Dear, 2021. Please be better than 2020. Please.

As I write this, it’s 11pm on a Tuesday night on January 26. My phone tells me it’s still 27.1 deg. At 11pm at night. I’m uncomfortable, sweating and can’t sleep – so I’m writing. I’m not sure it’ll make sense or be coherent but here I am, writing because it’s too hot to sleep.

Welcome to the blog for 2021 and to be honest, it hasn’t been a good year personally for me so far. Actually, it’s been quite shit so far, if I’m being completely honest, with the sad news that our fluffy companion of six and a half year – Drew – the Samoyed who featured in photos in many of the smartphone reviews that appeared on this blog – passed away unexpectedly on January 10. I’m devastated and he will be missed incredibly.

Anyway, back to the blog and the plan for this year. Frankly, I don’t have a plan for this year: What happens, happens. I’ll hopefully still be supported by the longtime PR across New Zealand and Australia that have continued to support me for the past few years and I’ll be able to write down my thoughts and share them with you as I have previously.

Anyway, games. You want to hear about games. At the moment, I’m playing Hitman 3 (thanks to the fine Kerrin at BandaiNamco Entertainment) and I’m loving it. Really, really loving it and I didn’t realise how much I missed Agent 47 as a video game protagonist until I started up the game.

Look, I’ve played most of the Hitman games – old and new – on various platforms and I’ve enjoyed most of them, apart from perhaps Absolution which I didn’t hate but …. I didn’t adore either. It was just “meh”, I suppose, when I think about it.

These last three Hitman games, though, are special and H3 is something really special, with great locations, great open-ended game play and as always amazing replayability where you’re always going to back to see if you can eliminate a target in some new outlandish way using a rubber duck, a banana or an exploding golf ball. Or perhaps a combination of all three.

I’ll get a review up in the coming days (early next week, probably) but in the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, here is a launch trailer for Hitman 3. Oh, and I really appreciate you for visiting. If you’re a longtime reader, I’m glad you’ve stuck around and I appreciate your support. If you’re a first time visitor, have a look around and hopefully you’ll like what you see and come back again.

Here’s to 2021 not being shit, eh?