In 2018, the global video game industry continued to expand, leading analysts to predict that by the close of the year it will have generated well over $130 billion in revenue. But while much of this growth is driven by well-known titles like “Fortnite,” whose iOS version raked in over $300 million dollars since its release in March, some are worried that the market has become oversaturated. The battle-royale trend that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds started last year showed no sign of slowing down as “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” followed suit. After it was announced that this year’s entry in the long running series would be foregoing a single-player campaign, the old are-single-player-games-dying conversation was reignited. Yet, as this year’s list shows, we were preoccupied with enough incredible single-player experiences that we didn’t give much thought to that discussion.
Where The Water Tastes Like Wine (PC, Mac): The excellent indie “Where The Water Tastes Like Wine” isn’t full of tricky, new methods of gameplay. Rather, it’s a compelling road trip on U.S. soil circa the Depression Era. The events encountered during this hardscrabble life on foot feels like they could well have happened. The musician Sting is here to do voice-over for a devil-like, philosophizing protagonist who wants to control your life. But it’s the smaller characters you meet on the side of the road that haunt you. And that’s what this narrative-heavy game does. The rich American myths presented here stay with you. And even when you forget the particulars of the many tales that have unfolded, you remember the greatness of the overall experience.
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