What We Played #21

Peter has a new favourite word; frustrating. So enamoured of it is he that he used it four times in three sentences when I asked what he’d been playing this week. You see he’s been discovering a thousand and one ways to die courtesy of the “Hellishly frustrating” Dark Souls. He’s uncovering hints of a solid RPG at the game’s core but is finding it “a chore to get at it through all the cheap deaths and frustrating repetition”.

How do most gamers work off a bit of gaming frustration? Break out an FPS and shoot stuff. Rage rescued Peter from Dark Souls’ darkest depths. “It’s a joy for old FPS fans that grew up with Doom and Quake”, he says, before concluding that “in terms of gunplay, this is my favourite of this generation of consoles”.


In his third genre of the week he has been kicking balls and making two-footed tackles in both FIFA 12 and PES 12. Finding that both games have their Kakas (highs) and Dias (lows) and like the aforementioned footballers “one is very definitely better than the other”. Review will be forthcoming once he has “played them both a lot more”. The games that is, not the footballers.

Making his WWP début this week is Joseph. I’m feeling lazy generous so I’ll let him tell you directly what he’s been playing.

I’ve been polishing off Metroid: Other M. I started it months and months ago but I finally pushed myself to get back to it. It was generally a fun game to play, as long as you ignore the story entirely. It’s amazing how the 25 years of built up respect for Samus crumbles entirely over the course of one game.

The other thing I have mainly been playing has been Dead Space 2. Didn’t play the first one and decided to jump in with DS2 straight off the bat as I heard it was better than the first game, don’t judge me. A handy video on the disc helped me get up to speed with the plot. Really enjoyed playing it actually, more than I thought I would. The one thing it has convinced me of is that more games need curb-stomping. At one point I *might* have pretended that Isaac was having a tantrum by continually stomping…

[drop2]Aside from more Renegade Ops, Tuffcub has been playing some Mortal Kombat, of which he notes “it has the most enormous bouncy breasticles of any game to date”. Whether or not that is a downside is open to personal opinion, he has however found his own personal downside to the game which is threatening to see it sent Boomeranging back to the rental company; “it’s also the one and only game hubby can beat me at”.

FPS’ have not been forsaken in his gaming lest you think he has carelessly tossed them to one side. The “shouty” Battlefield 3 beta has seen some exercise as has his regular haunt Killzone 3. Though arriving late to the PSP bandwagon he’s been playing a lot of A Space Shooter For Two Bucks, G-Police and Flying Hamster. Sadly there is no kitteh update again this week. Maybe next week?

You might have read that Alex is really rather enamoured of Forza 4. “I’m bloody loving it”, he tells me bluntly. What’s so good about it? “It’s hard to explain exactly”, he says admitting that while it isn’t the most attractive, complete or sim-like “it’s good enough at all three to take pole position”. Roll on next Friday.

While not playing through Atelier Totori for our review Jim has been playing some Crysis 2 and Resistance 3. Despite Crysis being “easily the best looking game of the year so far”, he hasn’t enjoyed it as much as he expected due to the “slow pacing and sub-par multiplayer”. Resistance continues to impress him overcoming the “secret loathing” that he felt for R2.

This week both Aran and Toby have been playing with balls in FIFA 12. Aran has mainly been playing the online Head-to-Head Season mode which he recommends as “a great way to be able to play players to a similar skill level to yourself”. He has also been trying the mini-management sim mode Ultimate Team though that only gets a rating of “quite fun”.

Toby has been finding that FIFA can be a little bit Maddening:

I was playing an online match against Barcelona with Manchester United, and was 2 – 1 down with a few minutes left of extra time to play. By sending all of my team forward, I find Rooney who is through on goal. He turns, runs, prepares to shoot, and… he suddenly stops and pulls up, holding the back of his leg. I lose 2 – 1, before shouting at FIFA for being too realistic.

I wonder if the players ever refuse to get up from the subs bench? My own gaming has been all about Gears of War 3 this week. It’s f’ing awesome. I’ve mostly been playing through the campaign multiple times and loving Horde mode. Unusually for me I’m even enjoying the online competitive games. I’ve just bought the Micky Mouse Microsoft Points for the Gears 3 Season Pass. This is one game that’s going to be played lots.

Last but definitely not least, Dan has been playing that most ancient of co-op reality-based gaming ‘experiences’ that fortunately for all of us has proved somewhat popular over the years:

I’ve been playing ‘Parenthood 2’. I played the original back in 2008 and it was extremely difficult, however I thought my experience would stand me in good stead for the sequel. It turns out I was wrong, and even with the day one ‘Parents Come To Visit and Help’ patch installed, things haven’t gone smoothly. Need sleep.

If Dan starts posting news stories at odd times of the morning as Alex has been known to do, now you’ll have an idea as to why. Congrats and best wishes to Dan and his family.

What games have been keeping you awake this week?



  1. Revisiting Burnout Paradise at the minute, I never really got into it at launch, then a YLOD undid any progress I’d made. Patching it back up to spec was not a pleasant experience. I’d forgotten how much fun it is just blasting around the city looking for hidden routes and jumps – and how terrible I am at the stunt runs. I’m also playing a lot of Jetpack Joyride on the iPhone, currently on playthrough number 3, as my lunchtime app of choice.

    • Ah! Must try Jetpack Joyride. My app of choice is currently Movie Cat, it’s brilliant. I give it 4.712 miaows(out of 4.74 naturally).

  2. Gratz Dan!

    This week I have mostly been playing, Demon’s Souls, Team Ico Collection, MAG and Deus Ex: HR. Just picked up Dark Souls so everything else is shelved now though:D

    I have mostly been eating cheesy peas.

  3. I’ve been playing MGS1 and 4. As well as DAO but in 1-2 hour bursts. I forgot that MGS1 is hardest of the MGS games mainly due to the lack of FPS view and the aiming system is a bit a strange to use as i’m used to the later MGS games aiming systems. I suspect that i will complete MGS within the next few days as it is a short game.(compared to MGS4 that is) ;)

  4. Finished Ghost of Sparta HD the other night, and tonight I begin my journey through Dark Souls…
    I’m currently in work, and I am so excited to get home and start. I don’t think any other game is going to get me this excited, this year. (Except maybe Skyrim) :P

  5. Finished 4 Elements, BTTF Episode 1, won a drivers championship on f1 2011 and got the million in WWTBAM (which is awful, so annoyed I thought it might be alright). Aside from that Child of Eden, Team Ico and will be doing Pigsy’s 10 and LBP2’s move pack.

  6. Predominantly PES 2012 this week which has proved to be a big improvement over last years version and well worth the sticker price.

    I got lent GT5 too so I’ve been working on that a little and it’ll be interesting to encounter 2.0 when it arrives.

  7. Lots of games from me. F1 2011, Dead Island, Resistance 3, El Shaddai, a bit of Fifa 11, BF3 Beta and the UC3 multiplayer. Still don’t have the money for Dark Souls but as soon as I get it that will be the only game I will play from now until christmas.

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