Greetings again from all of us here at the TSA towers. We hope 2015 has been treating you well thus far and it’s time again for another round of what we played, the piece where we talk about those crazy, new-fangled video games and our experiences playing them.
Tuffcub gets us started this week with a PlayStation Vita game called Baboon. If you’re like me and don’t know too much about it, fear not, because you can expect a review to hit the site next week with all the details on why it is (or isn’t) worth your time. Beyond that, Tuffcub mainly just played Destiny again. He noted that there are other games he could be playing but it’s just that Destiny a digital download on his console, so it’s there staring him in the face every time he boots up his PS4, scaring away any other games that might grab his attention.
Peter keeps us rolling next with a bit more of Elite: Dangerous, the PC game that has kept him occupied for quite some time now. It’s been time well spent, as he’s upgraded his ship enough to do continuous bounties without much distraction from bigger ships, as he can now blow them to bits without much issue.
He also got around to starting Assassin’s Creed: Unity. He mentioned that he’s not a huge fan of Arno just yet, but the best bit came when he talked about playing Unity without patching it first. Because he’s a rebel like that.
It’s broken but I found it more amusing than infuriating. That might be because I know that allowing the patch install will fix the silly issues. Still, getting halfway across a tightrope and your character’s animation bugging out from “sneak” to “sprint” is funny and it only gets funnier when you realise he’s stopped moving through the geometry and you can also spin him on his high wire spot. All this, and I’ve only just played enough to get Arno to Paris.
Stefan spent a day with Focus Home Interactive, where he’s been seeing a variety of games. The previews for a few of them are already up on the site and there are more on the way in the coming days. He also fitted in a bit of Crota’s End on Destiny, and a little more Don’t Starve with bunimomike, who apparently tried to burn down a large chunk of their base. Why? Because he’s bunimomike.
Dom checked in next and he’s been playing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, a preview of which just went up on the site yesterday, so go check that out. He also continued pushing through Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but it sounds like he’s about ready for it to end so he can move on to Unity. Beyond that, it was more of Lego: The Hobbit for him and his son. What a dad!
I’ve been continuing Lego The Hobbit with Noah and he loves it – being forced to play games by a three year-old is a tough life but who am I to refuse! It’s also a great way to get him into Tolkien’s work without the actual violence of the Peter Jackson films.
Aran spent more time with Dragon Age: Inquisition this week but it seems this game knows about his goal to finish as many campaigns as he can this year, and it just keeps coming up with new things for him to do. He also played some Puzzle Agent to mix things up a bit, and although a few of the puzzles had him stumped at least for a short while, he was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.
He also spent last weekend with a bit of Saints Row IV: Gat of Hell for review (which can be found here), and he played a bit of the current-gen version of Saint’s Row IV that came packaged with Gat out of Hell, which you may or may not see a few words about in the coming days.
As we wrap it up this week we have Blair, who sprinkled in a variety of games before fleeing the site to go on vacation. He played some Majora’s Mask on 3DS, tried some online multiplayer in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and then played Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is a game that’s nothing short of a masterpiece in his eyes, and he wrote a few words to explain why.
Finally he played a bit of Peggle 2, which is a game I also spent time with this week, and he and I pretty much share the same opinion on Pop Cap’s latest offering; it’s still a good time, but maybe not exactly the sequel we were hoping for.
I also played and finally beat Assassin’s Creed: Unity this week, and I’m sad to report that while it’s not a bad game, it’s certainly nowhere near the best we’ve seen out of this series so far. It’s disappointing because I feel like Black Flag really took the franchise in a fresh direction, only for Unity to bring back a bit of the old, except this time plagued with bugs that make traversal an absolute nightmare at certain parts. On top of that, the story is nothing special, but that’s been the case for a while now in the Assassin’s Creed universe.
So there it is. Words about games. Now that you’ve read all that, how about you head to the comments and let us know what you’ve been playing this week. Go ahead, we won’t make fun of you for your choice in games. Probably.