Article written by Greg Aldridge.
Published on 18/01/2013 at 09:00 AM.
There seems to be a good deal of excitement in the UK at the moment as everyone here speculates on just how much snow will fall where today. With the inevitable closure of schools and workplaces and the advice being to avoid non-essential travel I wonder how many of you will get an extra day’s gaming in?
Peter popped his video game karaoke cherry this week with Sing Party! on the Wii U. Having strictly avoided the genre at all costs with the mere thought of karaoke games enough to make him “a little queasy” it was with some trepidation that he dipped his toe in those murky waters:
It’s okay. I mean, it’s hideous because it’s essentially graded karaoke, but as far as that limitation extends, it’s bearable. There isn’t much to it – limited play modes and a track list of modern hits and sing-a-long classics that could do with more songs on it. It’s probably fun though, if you like that kind of thing.
I have a sneaky suspicion that he had more fun when he used the USB microphone to dictate the review than he did actually playing the game! Hands up all those who think that in the name of cross-platform fairness he should write SingStar and Lips comparisons over the next couple of weeks?
We can only assume Peter will be having parties like this constantly.
Unfortunately he says that it “leaves a lot to be desired”. “A month after release and I’m already struggling to find matches online”, he continues before adding “and when I do they are often riddled with rage-quitting players and AFK team-mates”.
Perhaps affected by that disappointment he uncharacteristically bought a pre-owned copy of Final Fantasy XIII. Despite having been a huge fan of the series he says that something about that particular iteration had “really turned me off”.
Having finally taken the plunge he reports that he is “having a mostly pleasant time with it”. He appreciates the streamlined turn-based combat and that “it still looks gorgeous [even though it] launched almost three years to the day”.
His patience is beginning to be worn thin by the story and characters however. While the voice actors’ work to deliver a strong performance he says that they are constantly fighting against the “convoluted plot and cheesy script”. Isn’t that the norm for a Final Fantasy title?
Aran’s limiting his psychotic outbursts in Far Cry 3, not because of any mellowing but simply because there are no outposts left on the island full of charity workers and wounded animals to slaughter. One of the game’s missions tickled his fancy though:
Flamethrower, fields and a great song selection. If you’ve played it then you’ll know what I’m talking about. So much fun resulting in an escape on a jet ski with explosions happening in the background like an action movie.
His basketball adventures aren’t proving so successful or satisfying at the moment with his NBA 2K13 team having failed to get into the playoffs which resulted in the coach getting sacked. “I’m thinking of asking to be traded to another team because I want success”, he says in character before pointing out that yes, his player is a glory hunter.
Rounding things off this week is Tuffcub who would like you to know that he has signed a new album deal which has led to him “being all excited”. Somewhere along the way he did find time to temper his excitement with a little Big Sky Infinity.
Assuming the UK’s snow hasn’t caused your keyboard to malfunction as much as the transport network likely will, why don’t you tell us what you’ve been playing?