Article written by Greg Aldridge.
Published on 01/03/2013 at 09:00 AM.
I’ll skip quickly over my usual space marine gaming, except to tell you the one thing about Aliens: Colonial Marines that I think’s a terrible omission that harms the game: in co-op, if a fellow player is using the motion tracker you can see them holding it but you cannot hear it.
That’s just stupid. We know from the film everyone nearby can hear it, and it’s a spectacularly missed opportunity to be able to ratchet up the tension in-game. Instead of that audible, panic-inducing sound you have to rely on conversation to convey whether there’s anything near by. “Here comes another one” just doesn’t work.
Anyway, that’s not something that’s troubling Tuffcub as he’s still busy playing Need For Speed: Most Wanted on his PS Vita, at least when he’s not playing the newly discovered, thanks to PlayStation Plus, Lumines on it. Oh, and he’s also returned to Killzone 3 after a reasonable absence and is apparently still quite good at it.
Kris is also worshipping at the feet of the ever-stronger PlayStation Plus:
I’ve been playing Just Cause 2 via the marvellous PlayStation Plus. PS+ really is great isn’t it? Anyway it’s awesome! I mean I played the demo ages ago, and it was pretty good, but the full game is nuts! I hijacked a helicopter, flew to a nightclub aboard a ship held aloft by a blimp, took over the nightclub, hijacked a jet waiting on the floating nightclub, jumped out of the jet just before I accidentally crashed it into a mountain and parachuted to the ground.
I’ll be in trouble if the seemingly infinite parachute supply ever dries up though.
Also the completely streaming world is hugely impressive, just ridiculously so. Flying from one area of the island with relatively detailed scenery below you the whole time before you parachute to a location (I do a lot of parachuting) at random is a massive technical achievement. Now I can’t wait for a potential Just Cause 3 on the next generation.
When I’ve not been playing Just Cause 2 my flatmate’s been playing Mercenaries 2 (we only [have] one PS3 between 3 of us) and it’s rubbish by comparison. Oh sure, you can grapple to stuff sometimes, but it doesn’t have the sheer mayhem of Just Cause.
Gaming at both ends of the enjoyment spectrum we find Dan. He’s started Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch this week and is “really enjoying it so far” with lantern-nosed “Drippy stealing the show”. That was the good. He’s also tried playing Metal Gear Rising and “really hated it”, finding himself tempted to send it back by the end of the first level.
He reckons that “maybe” he’ll persevere.
Apparently casting spells is the only thing Josh enjoys any more.
There was some good news for Aran as a recent patch has allowed him to reset the outposts in Far Cry 3 after completing the game so he’s been able to get back to murdering charity workers. The Android-hosted Beastie Bay, “a mix of Pokemon and a Sim game” which sees you building a camp as well as catching and fighting said beasties “is pretty addictive and since it’s free, definitely worth a download“.
Lastly this week we find Peter struggling to explain the facts of (Kratos’) life to his young nephews:
Not played much but I did watch my nephews playing quite a lot of PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale. It really confused them because they loved the way it was like Smash Bros but didn’t like the way they only knew one of the characters. I spent the whole time telling them who people were. That gets a bit awkward when you’re trying to explain why Kratos is so angry and all red and white to a 9- and a 6-year-old…
I have played The Room on iOS, it’s a very smart puzzle game. Basically, you have a box which is covered in secret compartments and puzzles that you need to solve to unlock more of the mysterious notes left by the guy who designed it as he went a bit mad. It’s all very clever and works beautifully with the iPad’s touch interface.
Trying to unlock the secrets of a box sounds like a search for Arnold Rimmer’s favourite pro-alien committee. The Dwarfers out there will know the one I’m talking about.
Before the rest of you hit Google to look for an explanation let us know what you’ve been playing.