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What We Played #143: Threes, TxK & Outlast

The rushed one.

I’m not feeling at all in need of the next wave of PS4 releases, I’m still having way too much fun with Warframe whenever I get time to fire up Sony’s LED be-lit angular box. So much fun (about 150 if you measure fun by the hour) that I’ve been more than happy to throw a few notes Digital Extremes’ way for some essential and non-essential in-game stuff.

There’s also been some more Borderlands 2 on PS3, which seems so much more interesting to me now than it was when I played it at release. Go figure. Finally, out of mild curiosity in a rare idle moment, I fired up Knack’s Quest on my Nexus 10. I really wish that I hadn’t. Maybe it comes across better on a phone’s screen?

Jim brings us a solitary tale of the dangers of copping a TV remote in the Vita-ls:

This week started off pretty badly.

I may have failed to mention it but, back in November, I broke my PlayStation Vita. In a split second of stupidity I lobbed my TV remote onto the bed whilst having a tidy, only for it strike my Vita at the most improbable angle. Though the console still worked, the screen began to discolour in the top right corner, a smudge that began to spread like a mechanical cancer.

I was infuriated by this, but finally picked up another Vita a fortnight ago from eBay. I usually trust private seller and, to be fair, the console was immaculate and played beautifully for a week before it packed in completely.

With a game arriving for review, I had no other option but to go out to GAME and splash the full £180 on a new system. After seeing the recent reviews, I opted for the older model and its snazzy OLED screen.

I may be a few quid down but it has allowed me to continue playing Toukiden. As I said in my review, it’s a tidy game but the comparisons to Monster Hunter are there for a reasons and just won’t go away. Toukiden certainly isn’t lingering in its shadow, mind. For those who have even a faint interest in action RPGs, it’s well worth a shot.

Inter-writer rivalry is getting to Stefan:

So, the main new game I’ve been playing this week is called Threes!. It’s for iOS and, surprisingly, it’s not a match three-style game… at least, not in the usual sense. It’s much cleverer than that as you have to shuffle numbered cards around on a board, knocking matching numbers together. The tricky thing is that each swipe moves all cards that aren’t blocked.

It’s hard to explain, but simply wonderful to play and quickly gets quite challenging to keep finding moves and manoeuvre the cards into each other. It’s also as cute as a button.

But Blair’s best score is higher than mine. :(

While topping the local leaderboard isn’t Blair’s main concern about that game:

I played more of The Binding of Isaac. Loads of it, in fact, and it’s taking a toll on my Uni work. I thought that was bad, but then Stefan told me to download Threes! and it’s even worse. I can’t stop playing it, it’s so addictive and I’m almost certainly going to lose out on a degree because of it. This was his plan all along, wasn’t it?

I also completed The Last of Us DLC earlier this week and I’m allowed to talk about that at the time this post goes live, so here goes: it’s brilliant. It’s just like The Last of Us again, and I don’t think we need a sequel now that we’ve got this. It completes the experience.

And I’m about to play the Titanfall beta, so bye!

Aran’s babbling away in NBA-speak which means nothing to me:

All my gaming time has been split between Ys: Memories Of Celceta and NBA 2K14, but Ys is being played for review so you’ll have to wait until next week for my verdict.

In 2K14 my player still isn’t in the starting line up for the Suns despite being the second highest scoring rookie in the league. Even my fictional fans on the in game social media are demanding I be in the main line up instead of being Sixth Man. I’m thinking of demanding a trade.

The ever cheerful and polite Dom has been indulging in an eclectic mix this week:

I’ve mostly been playing Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks for my review. I wholeheartedly recommend the series if you’ve never tried it but you might want to give this one a miss if you’ve played the last few as it’s very, very similar.

Other than that I’ve played some TxK, which is awesome and takes me back to playing Tempest 2000 on my Atari Jaguar, as well as some more Lego LOTR on Vita, though that is now starting to wear a bit thin as the Vita is capable of so much more than that game does.

And lastly we have DanToo who seems to have picked up a nasty chest infection due to all this inclement weather:

Well I can finally say I’ve been playing on the PlayStation 4. A lot of Outlast for my review,which is a very scary game indeed. I’ve also bought Tomb Raider and Battlefield 4 which both look fantastic. From YouTube videos the differences between generations doesn’t look that big, but when you see it first hand the improvements are huge.

I’ve owned both on PS3, and enjoyed them there, but now I’m having even more fun with them on PS4. Wonderful stuff.

Resogun and the FIFA 14 demo have also had a few plays too. I’m really bad at Resogun, and not much better at FIFA either.

That’s it from us so it’s over to you to tell us about your own gaming experiences this week.

  1. SpikeyMikey23
    Since: Jul 2009

    FF14 with a bit of Fifa 14 thrown in for good measure. Still waiting for AC4 to either show up on plus or drastically drop in price haha

    Comment posted on 14/02/2014 at 12:43.
  2. R1MJAW
    Since: May 2010

    Mainly GT6 this week. So much so that I only have 1 trophy left (which unfortunately will take a while as it requires me to travel another 5000 miles) but otherwise not bad for 1 week’s play.
    Boosted the 2 online trophies in Pool Nation with Forrest (and a bit of alternate account jiggery pokery to do the online tournament). I also managed to do the 20 minute endurance trophy which brought me to 100%.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2014 at 14:57.
  3. Lyts1985
    Since: Jan 2009

    Finished Knack on Hard and mopped up a few of the trophies I’d missed along the way but, as suspected, I really don’t feel the urge to play through another couple of times for the plat. Maybe one day…

    After that I thought I’d give Contrast a shot for the first time, really not expecting much… And actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, getting 100% in a little over 2 days.

    Now I’ve gone back to Tomb Raider on PS3 to finally finish the story… I bought it about a month before GTAV came out. Then came the PS4. Then came GT6… And now at last I’m able to go back and finish it :-D id forgotten just how much I enjoyed TR!

    No platinums this week (and I doubt there’ll be any for a while now) but a good couple of games completed and one to follow :-)

    Comment posted on 14/02/2014 at 15:27.
  4. blast71
    Since: May 2012

    Still living in Skyrim, loving eating peoples hearts as a werewolf. I did manage to tear myself away from it to try Tokyo Jungle out of my backlog, nice little game.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2014 at 16:07.
  5. wonkey-willy
    Since: Jan 2010

    this week i have mostly been playing with myself!

    you know single players you filthy minded schoolboys!
    cracking on with metro and killzone shadow fall campaigns.and i just started splinter cell blacklist.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2014 at 17:01.
  6. JigsawPieces
    Since: Sep 2010

    TxK, TxK and more TxK!

    Been looking forward to this for ages, and it really does not disappoint. Just got to the levels that are moving webs spinning in space while ALL THE COLOUR rushes forward to attack you and burn your retinas off. So intense :D

    Comment posted on 15/02/2014 at 23:25.

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