What We Played #19

What We Played

Is news gathering a vital survival skill in the post-apocalyptic world? Dan may be able to tell us as he’s been slaughtering his way through the two recent three-quels that put you on planets where humanity has already lost the fight and is now struggling just to avoid extinction.

Planet one is the alternate Earth that has fallen before the Chimeran onslaught. Says Dan of Resistance 3, “Man, the first 16 chapters are phenomenal”, before continuing, “I could barely tear myself away from the screen”. It is not all good news though as Dan concludes “unfortunately, for me anyway, chapters 17 and 18 really fell down as Insomniac resorted to just spamming enemies at you”.

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Planet two is of course Sera. Rising form the ground, rather than falling from the skies like the Chimera, the Locust Horde aided and abetted by humanity itself and latterly the Lambent have been equally successful at reducing the planet’s population to a few scattered bands. A few hours into the campaign “Gears of War 3 is everything I hoped it would be” according to Dan. I suspect that he wasn’t hoping it would be rather dull and lackluster.

To top off my gaming rush I’ve been blasting through Radiant Silvergun which actually hurt my eyes with the constant stream of bullets all over the screen. Yeah, my week has consisted of killing a lot of things.

[drop2]Kris has been playing Fruit Ninja, “which rocks”. Not the Kinect version though so there was no temptation for him to break into a dance routine (I’ll spare him the obligatory link this time, but remember the search box is your friend). Aside from that he’s been throwing virtual paper-planes around the place in Flight, a Flash game.

This game apparently features buyable upgrades for your planes, probably the classic paperclip on the nose and wingtips folded upwards to form winglets that any school kid knows are essential. Kris also notes, on an unfolded plane, that it has a kind of achievement-like reward scheme; “I actually seem to care about [achievements] in smaller games, perhaps because they are more achievable”.

New kid on the block Aran has been playing through Deus Ex: Human Revolution for the second time. On this augmented adventure he’s going for a pacifist run on the hardest difficulty and has managed to curtail his killing to the boss fights. Those fights have proved contentious but as others have pointed out before me even pacifists like Jedi Adam Jenson are forced to fight in the odd Duel of the Fates Boss Battle from time to time.

He’s also found time for the demo of this year’s FIFA and is liking many of the changes it brings to the established formula. Particular mention goes to the more balanced feel of the games defensive play. “The previous games usually let a defender out muscle the attacker almost every time”, he says, “but now it really feels like that either player has a chance to get the ball.”

Now I don’t know about you but I fancy a cuppa, so I’ll leave you with Alex while I go and put a brew on.

I’ve been playing Gears of War 3. It’s really, er, manly. Big chaps running around with beards and bad hair shouting at aliens and then shooting them in the face. They explode (I don’t think that’s a spoiler) in buckets of gloop. The gloop doesn’t stain the guys’ clothes, though, which is a bit disappointing. It’s quite nicely done gloop otherwise, so props to Cliffy B for his gloop modeling.

There’s also a really pointless ‘previously on Gears…’ thing which lasts about 20 seconds and retcons loads of stuff in. I like the first bit though, it’s all dreamy and fancy, and acts as a nice little wraparound for the first game. I quite like it when games do this – it’s like they’re pretending to have already thought of the stuff in the third game when they were making the first. Which, of course, they didn’t. I don’t think.

I played Doom 2, too, on XBLA. It’s so much better than every other single FPS around just now it’s not even funny. Brilliant level design, genuinely scary moments and ace weapons. I’d take Doom 2 over anything else ever, with the possible exception of Goldeneye but that’s only because Doom 2 didn’t do snow very well. Or Russian soldiers. Or that guy from Lord Of The Rings.

Hopefully you enjoyed that little interlude of writing that was both funny and interesting. Unfortunately for you I’m back now, cup of tea in hand, so I may be prone to typos as I rabidly tap away at the keys with one hand while sipping Earl Grey.

[drop]Having picked up a launch day copy Josh has been beavering away at Resistance 2. No, that one isn’t a typo. He’s struggled to get into the game before, having been “beaten down by the flawed level design and enemy balancing”. He persevered this time and found that he “did actually enjoy it the more I got through it”. He’s also got the improbable task of reviewing The Impossible Game for us. How’s it going? “I got up to my three-hundredth and something attempt before I went to bed and cried.” Read his review ‘soon-ish’ here on TSA once he’s recovered.

Blair has been absent from these posts for the last few weeks as he’s been busy with that most studenty of games drinking moving. While awaiting the arrival of a working Internet connection it’s been all about campaigns and co-op for him.

First up was two runs through Resistance 3’s campaign. “The story is really great”, he reports, “I enjoyed it all the way through and it’s such an improvement on [the first two]”. Then it was some Portal 2 co-op before they got bored of that and played Rock Band 3 instead. That was followed by some “great racing” and a “pointless story” in Motorstorm: Apocalypse and “1/6th” of the Sly Trilogy.

In what’s likely to continue to be a familiar report of my own gaming, see this week’s Sunday Thoughts for details, I’ve played little of anything apart from Gran Turismo 5 again.

That’s enough about us though, what have you been playing?

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22 Comments

  1. Finished El Shaddai (fantastic game), playing From Dust, You Know Jack, The Impossible Game (it really is lol), 4 Elements (nearly done wehey), F1 2010 meet up (I won yay) and Risk Factions. This week will have one game splattered all over it, f1 2011

    • How long is El Shaddai by the way? I’ve just started it and on chapter 3. It’s very different to anything I’ve played before, I’m finding it surprisingly enjoyable though.

      • 11 Chapters and Chapter 6 is over in about 20 minutes as its almost all driving (and mega cool). I think I done it in about 7-8 hours. Its not long at all but I got so sucked into it, so unique visually and narratively. Love, love, love. I’m giving it a break and then will return to it for the harder difficulties and the speedrun ranking stuff.

      • I must agree the visuals are fantastic, not too sure about the dialogue and lip syncing though. I’m onto chapter 3 now, the weapons are pretty cool too

  2. Been mostly playing Dead Island, which I love more every time I play it.. I know its designed for co-op, but I have to solo it, its a survival horror and there’s no “horror” when one of your team is racing off all the time tea-bagging all the dead zombies.. (BTW, I just noticed that the spell checker understood “tea-bagging” :P) I’ll probably try some co-op after I finish it and go back for another run through, but for now, solo.

    Also, DX:HR.. I dont think I’m making too much progress tho, I’m 30hrs in (according to Steam) and I haven’t long finished the 2nd boss battle. How long is this game?

  3. I’m currently trying to finish off Beyond Good and Evil, then it’s onto some Deathspank most likely.

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