Gaming’s been on my mind more than usual for the last week or so. Can’t think why. Anyway, as a result I’ve actually played a bunch of stuff for a change. Job one was to stop looking around the place and focus on Skyrim’s quest lines to get that platinum sorted.
With just the Thieves’ Guild quests to finish off before throwing my lot in with either the Imperials or Stormcloaks I figured it wouldn’t take very long. How wrong I was. As I reached the culmination of my thieving career I found I could go no further.
A quick search online turned up that as I’d done some minor quests in a particular order the quest line was broken. The only save I had that got me back to a point where I could recover the situation was 12 hours of gaming time behind me. Oh well, it is Skyrim so what did I expect.
So I went back, finished the Thieves’ Guild and aided the Imperials to victory over my misguided Nord brethren. Yeah, this Nord chick kicked Ulfric’s arse for the good of her people. And ‘ding’ platinum trophy.
Final save shows just over 340 hours of gameplay, obviously not including time due to deaths, crashes and repeating things because of broken quests. Probably got my money’s worth out of Skyrim.
While sat at the computer between the press conferences this week I broke out old favourite Defence Grid: The Awakening to collect a few more of the gold ratings for completed missions and was happy to discover there’s more modes than when I last played so I kicked butt on those too. It’s still a brilliant tower defence game for those who like that sort of thing.
I’ve also tried once more to like Bioshock Infinite. I played another couple of hours and I’m disappointed to report that I’m still just not really enjoying it. I LOVED the first Bioshock but Infinite just isn’t grabbing me. It looks great but feels to samey. I was looking forward to it for so long and I’m gutted that it just isn’t for me.
Lastly for me this week is The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. A “co-op action RPG” set in Middle Earth but away from the usual areas for the most part, I’m playing it with a friend and we’re having pretty good fun.
It neatly tackles some of the issues that can afflict co-op gaming such as loot- and kill-stealing. It’s intended for a triumvirate of players and any missing have their shoes filled by NPCs. We’ve been joking between us that those points mean that one of our regular online comrades in playing better than usual…
After all those words from me, there’s just a few from Tuffcub who’s been playing “Remember Me, which is awesome”.
Aran’s played Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for the most part this week finding it “a pretty easy game to get into”, with “simple quests that aren’t too far apart”. The proximity of the quests means there’s always something nearby to tackle.
Ico also got a brief look in but it seems that didn’t go well. “The game kind of just chucks you in without any sort of tutorial. It’s like here you’re in a tower now go. I think it’s one of those games you really have to concentrate on and I wasn’t really in that mood.”
Covering E3 with us on Monday night/Tuesday morning was “a lot of fun” for newish team member DanToo which just highlights the fact that we’ve got to work harder to turn him into a jaded gamer. When you’re too tired for your eyes to focus on details, what’s a good game to play?
I’ve completed a fair few of the levels on Thomas Was Alone, and it’s really something quite special. I was playing through at the same time as one of my friends and the fact we’d refer about the shapes by their names and personalities really made me think what a wonderful game it is. It’s quite challenging too.
A stint on F1 2012 saw him offered a contract by Red Bull while Sports Champions’ Gladiator Duel is reportedly “really fun and tiresome”. I’m going to guess he means physically tiring rather than ‘dull’? That he admits to saying “I like the way you die boy” after every KO may suggest that sleep deprivation is getting the better of him.
Another hour of Arcania The Complete Tale has left him not wanting to play any more. “The scripting and voice acting is just terrible. The combat, which initially seemed alright, is a slog.”[drop2]Kris, as you might expect, has “seen many things but only played a few”. Don’t know why but I got a troubling flash of Kris playing Roy Batty as I typed that. “I’ve seen games you people wouldn’t believe…” Maybe sleep deprivation is getting to me too?
His brief report from The City of Angels is that “Sonic Lost World is strangely good”, he liked the Spies vs. Mercs mode in the new Splinter Cell game, OlliOlli is very good and “the new PAC-Man game was a surprise”. He doesn’t clarify whether it’s a good or bad surprise. We’ll assume good until he corrects us.
Rounding out our list this week is Blair who’s been playing PC upgrading this week. The happy outcome is that he didn’t manage to blow up his motherboard and the Spec Ops: The Line on “Very High” looks “absolutely stunning”. Fortunately he was surprised to discover it’s fun too.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes on the other hand has proved itself to be underwhelming. “LEGO games aren’t as good as they used to be” he tells us, though he’s bought LEGO Lord of the Rings and is hoping his LotR fanboyishness will help carry that title.
Our other two roving reporters over at E3 (imagine it was in Yorkshire, they’d write it EEE and at a certain residence in West Wallaby Street the reporting would be along the lines of “cracking games Gromit”) Al and Peter have been playing all sorts of games we won’t see for months *sad face* but you can read about their exploits elsewhere.
What have you been playing on this most focused of gaming weeks?