Well now, this week has been rather exciting for me. I haven’t played anything particularly earth shattering, but I managed to actually get inFamous 2 to install its patches, allowing me to continue with the game. If you recall last week’s What We Played I complained about having issues with the game but a fresh install seems to have fixed them and now I’m well and truly hooked.
Although I still think the controls are a little floaty, once you get used to them it’s not so bad. Cole’s progression throughout the game feels good too, and he’s beginning to feel more and more bad ass as new powers unlock. You do seem to go down a bit easily in close quarters combat though.
The other exciting thing that happened this week was Greg announcing a possible date for his return to the glorious world of What We Played. I won’t reveal just when in case the pressure drives him away again, but know that he is on his way back.
For now, though, he’s spending his time with Mass Effect 3. As per usual he’s been spending time with the game’s multiplayer, but he’s also managed to fit in the Citadel DLC. Given how long he’s been away from the game’s single player, and how much time he’s invested in the multiplayer, he says that dipping into the Citadel DLC “feels a bit Blues Brothers in a putting-the-band-back-together kind of way.”
Weirdly, he actually enjoys the way the new Alliance Intelligence character reminds him of how many deaths Shepard is responsible for. His Shepard has wiped out entire star systems in the past, and is ultimately to blame “for countless billions of deaths.” Sounds a little morbid to be honest.
Dom, as you may recall, is in the middle of a house move. In fact he appears to be right in the middle of it, as he currently lacks a house. Fortunately he’s not been forced onto the streets, and is instead going on holiday until his new house is ready in ten days. Sounds like a very wise move to me.
With the house move in full swing all of his consoles are hidden in boxes at present, and when he does attempt to play his 3DS he realises he’s “too tired and fall[s] asleep on it”. Hopefully the holiday will revitalise him somewhat.
Before entering the land of nod he has been playing a little bit of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, but he can’t actually tell us anything about it due to the embargo. I’m sure we’ll hear all about it in due course.
Our other newbie, DanToo, seems to have been getting a lot more gaming in, when he’s not sunbathing that is. Slender: The Arrival has been getting his time for the second week, and much like last week he’s finding the game annoying. “I collected all the generators needed to progress,” he says, with the hope almost palpable in his tone. However, he “was then killed by a slender man who appeared out of thin air an inch in front of me.” That doesn’t sound all that fun.
He’s also been playing indie puzzler Kairo, and has been enjoying it a lot more than Slender. He felt the gameplay was “really challenging” and praised the game’s “grainy and completely minimal” art style.
His third and final game on his PC for the week is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. He’s “laughed quite a few times already” despite only playing it for about half an hour, so that’s certainly positive. I imagine we’ll have more from him on the game next week.
Onto his console gaming (I told you he’d played a lot), his PS3 has been getting a work out with Battlefield 3, F1 2012 and Tomb Raider. EA’s premier shooter has taught him that he’s “really lost my flair on FPS’s”, and even though he managed “quite a few good kills… they were all overshadowed by some shoddy shooting and embarrassing deaths, like falling into water”.
Fortunately he faired better in F1 2012, where he managed to win three Gran Prixs online. He’s also “the highest ranked out of my friends list on the leaderboards with Teflon being the closest rank” to him, so I imagine Teflon will be chasing him down as soon as possible.
As for Tomb Raider, he says it’s “OK so far”. He did go on to say that he was expecting more out of it given the praise it got, feeling that “the first hour hasn’t come close to beating an Uncharted game.” I would imagine it gets better later on.
Even that bumper crop of titles wasn’t enough for DanToo, as he gave me a preview of what he’s playing next week. He’s downloaded LA Noire, Cry Of Fear and GTA San Andreas from Steam, with every intention of playing them this week. Check back next week to see if he managed it.
Tuffcub took a somewhat simpler approach, playing his expected bout of Killzone 3, along with the Vita version of Thomas Was Alone. He’s also branched out into Soldner X2 Final after seeing it on sale. He describes it as a “proper bullet hell side scrolling shooter, massive bosses, ridiculous weapons and so much fun.” He rated the game as “*FANTASTIC*”, with the asterisks pushing it beyond simply FANTASTIC.
He’s also found a little time for House Of The Dead Overkill, although his only comment was that it’s “very sweary”. Presumably he could have played more, but most of his time was occupied with Killzone 3, much like every other week.
Then there’s Aran, who’s played nearly as many games as DanToo, although didn’t go into quite as much detail about them. First up was DanToo’s last game, Tomb Raider. Unlike DanToo, he says it’s “brilliant”, having played the game to completion. He felt that Lara’s adventure “had a decent story to it” and was a “Great game overall.”
Perhaps DanToo just needs to spend a little more time with the title.
Next up is some Vita love, coming in the form of Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Although he thinks it’s a good game, he does say that the enemy AI’s “dumb” and wonders “How did it not notice me choking a guy two feet behind another guard?” That does seem like a reasonable question.
Switching to the Xbox 360, Halo 4 has finally come off his pile of shame. He’s currently halfway through, and has found that the story just isn’t grabbing him. He does say that the “gameplay is alright”, but maintains that “Reach is the best Halo game.” I can get on board with that.
Unfortunately he won’t give me many of his thoughts on Army Of Two : The Devil’s Cartel, his final game for the week. He’s playing the game for a feature, so wants to hold all of his critiques for that. However, when pressed he did admit that “it’s quite enjoyable in a dumb action movie kind of way.”
Finally we have the big dog, Peter. First up for him was Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, a game that he loved. However he does note that he’s seen “quite a range of reaction to this game”. The negative opinions seem to focus on “what people are calling bad writing”, although he feels that “the cheesiness was totally deliberate”. The positive reactions to the game seem to be “because it’s a bit mental and has lasers.” How can you not love that?
He enjoyed Grid 2 a lot less, complaining that “the handling is hyper sensitive and seems likely to require a lot of practice.” This combined with “the fact that the collisions are completely unpredictable” to leave him with a bad taste in his mouth. Ultimately he said that “It all felt a little lightweight in comparison to Forza Horizon but perhaps it’s unfair to compare it to such a fantastic racer, with the pedigree and budget that Forza has.” That seems very fair minded.
So what have you been getting up to this week, or have you been enjoying the appearance of the sun?