Getting a chance to play Velocity Ultra has rekindled Kris’ interest in the original PlayStation minis Velocity. While he says “it may not be as good as Velocity Ultra” the big upside is that he can play it now. “[Velocity] really is incredible, and probably the most fun I’ve had with a game since early Sonic games. Hyper addictive too.”
He’s also played a little bit of Cities in Motion which he says is “quite possibly the slowest game I’ve ever played”. It doesn’t sound like it’s a game that indulges in excessive hand-holding either. “It’s also crazy inaccessible in a ‘F*ck you, we’ve explained this briefly in the tutorial and if you can’t remember it it’s your own fault. You think real city planners get help? Hell no. Now shut up and build a bus route.’ Somehow that just makes it incredible.”
Josh has been rediscovering the joy to be had from getting a bunch of friends together for some split-screen racing, playing “everything from Crash Team Racing to MotorStorm: Apocalypse” while also managing to get his girlfriend hooked on Split/Second.
He’s been hoovering up a few outstanding trophies too, picking the last few he needed for LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4, Need for Speed Undercover and Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation. As Metal Gear Solid 2 was on PlayStation Plus he took it out for a spin “but my god the camera and controls in that game are awful, I doubt I’ll be going back to it”.
Like Peter I’ve played a bit of Bioshock Infinite but you’re spared my inane ramblings on it as Peter’s view is much the same but he says it much more eloquently:
I really love the world they’ve created but I still have reservations about the way the game handles. BioShock (the first) was a fantastic world, story and atmosphere but a fairly poor game through which you experienced that – in terms of how it controlled and the mechanics of death, ability upgrades, etc. Infinite seems like it still suffers slightly from that but I’m not sure if that’s simply because I need to adjust my controller settings (I’m playing on PC).
Aran is trying to do something about his pile of shame which has now grown to an estimated 300 hours of game time. He’s not helping himself though as this week he bought Beyond Good & Evil HD. He’s been pleasantly surprised to find that it’s not the linear experience he was expecting “but instead it has a small open world with different things to do”.
In Assassin’s Creed 3 he’s been playing through the game’s side quests as he’s found “they’re a much better way to explore the game world”. He’s spent hours just roaming the Frontier either hunting or attacking forts “but who can really call them forts if one man in a hood can overrun it?”
What he chooses to call “a bad luck streak” is hampering his enjoyment of Gears of War: Judgment as he is greeted with “loss after loss and not getting the kills I would like”. He would also like to see more multiplayer maps added.
Last up this week is Blair who, if you’ve been paying attention to the site you will already know, has been playing Bioshock Infinite and is quite taken with it as well as developing a crush on Elizabeth.
I’m pretty confident that after a week of playing, it’s the best game I’ve ever played. I even went back to Portal 2 just to see and – even though it was good – it just couldn’t compare to the heights of Infinite.
Maybe his next love letter will be addressed to Ken Levine? Those of you involved in our Black Ops II League will know that the team Blair’s in Team C have finally recorded their first win. Finishing top of the league is beyond their reach though so their aim is to simply not finish last. So all that’s left to add on that is “go team Bob!”
Have you all been dangling from Columbia’s skyrails this week or has something else been keeping you busy?