What We Played #17

What We Played

When Tuffcub sent in his ePostcard the other week you may have been a little jealous. Fortunately for all of us, in a kind of karmic holiday comeuppance he is now paying for having too much fun on the other side of the planet:

I’ve been playing a yearly title called “Jet-lag”. It’s a horrible game, I rate 1/10.

Luckily for Dan jet-lag is not a feature or game mode in Jetpack Joyride though he’s experienced a form of temporal compression having “played a ridiculous amount of [that] iOS time-sink”.


Currently, after over 7hrs, I’m at level 44 having ‘prestiged’ nearly 3 times (the game lets you reset after reaching a certain level, giving you a medal so people know how cool you are).

[drop]He’s also been playing Disagea 4 and says that it’s not a game that’s easy to sum up in a sentence. Just as well then that he happens to have penned a whole article on the subject. Just in case that sardine-fuelled fun wasn’t confusing enough for him, he’s also currently playing though El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron for our review. Says Dan, “there are so many bright colours I think I’ve brained my damage”. Quite.

Aside from challenging Tuffcub for playing the least fun game this week with his session of ambiguity-laden “ringing phone insurance” (who only insures ringing phones?) Kris has been playing the “very silly” WWE All Stars, which is “a bit of a laugh” despite the silliness.”The story mode feels quite poor though”, he says, “pretty much just a fighting game arcade mode”.

Baconing sounds like a method of turning a hapless flat-nosed farm creature into tasty rashers, preferably involving the kind of smoking that can still be advertised on TV, at least if you’re Danish. Instead it turns out that The Baconing is simply “a pretty bog-standard RPG, with a bit of humour”. Doesn’t sound like Kris is enjoying playing through it for our review does it, especially when he continues “the humour’s a bit hit or miss really though”.

There’s a certain degree of irony in Toby telling me that “repetition hasn’t set in… yet” when he’s telling me again that he is still playing L.A. Noire. He does sound like he’s getting into it though as he excitedly says that he “has just discovered the guy behind the Dahlia murders after some incredibly tense police work”.

[videoyoutube]As for myself, apart from passing a horde of Orcs through the blender that is Captain Titus’ Chainsword in the surprisingly entertaining demo for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, I’ve only had time for some A- and B-Spec Gran Turismo 5 with a little bit of online racing thrown in.

The shuffle mode is fun for keeping the racing close regardless of players’ abilities but why doesn’t it pick from a much wider performance range so you will find yourselves in Touring and GT cars from time to time?

Oh, and in a semi-game-related kind of activity I dug out my Mazzy Star CDs for a listen after their track “Into Dust” featured in the recent Gears of War 3 trailer which continues Epic’s habit using slow-paced emotional tracks for Gears trailers.

That’s us, how about you?



  1. I’ve been playing Dead Nation (completed it! Yay!), Driver: San Francisco (Suprisingly good) and the Assassin’s Creed Revelations beta (like Brotherhood but… better). Hopefully this week I’ll be playing Resistance 3 and not much else :)

  2. Completed Limbo, and got the awesome “DING!” trophy (without a guide)! Not played much else as my son is teething and I’ve had little sleep.

    I should be playing Dead Island and Resitance 3 as of this evening but seeing as GAME don’t seem to know their arse from their elbow I suspect I will continuing towards my Dead Nation Platinum, and possibly some more LA Noire like Toby.

  3. Boost,boost,boost. Been boosting F1 2010 to get the Nifty Fifty online trophy before F1 2011 is released. Boosting Shift 2 unleashed Driver Duel trophy as well as it’s near impossible to achieve fairly with the online rammers. Completed WRC to platinum as well. Basically just tidying up before the release of F1 2011 ;)

    • Nice one Freeze, you beat Del to it ;)

      • Del will beat me to the Nifty Fifty though, he’s edging out in front by around 25,000XP, both on level 47’ish :P

      • Yeah boosting on F1 and waiting for the finalist on Shift 2 aswell.
        Still need to do Expert Championship and WRC

  4. This week I’ve played – and forced myself to complete – my letdown of the year so far. Deus Ex, I don’t want to say too much without upsetting people. I’ll leave my grumbles to a WeView. Next up is AC Brotherhood, I very much enjoyed playing the Revelations beta so I decided to give the last game a go.

  5. Bit of a mix of things this week. Bit of Lego Pirates early in the week, few rounds of Killzone 3 and I keep trying to get into Deus Ex HR but not really enjoying it at the moment. Also picked up Bloodrayne Betrayal last night with some spare MS points; awesome game, just really hard lol

  6. Ditto on the Deus Ex sentiments, just did not end up enjoying it half as much as I hoped I would. Now being traded for Resistance 3, so that’s me sorted for the weekend :-)

    • Blimey, 3 people not enjoying Deus Ex, glad I gave it a miss as wasn’t sure it was my thing. Plus the character looks like a tit with his silly beard/goatee and imitation Oakleys. :p

      • Chalk me up for another one that didn’t enjoy Deus. Glad I rented it, had no interest in finishing it whatsoever.

      • I think a WeView is definately due….be interesting to hear opinions of people that have played it. Also, why was everything gold/yellow?

      • Now that’s odd – it’s reviewed very well, lots of 8’s an 9’s.

    • Oops. Hit submit!

      Been playing Infamous2 this week, brilliant game you can really get the flow of the controls in a long session and absolutely hammer the bad guys, really satifying gameplay.

      Finished the ‘Good’ playthru, got all the shards, dead drops and taken over the city. So now I’m all set for a clear run through the Evil story on hard, see if I can get the plat.

      Unfortunately all I’ve done on evil so far is spent about 3/4 hr wreaking havoc and throwing cars at civilians :D

  7. This week i’ve been mostly augmental! :) I can’t complain about Deus Ex, apart from the fact i don’t always have enough time for a proper session.

  8. Been playing and still playing to polish up – Driver/Bodycount/Resistance 3/Dead Island/Castle Crashers/Homefront/F1 2010/DiRT 3 Meets and Dues Ex!
    (Damn that is a lot!)

  9. Currently on my second playthrough of Deus Ex, and finding so much more stuff now that I’m taking my time. Really surprised at the negative sentiments on here, I think it’s brilliant. I love yellow.

    Also been playing infamous, finally finished downloading it. I think it’s good, but after playing Deus I’m finding myself getting very angry about how unpolished some aspects feel.

    Oh and I lost an entire day to a Civilisation IV playthrough, only stopped because my monitor died.

  10. Completed Portal 2 (single-player) and Back to the Future: The Game.
    Both were terrific, and I actually think I preferred BTTF!
    Big stupid grin on my face when I finished, anyway.

    • Oh- I’ve been playing Dungeons of Dredmor on Steam- no greater entertainment for €4.49!

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