With a new console comes new experiences. It’s a great opportunity and excuse to try playing games that are new to you or that you wouldn’t normally play, so having picked up a Wii U on launch day there was nothing else for it but to play Mass Effect 3: Special Edition on it.
And you know what, taken as a single game it’s better than the PS3 version I’ve sunk literally hundreds of hours into. And the multiplayer on a Nintendo console works brilliantly, you can use people’s names and everything so it’s no longer like being in a strangely deserted Welsh seaside resort being chased by white spheres.
I’ve also been playing the downloadable titles Little Inferno and Puddle on the Wii U. You’ll be able to read more about them in the coming days but I’ll say for now that Little Inferno is a curious game that I’m not sure I’m enjoying playing, but, burning stuff is strangely compelling.
I took a couple of friends on a tour of Nintendo Land at the weekend and for two people initially dismissive of cutesy Nintendo titles, especially party games, there was an awful lot of highly competitive enjoyment had in Mario Chase and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion. Grown men shouting “He’s blue going green!” or “Over here I’m vibrating!” is not a common occurrence in my experience. Bite size local multiplayer perfection.
I did manage to stop playing ME3:SE for long enough at the weekend to play some Mass Effect 3 multiplayer on my PS3 and tick off the, now weekly, weekend challenge and keep my challenge score and N7 rank ticking upwards. I’ve downloaded the Omega DLC but was too busy playing ME3:SE to play it.
Dan has also picked up Uncle Ninty’s latest console creation and has been playing New Super Mario Bros. U. He found it tough to review as, “whilst it does everything well, I just can’t shake off the feeling I’ve played it all before”. That’s not likely to be the last time that’s said about another iteration of Nintendo’s core franchises.
To counter the cheerful surrounding to be found in NSMBU Dan turned to ZombiU. When asked how that went all he would say is “Terrifying. Don’t wanna talk about it.” For yet more Wii U entertainment he’s also been playing Trine 2 which he says is “ace, with the added benefit of being able to play it on the loo”. Too much information Dan.
His initial impressions of his new toy? “Overall I’m absolutely loving Wii U at the moment. It definitely has a few issues that need resolving, but I’m impressed.”
Skyrim now resides atop Tuffcub’s ‘finished’ pile. His summary of the epic game is “mostly enjoyable with some stand out moments”. He gives no clue as to what those moments were, instead choosing to note something else: “having my Skyrim husband as my companion was a little creepy as he was always addressing me as ‘My love'”.
He’s started playing CoD: Black Ops 2 but it has left him “horribly disappointed”:
I really liked BlOps but so far they seem to have made the same mistake Infinity Ward made between MW1 and MW2… LETS MAKE EVERYTHING EVER EXPLODE REALLY LOUDLY AND SHOUT LOTS. Also I have no idea what’s going on story wise; a recap of BlOps 1 would have been handy as I don’t recognise any of the characters, it has been 2 years since I last played it and everyone looks like generic fighting man.
Peter’s had a varied week thanks to the Wii U’s launch. First playing Tank! Tank! Tank! for our review as well as short blasts with New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land. “The console itself is quite impressive”, he says, “it’s no generational leap but it does some entertaining things with the GamePad and it looks great”. He did comment earlier in the week that the slow loading times of some of the console’s OS features but I haven’t caught up with him since the midweek patch to see if he thinks that improved things.
Shooting giant bugs with a tank sadly turns out not to be as much fun as it sounds like it should be.
“So far, I’ve tried Skyrim and Far Cry 3 on it and both look gorgeous. Some of the Skyrim mods add breathtaking visual detail to the game. The only problem now is that my PC needs an upgrade!” And he’ll be able to play the Skyrim DLC long before us PS3 players…
Kris has been fiddling. Luckily for all concerned it was only with his Wii U. He’s tried out the FIFA 13 demo, which “seems ok but feels very complicated”. He suggests that his problem may be that he’s “trying to use the normal controller control scheme mixed in with the touch screen controls” and should train his fingers to use one or the other. “Using the touchscreen for passes or for selecting your shot is pretty fun though.”
Nano Assault Neo has also been getting some TV and Gamepad screen time. “It’s a great twin stick shooter”, he says, “absolutely gorgeous with lots going on”. He’s found it to be really good fun, if “a bit tricky in places” and thinks that “the shop mechanic could do with being deeper though”.
Causing Chaos in Just Cause 2 has been providing Aran with a lot of fun this week:
The map size is ridiculous, meaning I haven’t even discovered most of the towns. I like how there just seem to be so many distractions as well. I may be on my way to a mission but then I see a base so I just have to attack it. Next thing I know is I’m in an aerial dog fight after grappling onto a jet. Also this is the best looking open world game I’ve seen.
Cheryl singing Parachutes. Because, erm, parachutes are in JC2 and she's prettier than Metro 2033.
Lastly this week we stumble across Josh who’s going back through Lego Harry Potter 1-4 in co-op free-play, “grabbing the various collectables and whatnot”. For some handheld fun he picked up Need for Speed: Most Wanted for his PS Vita and says “it’s probably one of the best Vita games I’ve played yet – it looks great, runs great, and it’s the whole game world on the go; can’t complain!”
How about you lot? Did you pick up Ninty’s latest? If so, what’s your favourite game so far?