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What We Played #88: Sing Party!, Final Fantasy XIII, NBA 2K13

The one for those who fancy a quickie.

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?

What We Played

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?

*raises hand*

We can only assume Peter will be having parties like this constantly.
One of PlayStation Plus’ recent freebies, Guardians of Middle Earth, caught Jim’s attention this week. The earlier demo of the “Tolkein-inspired MOBA from the folks behind F.E.A.R and Gotham City Impostors” had left him interested so how did he find the full game?

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?

  1. Germanos
    Since: May 2011

    Stuck on last challenge in Vanquish >.<! frustrated to the limits of anatomy! The last round with two Bogeys and those ball-thing turrets is sick…any tips ?

    Comment posted on 18/01/2013 at 13:24.
  2. gaffers101
    Since: Oct 2008

    Still plodding through Far Cry 3, and spending time on LEGO:LOTR 2 player with my son.

    Comment posted on 18/01/2013 at 15:27.
  3. Dom El
    Since: Mar 2012

    Ploughing on through Mass Effect 3 still, which I’ve now got into to such an extent that nothing else has tempted me away, despite quite wanting to pick up Ninja Gaiden 3 – Razor’s Edge. For once I’m not stacking more games up waiting to be played!

    I have played a tiny bit of Pokemon Conquest too, which is still alright. I can’t wait for Fire Emblem though which may see me finally cave and pick up a 3DS XL.

    Comment posted on 18/01/2013 at 15:30.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Don’t worry Jim, it only takes the best part of 20+ hours before the game opens up. But most players have usually given up at that point. I gave up after it opened up as it’s a bit meh. Shame that they keep trying to get us to like 13 by shoving 13 related games down our throats.

    I suffered from gaming fatigue for most of the week thus haven’t played that much. Did play DAO yesterday as i recovered from it. Picked up Toy Story Collection today for £9 at HMV and plan to watch them in order. If you hate Pixar, please jump out of the nearest window. :p

    Comment posted on 18/01/2013 at 16:58.
  5. Motalla
    Since: Dec 2011

    Played mainly Dead or alive 5, 671 online matches left for the 1000 online matches trophy. It seems that within the TSA community most probable an outsider(?) will get the platinum first. DOA 5 will be patched very soon and this means some trophies will be easier to obtain.

    Attended the usual Dirt showdown meets, and the “secret” THPS meet on Thursday. The Killzone 3 TSA meet did not have lift off, mainly due to not being able to logg into the multiplayer mode, which might have something to do with the psn maintenance.

    Comment posted on 18/01/2013 at 20:50.
  6. Michael
    Team TSA: Development
    Since: Forever

    Pro Darts Championship on iOS.

    Comment posted on 18/01/2013 at 22:57.
  7. MadBoJangles
    Since: Nov 2009

    Recently got a gaming pc, so my PS3 has taken a bit of a back seat of late.
    The Secret World, Torchlight 2 and Diablo 3 all gobbling my time up at the mo :)

    Comment posted on 20/01/2013 at 04:22.

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