Kicking off this week’s round-up with a genuine dose of disappointment we have Aran, who’s been taking Ubisoft’s latest racing game for a spin. Although it has a few redeeming qualities, Aran’s been dragged down by The Crew’s rubber banding as well as its story which, even at a distance, looks as if it were crowbarred in.
The story is dire with characters that just drop out without explanation. The gang members are idiots too. If you ran a car gang would you trust someone to drive for you after one race, without proper introductions and a background check? No. There, I’m a smarter person than any of the gang members in The Crew.
Courtesy of PlayStation Plus, Aran has also been playing Injustice: Gods Among Us, the super-hero fighting game from Mortal Kombat studio, NetherRealm. During the PlayStation 4’s launch window, Injustice was ported over, but the differences between it and previous iterations aren’t exactly night and day. As Aran points out, though in-game visuals are a tad smoother, cutscenes are still plagued by choppy framerates.
For Blair, this week’s double XP event in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was enough to get him engrossed in the game’s multiplayer. Aside from that he’s also spent some time with Super Smash Bros. and Telltale Games’ Tales From The Borderlands, a review of which went live this morning.
It’s actually really surprisingly good and retains the series’ humour with all the storytelling genius of Telltale Games. It plays very much the same as their other games, but it’s a winning formula and something that just works quite well, I think.
Advanced Warfare also managed to lure in Tuffcub this week, who has been playing some Destiny too, alongside Minutes on the PlayStation Vita and Secret Ponchos.
It is probably the best CoD for ages. The bridge section is just fab, although the exo-suits are just silly, flimsy bits of metal. How they allow you to punch steel doors open is ridiculous and the plot reminded me a lot of Killzone, as did the hover tanks, big exo suits etc. Actually that’s probably why I liked it.
With a new Destiny expansion having just been released, it was only a matter of time before Teflon suited up for duty once more for some massively multiplayer sci-fi shooting. This week he’s been tackling the DLC’s new raid. According to him it’s as tough as nails, The Dark Below also playing host to some slight downsides which Tef plans to report on in the near future. Bar that, he’s been finishing up Dead Rising 3 in co-op play, while also dedicating some time to Call of Duty: Ghosts’ DLC extinction maps.
This week, I made an unexpected return to Azeroth in order to review the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. It’s the first time I’ve stepped foot in Blizzard’s acclaimed MMO since the launch of Cataclysm and I can tell you not much has changed. Sure, character models have been tweaked and there’s a renewed focus on narrative but at it’s core I find myself doing the same things I did half a decade ago when WoW was at the top of its game.
Mario Kart has also been a drain on my free time as my house-mates and I continue to battle things out, this time across the eight new courses. Ignoring Dragon Age: Inquisition, I booted up The Binding of Isaac too. Despite really enjoying the game, I had to delete it from my PS4 the same way I did with Don’t Starve. Though fun, I was getting fed up of playing for hours with nothing to really show for it.
Finally, we have Dom who, like Blair, has been topping up with some Smash Bros. with a side helping of The Wonderful 101. He’s also been playing the latest Lara Craft game, The Temple of Osiris, with a review currently in the pipeline.