A little about me…
Hello! I am more well known in the gaming world as Fire Frenzy, but – more normally as Tom! Fae has been kind enough to accept me into her team of writers and so I thought for a while what to review first. The various ways in which one can review something as often reviews can vary based on the player’s expectations and preferences.
So, I think it’d be important to cover a bit about myself in the first instance. I play mainly on Xbox One and PC, but I do also have a PS4 (for those juicy exclusives!). How I ended up with all 3 has been a matter of arranging a platform when I lived apart from my now Fiance. Now that we live together, all these platforms come under 1 roof and so now I’m spoilt for choice when I look to game!
On top of that, I’ve been leading my own gaming community known as The Ronin Legion, a community designed about uniting mature, fun loving folk together and to help distance ourselves and those close to us away from toxicity to develop a more enjoyable gaming experience.
The sorts of games I’m very used to are free roam action/adventure games, with as many customisation options available as possible. A bonus is a good score, and good graphics, though I am a strong believer in good story lines being greater than the quality of its graphics.
I also am a Dungeon Master of my own Dungeons & Dragons group, using Minecraft as our virtual tabletop. The rules are extremely home-brewed, but none the less its so enjoyed, if you’ve not tried it – I recommend looking into playing D&D as soon as you are able to!
To grasp the sorts of games I enjoy I’ll list a few of some of the most enjoyable games I’ve played during my time, with a brief description (pending a more detailed review at a later date).
My Personal Top 10
(These are not ranked from best to worse, just a general list of 10 games, and based on released titles, not upcoming)
- Red Dead Redemption (1) – By far without any shadow of a doubt my all time favourite game. From story, to score, to scenery, the graphics nowadays might look a little dated, but they can still impress. A timeless game with a story that played the heart strings of many players.
- Assassins Creed Odyssey – Whilst I’m not keen on how the modern day story has diminished, I love so much about Greek Mythology, it is hard for me to ignore this epic game. Its size and variety, and combinations of a new and improved combat system with the traditional story we love, and a great soundtrack to go with it make it a key one in my list of games.
- Minecraft – This game is not the highest earning videogame of all time for no reason. A simple design with a hidden complexity and an absolute freedom to do, go and be whatever you want allows creativity of yourself be your only restraint. From being adapted to be used in educational purposes, to evolving with its community in an ever expanding and updating world, this game is an obvious pick for many, but for me it’s a freedom to build and be creative to my heart’s content.
- Sid Meier’s Civilization V – I’ve not yet played 6 (though this may change by the time I review the game) Civ5 is an expansive, turn based strategy, civilisation building game, built with complex politics, trade, and power struggles. The games variety ensures every playthrough is both long and varied.
- Grand Theft Auto 5 – having been released in Sept 2013, its crazy how this game is able to reinvent and resurge itself into the 2nd highest earning game of all time. The freedom, to an extent its community and its fluid game play means there is lots of room to be and do what you please. However, my review will explore the good and bad decisions Rockstar have made along the way, ignoring story content, and poor online releases severely damaging their community.
- 7Total War Rome II – Strategy games are something I’ve loved over the years very much. Rather than just 1 character, the chance to control vast armies in the midst of battle, for epic cinematic clashes. The Total War series is one of my favourite series of games. It is both Real Time Strategy (RTS) when in a battle and its campaign is turn based. If Age of Empires and Civilisation had a child, it’s a Total War game. As a history nerd, its these kinds of games that have helped me soak up so much information and knowledge of history.
- Anthem – I sense the controversy as I type this one! There are some mixed feelings on this game, some for good reason, some, I feel are harsher than they need to be. I look forward to writing about this one! Free Roam / Iron Man vibes are strong with this game. Some ultimate badass moments can’t be ignored!
- God of War (2018) – I have loved this series of games, and similarly to a lot of the games I’ve played, things based on facts/history/mythology always draw my attention. There are many things I’ve not yet completed in this game, but it had one of the best stories I’ve ever played.
- L.A. Noire – 3rd Rockstar title in this list, whoops! Well this one is epic, realism, stories based on real crimes, used 360 degree camera technology and cast actors to authentically tell truth and lies. It’s a stunning game with a few hitches along the way… more on that later!
- Runescape – got to have an MMORPG on this list, and whilst there are some up and coming titles ready to replace this one, it still holds a place in my heart from many many many hours grinding.
So there you are, a short list of some of my favorite games over the years. I hope you enjoy the future content to come!