Back in the UK at the weekend I wrapped up season one of The Walking Dead by playing through Episode 5. It only served to reiterate to me that I was really just flipping through a comic book rather than playing an interactive game.
Sure the button you use to turn the page changes, and sometimes you have to mash that button or press it at the right moment, but turning the page and moving on the story is all it really does. The “game’s” saving grace is that story. What a heartbreaker it is, though it leaves you with the sense that all is not lost.
After that I picked up The Unfinished Swan for something a bit lighter. Sure it’s nice and sure it’s different but I’m about halfway through and already it feels like the game is too heavily dependent upon the thrown blob of paint/water mechanic, with not enough other things going on.
I couldn’t put up with semi-swan for long, leaving me at a bit of a loose end gaming wise and wanting to start something new. I turned to my substantial backlog to see if there was anything that really grabbed me. There wasn’t.
With The Last of Us just out I felt I should finally give Uncharted 3 a go. I’d bought it at launch but aside from a quick co-op game shortly after that it’d been left well alone. Turns out that it’s just more Uncharted so far.
It doesn’t feel like it’s progressed much so far and Nate’s still the conscience-free, mass-murderer from the first two games, showing no sign of having really developed as a character. I’m playing it in 3D, just so something’s different, but aarrgghh the jaggies!
Alex has been playing with his Ouya, which isn’t a euphemism in case you’re wondering. The Kickstarted little Android cube trying to be a games console hasn’t made the greatest of first impressions though:
It’s no surprise that as a ‘games console’ it’s largely shit. Clearly under-powered for anything that’s not an existing tablet game, but it does run standard Android games – at least some of them – in addition to those from its own store.
Hey, Super Crate Box runs lovely, but then it does on my ZX Spectrum.
However, it’s a doddle to sideload existing stuff, and there’s a neat version of XBMC that works nicely. As a media player there’s some merit to the tiny device, and I’ll be attempting to dabble in a bit of dev, porting over some old Amiga games of mine, but beyond that?
My own Ouya finally arrived the day after the console’s retail release and remains unopened and unplayed as they’ve not sent me what I backed them for, by some margin, so my ‘enquiry’ has gone off and I am eagerly awaiting their response, having added myself to their list of unhappy backers.[drop]Turning to his trusty iPhone for his gaming, Kris has had no such problems but has encountered a problem of a different sort, namely that Minion Run is too compelling. He been playing “a worrying amount of [it] in a ‘I should be asleep but I need to play more Minion Run’ kind of way”.
Tuffcub has been soldiering his way through his games, completing The Last of Us and Thomas Was Alone, while also playing more Killzone 3 and watching an entire season of Battlestar Galactica. Presumably not all at the same time though and I hope there were no robo-daggits in sight, just a number 7 with the curves of the figure 8.
You might have already spotted Aran’s review of the “fun” OMG HD Zombies, but he’s also played through Bioshock Infinite, calling it a “brilliant” game with “enjoyable” gameplay. In particular, he picked out the way it handles the relationship between Booker and Elizabeth as a key highlight of the experience.
Wrapping things up this week is DanToo who’s clearly had too much time on his hands. He’s playing through the “fantastic” The Last of Us for the third time, loving its “intense narrative”. When less intensity has been required and a physical warm-up is more appropriate he’s tried both Sports Champions and Move Fitness.[drop2]His PS Vita has been getting its own workout courtesy of the “charming and cheerful” Epic Mickey 2. “The opening cinematic was wonderful,” he beings hopefully, before saying that “it’s a shame the following cutscenes haven’t matched the first. The game is a little confusing too, and has a lot of flaws. I’m enjoying it though which is the most important thing.”
He also continues to struggle for success with the lowly Caterham team in F1 2012 and has acquired both Assassin’s Creed 3 and Revelations, hoping to play both in unison. His quest isn’t off to an auspicious start though as he’s “played an hour of 3, and it was one of the most boring starts to a game ever”. And to finish on a topical note:
As Wimbledon is on the TV at the moment (gutted about Federer!) I’ve put Virtua Tennis 4 into my Vita and had a few matches on that. It’s perfect for those situations where you have about 15 minutes before you need to go or do something and you can pass the time easily.
I also let my Dad play on the Vita today and he was shocked at how good the device was, even though he was rubbish at the tennis. He even wanted to take it on holiday with him this weekend. Never!
Despite the fact that they can’t do grass as well as thatgamecompany, has the Lawn Tennis Association got you leaving your games aside or turning to them for respite?