Article written by Greg Aldridge.
Published on 01/02/2013 at 10:40 AM.
We’ve not got a lot of gaming to report this week, though unusually for me recently I’ve managed to spend a couple of hours online with Mass Effect 3. Admittedly when I should have been doing something else, but gaming’s become a rare treat lately.
Dan played through Earth Defence Force 2017 which he says is “just as bonkers as the original 2007 game” but, he points out, now double the price. Jet Set Radio lasted barely ten minutes on his PS Vita before it was deleted for being “so boring”. And after an hour of playing the latest Corpse Party game his only coherent mumble was to say that it’s “really bloody weird”.
We have a strict policy of not commenting upon rumour and speculation, especially when NDAs may or may not be involved, so all we can say about Peter’s alleged involvement in the SimCity beta last weekend is “no comment”.
For what I am sure are utterly unrelated reasons he’s been playing SimCity 4 of late. With a decent sized, profitable city and a mostly
harmless positive approval rating despite a lack of fire stations. There is more than one way to conceive of skinning that proverbial arboreally entrapped feline though.
Kris has been playing the “brutally hard and ridiculously deep” public transport management sim Cities in Motion. With a tutorial “more complex than entire other games” that still showed no sign of ending after an hour perhaps it’s a game for when you’ve got plenty of time you can block-book.
And for when city governance isn’t enough to sate your megalomania:
I also had a quick play with Universal Sandbox which is hugely entertaining. You can fiddle with the size, weight, density and other properties of stellar bodies, then see what happens. For example, making mercury the size of the sun has some rather interesting results. It’s not really a game, but a fun tool for mucking about in.
Last up this week is Aran who has made it to the second island in Far Cry 3 “which means there are now more outposts for [him] to liberate”. The game might be starting to get to him as he keeps saying something about a “giant ink thing”. I can only presume that’s a bit like a huge smoke monster.
Perhaps all the craziness is giving him a persecution complex as in NBA 2K13 he thinks his team mates have taken a dislike to his player, refusing to pass or just outright pushing him out of the way. We can add narcissism to the list as he puts their behaviour down to jealousy over his player’s performance.
What games have been testing your sanity this week?