Prose & Pixels

Prose & Pixels #15: My Video Game Wishlist


Prose & Pixels is a feature that combines two of my loves: books and video games. Here I’ll discuss all sorts of things to do with the two, whether it’s recommendations, influences or just a good old chat.

Today I want to share my most wished for video games, and I’d love to hear yours too!

Far_Cry_Primal firewatch Stardew Valley

  • Far Cry Primal – I really love Far Cry 3, I played it pretty much throughout my entire year in Leiden. It somehow ran pretty well on my laptop (and looks super amazing on my desktop), and was a great distraction/de-stressing tool. I love the open world, sneaking around and taking over bases without being spotted. I remember feeling super epic one time as I gunned my way through a camp, escaped a burning building, rescued someone, made it to safety and then… walked straight off a cliff and to my death. It has a way of surprising me (BAM LEOPARDS OUT OF NOWHERE) and perhaps making me shout a little more expletives than strictly necessary but it’s good fun. And Far Cry Primal promises all of this, but in a prehistoric setting. You can RIDE MAMMOTHS AND SABER TOOTHS. AND TAME BADGERS. Of course I need it!
  • Firewatch – This is one of those ‘walking simulator’ type games that seems to pop up, but it looks so gorgeous and if there’s a great story to match then I’m happy playing a game that is more of an interactive story than anything. The player takes on the role of a park ranger, and is the only person in game – apart from another ranger at the end of the walkie-talkie.
  • Stardew Valley – A Harvest Moon type game, this seems to offer so much more than the series it sprung from. It is massive on Steam, Markiplier played it and loved it, and quite a few friends are just as obsessed. I did find Harvest Moon to be a little repetitive, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I will enjoy Stardew Valley a whole lot more.

Ori_and_the_Blind_Forest_cover Dragon's Dogma No Man's Sky

  • Ori and the Blind Forest – Not only does this game look beautiful (and seriously, the opening is super sad), but it has a gorgeous soundtrack as well. More of a platformer/side scroller than an open world game, which isn’t my typical style, but just about everything else about it makes me want to play it so much.
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – An open world fantasy where you fight with a team of pawns – it looks so cool! You really have to think about how to take down enemies and finding their weak spots, for example setting a griffin on fire with a fire arrow to bring it down to the ground, where you can then attack.
  • No Man’s Sky – I am super excited for this! No Man’s Sky is a procedurally generated space exploration game. SPACE! EXPLORATION! And it just looks so super super beautiful. The game will have over 18 QUINTILLION planets, which is just absolutely insane and basically means that you can never run out of places to explore.

What video games are on your wishlist?


5 thoughts on “Prose & Pixels #15: My Video Game Wishlist”

  1. I love Stardew Valley, it’s amazing! I never played Harvest Moon, so I can’t say anything about that and how it’s similar or different. But I don’t find stardew valley repetitive so far, yes every day you have to water your plants and such, but there’s a lot more to do too, like socialize with the villager, forage or go into the mine or go fishing. And each season has it’s own crops and you can get animals as well. It’s a lot of fun. I almost played a year in game time at the moment and I am still enjoying it.

    Ori is on my wishlist as well, It looks so beautiful. I hadn’t hear of No Ma’s Sky before, but how you describe it here made me curious! One of the games currently on my wishlist is Yooka Laylee, it’s the spiritual successor of Banjo kazooie (a gem I loved as a kid), it’s not yet released, but I am really excited for that one.

    1. I bought Stardew Valley last weekend and I am SO addicted already! I’ve sunk about 16 hours in or so, and I’m currently in Autumn of Year 1. Just working out a good system for my crops, I have four chickens and I’m just working on building a barn so I can keep cows 😀 Now I’ve got a sprinkler system set up, so a lot of my crops are watered automatically and I only have to do a few myself. This makes it a lot less repetitive and I save a lot of energy.

  2. Some great choices here. I’ve been a big fan of the last two Far Cry games and am really looking forward to playing Primal. I’m not familiar with Stardew Valley (or Harvest Moon for that matter), but I’m intrigued by both Firewatch and Ori. I need to check out some Youtube plays of Ori before I decide if I will get it. I played and loved Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. An absolute thrill the first time you stumble on one of the giant creatures to fight. I think No Man’s Sky is going to force me to buy a PS4. It looks so good. An then I can get Firewatch, too. 🙂

    As for other upcoming games I’m looking forward to, my top wants are Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Recore, Dishonored 2, Watch Dogs 2, and the teenage boy inside me is pretty much jumping up and down and demanding the new South Park game. Oh, and I also need to find time to play them all. It’s a hopeless cause.

  3. THIS IS THE FIRST I HAVE HEARD OF NO MAN’S SKY. SPACE? EXPLORATION? Those are two great words put together. I need to check them out asap. Also, I have been debating on whether I should get Far Cry Primal. I haven’t played any other games in the series, but I really love that this takes place in a prehistoric setting.

    For me, I’ve been looking forward to play Uncharted 4, but I just haven’t gotten around to buying it yet BECAUSE MONEY.

  4. I’ve played Ori and the Blind forest but haven’t finished it. It is super pretty though. I would love to play no man’s sky. my coworkers have been telling me about it, but I think it’s going to be ps only and I have xbox. :

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