What We Played #31

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”.

[drop2]Dan teases that he’s been playing Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD but can tell us no more. He’s also reviewed the “wonderful” Joe Danger Special Edition admitting that it makes him “swear like a sailor”. Somewhere he has also managed to find the time to finish Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call which he “didn’t think was a patch on the previous game”.

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?



  1. I’m about 60 hours in on Skyrim. Still a ton of quests left to do.

  2. This week has been all about Raging a little bit, destroying some Dead people on an Island, & playing with some Hazardous Beats. of & the usual staple BF3 game of course (which will see some more love tonight).

    I have SR3 to start, but need to make some room on the old HDD for that to begin. Sacrifices may have to be made as i don’t think i am anywhere near completing anything to be able to delete some utility data that is done with.

    In other news I have completed “get everything done in time for Christmas” & just have a few sidemissions left for the platinum. :)

  3. I played about 15 min of White Knight Chronicles, which looks quite nice and seems quite cool although I haven’t been in a single battle yet.

    I rediscovered Minecraft, which has once again completely taken over my free time – that and reading A Game Of Thrones, which was quite good.

  4. Got my Uncharted: Drakes Fortune platinum this week. Got my first ever trophy with that game on the 5th October 2008, and got the platinum 3 days ago.

    There can’t be many people out there that have taken longer to get a platinum, especially considering I got the first triohy the day the patch for trophies was made available in the UK.

    • I may go back to it, and get the plat :P first trophy achieved at the same time as you!

  5. Dizzy.

  6. Just a bit more of Portal 2, with the help of my wife “‘cos I’m a thicko”. And Dirt 3 which, ironically, I really enjoyed bombing around the snow tracks last night, then woke up in this morning in horror when I looked out my window and realised I was going to have to drive in snow to get to work. I hate snow.

  7. Modern Warfare 3 Special Ops and a tiny bit of Skyrim.

  8. Completed uncharted 3, that was okay. Slightly annoyed as the story was the biggest pile of crap in the universe ever. Avatars story was better. Also, it just totally just feel like a load of set pieces needlessly joined up, might as well name the inevitable next one “Uncharted 4: Drakes set piece collection that we didn’t fit into the other games or have thought up since”. Bit more effort on the story front please next time ND? Other than that, the game was fantastic, played amazingly (once I found the alt aiming controls), looked amazing etc. Great game even if the story let it down. Other than that, I’ve just been on skyrim. Haven’t even had a chance to play Minecraft… lol. From one time sink to the next.

  9. Modnation, Sly 3, BF3, Prince of Perisa Warrior Within, GT5, Driver San Fran and some Dead Nation were on the menu this week.

    • Not much then? :)

      • All this is because Im currently having a bit of gaming lethargy and not wanting to start any big story games until christmas when Santa delivers all my games. But yeah, a lot of games. haha

      • Fair enough! I know what you mean….I bought Rage really cheap last week but seeing as I haven’t finished BF3 or Might & Magic (my current single player projects), and still play a lot of MW3 online, I don’t want to start Rage. If I have too many games on the go at once I end up leaving one out then go back and have forgotten what I was doing, or having to re-familiarize myself with the controls! Think I’ll finish one of these then start Rage! Plus getting Uncharted 3 and House of the Dead for Christmas!!

  10. Haven’t had much time this week but i did manage some fun time messing about in SR3.

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