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What We Played #324 – Monster Hunter World, Destiny 2 & Damage Control

Not recommended.

So we’ve had a fun end to the week. While I got to head into Middle-earth: Shadow of War a few days ago, made a little progress with Mario + Rabbids when I wasn’t trying to sleep my way through flights, and get my obligatory time in with Destiny 2, the last 24 hours have been spent playing a game called Damage Control in which there’s lots of hand-wringing, phone calls, defending your position to everyone and not having much fun. I’d rate it a 3/10.

Tuffcub’s also been flying, but much, much further than I have because he’s on holiday.

I am currently playing Jet Lag. I don’t seem be progressing very quickly with the game and have to keep on buying coffee microtransactions. I give it 3/10.

That said, I’m sure the rest of the holiday’s actually very worth it. Wouldn’t mind one myself.

Aran’s another who could probably do with a holiday. He’s reviewed NBA 2K18, you might have noticed, but he’s also working on FIFA 18 and is trying to get raid ready for Destiny 2 as soon as possible.

Then there’s the EGX contingent of Dom and Kris. Kris shouted, “I HAVE PLAYED A LOT OF GAMES AT EGX. I AM THERE NOW, WRITING NOTES.” While Dom’s standout game is Monster Hunter World, which he says is still “Monster Hunter, and it looks and plays fantastically.” He also rather liked Yoku’s Island Express.

Jim’s mainly been beavering away at Total War: Warhammer II review this week, which has grabbed him much more than the original, and also dipping into Final Fantasy VII and Hidden Dragon on PS4. There’s been plenty of over the top Japanese games for Miguel, as per usual, with Danganronpa V3 reviewed, Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash submitted for next week, Blue Reflection and Fire Emblem Heroes.

Last but not least we have Jake who took a step back from Destiny 2 and played Pokkén Tournament on Switch and Pokémon Gold & Silver on 3DS, while Steve reviewed Figment, has been enjoying Monster Hunter Stories and regretting the decision to play The Evil Within on Xbox 360, purely for the rest mode that would let him get playing more quickly.

Now it’s over to you to tell us what you’ve been playing this past week?

  1. tactical20
    Since: May 2010

    Dipped into the Games under £4 sale and came out with…

    Hitman GO – Really enjoying this one. Probs about 80% through, but it’s got quite hard now, so started playing…

    Lara Croft GO – Similar to Hitman obvs, but not quite as enjoyable. Still early days though.

    Tetris Ultimate – Mainly got this for my wife. Had Tetris on PS3 and it came with loads of modes and stuff. This version is very basic in comparison. Glad I only spent a couple of quid on it.

    Zombi – Not started this one yet, but thought it was probs worth a shot.

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 17:44.
  2. Tony Cawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Destiny 2 is all I’ve played.

    2 characters at around 285 now, just my warlock left to start.

    I’d love to do a trials run this weekend, hopefully I can manage to find 3 other players.

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 18:33.
  3. MrYd
    Since: Mar 2011

    Picked up Tiny Trax (on sale) and realised that VR Scalextric is a great idea. Although I’ll probably cause severe neck injuries from all the looking around you have to do. Particularly liked it when I stuck my head underwater (because of course you’re going to do that) and the sound goes all underwatery (is that a word?). And then a trophy pings for doing it.

    Bit of Yakuza 0 again, which has suddenly got a bit less weird. Well, less weird for a Yakuza game which always have weird stuff in anyway.

    And some more Bridge Crew shenanigans, which this week has involved about 20% doing what you’re supposed to do, and 80% just pissing about and chatting with random people. And questioning why the captain of the Suribachi still has a job when he needs rescuing 6 times a day and his ship appears to be made of an ill-advised glass/explosives mix.

    And I’m at last back in the 5.0 beta since beta 6 appeared after the 4.74 fiasco. The time on the quick menu again at last! I would give Sony’s system update procedures 3/10.

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 18:34.
  4. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    I’ve dipped back into Battlefront, mostly to play the Death Star and Bespin DLCs that I never got round to before but also to mop up the AT-AT tow cable and Y-Wing shooty down trophies. After two years of trying it was nice to finally nail these, I feel more positive about being a bit better than 100% useless at Battlefront 2 now! I need to get Titanfall 2 out of the way next, then Wolfenstein, then I’ll feel better about buying more games.

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 18:50.
  5. freezebug2
    Since: Dec 2008

    Finally achieved a 100th platinum after what seems like decades compared to some people with the splendid and well deserved Uncharted Lost Legacy. Loved all of the UC games although I still don’t like those set piece boss battles that require synced button presses. I’d much rather shoot or throw grenades/C4 at them :P

    After that started Jak & Daxter, the stocking filler that came with Lost Legacy…it’d be rude not too. It’s not too bad, I’ve gotten a fair way into it. A downside is the camera control though not being able to flip the X or Y axis….might try using the DS4 upside down!

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 18:51.
    • Crazy_Del
      Since: Jul 2009

      Congrats on the 100th Platinum

      Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 20:28.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      Nice work on your century! Haven’t played a game where you can’t flip the y-axis in so long, but as one of those rare pull-down-look-up weirdos I absolutely feel your pain, it’s an essential option. I think I got it from playing flight and space sims so much in the nineties.

      Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 20:50.
      • Andrewww
        Since: Jan 2010

        I may be small, yellow and have green dots, but where I come from pull-down-look-up is of course the normal way to play. So, I’ll never understand why I always have to switch the y-axis (like presumably everyone else) and why this is never the default setting. ;o)

        Comment posted on 23/09/2017 at 08:54.
    • freezebug2
      Since: Dec 2008

      Cheers lads ;)

      Indeed ron, there are a couple of sections where you have to look through a scope to fire at critters in a speedy fashion and it’s a case of left hand not knowing what the right is doing trying to line up the aim.
      With the default camera setting and no option to reverse, it feels like writing your signature with the opposite of your natural writing hand when not ambidextrous!

      Comment posted on 23/09/2017 at 09:03.
  6. JR.
    Since: Apr 2013

    This week, mostly Resident Evil Revelations 2. I had my reservations having read some unfavourable reviews online, which seemed to suggest that this would be RE on a homeless mans budget. It is to some extent (well maybe not quite so severe) but I’ve just completed the second episode and I’m enjoying it immensely so far. Perhaps even more than Revelations 1, which I also enjoyed a lot.

    The dialogue however is expectedly and hilariously atrocious, even by RE standards. Some stand out lines so far… “Terra-save. Because ‘Terr’ doesn’t have to end with ‘Rist’’’ or “The guy eats danger for breakfast and craps it out before dinner…”

    I also completed and earned the platinum for Knack 2, which I enjoyed very much. I’d like to think there will be a third entry one day but that may be wishful thinking on my part. Sadly, I’m not sure the series will ever overcome the mixed reception received by the first game. They say an Elephant never forgets and neither do gamers it seems, which is a real shame.

    Knack 2 almost feels like the first game in the series, with the original Knack being the beginnings of an idea not quite fully realised (although I still enjoyed it). I think if Knack 2 had been our introduction to the world of Knack, the reception would have been much warmer. There is of course potential to expand these ideas further in future games (fingers crossed).

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 19:01.
  7. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Aside from my usual dose of No Man’s Sky i played the office worker in Job Simulator , silly fun but plenty of presence as you reach about for various items to interact with.

    I also unlocked the last elevator in Neon Chrome and was expecting to come up against The Overseer whose name has been ominously hinted at before. A small cutscene and i was facing him at last… nearly finished him off too and then the game told me i was killed by … the caretaker? :? My suspicions that i’m not as close to the end as i thought seem about to be confirmed..

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 20:08.
    • TSBonyman
      Since: Dec 2009

      Something i’ve also been playing all this month is the suite of games known as pay your car tax, pay your car insurance, buy new tyres, get car serviced and discover you’ll need to get new brake discs now too before the impending mot… it’s been a 3/10 month for me.

      Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 20:16.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Since: Sep 2008

        I played that earlier in the year. There were lots of hidden micro transactions, like the one for a leaking shock absorber, and I forgot to complete the pay-your-car-tax quest on time and had to give away all my gold to avoid being thrown in the stocks. Good graphics but shit gameplay, 2/10.

        Comment posted on 23/09/2017 at 09:16.
  8. Crazy_Del
    Since: Jul 2009

    Well been playing Friday the 13th daily and got the trophy for completing 500 matches as a counseller :0
    Picked up a copy of Marvel v Capcom Infinite and enjoying it offline and online. Done all characters on Arcade and story mode completed. Just online trophies left for the plat but don’t know if I can get the Plat as there are some great fighters out there and then there are spammers (-_-)

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 20:31.
  9. Steelhead
    Since: Oct 2013

    Not much gaming this week, just a little bit of Gwent Witcher Card game. Aside from that it’s been mainly Crunchyroll in my spare time, and reading the A World of Ice and Fire companion book.

    Comment posted on 22/09/2017 at 22:16.
  10. Starman
    Since: Jul 2011

    Divinity Original Sin, which is infuriating me with all it’s locked doors and vague puzzles. Fortnite as well, which is good fun and puzzle free.

    Comment posted on 23/09/2017 at 06:53.