This week saw a new-found commitment to gaming, and indeed to TSA, as I took my Wii U away with me to finish an article as I spent the night in a hotel. Now admittedly, portable gaming is hardly a new thing – my 3DS and Vita have accompanied me on many train journeys, holidays and nights away – but arguably the Wii U allows you to take your home console experience away with you, and, best of all, play it for hours without fear of waking up with hands that have forgotten how to function.
It doesn’t rely on hotel internet connections, nor the hope that you can access the HDMI connections of the TV in your room, it just works, and the majority of games play merrily on its 6.2″ screen. Again, the whole thing simply reminded me just why the Wii U is such a special console, and how much of a shame it is that more people aren’t likely to experience it.
Anyhoo, I was playing the heck out of Pokkén, the Pokémon fighter from the Tekken team, and thus far I’ve had a lot of fun with it. Beyond that, I’ve also been playing Project X Zone 2 on 3DS, Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on Wii U, Action Henk and SFV on PS4, as well as ARK: Survival Evolved on Xbox One.
I probably wouldn’t have returned to ARK so soon if it wasn’t for the fact that my son Noah adores it, and every session becomes a story that he’ll recount to his Mum when she gets home. He also knows more of the dinosaur names than I do so it’s clearly an educational experience for me, and I still need those every once in a while!
Dave has been mostly focussing on Street Fighter V, which he gave a glowing review, and then proceeding to beat the hell out of me when I got it yesterday. I wasn’t going to say anything different happened but he took a picture just to be sure. Trust eh? He also found the time for some end-game boss battling on Bravely Second, which must mean it’s really good!
Meanwhile, Jim has been busying himself with a select handful of games this week, most of which you’ve probably read about. First up, he reviewed Gemini, a video game adaptation looking to bridge the gap between one of his favourite TV shows, Heroes, and its less-than-stellar reboot. Despite not taking his fancy, he jumped back in long enough to secure a very ease platinum trophy, taking his total count to the mid sixties. Next to that, he’s had fun playing Dreii as well as Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – a game that had Jim reminiscing on some of his earliest gaming moments. Looking to clear that dreaded backlog, he’s also spent a fair amount of time with Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Miguel dropped in to tell me he hadn’t played anything – which was nice. He has been “preparing his body” for Fire Emblem, Street Fighter V and The Division beta. I’m not sure what preparations your body needs for that – a healthy amount of Red Bull or Mountain Dew perhaps, and maybe a packet of biscuits. Either way, he’s ready!
Tef‘s gaming this week has continued to feature Dying Light’s new expansion, The Following, which he’s now been playing on PS4. Though it’s still a lot of fun to play with others, especially since he’s played the opening several times now, he has found the frame rate to chug on console when the screen gets overly busy. Beyond that, he briefly returned to Destiny for the Crimson Doubles, and has been playing in the snow of Cities: Skylines – Snowfall.
Somebody who’s been sticking with his chosen discipline is Tuffcub who remains addicted to that gym. By this point he is definitely levelling up – repeatedly saying OWWWWWW is levelling up right? He has also played an actual game type game too, taking the time to scare the hell out of himself with Layers Of Fear, and he’s also been getting more of his tattoo done. I’m not sure if all these activities are separate things as it wasn’t made clear, and in fact the idea of somehow doing bicep curls whilst getting a tattoo and playing Layers Of Fear is clearly within his grasp – and what a time saver!
But what about you? What have you been playing? And most importantly – has your body been ready?