What We Played #9

What We Played

We begin this week’s What We Played with some shocking news. Kris has been playing a pair of full retail games that are relatively contemporary! This is a dramatic break from his usual habits of sticking to older games and XBLA titles. Not only has he completed his playthrough of Portal 2 but he has also got about halfway through the latest Mortal Kombat’s story mode. Perhaps we should arrange him a match with Delriach? Should it happen then no, the bookie will not be taking bets with odds like those.

Speaking of Delriach, I was a little put out that he was playing Journey last week. He’s kept diplomatically quiet this week but Alex was only too happy to tell me that he has been playing hardly anything but Journey. Sony seem to have lost my invitation to the Journey beta in the post, presumably having put it in the same envelope as my Beyond Good And Evil HD refund.

Josh doesn’t want anyone to know that he is also wandering around Journey’s sand dunes, so keep it to yourselves. His main concern at the moment though is that playing on his PS3 has become more like the kind of game played in the movie Deliverance than normal video gaming, as his console has begun to frequently freeze up in that all too ominous way that slowly failing hardware tends to do. To fill the time whilst he lets his PS3 cool off he’s been enjoying the simulated ups and downs of the business world in RollerCoaster Tycoon.

[drop2]Describing his trials with UFC Personal Trainer as a “brutal kick to the nuts of [his] regular, rather more sedate gaming schedule”, Dan seemed to be going for the sympathy vote. No chance Dan. You see, Dan too has been playing the Journey beta and decided to rub the desert sands deeper into my wounds by adding that he is “beyond impressed with every single element of the game I have seen so far. Surely a contender for this years GoTY?”. I wouldn’t know Dan, would I?

Want to try and guess what Chris has been playing? That’s right, he’s been playing Warhawk the Journey beta too, which he describes as jaw dropping. I give up, I really do. Between sliding down Dunes he’s been playing the “amazing” Man Furismo Jive and the “sterile and bland” Brunswick Pro Bowling, whilst continuing to work his way through the PES 2011 Master League. He’s also found time for the the Uncharted 3 beta which, having persevered with for a while,  he’s now starting to get into, having not been too impressed with it to begin with.

I’ll let Tuffcub tell you about his gaming this week in his own inimitable style:

I started playing Medal Of Honor and about ten minutes in to the game and there is a section where the lights are out and it’s pitch black. “Follow me” commands military chap. I can’t. It’s dark. Ten frustrated tries later then game is winging its way back to Boomerang in disgust. I have since been told if you push down on the D-pad you get night vision goggles. Stupid game.

Apart from that I’ve been ‘playing’ YooStar 2 by replacing all the original lines of dialogue with smut and making Rizzo from Grease agree that blow jobs are great.

[drop]More important than any gaming update though is the latest Kitteh Kraving™ news. Extensive taste bud testing has revealed particular enjoyment of a main course consisting of Crispy Chilli Beef from the local Chinese takeaway followed by a palate-cleansing Creme Caramel for afters.

You may have read elsewhere on these pages that Blair has been playing Darksiders as, much to everyone’s surprise, he has been taking some time out from his Zelda Master Quest. Initially the idea was that he would be taking a break from Zelda to give himself time to indulge in the summer fruits which have recently fallen from the Steam tree for very reasonable prices.

That’s not how things have turned out though as most of his time has been spent with a handful of small indie titles such as Zen Bound 2, which he says is oddly addictive. Picking up Kris’ delayed-gaming mantle for the week he’s also finally got around to playing some Halo: Reach although he “can’t seem to be bothered to turn my Xbox on to continue… as per usual”. Non-Halo fans, you may have found a kindred spirit.

His final two game mentions match my own. Firstly, he too has been spurned by Sony as far as Journey beta invites go. Secondly, Blair’s been playing Cut The Rope on his iPhone. He “bought it 5 months ago but only now have I decided that I like it, completing all of the levels in a matter of days, I need more!” While I haven’t had time to complete all the levels yet, I’ve been playing it as well in the odd spare moment I’ve had this week, but being a ‘Droid-toting kind of person I got it free from GetJar. If you’ve got a ‘Droid it’s well worth the purchase price of £0.00p.  Who says the App Store is the cheapest place to get great games.

In recent weeks ever fewer of you have let us know what you’re playing and I can’t believe you’ve all stopped, so come on, what have YOU been playing?



  1. Operation Flashpoint: Red River with Moakesice. Del was pissed so he missed out :P apart from that, nothing else this week. Been a busy bee with real life. :(

  2. I haven’t touched my PS3 for ages, I’ve been playing Sid Meier’s Pirates (now THATS delayed gaming) because I’ve developed a pirate shaped itch of late(I will be ordering East India Company off amazon when I wear Pirates out), also been playing Eufloria until I got to the infuriating ‘protection’ level. These were part of my own ‘summer fruits’. Superb analogy by the way, it brought a smile to my face :)

    Another great feature Greg, thanks for the read.

  3. Uncharted 3 beta, got to level 25 and still loving it, cant wait for the final game!

    • when does it end?

      • 32 minutes before you asked the question. :(
        I miss it already…

  4. lol, ‘On-Coaster Pass’ quick trademark it

  5. Bit of LA Noire, SARPBC, KZ3, UC3 Beta and Castle Crashers. Looking to break through my entire back catalogue over the next few weeks

  6. Got my Burnout license finally which led to receiving the platinum, nearly 3 years after my first trophy on it. :D

    Played Hurdle Turtle on the iPhone which is pretty cool and managed a solitary mission Red Dead Redemption which seems to be taking me forever, real life soaking up time eh?

    That’s about it this week really and there’ll be less next week the way things are looking. It’s the weekend though so I’ll be gaming a little more interspersed among some obligatory work related issues.

    No Journey beta though I’m not fussed.
    It’s the thing about wanting to play because it’s out there and others are playing it but then again, it’s just the beta and I want the first time to be a magical experience with the full game, no bugs, no beta telling me I can’t go any further, just me experiencing a game at my own leisure that I’ve waited patiently for a long time now. And by the vast majority of accounts, that vast wait is seemingly worth it.

    • 3 years to platinum Burnout! o_O Congrats anyway. :)

      Yeah, I’m not really that bothered about Journey, just needed a thread to weave the post together. Like you I’m actually quite happy that my first experience of the game will be the full unrestricted version when it releases.

      • Second that emotion Watchful. Though I am jealous of those with the beta, I have often found that the beta just whets my appetite more for the full release.

  7. i’ve been working through red dead redemption since i bought the dlc pack in the sale.
    i want to finish the main game before i start on the undead nightmare stuff.

    for a fun little Ios game there’s the army of darkness defence, it’s a great little variation on the tower defense theme, sprinkled with liberal sound bites from the movie.
    it’s free supported by a store selling coins for upgrades.
    it’s fast moving but never gets overwhelming because the controls are really easy to use, touch one side of the screen to move forwards, the other to move back and there are buttons for powers and to summon defenders.
    i’ve been playing that on and off, it does get hard later with only the coins you get playing, i imagine it would be easier if you bought coins, but i haven’t reached a point where i couldn’t clear a stage yet, though i’ve only done a dozen or so stages so far.

    if you’ve got an Ios device, it’s worth a go, for that price £0.00 what have you got to lose.
    i don’t know if there’s an ipad version though.

    and of course, i’ve always got a pokemon game on the go, i like to play for a bit in bed before i go to sleep.
    one day i’ll actually finish one.
    i get most of the way in, get all but a couple of the badges, then have no idea where i have to go next.
    that’s happened in every pokemon game i’ve played, maybe if i played them more intesively i’d remember where i’ve been and have some idea where i have to go, but i play them in little chunks, so i forget a lot of stuff.

    • oh yeah, i forgot one.

      that kard combat game Jim H recommended was bloody good, there’s a limited amount of content available for free, you only get a portion of one tower, but there’s a duel mode where you can play against the AI in a standard game, and the multiplayer, though i’ve not tried that yet.

      it’s a lot easier to play than most of the online TCG games i’ve played with an interface well suited for the small screen of a touch.

      and i just checked, there is an ipad version of the army of darkness defense game if you are wealthy enough to own one. ;)

    • Never having played one, I’ve always thought that finishing a Pokemon game simply meant collecting them all. What’re the badges about?

      • in each town there’s a pokemon gym with a group of trainers and a gym leader you have to beat.
        once you beat the leader you get a badge.
        each badge lets you control higher level pokemon and use one of the pokemon skills outside of battle, for example, there’s cut, you use that to cut down trees in your way.
        though there are others like strength that let you move boulders, rock smash that, well, smashes rocks, and fly which lets you fly straight to any town you’ve already visited, an essential skill later in the game when you’ve explored most of the map.

        the way skills are introduced is the way they guide you through the game world, each new skill opening up new paths.

        anyway, once you have all the badges you can go to the master league, or whatever it’s called, and fight the elite four, they’re four really high level trainers.

        i think once you beat them you’ve finished the game, though i think you can still go around catching more pokemon and battling other trainers.

        as i said, i’ve never got that far but that’s what i’ve read.

        you don’t have to catch every single pokemon, in fact without connecting to another copy and trading pokemon there’s no way to actually catch every single pokemon.
        they release two versions each generation and though most pokemon are in both games, there are a few restricted to one version or the other.

        and with the latest games there are over 600 pokemon, collecting them all could be a lifetime occupation. ^_^

      • You beat each Gym Leader ( a city’s ‘boss’) for a badge.
        Each badge allows you to control a higher level of Pokemon, and to use certain skills outside of battle( eg. cut trees, cross rivers, etc.)
        After you have all the badges, you can fight the ‘Pokemon League’ (a succession of high level bosses with no chance to recover in between them) and become the champion trainer, which pretty much ends the narrative, leaving with the nigh-on impossible task of collecting each and every Pokemon…

      • Or what Hazelam just said. :P

      • i think you put it a little more succinctly though colmshan. ^_^

    • Ditto on the Army of Darkness tower defense game. Great fun. Got it when it first launched and have went back to it several times. Highly recommend.

  8. I shall admit I have been playing Shadows of the Damned. Glitchy as hell,poor response and aiming and a whole new meaning to quick time event, let’s try instant. You can’t skip cut scenes after you die and you do die loads as the camera is that bad. Sent it packing after a day.

    • Wow. Surprised to hear that. Most of the reviews have been pretty favorable. I’m a big fan of Suda 51 and can’t wait for the No More Heroes release for Move. Still plan to check out SOTD once the price drops.

  9. This week has been mostly Splatterhouse, which I quite enjoyed, even if it is quite repetitive. Other than that, been playing a few rounds of Tiger Woods 12 and played through Journey beta a few times … cannot wait for the full thing, it is so amazing.

    • I having Splatterhouse coming soon from Blockbuster. Can’t wait. The reviews weren’t the best but I have heard good things from fellow gamers that took the plunge. The soundtrack alone was enough to pique my interest. Nuts to you for your access to the Journey beta. I’m so jealous.

  10. I bought Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon last week on it’s first day out. Must say, I’m having a lot of B-grade fun with this one. I never got to play the original one on the 360 but heard great things. Very happy with my $40 purchase. Great, mindless fun and an excellent source of couch co-op.
    Blockbuster was kind enough to deliver TRON: Evolution to me this past Saturday. Not a bad game but the camera and controls are very frustrating. The campaign was short but decent though the final boss fight was far too easy. Played a little online but quite once I got put in match with one other person and he had a light cycle and I did not. Weird.
    Other than that, enjoying some retro goodness with my free copy of Golden Axe. Finally beat Infamous 1 last week and hope to play the second one really soon. Had some fun with the Uncharted 3 beta, now I just have to wait for the Battlefield 3 beta. Cheers all.

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