What We Played #32

When I ask what the team have been playing each week the responses I normally receive normally consist of a list of games with or without a few words about each. Toby’s reply this week was different.

He said he didn’t want to admit what he’d been playing in case I stopped asking. That can only mean one thing; he’s been playing yet more FIFA Ultimate Team. For the sake of providing him with a healthy variety in his gaming next year I hope his friends and relatives have been paying attention to his Christmas list.

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Chris’ gaming is also still currently set to its default position of Starhawk. While the sound of Deus Ex: Human Revolution dropping through his letterbox provided a momentary distraction it wasn’t a long enough diversion to see said game shorn of its shrink-wrap.

[drop2]Our in-house Warhawk fan, who’s a great teammate and difficult opponent, is thoroughly enjoying the latest update to the Starhawk private beta which has added Team Death Match mode to the formerly Capture The Flag-only game. “The changed mechanics, ebb and flow of the action are fascinating”, he tells us, “the title continues to go from strength to strength”.

While on the subject of default game settings it would be remiss of me not to mention Tuffcub and Killzone 3 at this point. He’s been left shell-shocked by only ranking ninth in a recent game. His conclusion? He needs to play more Killzone. Perhaps it was his brief bouts of Starhawk and Gotham City Impostors that put him off his game.

Aran has also been playing the Gotham City Impostors beta, as shown by his hands on article yesterday.If you’d like a more concise version he says “it’s something so ridiculous it shouldn’t work, but it does”. Naturally, Skyrim features in his week’s gaming but that’s been squeezed out as he’s been reviewing Persona 2: Innocent Sin for us.

Someone else who’s focusing most of their gaming around forthcoming site content is Jim who is delving back into DC Universe Online after volunteering to write some more posts about it. He’s invested in the latest Flash-centric DLC but after a week’s play says he’s still “not feeling the benefits”.

Sure, I have a new character imbued with the power of electricity (not quite as entertaining as the Fear/Will powers of the Green Lantern expansion) but everything else included in the expansion is strictly endgame stuff which is taking some time to get to (players have to collect high-level equipment before they can even access this content). Still, I’m enjoying the core game and hopefully the folks at SOE won’t hesitate in supporting the game with more updates following its first anniversary next year.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s online has also been on the receiving end of his attention and contrary to other shooters he’s played Jim is really getting into the game’s objective-based modes, even going so far as to call its Team Objective mode “God’s gift to the multiplayer shooter”.

Josh has finally completed StarCraft 2’s campaign only to find out that the Protoss side-missions are no longer available once you do so; so it’s back to an earlier save game for him. Aside from that he’s reverted to nugget-sized gaming in the form of Angry Birds, which has rekindled the flames of his addiction for the pig-murdering title. Scribblenauts has also been the beneficiary of some of his attention.

As for myself, I’ve played my usual session of Gran Turismo 5 online but haven’t a sufficiently large chunk of free time to make delving into the world of Skyrim a sensible proposition. Instead I revisited arcade memories from too many years ago and fired up the recently released PSN version of SEGA’s Daytona USA.

[drop]I spent far too much money on the arcade version of Daytona, especially if the arcade in question happened to have a full set of eight connected together. The PSN version accurately recreates the game (it’s crash damage and flying-car physics perhaps suggesting where GT5 got its inspiration), the only question mark being over the game’s replayablility.

The time trial and challenge modes do add a little to the core game and I’ve yet to try the online multiplayer or hook up my racing wheel for a more arcade-authentic experience. For profligate spending trophy whores hounds you can collect the set in around an hour with no great degree of skill required.

If easy trophies are of no interest and you don’t foster fond memories of the game from a mis-spent youth hanging out in arcades there’s likely little to make the game worth your while.

What have you been playing in the run up to Christmas weekend?

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29 Comments

  1. I’ve been playing random games in an attempt to pass the time untill i have Skyrim which should be today. So for the next decade, i will be playing that. ;)

    I got bored of Red Dead Redemption earlier this week, so i switched to DMC4, got bored of that, switched to DAO, decided that i wouldn’t be playing it for more then a week, switch to TES:O, then the Sega collection and play a comic based game which i can’t remeber the name of.

  2. Looking forward to the first “What We Played” of 2012, should be good after Xmas. For about the 4th week in a row I’ve just been playing MW3 and Might & Magic Clash of Heroes! Should be different after Xmas, hopefully I’ll be telling you that I’ve played Uncharted 3, House of the Dead, Rage, and hopefully some Nazi Zombies with some fellow TSAers over the festive period!

    • Bet you can’t guess what I’ll have been playing in the first of 2012

      • Zumba 2? ;P

      • Go on, tell me?

      • Hmm, does it involve hawks and Space? ;)

      • Lone Steven – I’m still not getting it? Can I have another clue? ;)

      • Tony Hawk in space???

        Awesome.

        It doesn’t come with a dodgy peripheral does it??

      • Forrest – you mean Move?

      • Maybe – Although move would a be lot less of a dodgy peripheral than that bloody board thing they were trying to flog for about £100!!

  3. Interesting to note that pretty much everyone has stopped Skyrimming.

    • The Girlfriend and I haven’t! :-)

    • I’ve yet to even start Skyrimming my PS3. Wait, that came out wrong. :p

  4. Just Mario Kart7 again for me this week. Every free minute I get at the moment I find myself firing it up and playing a few races, its becoming a bit of a problem lol. Ordered Starfox and Resident Evil Mercenaries last night in the GAME sale (£20 all in after using some reward points) so I should have plenty to keep me busy after Xmas :)

  5. Uncharted 3 for me, been playing online split screen with my bro since he’s back from Uni. Also a bit of GTA IV and Fallout 3 :) Looking forward to getting Skyrim and MW3 on Christmas day!

  6. I’m still Rimming the Sky! Oh and a bit of BF3 plus a splash of KZ2 in preparation for last week’s Meet (not that the practice did me any good):-)

    • Same, at least when I haven’t been out taking my life into my own hands in Westfield.

  7. Ah, those heady days of multiplayer Daytona in the Trocadero, so many memories.

    In fact, I don’t actually think the Troc has had a lick of paint since those times in the cherished early-90s.

  8. Finished off Portal 2, or was that last week, can’t remember. Finished Portal 1, and have started HL2 from scratch as I bought Ep1 and Ep2 in the Steam Sale. Been playing SonicCD, on original hardware, after renting Sonic Generations only to find the built in original Sonic far more enjoyable. Stuck on Limbo – box, ladder, lever, water rises, spikey roof and tiny gap to fit through – help!

  9. Played through Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 over the weekend. Started playing Strangers Wrath HD.

    • How you finding Lego Harry Potter 5-7? Didnt enjoy it as much as 1-4 but I think thats mostly because of the source material just wasnt as….magical….

      • I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. I’m not really a Harry Potter fan, but I am a huge fan of the Lego games.

  10. Strangers Wrath HD. Its awesome. Better than I remember it. Although I have started to adopt Strangers accent so I should probably stop playing it.

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