The first Sci-Fi shooter on my ‘played’ list this week is not my regular one, instead it’s Dust 514 and specifically the beta that PlayStation Plus subscribers now have access to. I probably can’t say too much about it at the moment but my first experiences haven’t been all that convincing.
As a concept it fascinates me with its real-time links to the universe of Eve Online and the potential for wider stories to develop but at the moment most people are playing it as a typical run-into-the-middle-shooting FPS; one where some people have clearly got equipment that far outclasses everyone else’s. We need more perk-free competitive online games like Warhawk.
Other than that it’s pretty much been simply more Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. This weekend’s event was Operation Alloy where the player (squad) goal was to promote two classes (which becomes possible when they reach level 20) and the overall (Allied) goal was to get 50,000 classes promoted.
The PS3 is alone in not having a pop-up in-game to tell players about the upcoming Operations so that may be part of the reason for the PS3’s poor showing in addition to it having the smallest player-base. I’ll make sure we cover the operations on the front page in future to do my own little bit extra to help out and maybe in return Bioware will fix some of the bugs that sometimes plague the otherwise very enjoyable game.
In their blog post reporting the Operation’s success there is a hint of something:
While we celebrate Operation ALLOY’s success, we need to be aware that the unexpected resistance faced by our soldiers may be symptomatic of a larger issue. We’ve been receiving a number of strange reports that are inconsistent with our knowledge of Reaper ground troop movement. At this point, intel is vague at best. Rest assured we are pursuing the matter.
The ME3 multiplayer community is currently split over whether it is simply setting the scene for the next Operation or a hint that there is more multiplayer DLC on the horizon.[videoyoutube]Leaving behind the science but definitely keeping the fiction we find Kris once again dreaming of Brighton and Hove Albion reaching the Premier League as a change of FIFA 12 platform from PS3 to 360 (blamed on a departing housemate and subsequent finger trouble at an online store) mean his old save is of no use.
All of this forms Kris’ preparation for the release of FIFA 13 and now he is over the hurdles of having forgotten how to play and adjusting to the 360’s controller, with the aid of a bunch of free transfers, he’s feeling hopeful.
Peter’s been busy previewing games for you lucky readers. First up was Resident Evil 6 which is both promising and disheartening for those who like Peter ache for a return to the Resi gameplay of old when it was still a survival horror game. “There’s bags of content though, around fifty hours when it’s all finished, so maybe there’ll be enough in there to keep everyone happy?”
Then jumping clean over several genres he fell into the driving seat of F1 2012 which left him “very impressed”. Singled out for particular note is the Young Driver section which acts as a tutorial and introduction to F1 and “was really good at easing a relative newbie like [Peter] into the intricate world of F1 racing”.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’ gameplay was enjoyable for Aran but he felt that there was something missing from the story and as a result he found he didn’t really care about it. His mission to clear his games backlog finds him nearing the end of the first Gears of War which “has been fun despite a few glitches popping up such as Dom falling over and getting stuck in a tree”.
Oh and he bought Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (obviously not from the EU PSN Store) and is “loving it”. So far Arms Race is his favourite mode and its pick up and play nature means he can see himself pouring many hours into it, though he’s already hoping for more maps.
Last up this week is Chris who’s revelling in Indie gaming heaven having picked up the Humble Bundle that I managed to somehow miss:
I now have Fieldrunners, Bit.Trip Beat, Space Chem, Uplink, Spirits, World Of Goo, Osmos, Edge and Anomoly: Warzone Earth to dive into on my PC, Android phone and tablet. Nine great games for less than the price of the one of them that’s available on the PSN.
First up was World of Goo, it was also last up as I’d forgotten just how addictive it was and lost a couple of hours to it. Too many great games!
Absolutely. If you’ve got access to a non-console gaming platform served by the Humble Bundles you really do owe it to yourself to keep an eye on them for the fantastic games they offer at incredible value.
Oh, and whilst he hasn’t been playing any games, Tuffcub wanted me to remind you all he’s still getting a tan in Waikiki but I’m not going to mention that out of spite and jealousy.
So what have you been playing?