Challenging me this week for predictable gaming monotony is everyone’s favourite man-bear Tuffcub. I’ve only played Mass Effect 3, while our own TC has stuck to Killzone 3 which he reckons he’s “quite good at”, despite being “hopelessly awful at every other FPS”.
The “super cute but quite tricky retro platformer” Life Of Pixel has been helping keep Alex entertained, mostly due to its “lovely Spectrum levels” I suspect. He’s been finding out what its like to be reborn in Tomb Raider, played most of the “really good” The Silent Age and finished off God of War: Ascension.
Dan chips in with a recommendation to help you avoid disappointment:
I played a lot of Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2. As someone who enjoyed the original I went into this game with high hopes and it has not disappointed. If you’re someone who is fed up with FPS games or the same old titles being released every year I recommend giving this a try.
Having far too much fun with bows and loving the way the game creates “a very cinematic experience” but still concentrating enough to hit record on the button is Peter, who made you all a video about Tomb Raider.
He’s also been playing through Scribblenauts on the Wii U having started with the intention of writing the review. However with no UK release date forthcoming, it may remain under wraps. So for now you’ll have to make do with the all to brief “it’s clever and cute”.
Aran is closing in on the end of Far Cry 3 which will come as a great relief to the inhabitants of the various islands who have been subject to many cruel and unusual punishments. He’s also a few hours into Assassin’s Creed 3, and is still yet to play as the supposedly less interesting Conner and is wondering how that might affect his enjoyment.
What’s affecting his enjoyment of Halo 4 is that he’s yet to engage with the story. He says that “the way the game looks, the set pieces and opening cinematic” are great but so far he prefers Halo: Reach. Halo 4’s multiplayer Spartan Ops are “well done” though and he’s definitely liking those.
Last week’s surprising revelation that WWE ’12 has a story, its Road to WrestleMania mode, and that it’s not all that bad had some of us wondering if we’d overworked Kris again. But after wrapping it up this week he’s still “pretty pleased by the ending”:
Don’t get me wrong, the gameplay remained awful throughout, but what they were doing with the story in RtWM was a lot of fun and the whole thing fit together really well. I particularly enjoyed the way you triggered cutscenes at certain points in matches to give them more meaningful or controversial finishes, just like you’d see on TV.
Completing our roster this week is Blair who’s managed to become “utterly addicted” to The Simpsons: Tapped Out on his iPhone. He’s been having so much fun with it that its freemium proposition has actually managed to part him from 69p!
The “brilliant and action-packed” Metal Gear Rising seems to get the nod ahead of Metal Gear Solid 3 due to the latter’s “great cutscenes” failing to make up for the “less exciting gameplay”. Blair and his friends are also giving his Wii U a daily Nintendo Land and Mario workout contrary to all expectations which had it firmly labelled as just another dust magnet.
It’s Far Cry 3 that has sunk its crazed hooks deepest into his brain’s gaming centre though. Blair admits to inadvertently staying up well into the wee small hours “just hunting animals, unlocking towers and driving around while listening to Kavinsky”.
Apparently it’s one of those games “you can never get enough of” so join us here again next week to find out just why he has had enough of it.
While we wait expectantly for that how about telling us what you’ve been playing this week?