Happy 2022, Sega Maniacs!
What a year 2021 has been. I wrote many, many words, most of which were concerning video games. It's so strange to think that back in May the magazine was just a whisper of an idea, and I personally had never written anything that was intended for public consumption. Now I've got three (almost four) magazines and even more projects under my belt, and there's no end in sight. There have been ups and downs (the main down being the recent postal woes, that I know have come close to crushing Tim's shining spirit), but we believe we can come out of it stronger. Issue four is well underway and looking like it's going to represent another big step forward in quality and content for the mag. 1993, the subject of the fourth issue, was an incredible year for gamers and there's so much to talk about. All of the writers have been spoiled for choice when it comes to iconic titles to bestow praise upon (and maybe nit-pick a little bit), and I was able to opine about a couple of my all-time favourites, so I'm really looking forward to the issue going out into the world.
In the meantime, though, there are plenty of games to play between all the writing. I'm a bit of a strategy fan and have a lot to look forward to in early 2022. Total War: Warhammer III is going to put my creaky desktop PC to the test, and my Switch is going to be busy with the likes of Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp and Triangle Strategy on the way. If you don't know about that last one, it's a really fantastic looking SRPG that most people are comparing to Final Fantasy Tactics, but I, as a Sega nut, am of course hoping will be the second coming of Shining Force III. I also got a few games for Christmas. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to Metroid Dread and Immortals Fenyx Rising, and have already dabbled in Horizon Chase Turbo, a lovely retro-styled racer in the vein of something like Outrun. The one that's getting the most playtime currently, though, is Dragon Quest Builders 2, which was actually a present for my daughter. I feel quite sneaky tucking her up into bed of an evening and then heading downstairs to play the game she got for Christmas, but it's so addictive, I just can't help it...
Anyway, what are you playing, Sega Maniacs? What are you looking forward to in 2022? Let us know, give us an email or a tweet, or chuck a letter in the post like in the olden days and get featured in the magazine! We love to hear from you. Once again, thank you for all of your support, and here's to a fun, productive and forward-thinking 2022 laced with a healthy touch of gaming and comfy nostalgia.- Simon Pike