I had a narrow escape this week. Following a rough couple of weeks my resolve almost crumbled and I was moments away from giving in to the perspective that at 9PM “a quick game of Civilization V” would be possible. It must be the heat. Fortunately common sense prevailed and I dodged that particular sleep-depriving bullet.
I did, however, spend a few hours at the weekend spearing aliens with beams of coherent light and cannon shells as I returned once more to tick off another couple of gold medals in Defence Grid: The Awakening. It’s just such a great game.
The “pretty enjoyable” Saints Row The Third has been keeping Kris entertained despite the controls being “a little clunky”. “I’m trying to play it in a vaguely realistic fashion, rather than the general insanity that the game’s known for, but that may slip away as I progress.” I have to admit that “vaguely realistic” isn’t a phrase I normally associate with SR3 unless it’s prefixed with “not even”.
Blair is trying to do a bit of Steam Sale catching up, something many of us have tried and frequently failed at at this time of year. He’s started with the “brilliant and mad indie title” Fez which he’s finding “really fun, but also quite difficult”.
I also played Fallout: New Vegas, which I was disappointed by when I had it on PS3. On PC it’s a much better experience; there are fewer bugs and lots of mods to choose from. I also realised after I found some glasses that I had accidentally created Walter White from Breaking Bad as my character, which I’m still taken aback by now and then.
It’s a good game, with plenty to do. Hopefully I’ll find the time soon to disappear into it, I loved Fallout 3.
I continue to form the impression that I should get around to watching Breaking Bad at some point… but before then I’ve got to fill you in on what Peter’s been playing. Unfortunately as the game in question is Rayman Legends he’s not allowed to say much “aside from the fact that it’s very much like Rayman Origins and I like that very much”.[drop2]This is why I always keep some thin slivers of bamboo handy: they’re so much better than thumbscrews and easier to ‘lose’ in the compost when you’re done. Suddenly feeling a little more talkative Peter added that “the relative simplicity of a 2D side scroller means they can be particularly fastidious about their level design – and they do some very interesting and fun things, even in just the short preview I had access to”.
Aran’s been enjoying Infamous 2, liking how the game initially opens up and then goes on, continuing to expanding. Though recognising that the game has plenty of content already included he’s also having fun seeing what people have come up with in the user-generated missions. What he’s played so far of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation is yet to grab him due to a story that’s left him unsure of what’s going on and the sense that “it feels a bit empty”.
It’s not a Steam Sale backlog but a PlayStation Plus one that’s sucking on Tuffcub’s free time. Topping the list was Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, a “wonderful little game” that he’s “really, really enjoying”. His Killzone 3 online adventures passed the milestone of an entire week’s worth of hours shooting things with orange or blue lights on. He reckons “this may be a tad excessive”. Perhaps TC, perhaps.
Failing his willpower roll, unlike me, DanToo made the “terrible mistake” of starting to play Football Manager 2013. I needed rehab after an encounter with one of the early versions and it doesn’t seem like much has changed. “It’s so bloody addictive”, says Dan, “I’ve been through two and a half seasons, and managed 4 different clubs so far, in the space of a week”.
I was unfairly sacked from Man Utd, the new manager is doing a terrible job, then I moved to Oldham who I resigned from as I couldn’t pull the team out of the relegation zone with 10 games left. Then West Ham offered me a job, whom I saved from relegation with 7 games to go in the Prem.
Then they sacked me following the start of a new season for no reason. I was then approached by Crewe, where I had the team go 10 games unbeaten, and was managing a safe spot in the play-offs half way through the season. The club then threatened to sack me so I resigned. I’m left unemployed searching for a club. Yeah, I need to get a life…
Cold turkey Dan, it’s the only way, the shakes whenever you see a team sheet on Match of the Day go away in time. Portal 2, despite being longer than he expected and with the stabilizing influence of a friend in co-op wasn’t the cure he was looking for.
Neither was the downloaded Under The Sea which he didn’t really like as he “just [doesn’t] know what he’s meant to do, which is never a good sign when playing a game”. I guess it wouldn’t let him play Bale alongside Coutinho and Snodgrass in midfield no matter how much he tried.
“A few minutes of” Chivalry: Medieval Warfare seemed like “it could be fun” until that was ruined when the referee failed to penalize the opposition team for a particularly heinous foul which saw his king hacked down from behind.
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Have you been working through a backlog or coping (or not) with your gaming addiction this week?