Things that are great about Earth Defense Force 2025
1) Why did you get married? This is not a question you were expecting me to ask. It was not a question I was expecting Earth Defense Force to ask, and yet it did. What I can say is, if I am ever asked that question for real, I hope I get to answer it while strafing a dozen ecstatic rockets into a stampede of mountainous spiders, because that is when I am my best me.
2) EDF 2025 honestly has the best story of any game I’ve played this year, in that the story of EDF 2025 is ‘the GIANT ANTS are back aaaaaaaaa wait what that ROBOT IS HUGE oh god’. I don’t mean that that’s the player experience: that is the formal, expressed narrative of the game.
3) Once it’s obvious you’ve exhaustively unlocked all the weapons you’ll get an achievement that says you’ve unlocked 10% of all the weapons.
4) It’s great in local co-op! This is not a fun fact, but a useful truth.
5) Some games believe in less is more. Some games believe in more is more. This game takes a lean, restrained palette and then conjures vast combinatorial chaos out of it, making it the most secretly sophisticated game I’ve ever played.
6) the GIANT ANTS are back aaaaaa wait what that ROBOT IS HUGE oh god
Things that are great about OlliOlli:
1) It’s a game where you *stop pressing* a button to jump and *press a button* to land. It’s a game that has an unjump button. How bout that?
2) It has maybe the best peripheral-vision-friendly UI I’ve ever seen, which it accomplishes by having big stripes of informative colour in all the right corners.
3) It has big stripes of informative colour in all the right corners.
4) It’s made by Roll7, whose heritage is the kind of things that more game studios’ heritage should be in, which is to say trucks and music and social activism and mind control.*
5) There is in infinite calm space to be found in the moment before you successfully press the unjump button, but after you’ve sent the signal to your unjump finger, and while it may be demonstrably true that that interval lasts for some hundreths of seconds, it feels like the best beach holiday you ever had.