Of all the games I've spent an unhealthy amount of time playing this year, none have come close to being as much fun and joyful to play as the recently released Marvel's Spider-Man. It's basically like the developers figured out how to make the best Arkham game ever with a hero that is fun and hopeful instead of bleak and 'roided out. The story is absolutely fantastic Naughty Dog-quality stuff. The combat is silky smooth. There are hundreds of amusing collectible side-quests, and web slinging through New York is the best traversal system I've ever experienced in a video game. Most importantly, though, it has a killer photo mode that I spent entirely too much time playing with when I should have been saving citizens in peril. Instead of writing a lengthy post detailing why I love this game so much, I thought I'd just show you with some of the 100 or so pictures I took while having a blast.
Thanks to a delightfully lazy snow-filled week here in Charleston, I finally had the time to hunker down and beat Skyrim on Switch (well, as much as you can beat Skyrim proper along with the Dragonborn and Dawnguard expansions). In approximately 50 hours of gameplay, I "accomplished" a lot. I killed 20+ dragons, was cheered on by orphans after taking out their evil headmaster, avenged my beloved horse, became the head wizard at a magic college, accidentally killed my companion with a stray magic spell and had to reload 20+ times, bought a house, married a local girl who only noticed me because she needed a mammoth tusk, adopted a street urchin, shot several thousand fireballs from my left hand, became a werewolf, killed a whole lot of vampires, and saved the world of Skyrim 10 times or so.