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What We Played #42

The one where Dan channels Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

A frenzy is how Dan describes his gaming this week. Top of list is the almost-too-good-for-words Journey which he says “is the best thing since Jesus battled Superman on the moon”. I must have missed that particular comic but Journey is garnering such worthy praise from so many sources that Jenova Chen probably could get away with founding a religion; a religion based on awesome, emotional, thought-provoking gaming experiences that speak to the individuals playing them.

When not surfing Journey’s dunes Dan’s “also been struggling to wrap [his] head around the combos in BlazBlue on the Vita”. Fighting games are renowned for being somewhat impenetrable but he says of BlazBlue that it “is about as noob friendly as some clever analogy I can’t think of”. Despite that he’s happy to call it the system’s best fighting game.

The Last Story, “which is a brilliant game marred by some technical isues” has seen itself finished. His final criticism is that it lacks those special “Oh, wow!” environments that made Xenoblade Chronicles extra special. To change things up a bit he turned to Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus “which has aged really well although it still has a camera crafted by Satan himself”.

Lastly Dan, like many of us, has been playing a lot of MotorStorm RC. Though he is man enough to admit what most are too proud to:

Actually, I’ve been pressing “start – restart” a lot on MotorStorm RC. I hate/love that game!

In stark contrast to Dan’s vast swath of gaming, Kris has played “FIFA”, continuing his assault on the Championship with his local side, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stepping away from football, he’s also watch ”stupid amounts of SNL on Netflix.”

Aran’s been playing more UFC 3 and continues to have his butt handed to him when he ventures online. In Skyrim he’s got to the point where dragons are a minor inconvenience but small groups of chaurus are decidedly deadly. Then there’s MGS 4 where it’s being stealthy that’s the problem.


"Look out Tali the Geth have returned!"
For relief he’s turned to the non-competitive environment of Netflix on the PS3 where his viewing has included Arrested Development and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His Battlestar Galactica Blu-rays have been getting a spin too. If you’re not familiar with the series it’s the one where a rag-tag fugitive fleet of Quarian ships flees from the Geth invasion of their colonies as their former slaves stage a bloody uprising.

My own gaming has seen a core a Gran Turismo 5 and a couple of longer than intended – just one more turn – Civilisation 5 sessions swamped by PS Vita gaming. In no particular order that’s included Everybody’s Golf, Rayman Origins, Top Darts, Hustle Kings, Escape Plan, WipEout 2048, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Super Stardust Delta and MotorStorm RC.

You’ll know by now that we’re all enamoured of MotorStorm RC’s sheer playability and “I will beat you this time” leaderboard-encouraged ‘friendly’ rivalries. I’ve not played much in the way of golf games since the days of Links 386 back in the early 1990s but I’m quite enjoying Everybody’s Golf even if the characters get a little too excited about birdies. This week’s PS Vita highlight for me though is Rayman Origins. Not only is it a rock-solid platformer but the artwork is just amazing, especially when you make the most of the ability to pinch-to-zoom.

Toby has finally gotten around to playing Batman: Arkham City “and so far it’s been a great experience”.

The things I loved about Arkham Asylum have stayed (such as the individual character biographies) and the things I wished were in Arkham Asylum have arrived. It’s official; nothing is cooler than preparing to be pumped full of lead before dropping a smoke pellet and flying off into the sky.

Completing his preparations for next week Jim has finished his Insanity play through of Mass Effect 2 with all crew members still in attendance at the end. His PS Vita’s been taken for a spin with Frobisher Says and Uncharted. The quality of the system’s launch titles has him looking forward to what we’ll see on it over the coming years.

What have you been playing this week? Have you been enjoying your first full week of PS Vita ownership? Maybe you’ve been taking advantage of some of the ridiculously great value PSP offers the NGP’s launch has spawned? Perhaps you’ve been chowing down on some of the non-participatory content your consoles serve up for your consumption?

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52 Comments
  1. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Well it’s safe to say I have played a lot this week:

    - Played through Uncharted Golden Abyss, which completely made up for the ho-hum Uncharted3. Hoping to start my Crushing/Treasure run this weekend.
    - Made a start on Escape Plan, which is really cool but I find myself accidently clipping the rear touchpad A LOT. Otherwise I’m thoroughly enjoying it thus far (2 out of 4 areas completed, all 3stars)
    - Played ‘Frobisher Says’ with the Mrs last night which is all kinds of crazy. A few of the mini games don’t seem to respond correctly but I still love it, especially when you consider its pricetag (i.e. free!)
    - Finally I tried loads of demos including FIFA (nice touch controls), Motorstorm RC (addictive), Super Stardust (awesome) and WipEout (great as usual, just a really short demo). I also tried the Unit13 demo and found myself playing it a lot. Really good game, with decent controls and loads to do. A definate buy from me next week over Twisted Metal and ME3 :)

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 13:31.
  2. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I have recently played Brink (completed campaign) Pure Football (Got the Platinum) Battlefield 3 Multiplayer, Binary Domain (2 chapters) which will continue today. Picked up SSX for tonight and the weekend.
    In the past just started a few backlogs such as Mass Effect 2 (Insanity) Prince of Persia (Lightseeds) etc….
    ALso played Uncharted and Motorstorm on Vita aswell.

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 13:32.
  3. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I have been playing lots of stuff I cant talk about. Havent even turned on my PS3 this week as I’ve been so busy :(

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 13:56.
  4. Jones81
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Kingdoms Of Amalur. and got my Vita last night, beautifull machine and feature packed, picked up Uncharted:GA, Rayman, and Dungeon Hunter plus downloaded Motorstorm and Super Stardust but spent all night just messing with the Vitas features and drooling over it lol.

    There is no bigger buzz than buying a new console (except maybe Cocaine and Hookers), especially something as advanced and exciting as the vita!

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:12.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      What about Cocain and Hookers while playing on a brand new console?

      Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:39.
      • Watchful
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Oct 2008

        You’re thinking about the opening sequence of Duke Nukem Forever aren’t you. :-)

        Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:47.
  5. CdmanJak
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    finish jak 1 in under 4 hours and halfway thru 2 thumb is sore for ssx

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:16.
  6. simplebob
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    I cant seem to escape Skyrim. I have racked up over 40 hours since 1.4 update and loving it. Hoping to get a chunk more complete before Journey arrives.

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:26.
  7. Nocure-fd
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    I’ve still been hooked by PC Battlefield 3. Just coming up to my 50 hrs played of engineer to go along with my 50 hrs of support. then I’ll have to decide between recon/assault (though recon will have to roll with the AS-VAL, can’t snipe anymore) My BF3 playtime is starting to look a lot like my Skyrim playtime :P

    My PS3 version should turn up soon, so if anyone wants to hook up for a few games, I promise to drop ammo, spot stuff, and not steal your tank…

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:26.
  8. XisTG
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Rayman Origins Vita (almost finished the story, but i’m eager to go beat the time trials) and the missus is pounding plants vs zombies on the vita. It’s the third time we bought the game; there’s something that keeps pulling us back!

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:32.
  9. gaffers101
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Spent lots of time playing with my Vita; Rayman, Uncharted & Motorstorm RC. Also been trying to wrap the story in AC:Revelations.

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:41.
  10. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Vita & Skyrim.

    Comment posted on 02/03/2012 at 14:41.

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