Yesterday was one of the largest shopping days of the year, with retailers slashing prices left right and centre, as the American tradition of Black Friday landed on our shores once more. I managed to abstain – though many offers are continuing over the weekend – but did any of you grab any good deals? Hopefully you did so without appearing on the news about the hordes of shoppers getting out of control…
I wasn’t really paying attention, but I imagine Gazza’s recovering from the shopping frenzy, so it falls to me to take on the round-up for this week. So let’s get cracking!
As always, we’ll be having some of the usual GT6 on Monday, Red Dead on Wednesday, and Battlefield 4 on Friday! Battlefield 4 meets have shifted focus to the DLC maps of late, so the next few weeks are bound to be filled with the new DLC’s snowy maps and hover tanks.
If you’d rather play something else, you can add your own Meet to the list, provided you have more than 250 TSA Points.
We started off the week with Gamoc’s review of Assassin’s Creed Unity, one of the infamously troubled releases of the year, which he awarded a 7/10 because of a number of major issues. This was followed up by Aran’s review of Tennis In The Face, an Angry Birds-like physics puzzler which he gave an 8/10.
However the standout score was a 9/10 in Blair’s review of Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, having already written about it a little earlier in the week. With up to eight players on screen in certain game modes, tons and tons of single player content and, of course, plenty of online play, he could barely have been more enthusiastic about the game. Peter also took a quick look at the Amiibo figurines, in perhaps the best titled article of the year.
In the wake of so many major releases this month, there’s not been much point in trying to get previews out into the open, but we did manage to do some streaming. Peter and I dove into The Crew on Wednesday, zipping around North America to generally just take a look around the world, while Blair and I returned to LittleBigPlanet 3 yesterday, to see how bugs have been improved ahead of the UK launch. It actually went pretty well!
Other than that, our focus has been more on blogs. As a group, we said happy birthday to the PS4 in Europe, looking at the highs and lows of its first year. I then talked about co-operative play in two of the major releases of the year, firstly with how the co-op keeps me coming back to Destiny, and secondly taking a look at Far Cry 4’s Keys to Kyrat initiative. Sticking with the multiplayer angle, Jim was pleasantly surprised by the multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare got a positive verdict in WeView this last week, as inFamous: First Light steps into the hotseat, ahead of its appearance on PS+ in January. The Chronicle tackled the continuing sagas of Driveclub, Assassin’s Creed: Unity and mischevious hackers on the internet.
Time for the Forums, let’s take a peek at what happened this week, although it looks like a quiet one!
- Double-o-dave’s DriveClub photos thread and the gaming videos thread both have some nice new additions.
- Wick’s built himself a new PC, and took a few photos of the process.
- The Cheap Games & Great Deals thread got a little nudge, but has yet to flourish without more love and attention.
And that’s your lot. Gazza might have recovered enough from his shopping induced coma – or whatever it is he’s up to – to write up tomorrow Chronicle, but if not, I’ll see you all then as well. Cheerio!