Respawn have gone from utterly bundling the release and execution of their first seasonal release of content this time last year, to completely and totally nailing it with the release of their 4th season of content. Assimilation and its buildup were an absolute blast, what with their misdirection, their earnest announcement of a new hero “Forge” and with what followed his press conference.
Most bloggers and news outlets really jumped the gun with this one. From as early as November, I was seeing all kinds of “X of the Decade” posts popping up. But, surely, if you’re going to rate a bunch of things from within a decade, you should wait until the decade is actually over. Because, y’know, hindsight.
Is that all one big fat piece of self justification, so I don’t feel bad about not writing my own best of the decade list around the same time? It’s certainly possible, but let’s be real, I’d written 20 articles in December listing my favourite video games and anime of just 2010, there was no way I was going to write another list for the decade and feel great about it at the same time.
People keep talking about this thing called Christmas Limbo, some kind of fabled pocket of lost time that exists between Christmas and New Year’s. Well, I sure wish I could get some of that time as I sit here about to work my third shift since Christmas Day. To today’s entry though. Unlike my anime list, I really struggled to decide between my top two entries. In the end I made my choice, but I get the impression that on a different day, these would be the other way around. And in 12 months time, they very well may be. But this is the choice I went with and both games deserve some big recognition.