On Monday night I played Perseid spotting for a good while and I have to commend the graphics, they were really quite spectacular. I awarded myself a number of bronze, silver and gold trophies for my efforts but the platinum, See All the Perseids, eluded me.
More seriously, being back in the UK with some gaming time over the weekend I downloaded Pikmin 3, the game that is pretty much the sole reason I bought a Wii U. And I am pleased to be able to report a complete lack of disappointment.
It just oozes the charm that I’ve come to expect from the series but apart from the odd glance at the map I’m staying away from the newfangled Gamepad in preference for playing with the trusty Wiimote and Nunchuck combo.
The only thing I’m not really tuned into yet is jumping between characters to split your control and multi task to complete the map quicker. I still need to work on becoming more proficient at that.
I’ve also been playing some more Dropchord, which I’ve now played quite a bit on my Xperia S and Nexus 10 as well as the Nexus 7 I was playing during my travels last week.[drop2]What that’s shown is how much of a difference screen size makes. I consistently get my highest scores on my Xperia, I think because of the smaller and hence quicker movements on the smaller screen.
I also outscore my Nexus 7 attempts when playing on the Nexus 10. In that case I think it’s because it’s easier to bring more fingers to the party. But regardless of the device and screen size it’s firmly established itself as my go-to game when I have an odd few moments to fill.
Peter’s been playing Splinter Cell: Blacklist this week along with some *CENSORED*, *CENSORED* and also a few hours of *CENSORED*. I recommend checking back this time next week when we can tell you more about them.
The “genuinely fun and quite funny” Saints Row IV proved to be “nothing outstanding” for Blair this week. “A good parody though, which is relatively mindless, decent and quite lengthy.”
He’s been somewhat more excited about SteamWorld Dig on his 3DS which he’s been busy reviewing. How excited? You know the cafe scene in When Harry Met Sally… that kind of excited.
Oh my God! It’s one of the best indie titles I’ve played recently. It’s like Terraria, but much more engaging and fun with some brilliant puzzle and platforming mechanics!
When his 3DS has been back on charge Plants Vs. Zombies 2 has had a look in and is reportedly “just as addictive as the first”. He seeks to set our minds at rest regarding the in-app purchases saying that “they’re not intrusive at all” and are just essentially avoidable “cheats”.
Aran’s fight against injustice has left him feeling dishonoured this week. Sorry, I read that wrong. He’s been reviewing the “very well crafted” Witches of Brigmore DLC for Dishonored. He says that “the story is great and really adds to the tale, making you see a new perspective”, something he’s a fan of.
Injustice: Gods Among Us he tells us is like a slower, easier but still good, version of Mortal Kombat with a decent, but short story. He recommends Deathstroke and Aquaman as go-to fighters in versus mode.
And over to you…