After an excessively long few days at work I will take the easy way out and spare you from my poor excuse for humour. Instead you’ll get the, mostly, unedited words straight from the team. At least I’m not the only one having a busy week as all Stefan had to say was:
I’ve not really played all that much this week, so you ought to skip by me. :)
So if you see him out on the street remember to skip as you go past. That means no flouncing, bounding, jaunting, strolling, jogging or silly walks of any kind. Just skipping. Not one to be left out, Blair has also partaken of non-gaming pastimes this week:
In this week’s edition of “What has Blair done that isn’t playing a game”, I’ve moved house. So there’s been a lot of assembling furniture, unpacking and endlessly sorting things out.
But I’ve played games! I played Papers, Please which has a surprisingly involving storyline – there’s some really hard stuff in there, even though it’s just approving or denying papers.
Wolfenstein has also seen some game time, I’ve just got to the 60s and while it’s good, it seems very stealth focused and I just want to dual wield assault rifles and kill some Nazis.
Meanwhile having brought the sun back from Gran Canaria with him Dom would like to point out that he did holiday on holiday and it wasn’t just somewhere else to video game as some might have suggested:
This week having returned from holiday (which I would like to point out I did see a lot of the sun and swim too, a 3DS was just a good replacement for a book by the pool – though I read the new Terry Pratchett as well) I’m still finishing off Fire Emblem for the second time, and I’m within spitting distance of the end.
I took advantage of being able to use my Dualshock 4 with the PS3 by finally finishing Uncharted 3, which whilst hardly a bad game, still felt like the weakest entry – looking forward to 4 though when it arrives next year.
Finally I’ve been concluding my play through of Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil for my review which will be appearing soon!
Aran has got my thinking about how neatly you might be able to stack small rodents before their fidgeting and inherent squishiness become a problem. I can’t imagine it ends well.
This week it was a bit of UFC and Mousecraft. Can’t say much about Mousecraft as the embargo hasn’t lifted. Just imagine Lemmings mixed with Tetris. Other than that I played a bit of UFC and have maxed out my single player fighter already. It’s just title defence after title defence now.
Which just leaves Jim to help make this post a respectable length:
To kick off the week I finally finished my Survivor run on The Last Of Us, bagging myself the coveted platinum trophy. In fairness, it was no way near as tough as I thought it might be though the constant scarcity of ammunition and supplies meant that I often relied on stealth kills to see me through.
After that I hit a bit of weird patch and really didn’t know what to play, even with the Steam sale in full swing. In the end I settled for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD for the PlayStation 3. I remember picking it up in a sale not long ago and had already missed it on PSP.
Wanting to fill that particular gap in the MGS timeline, I’ve been pumping away a good few hours here and there. It’s a solid addition to the series overall. The gameplay is little awkward compared to Guns of the Patriots yet the Mother Base/soldier recruiting makes Peace Walker stupidly addictive.
Aside from that I’ve also been grappling with another timesink, this time in the form of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. Like Peace Walker, it’s another PSP port, and actually holds up well even with touchscreen controls. I’ve just started playing online with other hunters – a feature missing from all handheld entries in the series. Though the occasional noob can completely ruin a mission, it’s still fun to relive such a classic.
Now I don’t know about you but for me at the moment it feels like when I do get some gaming time I am just treading water whilst I wait impatiently for No Man’s Sky and beyond that Star Citizen. You may spot a bit of a theme there…
So let me know in the comments what you’re playing and what you’re most eagerly waiting for.