What We Played #7

Hands up all those of you playing the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta. Thought so, just from my friends list it seems to be an exceptionally popular pastime at the moment.  You may have bumped into, or shot, Toby as you have been running around its maps.

He is particularly enamoured of the way it seamlessly integrates its “stunning set pieces” into the games, singling out the airstrip map as a prime example.   He suggests that the balancing still needs some tweaking but it is still helping build his excitement as the game inches closer to release.

[drop]Some games are challenging primarily due to their difficulty; Demon’s Souls and F-Zero GX I am looking specifically at you.  By all accounts though the Sonic Generations demo that Kris has played “about 5 times” merely challenges you not to succumb to motion sickness while playing.

“I don’t know if there’s too much going on in the background or what,” he says, “but I just can’t make my eyes focus on Sonic, which makes it feel quite disorientating and gives me a little eye strain”.   Obviously not enough to stop him going back for about four “second” helpings though.

It is hardly a revelation to learn that Blair has been playing more of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D.  All that do-gooding may be having an effect on him as he has felt compelled to begin his evil playthrough of inFamous to compensate.   “It’s nice being evil” he has been heard to comment, somewhat counter-intuitively.

Transcending such notions though he has also been playing some Beyond Good and Evil HD, which is apparently “quite fun”.  By the way, if you are listening Sony, I am still awaiting my refund on that game, I will be in touch again later.   With the good versus evil theme Blair’s got going, it would be amusing to know whether Tenacious D’s Tribute has featured in the Rock Band 3 gaming he has also managed to squeeze into his free time.

I am sure you will all be disappointed to find out that we have no Kitteh Kraving™ update from Tuffcub this week.  As it is, he has barely managed to find any time for gaming having recorded about 20 minutes in Killzone 3 and half that in Dead Nation.   That is still 30 minutes more than the “diddly squat” Josh managed though.

Chris made an effort to get back into the gaming groove this week.   His desire for racing was hampered by the evasive manoeuvres performed by his still-missing Shift 2 disc so there was only one thing for it… Warhawk.  After some “amazing games” on and above Eucadia’s landscape he found himself drawn back into PES 2011‘s Master League.   He still claims that “one day I might play something else” but we will only believe that when we see it.

With the memory of his exams already beginning to fade into the past Jim has been playing “a ton of games”.  Heading up his list are Blockado and Backstab on his trusty iPod.  His main time sink on ‘proper’ consoles has been White Knight Chronicles II.   With the sequel dropping you straight into a level 35 party, it could have had something of a steep learning curve, but has instead “been fairly easy to get into”.

The one troublesome spot he hit was “the first boss constantly tearing me to shreds, not helped at all by the sparse checkpoints”.  He has also quickly become hooked on the Uncharted 3 beta and is intent on max-ing it out in short order.

Standing in stark contrast to Jim’s ton of games is Dan‘s one; Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3.  Having already written 2,000 words on it for TSA’s review he has unsurprisingly got nothing further to add.

Exchanging shouts of “Finish Him!” for “Hey Listen!”, Delriach has been enjoying some 3DS gaming with the “absolutely phenomenal” Zelda.   When not eradicating the spider infestation in the Great Deku Tree he has been grinding his way through the zombie infestation in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.  “Despite its lack of content, it’s still a lot of fun to play.  It’s perfect to play on the go since missions are relatively short.”

We might have known he would not be able to abstain from fighting games for a whole week though.   The lure of his local fighting game events near Chicago has seen him playing more Mortal Kombat as well as “starting to dabble with” Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.

I took first place in Mortal Kombat at one of the tournaments and won some money.  The very next day I got 3rd in MK9 at the Galloping Ghost Arcade, which is the largest arcade in Illinois.  Galloping Ghost is absolutely amazing.  There are hundreds of machines with classic games to play.  If you can think of the game, it’s most likely there.  There’s even custom made cabinets for MK9 and MvC3. It’s really something else.

As a special treat here is some footage of our Delriach taking Sindel out for a spin at the Galloping Ghost and doing his bit for the anti-Smoke-ing lobby:

Delriach was not the only one to fall for Zelda’s charms this week as the game continues to insinuate itself throughout the TSA team.  It claimed its most notable scalp this week in the form of our Editor-In-Chief (that’s like Commander-In-Chief but without the ‘nuke’ button) Peter.  When not mercilessly hacking down defenceless tufts of grass he has been puzzling his way through Puzzle Dimension.  As a sometimes lover of “a nice spell of relaxed puzzling” he found it a “really strong example of the genre”.

[drop2]He has also revealed how he performs testing of his plans for the future growth of TSA Towers:

I’ve been playing a game called Tiny Tower on iOS.  It’s a kind of pixel art tower building sim where you construct floors and decide what kind of establishment to build in to your tower – retail, food, creative, etc.  You have to build apartment floors so that you can get tenants to work in your business floors and the more you have, the quicker you make money and the higher you can build your tower.  It’s free to play but there are in-app purchases to help you progress a little quicker, should you have more money than time.

The rest of us just want to know when we get our in-Towers sushi bar and coffee house.  Being unable to heat our fish suppers due to the broken cooker in the TSA kitchen and saying that having a “boil your own” kettle is a much more flexible service than waiting for someone else to make you a coffee is just not the same.

So what have you been playing this week and do you have any suggestions for what facilities Peter should be planning to add to the Towers?



  1. Absolutely loving Uncharted 3 Beta! up to level 22 already. Really enjoying the power plays, boosters and new sprinting.

  2. Uncharted 3 Beta, Split/Second and LA Noire DLC. Gonna pick up some new stuff this week. Probably Infamous 2, Homefront and Force Unleashed 2. Oh and Puzzle Dimension off PSN.

  3. Finished main story of Oblivion, playing Sly 1, Dirt 3. Played the Uncharted 3 Beta, am I the only disappointed one? I think the gameplay is good, but not much has changed. There are cinematic bits, but the game doesn’t feel very different. I also immediately strongly dislike the treasures, if i want my character to have ‘stylish sunglasses’ as I think they were called, can’t i just buy them for a few credits? Why do I have to collect a series of treasures? I think it will be annoying and slightly tedious, although the obvious reason for inclusion is to extend the life of the multiplayer.

  4. I seem to have jumped about a bit this week, flower, DNF, BG&E, PJS2, WRC2010 and last night i enjoyed the constant ‘just one more level’ factor of Puzzle Dimensions and Angry Birds, thankfully i could sleep in today. :)

  5. im in a rut, tried to get into oblivion – failed, f12010 online – failed and gt5 online – failed, i just cant seem to find decent people to play alongside anymore, they either take the piss cause i have no mic or they are wreckers which i had quite enough of in rfactor thankyou very much!

    • Try Battlefield Bad Company 2 multiplayer, Singularity multiplayer

  6. Well I got Gundam 3 today, fun so far shame about the maps though.

    Now…. surprising Red Dead came today from Lovefilm, played it a bit as usual the gameplay is dull which is typical of Rockstar now.. and I had to kill Rabbits? RABBITS??? “I said fuck this thats too far because they’re too cute you’d never shoot a cat but you’d kill a dog? but rabbits?

    I’ve never felt so negative whist playing a game, its just terrible. I’ll get over it someday I hope.

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