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What We Played #52

The one with the TSA E3 bingo reminder.

It was back on 20th May last year that this new incarnation of Lee’s old What We’re 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 ‘earned’ 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 4’s post was simply What We Played #4 with us having settled on the simple change of tense from Lee’s original formula that we had morphed slightly to reflect what we’d played in the previous week instead of what we were playing at the time the post went live.

It’s remained pretty much the same ever since: a thousand-word summary, often with attempted humour, of what we’ve been playing for the past week.

It’s 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 week’s most commented on posts on the front page. A personal thank you for your support, I do always read through all your comments, it’s why we can keep finding the enthusiasm to keep providing you with all the community-focused content here on TSA.

What I’d like you to think about while you read through what we’ve 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 you’ll more likely know as the keyboard-sneeze-like kjkg. The fact it’s a belated welcome is admittedly my fault for repeatedly forgetting to ask him what he’s been playing.

Keith's been exhibiting some deviant behaviour.
And I almost regret asking already as he informs me that he has just got “a shiny platinum in Little Deviants” which isn’t as easy as it might first appear. Keith’s clearly been favouring his PS Vita over his PS3 as he’s been spoiling a good walk in Hot Shots Golf.

No friendly four ball for him though, it’s single-player only as the online pass for his American copy won’t work with his UK PSN account, something he politely describes as a “bit of a kicker”.

Maybe the resulting frustration is why he’s also been indulging in “small bouts” of Unit 13.

Aran has been saving most of the galaxy in Mass Effect 3. I say most of as he’s already lost one race, presumably not down the back of the sofa as I don’t think the game features the mini-galaxy from Men in Black [Here come the Men in Black, Galaxy defenders – Ed]. He’s also played the “amazing” 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, who’s started his assault with Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom. “At a glance it looks terrible”, he says, “like some last-gen relic”. First impressions didn’t hold though as he adds “it’s easily one of the best games I have played in a while”.

Aside from that he’s hopped back into Borderlands playing as Lilith. He’s finding that while the game “can feel a little too MMO-inspired at times” that’s not necessarily all bad as “the constant loot-hoarding” is keeping him engaged.

Awesomenauts, Salem and Little Deviants also get a mention and of the latter he comments “as a game which seems kid-oriented those ‘gold’ scores are absolutely brutal”. Maybe he should have a word with Keith?

Joseph is another who has been working through some older titles. He’s “nearing the end” of the 3DS’ Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones which has been “a pretty fun distraction”. 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 I’ve mentioned before. My own gaming this week has seen the usual few hours of Skyrim and Gran Turismo 5. I’ve also realised that most weeks I’m forgetting to mention I’m still playing Star Wars: The Old Republic.

It gets a few hours a week but it’s odd that it’s almost become a kind of habit rather than a conscious decision to play. I’m not sure what that says about it or me. I’ve 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. There’s a particularly pesky datacron on Tattooine that’s proving something of a challenge at the moment.

Looks simple enough. How hard could it be?
My PS Vita has also seen a lot of gap-filling play this week with Treasures of Motezuma Blitz and a number of minis robbing all the ‘bigger’ games except for Ridge Racer of screen time. Old favourite Vector TD still gets a lot of play during the longer gaps that need filling.

In the shorter moments, often after I’ve temporarily run out of ‘lives’ in ToM Blitz, the brilliant Velocity gets some more attention. I’ve 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.

“It’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 “nothing special” is fortunate as his LIVE Gold subscription has just run out. Will he renew? He doesn’t say.

Portal 2’s new Perpetual Testing DLC “offering a good level editor and tons of content with new Cave Johnson announcements” is reportedly “great”. He also tells me that this week he finally got Minecraft and some time of not understanding what all the fuss was about.

That’s it from us but before I go here’s a quick reminder to get your TSA E3 Bingo 2012 entry in by the end of today if you haven’t already.

What’s on your own ‘played’ list this week?

  1. element666
    Since: Mar 2012

    Got platinum on force unleashed, which was solid! Still trying to finish new vegas to 100% glitchy!
    Joineg ps+ so got all the pixeljunk games which are rad!
    The usual wipeout meet,great fun, and been playing little deviants! Congrats to kjkg on the platinum ! well hard to get the gold medals! I

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 15:20.
    • element666
      Since: Mar 2012

      I forgot to mention ‘ve been throwing cabbages into buckets on Skyrim with my mate Trick shot central!
      Give it a whirl!

      Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 15:23.
  2. Rocket_345
    Since: May 2010

    Saints Row 3 this week. Making steady progress towards my plat which i’m hoping to get before Monday so i can revise for my A/S exams.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 15:35.
  3. R1MJAW
    Since: May 2010

    Not really played much on PS3, just a bit of Prototype(1) to finish off a few bits n bobs before I start 2 and Datura, which was relatively enjoyable if a tad short.
    Spent the start of the week playing nothing but Everybody’s Golf on Vita, which I have now platinumed. I’ve now moved onto Virtua Tennis 4, which is just as good as the PS3 version.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 15:39.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Completed the College of Winterhold’s quest line. Felt like it was only starting and could have been padded out a bit imo. Also completed some sidequests and started the main quest just so i could get Breezehome.

    Don’t want to mess around with the Arch-mage’s quarters as i love to decorate my in game houses. Was very annoyed when i found out certain spells had not been included in Skyrim. A mage shouldn’t have to pick a lock when he has magic.

    Also completed Sheo’s quest which didn’t seem like a proper Sheogorath quest. Then again, he was on holiday. And Wabberjack is the most unpredictable weapon in the history of gaming. So far.

    I plan to become thane of all of the holds as i’ve heard there are quest breaking bugs if i do the Civil War main quest before i’m thane.

    Speaking of being thane, i wish there was something for you to do as Thane. For example, the jarl wants your advice on how to deal with a dragon or a very tough enemy that is terrorising Radiant location in the hold. But the Jarl can ask if you want to sort out the problem. Stuff like that. That way, it will feel like being thane is something to be proud of.

    Starting to despise wolves as they are an annoyance. Mainly due to the fact that they infect me. Oh and i defeated the dragon priest in the staff of magnus quest. Had to use gurrila tatics as i was only an adept in destruction with the rest of my magic skills being apprentice level. The mask is an excellent reward as it makes your magika recharge 100% faster. Combine that with Arch mage robes and you will only have to wait a few seconds for it to recharge.

    I bought B:AC yesterday and so far i’m enjoying it. Although, it feels like Catwoman is only included to pad out the story.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 16:18.
    • RudeAwakening
      Since: Jan 2011

      Been powering through Skyrim myself i have only one trophy left for the plat which is the master trophy (reach level 50), im at 46 and im starting to get frustrated with how slow your experience level moves up. Never really noticed how slow it was as i was enjoying the game, now i just want to move on from it.

      Besides Skyrim i’ve started Deus Ex Human Revolution, got it for €1 after trading in Saints Row The Third.

      Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 21:06.
  5. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    i am never, and i repeat never, going to play that impossible game, you know the one, what’s it called?
    i think it was the Really Hard Game, that one.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 18:16.
  6. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I found my copy of RAGE and finished the second half of the campaign. I was enjoying it but it seemed to end all too abruptly. Despite the texture pop-in i often found myself impressed by the environments. Great game but too short.
    Having finished that, i was in the mood for some more FPS action and turned to Far Cry 2, which came free with PS+. It’s a game i didn’t take to originally when it came out but i’m actually enjoying it now.
    Also Frobisher Says and ToMBlitz.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 20:41.
  7. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Changes – each week you have a guest also provide their “what I played” in the main article. This could be a different regular reader each week.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 21:52.
  8. Dom El
    Since: Mar 2012

    Starhawk! Which admittedly was only today but definitely enjoying it so far. I also tried out God Of War 3 as it had been hanging around in my pile of unplayed games but I was pretty unimpressed by it. Other than that, Vita gaming consisting of Ridge Racer, Dynasty Warriors Next and Lumines.

    Comment posted on 12/05/2012 at 01:56.
  9. allan_treebeard
    Since: May 2012

    Asura’s wrath all the way for me. Just a few trophies off the plat but getting all S rank on hard difficulty is going to be a b*tch!

    Comment posted on 12/05/2012 at 15:14.
  10. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    Another week where the Vita has kept me away from the PS3.
    Treasures of Montezuma, Virtua Tennis, Wipeout 2048, Escape Plan and a little Uncharted for me.
    There was a small bit of Jetpack Joyride on the iPad too.

    Comment posted on 12/05/2012 at 15:32.

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