What We Played #14

What We Played

Superhero games are always something of a gamble.  Whether they are any good is very hit and miss especially when they are a movie tie-in.  Video game history is unfortunately littered with many more that have missed the mark than lived up to their “comic book come to life” potential.

Jen has experienced both ends of the superhero game spectrum this week via a couple of rentals.  The first disc to slide home like an accurately thrown shield was Captain America: Super Soldier.  “[It’s] excellent fun but far too short”, she says, “like a much easier Batman: Arkham Asylum really”.


Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters was next on her playlist and not so well received.  “It’s not very good.  In fact it’s pretty damn tedious instead.  Boo”, offered the ever-polite Jen, admitting that she hasn’t played much of the game because she’s been having too much fun with Captain America.  Perhaps if she were less polite her capsule review might have been “in brightest day, in blackest night, you should avoid this piece of…”?

Some of the staff come up with all sorts of creative excuses for why they haven’t played many games in the past week, Blair says he just forgot.  He did play some “delightful” Portal 2 custom maps and a spot of iPhone gaming “here and there”.  Except for that it was just “a little bit of Forza Motorsport 3, which was fun”.  Presumably fun because he kept tagging a certain other staff member…

[drop2]“Oh oh I played games!”, says Kris.  “I played Forza 3 tag which is absolutely hilarious, particularly when you get t-boned by you so-called ‘friends’ from two directions at once.”  It’s not long before the excuses start, “I haven’t got the handling down… maybe I’ll stay away from the supercars next time.”

He’s also taken the Driver: San Francisco demo for a spin.  Which he says is “good” but suffers from terrible handling which makes it too difficult to take the corners.  Kris likes the ‘shift’ mechanic though (remember that in this Driver Tanner’s in a coma, the game taking place in his head, and he can jump, or shift, between people/cars) and thinks it’ll have a “pretty interesting” effect on the story.  He also had one more game to tell us about:

Finally I played Rubble Trouble Tokyo, which is a Flash title.  I wouldn’t normally mention it but it has a robotic Godzilla which fires lasers from its mouth that you can use to knock down buildings.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

Xbox LIVE’s Summer of Arcade came to an end with the release of Toy Soldiers: Cold War which Dan “really enjoyed” playing for our review.  He has also been attempting to play Dream Trigger 3D on the 3DS.  “I say attempted because I’ve never played such a confusing game in my life.”  Lastly, he desires your assistance:

I’m also determined to reduce my pile of shame, so help me out people: the Mass Effect games, the Infamous games or Killzone 3?

With the start of the new football season upon us (real football, not rugby for sissies) Toby has been playing FIFA ‘11 “to death” this week prior to trading it in.  He says it is close to being “the definitive football game” with EA just needing to sort out several aspects before they perfect the formula.  Teasingly he doesn’t say what those aspects are, so perhaps he’s got an article in the offing?  One thing you will be able to read on these pages shortly is his thoughts on his recent return to PlayStation Home.

[drop]Taking a weekend jaunt into darkest Oxfordshire Tuffcub has been indulging in some mobile gaming courtesy of his recently acquired PSP.  He “rather enjoyed” the Scary Girl minis and has also been creatively karting via Modnation Racers PSP.  Overcome by a sudden urge to conform to a social stereotype, Tap Tap Glee on his iPod was the cause of some tap, tap, tapping.  He also proudly boasts that he’s finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution.  Again.  You’ll be able to read what he thinks of the game in our review when the embargo drops next week.

Do you like homemade apple pie and Fruit Pastille ice lollies?  Then you’re in good company as they’re the latest entries on our list of Kitteh Kravings.  It has got to the point in the Tuffcub household where Kitteh now gets her own plate of food for a serving of whatever everyone else is eating to stop Kitteh hair appearing on their plates when they’re not paying attention.  A cut-down Kitteh Kraving scale would have chips at one end, cat food in the middle and whiskey as the sole occupier of the “won’t touch” end.

My gaming time is still severely curtailed so I’ve managed little but a few hours of Sid Meier’s Civilisation V.  I recently picked up The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GotY for a tenner as I wanted to play through it before Skyrim releases in a few months.  That was the plan for the weekend but real life intervened so I got no further than creating my female Elven Agent and killing a few rats.

Taking his (unjustly?) oft-maligned Xperia Play out to bash its gaming buttons, Peter has been playing Minecraft Pocket Edition.  The streamlined play of mini Minecraft means that there is no mining or crafting, “you can build stuff or destroy stuff.  That’s it.”  You are simply provided with a selection of materials to place around the world or use to “bash materials from the world out of existence”.

One of these is Flashback, the other in Another World.  They are NOT the same game.

After that it was time to soothe a retro-gaming itch.  The salve applied was Flashback and the applicator the venerable Sega Mega Drive.  “I still love it and the rotoscoped animation is still impressive”, says Peter.  “I’d love a proper HD remake and a new generation sequel but I have no idea who would own the IP now.”  It is not just the animation style that garners praise from the boss, “the whole alien conspiracy and memory wiping thing is a brilliant way to start a game.”  Despite it being a game set in an alien-riddled future one thing strains his suspension of disbelief, “jumping down a big hole to get to a city is a bit of a stretch though.”

How about you?  What have you been playing?  Don’t forget to cast your vote to help Dan out.



  1. I have played literally half an hour of the Resistance 3 beta this week. That’s been the sum of my gaming!

  2. Solitaire and Snap. Snap also played on my own.

    Also working my way through Tomb Raider Underworld again, Dirt 3 and the infuriating Tales from Space Blob Game Thing, it’s impossible to collect all the little thingies. Just got a second hand CRT to redo my retro gaming room out, looks like my NES is on its last legs though :(.

  3. Not a lot this week for me but I played a bit of SplinterCellHD. It’s good but i could really do with an option to invert the y-axis and possibly a tidier save/load option.

  4. I few Dragonball games….. erm

  5. “particularly when you get t-boned by you so-called ‘friends’ from two directions at once”

    That sounds like a horrible euphemism.

  6. Can i feed a few hundred MPs and rioters to Kitteh?

    Dan, stop wherever you are doing now and play Mass Effect as you won’t regret playing it. Plus it has some se…i mean you know scenes but that is not the only reason to play them. They both have an engrossing story. The soundtrack is good. The gameplay can be considered to be a bit average, but the story swoops in and makes you forget that.

    This week, i have been traveling the Mojave wasteland, helping those in need and wiping out the legion. I love the smell of burning corpses in the morning. What? also i am slowly making my way to the plat. I also got banned from nearly every casino in the game. :( But i am filthy rich. I have spent hours decorating the lucky 38 penthouse as that is my in game house.(companions steal my stuff). have you manged to guess what game i have been playing?

  7. Currently playing captain America and its great fun. Totally reminds me of batman too, if only in the fight sequences….

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