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, 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?