This is going to be a short What We Played this week as we have all been busy keeping you up to date with a little show that has been taking place in L.A. Neither Kris or Dan has managed to get any gaming in at all and all Tuffcub has managed is to spend a little while testing the bullet-absorbency of zombies in Dead Nation.
We received some reports from the Eucadian front that there has recently been a significant decline in hostilities. Believing we knew the probable cause we contacted Chris to confirm. Indeed it is the case that his jeep and warhawk are sat under dust covers in temporary storage. The only playing he has been doing on his PS3 lately is playing Blu-ray disks.[drop]Meanwhile, on the subject of conflicts, Toby has been rewriting the history of Europe by helping Spain conquer the English; on the green, green virtual grass of FIFA’s turf. Clearly the English defence is not what it used to be, perhaps because the rules of football prohibit the use of fireships these days. He has “lost count of how many times I have obliterated the England defence for David Villa to run through and put one past Hart”. ‘Course that would never happen in real life would it. Swiftly moving on…
Jim has been using E3 to do a bit of window shopping. He quite fancies a PS Vita (remember it’s Vee-ta, not Vy-ta) as a step up from his iPod Touch. He reckons the 3G Vita’s iTouchiness plus 3G, plus plenty of first party PlayStation titles could make it a winner for him if the price is right. Also, despite being a 3D-skeptic Sony’s 24” 3DTV could tempt him before Uncharted 3’s release.
Game wise Jim’s has taken his engineer to the Brink resisting the Resistance and is now waiting for the Agent of Change DLC before giving him another free-run around. He’s somehow also found time for Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, look for a review in the coming weeks, and Ghost Trick for the DS. He describes it as “an absolute treat to play, and though it may be the last DS game I play, it may also be the best”.
Matt has been racing on dusty, uneven surfaces again in both DiRT and Motorstorm: Apocalypse. He found it an enjoyable game overall, but not without its flaws, “the biggest being that you could crash over and over again and still go on to win the race”. Matt liked the 3D though, calling it the “best I’ve seen in a retail game yet” before adding that the tech “still has a long way to go” to provide a really convincing experience.[drop2]I have been spending yet more time in the dusty, uneven post-apocalyptic terrain myself playing more Fallout 3. I think I am still only a little over half way through the main story, it’s Little Lamplight I need to visit next. I do not want to know any more how many hours I have spent on this single play through; I will look again when I am done.
For all the reports of its buginess (spelling checker does not like that word but I do) I had until recently only experienced one crash and one case of becoming stuck on the scenery. The scenery incident was largely my fault to as I was clambering precariously over rubble piles in a building trying to find a position to take down a sentry bot where it could not return fire. I found one, but then could not extricate myself.
The other week I hit level 20 and having the DLC handy but not installed, due to the reports of how much more unstable it made the game, I finally had to bite the bullet and install Broken Steel for the increased level cap. That went fine and there were no adverse effects if we do not count my first, surprise, encounter with a super mutant overlord. That did not go well but I cannot blame the DLC for it.
Feeling more confident with the stability of the DLC I installed Mothership Zeta to play. That worked fine too. Then I got too confident though and installed Point Lookout; which was clearly a DLC too far. I promptly had four crashes in a matter of hours, two crossing the wasteland to the river boat and two a matter of feet beyond Point Lookout’s boardwalk. Learning to treat it with kid gloves now and have gone around 6-8 hours without incident.
What have you all been playing while keeping half an eye on our E3 coverage? What are your gaming plans for this weekend? Hands up if it your hypothetical gaming tweets would be ending with #DNF.