What We Played #113: OlliOlli, Super Smash Bros. and Flower

I’ve been trying my best to OD on vitamin D this week, which has had a detrimental effect on my gaming. Okay, so I might have played an hour or two of Defense Grid: The Awakening when I’ve had other things to do but that’s it.

Kris may well be wishing he’d been out in the sun instead of inside playing Battlefield 3. Having slogged through “a fair chunk” of the game’s single player offering he’s pronounced it “rubbish and pretty buggy”. The one consolation is that it came via his PlayStation Plus subscription, so it was kind of, but not really, free.


Also met up with Tom Hegarty from Roll7, who was in town for the Develop conference, and he showed me OlliOlli again. It’s got even better since E3, with a cool new animation when you crash, and a few subtler improvements. It really is looking fantastic.

Having been stumbling around the Kingdom of Amalur for about 20 hours now Aran’s reckoning is that he’s covered about a third of the map and now has a healthy stack of quests that are in need of a jolly good questing. The Last of Us’ “superb” story and voice acting and “pretty good” gameplay has also helped him fill a few moments.

[drop2]The evergreen Super Smash Bros. Brawl kept Blair entertained over the weekend. “There isn’t any better multiplayer game in my opinion, particularly when it’s a no items 1v1 match. So good.” He’s also enjoyed the story-crafting in The Walking Dead: 400 Days but would have liked more time to get to know the characters.

Tuffcub’s still enamoured with Killzone 3 and decided to party like it’s 2010 with Bioshock 2. More of his time has been spent ‘playing’ with Cubase this past week though. On past form I’m sure we’ll all be amongst the first to hear about any significant results of that. Do you think he’d be horrified to know that Taylor Swift is warbling away in the background as I write this?

Repeated failure to win a championship hasn’t put Dan off playing more F1 2012. After five seasons he’s started anew with Toro Rosso and reckons F1 is like his CoD or FIFA, which I don’t really get. If he’d said it was like his Burnout Paradise, Fallout 3 or Mass Effect 3 that would make more sense.

I’ve also played Flow and Flower which are both beautiful games. Relaxing and simple, blissful really. Bought God of War Ascension yesterday which I’m yet to play. Never played a GoW game before so looking forward to it.

I haven’t progressed much further into Assassins Creed 3 or Revelations in the past week either. But the majority of my time has been spent in the sun, working a lovely tan.

Finally, someone else who’s noticed the sun’s been about of late.  

Last up this week, Dom’s new job has been leaving him short of both sun and gaming time. Snatching brief moments of gaming when he can has been possible thanks to his 3DS, Monster Hunter and Animal Crossing. “They’re both good, though I’m that tired at the moment that Animal Crossing is much the safer choice in case I nod off half way through!”

How’s the weather been in your part of the world this week?  I’m a Brit, we’re weather-obsessed don’t you know and I know you must havehad some weather.  In between running backwards and forwards to your own personal weather stations (you have all got one, right?) have you played much?



  1. Animal Crossing is still eating up my time (albeit in small chunks) but I have been playing more Tiger Woods 14 and I also finished playing through Little Inferno (though I’ll need to play through again as I burnt my coupon for a free hug 1st time through).

  2. After having some right betty swollox at work, decided to go and see World War Z at the lovely air-conditioned flicks, along with a cheap as chips slush-puppy (£3.65 ffs! Dick Turpin would be proud)
    Gaming wise, finished the single-player of Bad Company 2 (great game), and had a small burst of multi-player (which I’m shat at). Started Pixeljunk Shooter 2 which is a great bit of old-school shootypuzzlyexploryness.

    That is all. Go away.

  3. Animal Crossing and Left4Dead 2 all week. Loving both. I’m glad I got L4D2 off the latest steam sale as I’d never tried the multiplayer before. So much fun. Animal Crossing is still keeping me excited everyday too. Very happy gaming-wise these days.

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