What We Played #16

What We Played
Do you ever find yourself in a position where your games are tantalisingly just out of reach? That’s the situation Josh finds himself in having moved house and carelessly allowed other belongings to accumulate in front of his game collection.

As a result he’s been plugging away at the Blu-ray that was in his PS3 at the time of the move, Grand Theft Auto IV. Going back through the game for a second time, collecting a few trophies he missed, is proving “boring” though as he feels the plot is lacking. In stark contrast he’s also playing some PixelJunk Monsters which he’s played little of before but now recognises as “awesome”.

If you don’t follow TSA on Twitter, why not? Because of that you may be unaware the new TouchJunkies website, where you’ll be able to read more about some of the game development that’s been going on around these parts.


Much of Alex’s time this week has been taken up with testing the output of that development which has meant…

…playing the same level 24,000 times every hour, trying to sort out the balance, score limits and whether or not it’s actually possible. I’m serious, we had to double the length of time allowed on one level because it was simply too hard. Or we were crap.

Somehow he’s still found time to rack up a Bodycount and hack, slash, maim and murder his way through the God of War Collection II which sees Kratos’ two PSP outings given the HD treatment. Apparently this has only served to make them even more “brillianter” than they already were. “Seriously, get them… they’re ace” says Al. His tip of the week is that should you find yourself trapped on a Glaswegian bus the iOS title djay is “really good” and helps you block out the nonsense being spoken around you.

Like myself, Peter’s been a strictly ‘one game man’ this week, donning a long black coat with shiny shoulders to crawl through ventilation shafts in Deus Ex: Human Revolution:

I love the back story and the atmosphere of that game so much that it’s not even spoiled by some of the worst voice acting in recent memory and some decidedly average gunplay.

[drop2]Xenoblade Chronicles has been consuming Dan’s time again this week. He still seems to be enjoying it somewhat having declared that “nations should bow to its magnificence”. When not JRPGing on the Wii he’s played through Hamilton’s Great Adventure which he sums up as “a charming PSN/Steam puzzle game that’s well worth a look”.

Jim has found his way back to the streets of Gotham and Metropolis having returned to DC Universe Online after some time away. What’s tempted him to part with a monthly subscription? “The Megaserver update has increased the chances of finding a group” to play end-game alerts, raids and duos. The scarcity of players was behind his earlier abandonment of the game and “though the problem hasn’t been completely remedied” he’s enjoyed a reasonable amount of raiding since his return.

More multiplayer mayhem was had in League of Legends but the daunting challenge of going up against the most experienced players has put him off so he’s “most likely” to wait for the eventual release of Valve’s DOTA 2 so he can get in there from day one.

Last up for Jim was some single player superheroing with Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions.

The way Beenox has put this game together is fantastic; every stage is centred around an iconic villain from the Marvel archive and switching between dimensions is an effective hook that also keeps things refreshing.

This week Blair has continued having fun with LittleBigPlanet 2 and some iOS games “such as Hector Episode 1 which was on sale”. Fortunately this was a case where cheap and cheerful was a good thing: “it’s really funny and such a great game too. I loved it.”

Last but not least this week we find a trilby’d Toby partaking of some crime fighting in L.A. Noire. Having been driven away from his initial playthrough by the repetitiveness of the game he’s back to make a concerted effort to finally wrap it up and play right through to the end. “It’s a bad time to be a murderer in Los Angeles” he suggests.

I strongly suspect that there’s been a significant amount of machina-less deus ex-ing going on out there this week as not since the release of Gran Turismo 5 has there been such consensus amongst my PS3 friends list which has a reasonable number of TSA regulars on it. Am I right? Let us know what you’ve been playing.



  1. A mix of Deus Ex and Pokémon TCG Online. Both are hella addictive.

  2. Plated InFamous 2. Played some Deus Ex and Rugby World Cup earlier on in the week but it’s mainly been about Mass Effect 2 for the rest of the week and i racked up 13hrs gameplay in just 2 sittings (6hr and 7hr ones). Trying to make it last is proving very difficult.

    • That’s the only way to play ME2 :) – and don’t worry, you can reckon on getting somewhere around 60 hours out of it in total with all the DLC.

      • True. If i have 45 minutes spare before something i’ll normally fire up the PS3 but with ME2 i won’t unless i have a good 2hrs spare as i quickly lose track of time while playing it. Such a great game :)

  3. My poor PS3 has been largely sidelined this week, despite getting Deus Ex. While exploring the possibilities of gaming with my new desktop, I’ve had some Steam-based fun with the demo of Bastion, where I quickly found out my track record with a controller counts for nothing when faced with the combination of mouse and keyboard for gaming. Bastion might look really good, and I love the narration, but my cack-handedness is something of a limitation.

    That covered me for the first few days this week, but then I picked up this “Football Manager 11” thing off Steam. I remembered something vaguely about spending a little time with it in those months between high school and college in the summer of ’99, think I enjoyed it. Don’t think I managed to get a tan that summer, and playing FM 11 I can see why, the game is like a crack/caffeine/porn combo, it’s that addictive – I may never see daylight again. Good thing there isn’t an FM 12 around the corner, eh?

  4. *looks back over his trophy list to see what he has been playing this week* (its been a long week workwise so my brain is basically mush at the moment lol)

    Both Uncharteds have finally been platinum’d after finishing off a few weapon trophies I had left to mop up. Otherwise, not a lot else really. I’m about to fire up the Deathspank Baconing demo to see whether its worth buying some PSN credit in town tomorrow and then I’m going to get cracking on the next Tomb Raider game in the HD trilogy set :)

  5. Deus Ex all the way. Plus a dabble in The Baconing and Street Fighter demos on PSN. And my perennial addiction to all things Magic:The Gathering (can’t wait for the new decks!)

  6. I thought the voice acting in Deus Ex was good. That said the only other game I’ve played this week was Star Ocean: The Last Hope, in which the english dub was so horrible I was forced to switch to the Japanese audio + subs at the first opportunity to avoid insanity.

    I’m really loving Deus Ex, it’s such a well put together game. You can really tell that lots of time, love and money went into it.

  7. I have played basically nothing this week, except for an hour of Deus Ex. Looking forward to getting some more time with it over the weekend though!

  8. Rented Deus Ex, so mostly been playing that this week. Kind of been loving to hate it.

    IMO the gameplay lacks the atmosphere of the cutscenes. Not keen on the voice acting, and Ive found myself mostly running around utterly lost, following blue and yellow crosses across the screen/map.

    No where near as good as the Mass Effect series. Yet still couldn’t put it down for some reason….

  9. Not tons of gaming for me this week but its been mainly 4 Elements and Toro! Lets Play! which I imported in fom Japan and was delighted to find it completely in English written wise with Japanese speaking over the top. It’s not a great game sadly.

  10. Deus Ex, Deus Ex, and more Deus Ex!

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