(This article is spoiler-free)
There are two kinds of great games.
The first kind is what I call the ‘spike’ game. It’s a game that does a few things (or one thing) extraordinarily well. Without those qualities, the game would be competent, but not exceptional. The greatest games have multiple spikes.
Take God of War 4, where the Leviathan Axe and the successful reinvention of an iconic video game character come to mind. Or consider The Witcher 3, where choice driven narrative…