In a catastrophic turn of events, for my free time at least, Microsoft’s first offering of a free game for Xbox Live Gold subscribers was Defense Grid: The Awakening. Having spent many, many happy and sometimes frustrating hours with the game on PC (see here, for example) it’s been on my TV quite a bit this week.
Fortunately it’s such a brilliant example of the tower defense genre that I really don’t mind working my ways towards all those gold medals again. Eating, sleeping and other trivial concerns have taken something of a back seat.
I also plugged away a bit more at Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception at the weekend, and it still feels like the Uncharted series failed to develop over its three PS3 games. The spectacular looking Himalayan village is what stood out for me in the second game as surpassing anything in the first, but UC3 has been a bit, well, “meh” so far.
Playing it in 3D and accepting the graphical fidelity hit that results has been interesting though. It’s clearly helping with immersion, as I’ve caught myself leaning to try and peer around things.
Kris is battling, and frequently dying by all accounts, in Halo 4’s online multiplayer of late as he’s currently reviewing a Turtle Beach headset for us. Any excuse to play Halo… He says it has served both to remind him how much he loves Halo and just how bad he is at the multiplayer elements of it.
When cruelly separated from his beloved Halo by having to leave the house for more mundane things like shopping and work, he’s been playing through Batman Arkham City Lockdown on his iPhone as it was on sale. The game that is, not his iPhone.
It feels like a poor man’s Infinity Blade, and is far too easy and short. It’s also got fiddly controls that are unresponsive at times, leading to death.
So that’s two games featuring Kris’ frequent deaths this week. DanToo, meanwhile, has been continuing to miss out on winning the F1 driver championship in F1 2012, narrowly losing out to Lewis Hamilton in his fourth season in-game.
Other than that he’s still busy plugging away at the “average, but enjoyable” Epic Mickey 2 as he puts the finishing touches to our review.
Returning to partially played games has been keeping Aran entertained. In Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning he discovered he’d left it with a number of quests very close to completion and so rattled swiftly through those, while he found Need for Speed: Underground 2 is still a great racer.
He says that its graphics are ageing gracefully and that the soundtrack is still just as great. Other than that he’s been studiously avoiding being near the PS3 whenever his brother has been playing The Last of Us as he’s much further ahead in the story than Aran.
That’s all from us this week as the appearance of a strange glowing orb has us all downing our controllers to expose our pale gamer’s skin to its DNA-pummelling ultraviolet rays.
Have you been out laying sunny side up or hiding from the painful brightness behind tightly drawn curtains with only your games collection for company?