Squareblind looks over an entire year of videogaming through the prism of social media. This is a year that saw legitimate questions about the human toll of an intense game development schedule in order to generate a commercially successful digital world that promises the lifelike spectacle of a realistic horse’s backside. Everything has a cost.
While primarily serving as wish fulfilment, games have got quite adept at showing us some of our shortcomings and, perhaps in a redemptive way, how we can look to overcome and get around them.
Wildlands open world combat offers the player not so much warfare, but a playground to enjoy. It may nonetheless tell us a lot about heroism and military bluster when far away from home and with a whole country that is not your own to “save”.