The absence of a proper single-player campaign, if not a story, in Star Wars: Battlefront was making me nostalgic. After all, the Star Wars shooter games had great single-player levels — and arguably decent stories, too.
But this week, I wanted to go back a little further. So I decided to return to something that was even more classic than the Star Wars games — and had a single-player campaign that was just as much fun to run through.
This story was originally published in November 2015.
I was wavering on a while whether to run with the original Quake, Quake 2 or go through Quake 4's campaign, but I decided to pick the second in the series. It gets left by the wayside a little, which is a tad unfair: it's a good game for duelling, it's perhaps the most visually vibrant of the series and the campaign is more enjoyable and has plenty of shortcuts if you want to bunnyhop around.
I didn't make much use of those in this playthrough, but that allowed me to take more time answering questions from fine TAYbies.
As a note, and because I don't want to squib the question: overrated franchises.
After much consideration I'd have to settle on Bloodborne, although that's largely because I wish the movement system did a Witcher and loosened up a lot. It's funny how playing through Quake again reminds you that hiding enemies behind corners and pockets you can't see is was fairly normal for design, and once you come to expect it you stop hating the game a lot less.
But for something as brutal as it is, I just wish I could move more fluidly than I can. But I don't hate the game per se, and maybe that doesn't really fit in the over-rated category to begin with. It's also an indication that 2015 has been probably the best year for gaming since the next-generation of consoles came out, which can only be a good thing.
If we extend the time-frame wider though: the Oddworld games. Never liked them, never got into them, and never will.