A brand new Spider-Man game is on the horizon, one that has everyone’s attention. Puddle dramas aside, I’m really looking forward it too. In preparation, I decided to look back at the last Spider-Man game I genuinely enjoyed. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions was the first game in a long time that moved away from doggedly basing all interpretations of the character on the movies, and went back to plucking its inspiration from the comic books from which the character was made. Helping me remember why I loved the character so much in the first place.
I recently made a choice I’m surprised I didn’t make a hell of a lot sooner; I subscribed to the Xbox Game Pass. Amongst all these brand new games I could be sinking my teeth into like Sea of Thieves or State of Decay 2, for some reason I found myself ignoring these and instead downloading the remaster of the first Gears of War that came out in 2015.
I didn’t have any solid memories of the first Gears, not really getting into the series until the second game. So playing through the game in its entirety for what might have been the first time, in all its brown, muddy, ultra-violent glory was a far less exciting experience than I’d first assumed. But like a dope, despite its shortcomings becoming apparent early on, I still trudged through to the end.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is huge. It might be the biggest physical card game around right now, selling around 2 billion cards a year on average. Not to mention the major tournaments held on an annual basis that the Pokémon Company stream on their Youtube channel.
It’s also nigh unrecognisable from how it looked back when it first popped up in the early 2000s. Back then, most kids I knew just collected the cards, but very few of them actually played the game. I was one of the losers with an actual interest in playing the game properly, an opportunity that never really presented itself to me outside of a game on the Gameboy Color.