This week has flown by and I’ve actually had more time to play games than I usually do. I’ve got back into Modern Warfare 2 (the best game from the whole franchise in my opinion) and it’s incredible how there’s still a good mix of experienced and inexperienced players keeping the servers active. It’s a weird feeling going back to a game that I haven’t played in a long time, yet it was also instantly and reassuringly familiar – does anyone else get this when they revisit old games they’ve sunk a lot of time into?
Anyway, you’re not here to read me waffle on about that, you’re here for this week’s Community Round-Up!
For the TSA Meets this week, we’ll be having some of the usual GT6 on Monday, Battlefield 4 on Friday, and Red Dead should be returning on Wednesday.
If you want to play something else, you can add your own Meet to the list, provided you have more than 250 TSA Points.
It would appear the tides have turned, as in for the first time in a while, the number of Reviews outnumbers the number of Previews! So, let’s dive straight into the big’un of the week, which was The Evil Within. Tuffcub gave it an 8/10, concluding that it felt “fresh and exciting” and was a must for fans of the genre. Sitting one point higher was Bayonetta 2 for Wii U, on a 9/10. Dom praised it highly, saying it sits “amongst the most refined and dynamic action games to appear on any console.”
This week Stefan looked at F1 2014. Sadly, it didn’t fair too well, earning a 6/10, not just because the new-gen version is already appearing on the horizon, but because of it’s lack of advancement since F1 2013, even with the new cars. Meanwhile Jim gave Natural Doctrine, a hardcore turn-based strategy game a 6/10, Adam gave the 3DS game, Disney Magical World, a 7/10, and Peter tested out the Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard.
On to the Previews, and as I mentioned earlier, it’s quieting down now; perhaps we’ve reached a slight lull before the November releases arrive. Regardless, that didn’t stop Stefan and Peter having a chat about Far Cry 4 with the some of the action from the game running in the background, ahead of his interview with the Lead Writer on the game, Stefan also looked at Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault and also doing an interview, and finally a third interview, this time about LEGO Batman 3. Blair also looked at the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
In IndieFocus this week, Kris played the incredibly addictive looking Mini Metro, while Shadow of Mordor’s Companion App featured on Mobile Watch with Jim. PlayBack joined the regular features with a look at Batman Arkham Origins, also thanks to Jim.
Sniper Elite 3 is under your microscope for this week’s WeView, after Murdered: Soul Suspect received a favourable Verdict. Your comments on the AC Unity resolution debate and Driveclub’s online launch woes dominated Hot Topics in last weekend’s Chronicle, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Driveclub appearing again tomorrow after all the articles I’ve seen this week!
The Blogs were pretty busy, beginning with Peter writing about GamerGate, and Jim explaining why he thought the Uruks were the stars of Shadow of Mordor. This was followed by Dan who wrote about In Space We Brawl, and why it’s the perfect example of how not to make a local multiplayer game, while Blair focused on games that rely on a single core mechanic.
That’s it for this time. I guess I should make use of this small spell of warm(ish) weather this weekend before it heads downhill later thanks to the tail-end of a hurricane, but I get the feeling I’m going to be spending more time playing MW2! Anyway, I’ll join you next time, so until then, bye!