Let’s get The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim out of the way first. It’s all myself and Aran have played this week. Aran’s either played a lot more than I have or been able to remain much more focused on the main story as he’s completed or almost completed the majority of the main quest lines. I tend to wander around, spot a new ruin and head off at a tangent to whatever I’d intended to be doing.
Blair has also been playing Skyrim and having no trouble focusing. A ‘mere’ forty hours in he’s also completed the main quest despite spending “half of [that time] simply exploring the incredible game world”. After 150 hours I’m yet to go find the Horn of Whatjamacallit though I have set off in that direction on numerous occasions. Blair has also been playing Modern Warfare 3 online. “I really enjoy it”, he says, “it plays very smoothly and everything seems more balanced than any other CoD game”.
Our final Skyrim player this week is Tuffcub who has squeezed some in between bouts of Killzone 3, the Starhawk Beta and Manflu. He claims to have reached level 40 in that so, being Manflu, in all likelihood it is not actually very serious at all.
Neither Kris nor Chris have got much gaming in this past week. The former having only found a small amount of time to play Stick Cricket on his iPhone which he “loves” even though he’s “completely rubbish at it”. The latter has taken a break from Starhawk and only managed to find time to use his PS3 to spin up The Green Hornet on Blu-ray. His verdict: “despite the varied reviews it received I actually quite enjoyed it”.
StarCraft 2 has had Josh trying to improve his APM score both in the game’s single player campaign and in multiplayer with friends. Besides that he’s played some Frozen Synapse which he “picked up as part of one of the Indie Bundles but forgot all about” and is late to the Defense Grid party having only picked it up during Steam’s recent promotion. Preaching to the converted he tells us that “it’s fantastic” and he’s “really enjoying it”.
FIFA 11 has once again got its talons into Toby who has been lured back to improve his Ultimate Team. Said team is apparently “shaping up nicely after spending the majority of my hard-earned coins”. Looking ahead to the Christmas holidays he says he’s hoping to play something other than FIFA, with Modern Warfare, Uncharted and Saint’s Row 3 all getting a name check. We’ll see how that goes shall we.
Last but not least we come to Peter who has been playing a ‘game’ many of you will be familiar with at this time of year:
I’ve been playing “get everything done in time for Christmas”. I’m not entirely sure what the win conditions are but I’m confident that if I hadn’t put some time into it this week it would have been “Game Over” on the 25th!
That doesn’t mean that proper gaming has fallen from his calendar though with the latest Mario Kart seeing some action along with FIFA 12 and “a bit of” WWE12 which he is finding “needlessly frustrating”. Two aspects of the game are singled out for particular attention. Firstly that “your opponents have an annoying tendency to completely recover from near death” which would be annoying enough even without the second.
The latter flaw really does seem frustrating. It appears that “the counter move needs to be done in such a brief time allotment that it becomes almost pot luck whether you can counter an opponents onslaught”. Imagine the fun of having your opponent arise zombie-like and reinvigorated from his own near-death experience only to unleash an almost unblockable vengeance upon you. Sounds like a fun game. Not.
Have you been decking the halls with boughs of holly this week or clearing the decks for your anticipated Christmas gaming gifts?