Here we are again, back for another week of What We Played and we’re going to dive right in with Sam, who has been a busy bee at work but did find time to play the BioShock Infinite expansion, Burial at Sea. This ending up being a very interesting play as it started slow and “felt like a diluted version of the main game” for the first bit, but the second half was so strong that Sam ended up calling it the best DLC he’s played in a long time, possibly ever.
Sam wasn’t the only one that had a great time with his games this week, as Dom continued playing through Forza Horizon 2, from which only positive impressions came through. He was particularly thrilled with the soundtrack and couldn’t help but wonder how Driveclub stacks up, since he plans to return to it in the near future.
Dom also continued his trek through Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, but he seemed to have a better time behind the wheel of a car rather than a pirate ship, as he noted that there are so many distractions in the game that it’s difficult to focus on making progress in the story. He also played some Lego: The Hobbit with his boy, and he checked in on the Monster Hunter 4 demo. You can expect to read some of his impressions on the latter in the near future.
Teflon is next on the docket and you’ll be shocked to know that he’s been playing more Destiny, making full use of the Iron Banner mode as an excuse to mow down anything that walks. When he wasn’t using his supercharge ability to blast his opponents into oblivion, he spent some time with the Don’t Starve Together Early Access on Steam, playing with good friend Bunimomike.
It’s good because I’ve barely got a clue what’s going on; I just like digging up berry bushes, replanting them and then fertilising them with beefalo poop. Mike’s managed to keep me alive for much longer than I would have done otherwise, especially now that our first winter has arrived.
Next up is Blair, who did something completely different this week and played a couple of games so he could bring you his impressions on the site. Oh wait, that’s what he always does. Well anyway, he started with a bit of Far Cry 4 DLC but he wasn’t too impressed and felt hard pressed to give a recommendation unless you just can’t get enough of the main game, but if you’d like to read more about it you can do so here. After that he loaded up a bit of Majora’s Mask 3D, and his thoughts on this remaster are fresh out of the oven for your reading pleasure.
Peter decided he needed more wrestling in his life this week, so he spent some time with a new WWE mobile game, Immortals. He noted that it’s a lot like Injustice but with a well-known cast of wrestlers, and that it played better than he imagined. Sticking with the wrestling theme, he also spent some time with WWE Supercard, an iOS card collection game with a wrestling theme. He noted that it takes a lot of grinding but since it’s an easy to game pick up for just a few minutes, it was a perfect fit for his week of waiting on other people.
On the console side of things, Peter played some Sunset Overdrive and had mostly positive things to say about it.
I’m really enjoying its sense of irreverence and silliness. I’m not too far in so still getting to grips with the traversal system. I can see why it got a lot of praise but it still feels a little disorienting at the moment – as you would expect with the third person, 3D environment. That’ll smooth out the more I play though, I’m sure.
Then came Aran, who has kept digging his way through the gaming mammoth known as Dragon Age: Inquisition. He’s pretty much through the campaign but wants to finish mopping up side quests before wrapping up the story. Aran has also been distracting himself with Bardbarian on his laptop between his writing tasks, one of which includes reviewing Saints Row IV: Re-elected + Gat Out Of Hell, which you can expect to see on the site in the very near future.
Finally there’s Jim, who I honestly forgot about until after I finished writing this, so I had to go back and add him in (sorry Jim!). He logged some time with season two of the Walking Dead on his PS3 and, oh boy, did he enjoy it!
It’s a cracking game/interactive experience that somehow manages to hit the same highs its predecessor did two years before. I originally had reservations about playing as Clementine, but in truth she proves just as complex and interesting as Lee in the original season. Needless to say, the best moments come right towards the end with a dramatic stand-off that even manages to trump big budget TV show finales. One other thing I liked was being able to see the percentage of users who chose which option at certain forks in the narrative. According to Telltale’s data, I was just one of the 10% who encountered one particular heart-wrenching conclusion.
Jim also found some time for Assassin’s Creed Unity this week, but hoped for something a little better than he got, and ultimately found that it left him longing for the Assassin’s Creed of old.
Oddly enough, my gaming week was similar to that of Jim’s, as I’ve also been playing Unity and have the same feelings about it that he did. It looks amazing but it just feels like it’s missing something. I have quite a bit left to go, but I’ve encountered so many bland moments and niggling little bugs that I’m not nearly as excited to play it as I’d hoped. I also played a bit of the Halo 5 beta, which you can read about here if you haven’t already.
I then squeezed in some time with Peggle 2, wrapping up all the boards and trials for every character, but the game I really went crazy for this week was The Wolf Among Us. Like Jim, I enjoy the Telltale style of experience and for me, this game took it to another level. I had the added enjoyment of having no clue what the game was about when I first dove in, so the story really caught me off guard and excited me in a way few games have in the past few months. I enjoyed it even more than the Walking Dead and I don’t think I can recommend it enough if you enjoy these types of games.
So that’s our week sorted. Now how about you? Tell us about your gaming conquests, disappointments, and surprises over the past week in the comments.