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End of the Year Video Game Wrap Up!

22 Dec

This year, 2021, has been an interesting year in gaming, albeit a seemingly quieter one than in years past. Nevertheless, as one of the resident gamers on staff, I had plenty to look forward to and be excited about this year. A few of my favorite franchises had major releases, and others made announcements for releases in upcoming years (looking at you next year, Splatoon 3). If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift or you’re curious as to what your local libraries might have in stock for you to check out and play over winter break, look no further – I’ve got you covered!

The most obvious family-friendly holiday release is the remakes of the fourth generation of Pokemon games, Diamond and Pearl. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have been out since late November now, and they’re fairly faithful remakes of the originals, with some quality of life adjustments. The games are fun, if a bit clunky in the controls department, but fans of the originals will enjoy their return to the Sinnoh region, based on Hokkaido, and new players will have fun exploring, as well. There are a number of glitches due to a somewhat rushed holiday release that are currently being patched, and future content has not yet been added to the games, but the overall experience is fun, and the team behind the games is aware of the issues and is working to patch them regularly. As a Nintendo release, these games are only available on the Switch.

(For a more unique Pokemon experience, the prequel game Pokemon Legends: Arceus, with open-world gameplay more akin to a game like Breath of the Wild, will be releasing for the Switch in January. If that’s more your thing, this is a great time to preorder the game if you want to own it!)
If your family is more into a multiplayer experience, there are plenty of options, as well. The Game Awards’ Game of the Year winner for 2021 was the split-screen multiplayer game It Takes Two, a cooperative experience in which each player controls one half of a married couple on the verge of divorce as they inhabit the bodies of their daughter’s dolls and solve puzzles to rekindle their marriage for the sake of themselves and their child. The game is currently available on PC (Windows), Playstation (4 and 5), and Xbox (One and Series X/S).

Super Mario Party, a compilation of the series’s best minigames and boards, released on the Switch back in October. The annual Just Dance title is another game the entire family can enjoy together (and doubles as exercise, if you’re looking for a more fun way to work out).
For people who prefer single-player titles, a lot of notables dropped within the past calendar year. The most prominent of these is likely Halo Infinite, the sixth mainline game in the Halo series and a direct sequel to 2015’s Halo 5: Guardians. 2021 was a year of sequels, in fact, with the long-awaited follow-up to 2005 cult favorite Psychonauts finally releasing after being announced six years ago, a new entry in the Ratchet & Clank franchise, and, after many years, a return to its roots for the Metroid franchise with Metroid: Dread.

Lastly, I’d be remiss to forget to inform you that the second chapter of Toby Fox’s follow-up to the indie hit Undertale, Deltarune, released a few months ago. If you’re the parent of a teenager who loves gaming, the odds are good you’ve heard about Undertale or Deltarune at some point over the past few years, and for good reason – the games are phenomenal, with creator Toby Fox in particular being one of the best composers of video game music in the industry right now. With a lovable cast of characters and compelling mysteries hinted at one chapter at a time, Deltarune is a must-play, as far as I’m concerned.
Overall, there’s plenty of games to play out there! Whether you’re a console gamer, PC gamer, or mobile gamer (you probably know someone who plays Genshin Impact), your options are vast and varied, and your public library is an excellent place to find the ones you’re looking for or discover some new favorites! We hope to see you in the media room sometime soon!

Written by:
Steph Diorio
HPL History Librarian/Archivist

Where will you go? What will you play?: Video Games Available at HPL

3 Feb

This year our library’s promise is that we will take you to exciting places and while books and movies are a great start to expand your horizons, you might also be looking something slightly more immersive. That’s where our video game collection comes in handy. If you haven’t checked it out before, now is the perfect time. It is a fun way to sample a new game and you can travel everywhere from fantasy lands to space without going further than your library. Today I’m looking at five recently added games available for PS4, but we also have a variety of games for other systems like the XboxOne as well.

House Flipper [for PS4]
Tired of being stuck in your house; wish you could live somewhere new? House Flipper allows you to buy and remodel homes; fun for both those who are interested in home repairs and those who love decorating. Rated E for Everyone!

Deliver Us the Moon [for PS4]
Wonder what it would be like to be an astronaut in space? In a not far off future, after Earth has begun to run out of natural resources, you are sent on a solo mission to the moon. Can you save humanity? This game is rated T for teen due to fantasy violence.

Port Royale 4 [for PS4]
Wish you could go back in time instead? In Port Royale 4 you will experience what it was like in the 17th Century Caribbean from creating trade routes to navel battles. This game is rated everyone 10+.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker [for PS4]
Interested in escaping into a fantasy world? Explore Golarion and create your character, you have 1,000 of different skills and abilities to choose from! The game is rated Teen due to some blood and violence.

Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour [for PS4]
Maybe you don’t want to do anything more exotic than just get out and enjoy fishing again; till you are back on the lake, we still have you covered. In Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour you can compete against over 100 pro anglers, catching 38 different species of fish. This game is rated E for everyone.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

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