
So far I only played only 2 games this year on my console and recently started on the third. Which promises to be smashingly fun and a massive time suck. Exactly what you need to survive the winter here.
The game that I thoroughly enjoyed playing this year : ASSASSIN’S CREED – BLACK FLAG. What fun playing a pirate!
The game is open world, which means you can roam pretty much wherever you want and totally ignore the linear narrative and plot. Which I did. Did not even bother with finishing the main plot till now and I don’t think I ever will. This is the cool thing with open world games like GTA, Fallout etc. You can totally ignore the main plot of the game and just do your thing. And in Black Flag the “thing” is Piracy! And believe me, hunting ships in the open sea is bloody darn fun. And I went deeeep into looting Spanish and English ships on the Atlantic to capture money and supplies to upgrade my ship (`The Jackdaw’). Gorgeous graphics makes it a quite an experience too. No hyperbole : Watching a massive blue whale suddenly emerge from the water, next to your ship and then do a flip. Memorable. Completely recommend a buy.
Metro Last Light : first person shooter. Meh. Started playing. Not a baaad game per se but nothing that stands out from the million other FPS out there. Gave up about 15% in.
Now gamers around the world right now are very pumped about ‘Fallout 4’. I am staying away from playing it only because my personal gaming philosophy is ‘Wait for the reviews from the first lot of folks who play it’. I am rear echelon infantry in gaming. And that is why the game I am getting into this winter here is a game that won a lot of `GAME OF THE YEAR` awards in 2014. I engaged with it earlier in the year but this RPG has such a high learning curve I gave up about 2% in. Seriously. This is the type of game where the accompanying “slim” strategy guide is 500 pages of arcane details.
The Game in question is : Dragon Age Inquisition
I picked up where I left it and now, about 10% in, I am obsessively hooked. This game is so damn massive, people have played it for 200 hours and still not finished it. That is like playing a game from 9 AM to 5 PM for 25 days straight and still leaving it incomplete. These type of games are like digital heroine and the last 2 times I was this sucked in comprehensively was when I came across Civilization 5 on my PC in 2013 and Final Fantasy XI on the PS2 in 2008.
Like Mass Effect, another brilliant RPG, Dragon Age Inquisition has a in game team you slowly develop over multiple missions and you tend to become very attached a few of them and the more skilled they become, the more ambitious your missions become.
By the time the chilling xmas the newspapers are predicting is here, I am going to go kill some Dragons with my team mates.
Buy this Game, kiss your girlfriend/wife goodbye and rock this Christmas Winter!