- Flight Simulator 2024: (Link)
- Forza Motorsport: (Link)
- Cities: Skylines II: (Link)
- Starfield: (Link)
- Avowed: (Link)
- Fable: (Link)
Let's get this part out of the way-- a critical mass of the development teams for these games are visibly low-T beta males and fat female SJWs with nose rings, and they are going to push their agenda in your face until the economics turn against them, like we're seeing with companies such as Target. We are on the brink of winning the culture war, but in the meantime we'll need to plug our noses and grit our teeth through this one final generation of retarded games. That's my sense anyway.
Everything else about these games looks pretty strong though, so I am going to try my best to compartmentalize the bad stuff and focus on the good, like I did with "The Outer Worlds" some years ago, or with "Miles Morales" more recently. Most of these games I will either be able to play with "Game Pass", which isn't profitable, or acquire used.
"Flight Simulator 2020" is one of only two games post-2000 on my favorite games of all time list, so you can bet sure as money that I'm inordinately excited for this sequel with some neat looking structure grafted onto the gameplay. Since the dawn of the genre, I've always wished that "Gran Turismo" and its clones would reward mastery of individual cars, and finally in 2023 I get my wish with the new "Forza Motorsport".
There isn't much to say about "Cities: Skylines II", other than my son and I adored the first game, in spite of the "Jacktivist" Twatter bird notification mechanic-- both of us will be playing this sequel on day one. As for the latter three, my favorite modern era sub-genre is the "Elder Scrolls"-like, and all three of those games will hopefully deliver in a big way. I'm especially interested to see "Avowed", because that was born directly out of Bethesda taking too darned long to make a sequel to "Skyrim": "For Pete's sake, we'll just do it ourselves."
The Sony side looks pretty good too, here are games I intend to play on my PlayStation 5 in order of release date:
- God of War Ragnarok
- Street Fighter 6
- Diablo IV
- Final Fantasy XVI
- Spider-Man 2
Again, these games have issues as well, for sure. But I am working hard on focusing on the positives, and trying to enjoy them by boxing the obnoxious parts and setting those aspects aside.