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What We Played #302 - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris & Horizon Zero Dawn

TFIF.

As I sit in my living room – a place that seems to mainly house Easter eggs and herds of plastic dinosaurs – I’ve begun to think about where playing games is easiest for me. I was tired last night, and instead of firing up a home console, I grabbed my Switch and took it to bed with me, grabbing twenty minutes or so with Breath of the Wild. This is hardly new though, as my 3DS and Wii U have been regular bedtime go-tos for many years, as has my laptop for some PS4 remote play. For a while there was also the chance of using my PSTV to stream the PS4 in the bedroom, but that disappeared when our son Ezra was born last year.

It’s not that I have to give up the main TV – most of my gaming is done when the rest of my family are asleep thanks to my atrocious sleep patterns – but there’s something undeniably comfortable about curling up with a console in tow. It sets the tone for actually going to sleep for me, something that I genuinely struggle with, and the versatility of being able to play where you choose is something that I think will become more and more important as time goes on. All of the key manufacturers have acknowledged this, but thus far it’s only Nintendo who’ve created a rock solid answer to it. Sadly it seems unlikely that Sony will make a dedicated handheld again, and who knows where Microsoft will end up as they fight to escape second place.

I spent a good amount of this week in front of the TV though playing Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom, and it’s safe to say I didn’t get along with it. I hated it in fact. I had to find other games to cleanse my palette, which came in the shape of Telltale’s first Guardians of the Galaxy episode, and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, a review of which will appear next week. There’s also been time for some Breath of the Wild, and a couple of sessions of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U while we wait for the Switch version and its fantastic looking battle modes!

Aran was the first to check in this week, and he’s had a packed week, playing The Eagle’s Heir, Event[0], Full Throttle Remastered, The Disney Afternoon Collection and FFXV. Phew! Jake meanwhile has been playing Yooka-Laylee and enjoying Snipperclips with his girlfriend. He’s also halfway through Breath of the Wild’s shrines having made it past number sixty!

Steve enjoyed improving his scientific knowledge with Odyssey, completed Yooka-Laylee, as well as making time for Curses ‘N Chaos and Super Meat Boy on Vita. He’s also made a start on Resident Evil VII though it’s proved a little too scary for a school night. Miguel played a little Battle Chasers: Nightwar which he’ll be previewing soon, a smidgen of Akiba’s Beat, and a truckload of Overwatch!

Dave has been reviewing Flinthook, and alongside now playing Puyo Puyo Tetris, his Switch was given a good workout with all of his family over Easter.

It’s been a good week for Jim:

This week I jumped back into Horizon. For some reason it’s been on and off for me. I think that comes down to shooting combat, where something doesn’t quite gel for me. I’m also pretty bad at it, which surprised me considering my habit of playing RPGs and third person action games on their hardest settings. Dialling it right down to easy was a good move and I don’t feel any shame as it’s benefited my experience.

Aside from that I thought about playing Mass Effect Andromeda. Put the disc in, loaded my save, watched the load menu, the switched it off. With BioWare promising more fixes, there’s that completionist side of me that wants to hold off a few more months. Instead I hopped on Dirt Showdown. Bit of a weird choice, but picked it up for £1 and have been craving some casual racing fun.

Tuffcub has also had a packed week:

Apart from Titanfall 2, where I’m now on my 8th regen, I had a week of VR. Started off with Robinson: The Journey, which I really like. It’s just a shame the engine is a bit rubbish, as pop in seems to get enhanced in VR so it’s a slightly distracting. That said, wandering around a jungle filled with dinosaurs is brilliant, even if the game has some weird logic – the big long neck dinos seem to love wading through boiling hot tar, but doesn’t end up boiling to death.

I also played a little Eagle Flight, which I still love, and started Resident Evil 7 in VR. I suspect my neighbours hate me as I have shouted and yelped an awful lot, but it is very, very grim. I’ve never been a fan of chainsaws since that bit in The Running Man when Arnie chainsaws a bad guy in half from the gentleman’s area up, so having a mad screaming woman running at me with a chainsaw in VR and cutting my freaking hand off was not fun at all. And then that bit at the dinner table… Jesus. I will continue to play it, but probably in very, very small doses.

Finally we turn to Mr. Tef, who’s kept himself nice and busy with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, giving it a glowing review, Dawn of War III’s big Warhammer 40K strategy, and Stellaris: Utopia’s even grander galactic strategy.

Now then, what have you played?

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  1. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I completed Mass Effect Andromeda last night. 101 hours played, mp untouched, only 95% completion as one or two side-missions were glitched for me. Enjoyed it overall despite some minor flaws. A solid 8/10 for me. Uninstalled it now and will possibly wait until all the dlc has been released before returning to it.
    I was going to pick up Horizon Zero Dawn next but Deus Ex Mankind Divided was only €16 in Argos so i grabbed that instead!

    Comment posted on 21/04/2017 at 17:53.
  2. MrYd
    Member
    Since: Mar 2011

    I picked up Mafia 3 for cheap, and I’m enjoying it. Fairly generic open world thing, but an entertaining enough story and some horrible racism. And some hilarious bugs. The radio seems to keep playing when I leave a car quite frequently, which can make some of the dialogue hard to understand.

    And at one point, a dozen cars fell from the sky. At least, I think that’s what happened. Crashing sounds outside, went to investigate, and they were all just lying there smashed up. Behind a wall, so they couldn’t have all driven there and crashed at once.

    So that was weird.

    Also I’ve been strangely addicted to Skyforge too. A F2P game that’s kept my attention for more than a week now. Possibly due to the fun combat and the mission based nature of the whole thing. Good to pop in and do one mission for 10 minutes. Or half an hour. Or 4 minutes. It makes you go back and do earlier levels on harder difficulties, but you end up so overpowered for them you can charge through in 4 minutes killing everything with one hit.

    The big open world levels are nice too. 4 long missions with up to 20 or so stages with nice boss fights. And lots of help from random people trying to kill the same stuff.

    One of the better F2P games, and probably a simple grind for the Platinum without paying any real money. But might take months to unlock all the extra classes. A week playing it, allowing for Easter, and I’m 2/3 of the way to having the money for 1 class. There’s 15 of the buggers!

    Worth a look people. Just remember to make a lady character first. You can change appearance and become a man if you want to for free later. But only once. And there’s a trophy for making a female character, but not a male. And you can only have one character. (You can change between classes as much as you want, so you don’t need more than 1)

    Comment posted on 21/04/2017 at 18:09.
  3. JR.
    Member
    Since: Apr 2013

    Yooka Laylee. One of the most frustratingly fun games I’ve played in a while. I really hate this game but I quite like it too. One trophy glitched on me, preventing me from getting the platinum (after collecting 5,000 feathers and completing several awful mine cart challenges). So that was fun. Did I mention I hate this game. But actually I did enjoy it overall.

    Lego City Undercover. Best Lego game ever.

    Comment posted on 21/04/2017 at 19:45.
  4. Andrewww
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Before I went on holidays, I tried to tick off some very old stuff from my backlog/hard drive: first, Hydrophobia: Prophecy was fun for an hour or two, but felt dated, so was deleted. And Datura, which I got with Plus a while ago and which looked interesting, meant more fighting against the control scheme than anything else, so was deleted even quicker.

    As my Vita joined me in the Alps, I started Zero Time Dilemma, which is very promising. But, as I played it in bed each time, I ended up not seeing much of it, fell asleep three times over it. Mind you, it’s not the game to blame, I just keep awake far better in the living room, the bed is not my place to play (games). ;o)

    Comment posted on 21/04/2017 at 19:52.
  5. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Back to Zelda for me this week. Still a fantastic game and one I struggle to put down once I get going.
    I also downloaded the Puyopuyo Tetris demo, which was good fun and a game I can see myself picking up at some point. Releasing the same day as Mario Kart Deluxe was a pretty derpy move though.

    Comment posted on 21/04/2017 at 21:07.
  6. DividSmythe
    Member
    Since: May 2012

    I got my 101st platinum today or of Destroy All Humans I got off the Humble Bundle I’m is the other week. I was only expecting to play it for a hour but thoroughly loved it, I never played it first time round either. Also I’ve played Stardew Valley and TMNT in Manhattan in not impressed with either. Also I’ve been popping on my Vita and enjoying Severed.

    Comment posted on 21/04/2017 at 21:39.
  7. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    I was lucky enough to get a Gran Turismo Beta code so I’ve spent many hours in that. I haven’t actually played a race yet, just been time trialling and unlocking cars, I’d forgotten how utterly addictive shaving off tenths of seconds can be. Today I finally beat Heedbaw’s Nurburgring time with my rather nippy 7:11, I don’t think I’ll be topping Avengerrr at 6:58 though, you can keep that top spot mate! Am I allowed to say it’s a beautiful game?

    Comment posted on 21/04/2017 at 21:40.
    • Avenger
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      Jambo GT has the top time for Nurb on my list with a 6:52. 6:58 is slowish, the cars handle like utter shite on that particular car/track combination. I’ve never had to snap countersteer so much in my life, and that’s me coming from Assetto Corsa/FM6.

      Not looked at my other times since, been working all week. Willow Springs I did a 1.29.6 in a race, half a second off top 10 in Europe, but I noticed some people have cheated their times so the top 10 might be fantasy now.

      Beaten my other times? ;P

      Comment posted on 22/04/2017 at 07:00.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Yeah the handling is too snappy, it’s like any sideways force is countered with sticky super glue. I did it in the Evo and really struggled to do any corners in 2nd smoothly, I didn’t bother softening the suspension or faffing with camber though and I’m guessing that tinkering would help, as would learning the rest of the track after Carousel :) I’ll check out your other times later and cry haha.

        Comment posted on 22/04/2017 at 08:19.
      • Avenger
        Member
        Since: Oct 2012

        I’ve fully customised the setups on all my garage, and to be honest, all the applicable cars feel terrible on the Nurburgring no matter what. I softened the suspension on the RS.01 GT3 and increased the ride height, customised the ratios to iron out irregularities in power thoroughput, tuned the LSD, and it still feels awful.

        I set the 6.58 with the Toyota FT1, not so bad, but still bad.

        Comment posted on 22/04/2017 at 20:09.
  8. Pixel_nme
    Member
    Since: Mar 2014

    The usual and pretty much same as last week ;)

    Comment posted on 22/04/2017 at 00:59.
  9. CR8ZYH0RSE
    Member
    Since: Sep 2012

    Just finished Dragons dogma and i’m stuck on killing the ur dragon for the platinum trophy,does anybody have any advice?
    Also on my last play through Lord of the rings:war in the north and it’s been fun and a pleasure to play this game again,just hope there’s someone for the multiplayer trophy? Doubt it.

    Comment posted on 22/04/2017 at 10:58.
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