It has been a long time since the last gaming article here at The Yorker. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. A lot has changed, both in gaming and with our Games section. My name is Clarke Travis, and I am the new Gaming Editor here at The Yorker, and I’m looking forward to producing content on a regular schedule. Starting with this. Let’s dive back to Autumn 2017 for a brief catch up of all the big console releases we missed.
October saw the release of Destiny 2, Wolfenstein II, Assassin’s Creed Origins and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Destiny 2 was the last game covered in the Games section so make sure you go and check that out.
November brought about the Xbox One X, Call of Duty: World War II, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon which, for the first time in the series’ history, featured the addition of five new Pokemon.
IT’S (WAS) CHRISTMAS! Most games tend to be out by now in preparation for that Christmas list, but there were some notable releases in December 2017. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was finally released onto Xbox One and Fallout 4 VR was rolled out onto the Vive.
The Christmas hangover continued into January, with not many big releases to blow your minds. Dragon Ball FighterZ was released, however, bringing back so many good memories of sitting in front of the bulky TV before school eating my breakfast watching the cartoon in all of its glory.
February saw something of an upturn in the fortunes of gamers, and particularly fight fans, with the release of UFC 3. A very nice release from Electronic Arts (EA) and the game is a lot of fun, but nothing will ever compare to the heydey of Smackdown vs. RAW. Chills. Literal chills thinking about that game. There was also the latest installment of the Metal Gear series with Metal Gear Survive and The Fall Part 2: Unbound.
In March, a massive release swept gamers off their feet. Something they had been waiting for all year. Pure Farming 2018 made its way onto our shelves and online stores on the- wait, no it was Far Cry 5. The ever-popular Far Cry series had a considerable task following up the brilliant fourth installment, but oh my did they do well. Along with the giants that are Pure Farming 2018 and Far Cry 5, Detective Pikachu came out for 3DS, and I must say it slipped through my radar on release, but it looks a lot of fun and I may or may not now have it on my Christmas list.
April perhaps had the luxury of gamers still playing the hell out of Far Cry 5 as besides the release of God of War on PS4; there weren’t many big releases to shout about.
I love gaming nostalgia, so May providing me with Sega Mega Drive Classics and the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection was a dream. Along with this, Dark Souls Remastered arrived within the same week as State of Decay 2; giving gamers not a lot of time to do much else but pray they didn’t get a repetitive wrist injury.
I promise I’ll not bang on about nostalgia in one of these months but come on; I got to play Crash Bandicoot in June! The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy was no longer a PS4 exclusive and came out for other platforms, allowing my fellow Xbox compatriots and I the chance to relive a game that defined our childhood. Furthermore, LEGO came out with another insanely fun game with their LEGO The Incredibles release, Jurassic World Evolution came out digitally to a tyranno-chorus (sorry) of average reviews and EA released The Crew 2, which for me made like its predecessor and was fun for a little while then was uninstalled for more storage space.
July saw the perceived let-down that is No Mans Sky come out for Xbox One. I say this due to its enormous hype and unrealised potential as it isn’t that bad of a game, it just could have been incredible. Jurassic World was also released in July for those who actually are dinosaurs and still buy physical copies of their games.
This was the month of the sporting releases. It saw the drop of both Madden NFL 19 and F1 2018, two of the most significant sporting games of the year. In addition to this, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 came out but, does anybody still play Pro Evo? Genuine question, I just assumed it was all FIFA these days. Let us know in the comments section.
September has been my favourite month of this whole recap because of the quality of what was released. Spider-Man was released as a PS4 exclusive, breaking Xbox hearts but causing PlayStation-ers to froth at the mouth. What a game. Such playability, open world and with a very well told storyline, what’s not to love? Onto sport and NBA 2K19 and FIFA 19 dropped in September, causing sports fans everywhere to put down their balls and pick up their pads because it was serious game-bashing time. I’m guilty of this, and I’m currently very addicted to FIFA 19 Ultimate Team. A full, month on, review of FIFA 19 coming soon.
This month has been a busy one, with so many games released that I want that I haven’t had the chance to sit down to figure out which ones I can afford. Forza Horizon 4 dropped on October 2nd and was quickly followed by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Then we had Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s big launch last week and the release of WWE 2K19.
And there we have it. You’re all caught up. But the fun doesn’t stop here; here is what you’ve got to look forward to in the rest of 2018.
In a matter of days, the eagerly awaited Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming to a console near you (hopefully), and Rockstar has a reputation for delivering on hype, so you know it’s going to be good. Us nostalgia-heads are going to lose our minds next month when Hitman 2 and Spyro Reignited Trilogy drop and hopefully help us relive some beautiful memories of their ancestors. November brings us more big releases too, with Battlefield V and Fallout 76 providing FPS fans with some much-needed sustenance. December is, once again, low on big releases because of the time rush to get on the Christmas list but that doesn’t stop Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming to the Switch or Just Cause 4 dropping in the first week of the month.
The big news regarding what is coming up, however, is from me. There will be more regular content posted in the Games section of The Yorker from now onwards. Content such as hot off the press gaming news, prominent features, game reviews, Throwback Thursdays and much, much more.