Article written by Greg Aldridge.
Published on 11/05/2012 at 02:00 PM.
It was back on 20th May last year that this new incarnation of Leeās old What Weāre Playing series made its debut with me at the helm. Initially we experimented with playing around with the title each week starting with What We Played… While PSN Was Down which is self-explanatory.
That was followed by the L.A. Noire-inspired What We Played… In 1947 (originally to have been titled What We pLAyed). The following week it was What We Played… Whilst Climbing Trains, a title it āearnedā merely because Blair and Josh had been playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
You can see that things were getting a bit tenuous already so week 4ās post was simply What We Played #4 with us having settled on the simple change of tense from Leeās original formula that we had morphed slightly to reflect what weād played in the previous week instead of what we were playing at the time the post went live.
Itās remained pretty much the same ever since: a thousand-word summary, often with attempted humour, of what weāve been playing for the past week.
Itās satisfying to see that the friendly discussions you all have down there in the comments generally ensure that the latest What We Played post sits among the list of the weekās most commented on posts on the front page. A personal thank you for your support, I do always read through all your comments, itās why we can keep finding the enthusiasm to keep providing you with all the community-focused content here on TSA.
What Iād like you to think about while you read through what weāve played below is whether there is anything about the format of What We Played that you would like changed or if you have any ideas for things we could incorporate to keep it fresh? Let me know in the comments.
This week What We Played belatedly welcomes Keith, who youāll more likely know as the keyboard-sneeze-like kjkg. The fact itās a belated welcome is admittedly my fault for repeatedly forgetting to ask him what heās been playing.
Keith's been exhibiting some deviant behaviour.
No friendly four ball for him though, itās single-player only as the online pass for his American copy wonāt work with his UK PSN account, something he politely describes as a ābit of a kickerā.
Maybe the resulting frustration is why heās also been indulging in āsmall boutsā of Unit 13.
Aran has been saving most of the galaxy in Mass Effect 3. I say most of as heās already lost one race, presumably not down the back of the sofa as I donāt think the game features the mini-galaxy from Men in Black [Here come the Men in Black, Galaxy defenders - Ed]. Heās also played the āamazingā Journey which has already grabbed one of his coveted game of the year nominations.
Trying to make an impact on his gaming backlog we find Jim, whoās started his assault with Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom. āAt a glance it looks terribleā, he says, ālike some last-gen relicā. First impressions didnāt hold though as he adds āitās easily one of the best games I have played in a whileā.
Aside from that heās hopped back into Borderlands playing as Lilith. Heās finding that while the game ācan feel a little too MMO-inspired at timesā thatās not necessarily all bad as āthe constant loot-hoardingā is keeping him engaged.
Awesomenauts, Salem and Little Deviants also get a mention and of the latter he comments āas a game which seems kid-oriented those āgoldā scores are absolutely brutalā. Maybe he should have a word with Keith?
Joseph is another who has been working through some older titles. Heās ānearing the endā of the 3DSā Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones which has been āa pretty fun distractionā. He notes that any regrets he had about purchasing a 3DS have been vanquished.
The first Mass Effect is also seeing some slow but steady progress:
Having played about 10 hours I’m starting to see what the all the fuss is about. I have finally discovered choice based gameplay is a good thing, having shunned Western RPGs for their Japanese alternatives in the past. Looking forward to being rid of those damn Mako missions in the sequel though, goddamn.
Personally I quite enjoyed the Mako missions as Iāve mentioned before. My own gaming this week has seen the usual few hours of Skyrim and Gran Turismo 5. Iāve also realised that most weeks Iām forgetting to mention Iām still playing Star Wars: The Old Republic.
It gets a few hours a week but itās odd that itās almost become a kind of habit rather than a conscious decision to play. Iām not sure what that says about it or me. Iāve not played any of the multi-player missions recently so my Captain Jenn is still working her way through the single player content and having fun exploring the environments. Thereās a particularly pesky datacron on Tattooine thatās proving something of a challenge at the moment.
Looks simple enough. How hard could it be?
In the shorter moments, often after Iāve temporarily run out of ālivesā in ToM Blitz, the brilliant Velocity gets some more attention. Iāve also been playing The Impossible Game which, while exceedingly difficult, never leaves you in any doubt about its fairness; failure is always your fault and you can see what you need to do to overcome it. It now occupies the same mental pigeon hole as Ikaruga and F-Zero.
Peter has been indulging in a spot of footy management with Football Manager 2012.
āIt’s really all I’ve had time for because FM2012 fits into a very specific space in my life. It’s the game I play for five minutes between other PC-based work and then leave running for half an hour while I work before coming back, tweaking for a few minutes and going away again. I finished third with Leicester but started my second season badly, as I always seem to. So they sacked me after six games and I got a job with Brighton instead. I love FM.”
Trials Evolution has been keeping Blair entertained with its single player mode. That he finds the multiplayer ānothing specialā is fortunate as his LIVE Gold subscription has just run out. Will he renew? He doesnāt say.
Portal 2ās new Perpetual Testing DLC āoffering a good level editor and tons of content with new Cave Johnson announcementsā is reportedly āgreatā. He also tells me that this week he finally gotĀ Minecraft and some time of not understanding what all the fuss was about.
Thatās it from us but before I go hereās a quick reminder to get yourĀ TSA E3 Bingo 2012 entry in by the end of today if you havenāt already.
Whatās on your own āplayedā list this week?