What We Played #12

What We Played

Continuing roughly where we left off last week we find Blair still playing with his virtual LEGO.  He is obviously still using LEGO Harry Potter to come to terms with the fact that all the Harry Potter films have now been released; at least until the inevitable cartoon spin-off showing the adventures of the kids seen in the 19-years-later bit. Followed of course by the merchandise-vehicle prequel trilogy telling the epic tale of how James and Lily met and fell in love, unknowingly setting in motion a chain of events that would eventually see Alderaan Hogwarts blown up.

Yes, we’ll all hate the prequels, but our kids won’t.  We’ll still cherish the memories of the original films, especially that scene with the late-teen Hermione chained up in front of the basilisk wearing her metal bikini and daring you to risk a look.  Or was that just some fan-fiction I read…

[drop2]Still on the subject of prequels, having just reviewed Ms. ‘Splosion Man, Blair’s been playing though ‘Splosion Man, the title-less forerunner.  That and Trials HD, two “gems” he missed when they first came out.  He’s been pretty sharp to pick up TSA-favourite Bastion so quickly then:

It’s certainly one of the most wonderful downloadable games I’ve ever played and I love everything about it: the narration, the art style, the story… everything!

Forza saw some more action, this time focused on “creating some cool cars for cool people”.  So if you’re playing Forza online and stumble across a group of people all racing in their Dacia Sanderos with what look like custom tribal paint schemes that on closer inspection turn out to be paisley, then you’ll know where they got them.

A graphics card upgrade for his PC lead to a short session of Hydrophobia.  He found the game so compelling he switched off his PC after five minutes and went to find a book to read.

Next up on this week’s list of those playing Forza Motorsport 3 is Dan.  I can only assume he’s really taken the tinkering to heart and is building an in-game kit-car as it’s “been taking up shed loads” of his time.

Clearly eager to help him out while he finished building his own car, not only has Peter donated a customised car to him but Blair has made him a Zelda car.  I dread to think what the satnav in that is like… “Hey! Listen! In two hundreds yards turn left.  Hey! Listen! Turn left.  Hey! Listen! Turn left NOW!”

To mentally readjust to normality following a few minutes in the car with that satnav he’s played the “superb” Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon:

This may take the ‘most bat poop crazy’ award away from Gundam 3. Being attacked by dozens of giant insects, only to look up and see a 200 foot tall mechanical spider hunting you is an awesome experience.

Aussie readers are now saying, "Mate, call them giant ants? They're not giant ants. 'Ere in Oz we got ants lay eggs the size o' the Sydney Opera House, that are so venomous they can kill you with nary a glance."

Our resident fighting game fan Delriach has been playing through PSone Import title, Yakiniku Bugyou, which isn’t, as its name might suggest, about an irritating character called Yakiniku making nuisance phone calls to you late at night, but a cooking game.

Yes, you read that right, a cooking game.  Delriach briefly swapped his karate chops for pork chops and his chopsocky for chop suey.  Going into the game with low expectations “it turned out to be surprisingly good” with addictive and easy to understand gameplay.  Then the inevitable happened…

I played Mortal Kombat for 14 hours straight with one of MK’s best players, Michaelangelo.  He was training for EVO 2011 and decided that he wanted to do a 24 hour live stream.  I joined a few hours after the stream started and I was putting on quite the performance.  Then the netkode didn’t allow me to complete my matches anymore and that’s when I gave up.  I could have lasted the entire time if I was actually able to play.  But nope, every match kept desyncing.

[videoyoutube]After that he watched EVO 2011 “the biggest fighting game tournament in the world” all weekend.  All of which was quite a change from messing around with Catherine.  He found it captivating from start to finish, replete with witty dialogue and on a second playthrough has noticed story elements he missed first time around.

The various driving game three-quels are continuing to prove popular with the staff.  Instead of the Forza that has been occupying the rest of us, Jen, preferring her tyres to have knobbly bits on, has been tearing up pristine forests and scaring the horses at the local gymkhana with DiRT 3.  When she’s not been outside enjoying the great weather that is.

Toby has been playing Crysis 2 and a number of hours in he has not found anything to really grab him.  He’s complimentary of the “stunning” graphics and likes the “tactical dimension” the trademark Nanosuit brings to the game.  With Portal 2 and an unfinished L.A. Noire tugging at the corners of his mind “Crysis 2 desperately needs to pull something out of the bag, whether it be in regards to the plot or the gameplay” or it may find itself back on the shelf.

TSA has been home over the past several months to something of a running commentary of the trials and tribulations of husky breeding game development.  As the gestation nears term Alex has “been playtesting our new game to shreds, changing stuff, tweaking bits, and generally making Michael’s life hell”, which all sounds remarkably like TSA’s own early days.

I’ve also been playing a tiny bit of Forza 3, some Dead Island for the preview and a dash of Bodycount in between rediscovering my old Gamecube and having a good old trip down middle-term memory lane.  It’s astounding how quickly Mario Kart Double Dash loads, the tracks appear in a second, it’s amazing.  Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 is still brilliant, as is Viewtiful Joe, Wind Waker, Crazy Taxi… Man, what a console.

[drop]A console he liked so much he ran a website about it.  Then the PS3 happened which ultimately led to you reading What We Played every week.  You are reading every week aren’t you?  If you don’t read every week you may miss the latest Kitteh Kraving update.  This week’s preference is for spaghetti bolognese topped with cheese followed by a paw palate cleansing serving of vanilla Haagen Daz ice cream.

When not slaving away in the kitchen to satisfy Kitteh’s every Kraving Tuffcub has been playing games we can’t tell you about for fear of being accused of “shoddy journalism” if we did.  He has also “endured” an hour of L.A. Noire before declaring it as “typical Rockstar pants”.  Finally, he has “of course been playing Killzone 3 and #winning”.  And you thought he hated Twitter…

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’ve been playing and feeding to your sock puppets.


  1. What unnerves me most about that photo is you gave the cat a spoon.

    Not played much this week – been out every night except yesterday. Been replaying AC Brotherhood when I have the time though, and got the new Cut the Rope yesterday.

  2. Lots of gaming for me this week :D

    – Played Motorstorm:A for the first half of this week and got my platinomnom trophy (damn collector cards…)
    – I had a brand new sealed copy of Fallout New Vegas Collectors Edition arrive on my door step (easily the nicest special edition I have ever seen)
    – I went into Blockbuster last night to trade in a couple of finished games and came out with MOH limited edition (complete with Frontline, working online pass and BF3 beta code) and SmackdownvsRaw 2011 to get me in the mood for the WWE12 later this year.

    …can you tell the Wife is away this weekend ;)

  3. Been a week of F1 2010 for me, with a few games on Fifa 11 and Black ops. It’s funny as I have never played Black ops or fifa on my own, I only play with my friends on it, it’s just rubbish otherwise.

  4. I completely misread the subtitle! Naughty Tuffcub ;)

  5. Finished Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood on Monday. Then it’s been Dirt 3 all week with the odd PSN game

  6. Mainly been exploring the map and events etc. in Test Drive U2; With Ibiza just about completed I’m jollying around Hawaii now….it’s bleeding massive! ;)
    Otherwise it’s been the Dirt 3 tourn and a few TSA meets.

  7. I think I may be looking into “Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon”… Anything coming up on TSA about it?

    • It’s a very marmite game, you’ll either love it or hate it. I have some gameplay videos up on youtube (just search for my TSA ID) if you fancy seeing it in action. There’s a lot of replaying of levels required to grind xp, but it is awesome fun blowing the crap out of tons of giant ants/spiders/ticks/wasps/robots.
      In case you couldn’t tell, i’ve been playing a lot of EDF this week, with a sprinkling of Tiger Woods 12, Motorstorm Apocalypse (at the TSA meets, which are great fun), Dirt 3 and a few PSN games … SSARPBC and TerRover to be precise.

  8. i’ve been playing limbo and dead space 2. the outside world now scares me

  9. I’ve not had much time this week, having just started a new job, but when I’ve had time I’ve been playing Cut the Rope Experiments. Got Alice: Madness Returns to play through soon, as that arrived from Boomerang the other day. Got a few days off now though, so whilst the girlfriend works I shall play!

    • Will be interesting to see what you think of Alice. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews but it looks great to me. Tempted to pick it up after I’ve ploughed through the games I have already lol

  10. first the obsession with tuffcub’s massive poll, now his sock puppet.
    what is this site coming to? o_O

    anyway, this week i are been mostly eatin, i mean playin, red dead redemption. ^_^
    playing multiplayer, and shockingly, nobody has shot my horse out from under me all week.

    i’ve been collecting flowers, hunting wabbits ^_^, and trying to kill bears, shooting them is easy enough, but when you have to kill one with the melee knife, it gets a damn site harder.

    the bloody cougars were hard enough.
    luckily there’s a cabin at the edge of the map where you mission is to kill a load of cougars so finding them wasn’t a problem, surviving was.

    and you don’t wanna know how long i spent running around looking for the last bloody rabbit.

    • Hang on – I didnt write this, Greg did!

      • And I’m not sure a single mention counts as an obsession. Probably won’t get mentioned again unless I receive more photographic evidence of Kitteh doing her best sock puppet impression.

    • not just from this article, the last few meet the reader features seemed to involve an fascination with TC’s poll.

      hey, i’m not judging, i’m sure it’s a perfectly nice poll. ^_^

      aw crap, i just realised i forgot to watch torchwood again.

      that’s got nothing to do with this i just remembered while i was typing.
      thank god for the iplayer. ^_^

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