Community Round-Up: 29/11/14

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!

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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.

Jim then carried on into the weekly content, with Legends of Middle-earth featuring in Mobile Watch, before he then took a look back at Battlefield: Bad Company for Playback.

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.

Finally, What We Played #183 featured Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4 and Super Smash Bros., and the gang returned for the podcast.

Time for the Forums, let’s take a peek at what happened this week, although it looks like a quiet one!

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!



  1. I spent all day expressing my disapproval in Black Friday… and then went on Amazon and bought an MP3 player in the evening. Got a very nice 75% off a simple wee jobbie that’ll hold podcasts for my commute and save my poor bloated phone!

    • Nice one, did a bit of spending myself too. Been waiting for this Sony 42inch to get below £400 for over a year, and thanks to John Lewis I’ve finally taken the plunge. 5 year guarantee as well.

    • Seeing that desperate woman clinging onto the side of a crap 40″ (Brauspunkt???) tv and being dragged across the shop floor was hilarious. Did they think they were free?

  2. I’ve bought a selfie-rod (or what it’s called for my sis) and some steamy lingerie for the special next to me. Who said Black Friday has to be only about electronics ?

    • A selfie rod?? FOR YOUR OWN SISTER???!!!

      • All my concerns of ‘did I buy the right gift ‘disappeared when I gave her the damned thing. She had a small get together with 8 of her friends. And I opened her door, gave her the present and when I left I could hear the cheering of highschool teenager girls. Facebook soon got flooded with selfies.
        Explosions behind me and slow mo walk followed as I left.

    • The great question: “Who buys this stuff?!” has been answered. ;-)

      (not the lingerie)

    • It took me a while to remember exactly whay a selfie rod is… my mind had immediately jumped to smut.

    • Had to have look for one on Amazon to see what it actually was and found it to be no more than a smartphone holder attached to a telescopic pole with Bluetooth remote switches on the handle for taking said selfie’s.
      I think the Dyson version has suck mode also… just don’t! :P

      • I didn’t have any other good ideas so don’t judge me.

        I don’t know what the gangs are in her highschool but she is anti-duckface. But almost weekly a group photo of her class is posted. So a mix of Light and Dark side. Really interesting case, somebody from sociology should do a study :D

      • Brilliant reply. Selfie rod = a smartphone holder attached to a telescopic pole with Bluetooth remote switches on the handle. So much more coherent to say the latter.

      • @Avenger Always happy to add an entry or two to the ‘Rural dictionary’ :P
        @psdannysan13 It is actually a great little gadget for anyone that’s into taking selfie’s from a different angle and perspective…simple but effective ;)

  3. I bought a bunch of blu-rays and Far Cry 4… And a pair of Levis…. And a digital copy of Alien Isolation and Oddworld New n’ Tasty.

    Never even left the house. Black Friday, like a baws. :-P

  4. I was going to buy a 360 in all the black and blue friday excitement. But when i missed all of those £99 deals, I did what any other rational person in that situation would do. I bought an XB1 instead…

    I was already going to spend £100 on the 360 so really the XB1 only cost me £195. Technically. Sort of…

    Im still dealing with the fact that I gave these Tomb Raider thieves money (im taking that one to my grave). Ah screw it, at least I get to play it now. And Sunset OD, and Ryse, and finally get to see what all the fuss is over Halo.

    I’ve never been so excited and disappointed in myself at the same time.

    #dealing with that inner turmoil

  5. Was hoping there’d be some great offers for the new Ninty 3DS XL c-stick console, but it’s been aloof of late. I’d buy that little beast in a heartbeat at the right price, although I might settle for the c-stickless version this Cyber Monday if temptation is rammed home.

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