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THE BEST OF SINGLE PLAYER PC GAMING
Currently Featuring Hopa Games

Why Do I Like Single-Player Gaming?

The science of what factors determine personal preferences is still a mystery, however, we can state without doubt that individuals can be more attracted to one thing than another. So when it comes to gaming, I squarely landed on the side of single-player, story-driven games. My gravitation toward these might be a result
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Coming Soon: Deadlight
of my avid life-long reading habit, a type of entertainment that's both a solitary experience and one which relies on the writer being able to tell a good story. Our family jokes about us being born with a book in our hand and at one time, I never went anywhere without a paperback in tow. I loved getting lost in a good story and that feeling applies to my choice of games as well. Couple that with an introverted personality that doesn't require other people to enhance that experience and it's easy to see why I've never developed any real interest in multiplayer. Single-player keeps me as busy and engaged as I want to be with no end in sight of the choices available to me. And the great thing about gaming as an entertainment is that you can happily carve out your own niche and even more so as choices grow daily.

In addition, there's plenty of evidence that the gaming industry is waking up to the fact that they can re-market their old catalogues. We're starting to see more remasters and even the prices of older games reflect the current trends. Games that were once the purview of the bargain bins are now currently available on digital download sites, with higher prices to boot. The popularity of digital downloading and the success of platforms like Steam and Gog have made all of this possible. I guess there's truth in the adage that everything old is new again. Although it's good news that many older games have been made readily available to us, this doesn't mean that developers and publishers are still investing in them by providing ongoing support. Support mostly comes from the users finding ways and means to make these games playable on newer systems. Therefore, the reviews point you to where you can find current solutions for old problems.

NOW PLAYING
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Hopa
Sneak Preview
House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets.
Hogs and Hopas are a big part of the success of casual games and are surprisingly popular. Mystery Games Files: Huntsville, developed by Big Fish Games, is noted as being the first hidden object game to be formally called a HOG. It was massively popular and the most downloaded game of the site when released. That was the beginning of the Mystery Game series and the official start of the genre. ...

ABOUT THE SITE: OVERVIEW

This is a single-player niche site in terms of the reviews, which are based solely on my own collection of games. However, there are article pages dealing with the gaming industry in general that provide a good grounding of knowledge regardless of preferences. In terms of the approximately 9,000 titles listed on Steam alone, its small, but it's also a good collection of PC games with the best single player campaigns - barring a few missteps. It's also dedicated to what some might call cheap gaming, but what I call affordable and still relevant gaming. Most of the top gaming sites will give you all the news on the latest and greatest games, but as they age, they quickly fall from the radar and current information on older games gets harder to find. And yet, SteamSpy, a site dedicated to Steam game statistics, shows that millions of PC gamers are still buying and playing these games. The continuing success of Gog.com, a site that began it's life dedicated to "good old games", is also a testament to their continuing relevance in today's market.

This site doesn't try to be all things to all people, but instead targets people like myself. In this age of "social media" frenzy, we're a somewhat forgotten bunch when it comes to games media, but thankfully some developers have come to realize that there is still a big market for the inclusion of story modes in their games. I personally think that many developers are floundering around like fishes out of water, trying to find the winning formula and coming up with half-baked theories about what gamers really want. They need to get back to the basics of understanding human nature and what makes people tick. Analysing truly successful and time-worn games would get them where they need to be whether they be multiplayer or single-player. Human beings are hard-wired with certain traits regardless of the times we live in and appealing to those traits will always be a winning formula.

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House of 1000 Doors: Palm of Zoroaster
Both House of a 1000 Doors, Family Secrets and its sequel Palm of Zoroaster, are amongst the better games in this genre. They feature a nice combination of different types of puzzles and a storyline that spans both games. ...
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Mystery Masters: Psycho Train
Psycho Train doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the genre, but nevertheless it has a good variety of puzzles and is a passable time-waster. It's missing many standard features, but it came in a bundle, so I can't complain.

ABOUT THE REVIEWS

A lot of gamers have grown pretty distrustful of the whole review system and I can't say I blame them. Most reviews tend to come out at the time of release and initial PC releases have grown so buggy that you get waves and waves of negative user reviews that concentrate a lot on performance as opposed to game content. Patching these bugs can take time and often initial reviews don't get reversed even once the problems are fixed. That drives scores down on a permanent basis. Steam user reviews sort of addresses this by dividing initial reviews and reviews written by people who buy the game sometime later.

The other problem has to do with the "critic" reviews. Well-known game media sites usually receive a free copy of the game before public release and there are a couple of problems with this. Some have argued that this slants their review in favor of the game, but if we lay aside that argument for a minute, there are other problems. One of them can be illustrated by the fiasco of the pc release of Batman: Arkham Knight. When it was released, it garnered rave reviews, getting scores like 10/10. The problem stemmed from the fact that reviews were done for the PlayStation copy and not for the PC and that has become a trend. Arkham Knight is the poster child for pc gamers not being able to rely on critical reviews. The second problem comes in when even if critics receive pc copies, sometimes they are restricted copies and don't fully represent what the public will receive. With some games, game journalists are gathered in a restricted location and given limited time and access to the game. If you want to read an interesting article on the subject, you can find it it here The Guardian

As the article points out, reviewing games is not as easy as it might seem and that's because gaming, and particularly pc gaming, is a subjective experience. Even the technical aspects can be somewhat subjective because of all the variables of your personal machine. It's a mugs game really, so here is what you need to know about the reviews on this site.

As strictly a hobby site, the games featured and reviewed have all been legally purchased, are geared to my tastes, and the single-player content played through to completion. I opted against a scoring system as this can be subject to change depending on when played. However I can make a general statement about the games featured here. The majority of them, with a few exceptions, are rated in the upper percentile by most users.

Each game has a review page that features my opinion, but also provides screenshots, a trailer and lots of other information under quality links to issues like bug fixes, patches, other reviews, mods and which distributors are carrying the game. In addition to the hours spent playing, this all requires a lot of research, especially on older games where current information is often hard to find. That is why adding a review to the list takes time. Please check back often to see if a game you are interested in has been reviewed or has any recent news or updates, which will be indicated on the features list page. Updates will include any significant recent changes even if the actual review is older. I try to update the site every two weeks with a new game, but sometimes life gets in the way and it could take a little longer.

GAME NEWS FOR SINGLE-PLAYERS

Lots of good stuff coming up for single-player fans who love a good story

  Under the new developer Deck Nine, Episode 1 of the prequel Life is Strange: Before The Storm is available now and features sixteen-year old Chloe Price in a story revolving around her friendship with Rachel Amber. The developer of the original game, Dontnod, will be releasing an entirely different type of game in 2018 called Vampyr and has confirmed they are working on Life is Strange 2.
UPDATE: Episode 2 was released on Oct 19th along with the good news that Denuvo DRM had been removed.

  Horror fans rejoice - The Evil Within 2 released in October, which just happened to be Friday the 13th. If you haven't played the first game, you can catch up on the story here.

  The PC version of Destiny 2 is out now, but although the critics give it good scores, the users are review bombing it on metacritic. The game is not available on Steam.

  Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was also released on October 27th. Apparently, BJ Blazkowicz, the nazi-killing machine, is not down and out quite yet.
UPDATE: Fans are less than pleased with complaints that the game is too short and inundated with too many cut-scenes. Sounds like what happened with Max Payne 3.

  We knew we hadn't seen the end of Assassin's Creed. The new game, AC Origins explores the beginnings of the Brotherhood in ancient Egypt. The game launched on October 27th this year.

  Far Cry 5 is on the way, but due to current political and social tensions, it's not without controversy. Its theme of religious fanaticism in America's state of Montana has some people bent out of shape. Coming Feb 2018.

  Good news for fans of the Metro series. Metro Exodus is a not-quite open-world sandbox survival game that might scratch the itch for STALKER fans as well. It will feature the return of Artyom from Metro Last Light as he moves from the tunnels in search of a new home above ground. It's due to be released sometime in 2018.

  Equally good news for fans of Darksiders. When THQ went bankrupt, it was unclear if we would ever get to meet the third horseman of the apocalypse. Fear not, Darksiders 3 is scheduled for release in 2018. You'll get to play Fury, a mage with a mission to beat the Seven Deadly Sins.

  Telltale Games has announced a second series of The Wolf Among Us coming in the latter half of 2018. Having hounded Telltale for a sequel for three years, fans of this game are super excited. Telltale also teased a fourth and final season for The Walking Dead and a completion to Clementine's story.

LATEST POST-RELEASE REVIEWS
Don your sunglasses for the cornucopia of neon. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is a comedic stand-alone spin-off to Far Cry 3 and was a surprisingly huge hit, surpassing all expectations at over one million sales and which, of course, made Ubisoft a very happy camper indeed.
Grim Fandango is one of those old classics that you've likely heard referred to as "one of the greatest games ever".
In Call of Juarez Gunslinger, Silas Greaves, is a man bent on revenge in pursuit of his ultimate goal, the men who killed his brothers.
At the time, Assassin's Creed Black Flag was like a breathe of fresh air to a stale series.
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MODES: Single-player
STEAM RATING: Very Positive

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Ever wonder what happened to Clem? Now you can find out.

GAME NEWS FOR SINGLE-PLAYERS

Lots of good stuff coming up for single-player fans who love a good story

  Under the new developer Deck Nine, Episode 1 of the prequel Life is Strange: Before The Storm is available now and features sixteen-year old Chloe Price in a story revolving around her friendship with Rachel Amber. The developer of the original game, Dontnod, will be releasing an entirely different type of game in 2018 called Vampyr and has confirmed they are working on Life is Strange 2.
UPDATE: Episode 2 was released on Oct 19th along with the good news that Denuvo DRM had been removed.

  Horror fans rejoice - The Evil Within 2 released in October, which just happened to be Friday the 13th. If you haven't played the first game, you can catch up on the story here.

  The PC version of Destiny 2 is out now, but although the critics give it good scores, the users are review bombing it on metacritic. The game is not available on Steam.

  Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was also released on October 27th. Apparently, BJ Blazkowicz, the nazi-killing machine, is not down and out quite yet.
UPDATE: Fans are less than pleased with complaints that the game is too short and inundated with too many cut-scenes. Sounds like what happened with Max Payne 3.

  We knew we hadn't seen the end of Assassin's Creed. The new game, AC Origins explores the beginnings of the Brotherhood in ancient Egypt. The game launched on October 27th this year.

  Far Cry 5 is on the way, but due to current political and social tensions, it's not without controversy. Its theme of religious fanaticism in America's state of Montana has some people bent out of shape. Coming Feb 2018.

  Good news for fans of the Metro series. Metro Exodus is a not-quite open-world sandbox survival game that might scratch the itch for STALKER fans as well. It will feature the return of Artyom from Metro Last Light as he moves from the tunnels in search of a new home above ground. It's due to be released sometime in 2018.

  Equally good news for fans of Darksiders. When THQ went bankrupt, it was unclear if we would ever get to meet the third horseman of the apocalypse. Fear not, Darksiders 3 is scheduled for release in 2018. You'll get to play Fury, a mage with a mission to beat the Seven Deadly Sins.

  Telltale Games has announced a second series of The Wolf Among Us coming in the latter half of 2018. Having hounded Telltale for a sequel for three years, fans of this game are super excited. Telltale also teased a fourth and final season for The Walking Dead and a completion to Clementine's story.

GAME UPDATES
In Aug of 2016, THQ Nordic released a 10 year anniversary edition of Titan Quest, which was free to those who already owned the game. It combined Titan Quest and Titan Quest Immortal Throne into one game, restored multiplayer functionality and introduced support for new modding options as well as many other improvements. Nov 2017 saw the release of its first DLC for this edition called Titan Quest: Ragnarok.
As a game company, Nordic is not that old. It was founded in Sweden in 2008 and basically exploded on the international scene when it drew attention to itself by acquiring THQ assets in 2013. Prior to that, nobody had really heard of them.
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Bundle Stars has also seen a change, rebranding its site under the new name Fanatical. Previous Bundle Stars member accounts have been seamlessly transitioned over.
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