The year is coming to a close, so let’s have some fun. If you follow us on Twitter (@lord_carnitas), you already know that Lord Carnitas loves video games just as much as we love food. So as a tribute, we have graced you with our top 5 picks for best games of the year, but with a twist. Just like food, there are so many different expressions in video games these days with AAA development as big as ever, the indie scene blossoming, and AA publishing emerging from the shadows. Let’s celebrate this variety by comparing each game to it’s food doppleganger.
Horizon: Zero Dawn/Beef Wellington
Horizon: Zero Dawn is a massive, well-crafted, and masterfully executed action-adventure game. The narrative, playable world, and gameplay individually are delicious, but come together to form something truly special. Beef wellington’s main components are some of the most revered foods: beef tenderloin, foie gras, and buttery puff pastry. This dish is an English benchmark for culinary skill, having to properly cook a whole tenderloin while also making sure the pastry comes out right is a high-risk, high-reward situation because the ingredient definitely aren’t cheap and you only get one shot. Similar is the story of Guerilla Games breaking away from the Killzone franchise to make an open world action-adventure game with a brand new IP.
Nex Machina/Chicken Tikka Masala
Nex Machina will forever be Housemarque’s final ode to the arcade twin-stick shooter. Their balance of nail-biting difficulty and empowering the player is second-to-none. India has always been the epicenter of the spice trade, and, in turn, the natives have learned to use them better than anyone else. Chicken Tikka Masala is a globally familiar dish that showcases the expert balance of Indian food culture, and, this year Housemarque went back to its roots and create one of the best showcases of the most widely known type of gaming, arcade.
I did a cool article on my experience with Housemarque on TheGameofNerds.com. To check it out, visit: thegameofnerds.com/housemarque
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice/Gumbo
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice turned out to be one of the most intense, stylish, and thought provoking games of the all time. Ninja Theory used common gameplay elements with a couple twists to create a stew that tells a story of humanity typically left in the shadows. The game creatively delves deep into Senua’s mind to giving the player a glimpse of how debilitating and confusing psychosis can be. Puzzle-solving, combat, and voice-acting are everyday household ingredients that make the base for any stew, but gumbo’s intense flavors are the flair that elevates these pieces to something interesting and delicious.
The Persona series is filled with Japanese culture. You complete day to day tasks as a Japanese high schooler like studying, learning to make coffee, working at a flower shop, and, of course, eating Ramen. What shines through all of this is the intricate presentation, fun dialog, catchy tunes, and solid jrpg systems. Ramen is a vibrant soup filled with all kinds of goodies soaked in a delectable broth. Similarly, Persona 5 takes a bunch of little parts to create a complete package filled with character drama. Both Ramen and Persona share stark differences when comparing anything in its class and shboth be celebrated as such
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus/Bone-in Ribeye Steak and Baked Potato
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was a blast. MachineGames knocked it out of the park once again with a frenetic, meaty, tight single player Nazi slaughter-thon. Rib-eye steak, specifically bone-in, is just the manliest piece of meat you can find. It’s rough around the edges, gluttonous, and oh so satisfying. Wolfestein II was easily the best time I had had with a first-person shooter campaign in quite a while, and I always have a good time eating steak and potatoes. I actually think it would be a good idea to eat this cowboy style dish while playing for a more immersive experience. I’m going to go try that now!
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