What We Played #263 Furi, Dangerous Golf & Pokémon Go

That Friday feeling.

So here we are once more, at the gateway to the weekend, and it seems like a good time for reflection, remembrance and re-evaluation – of what games we’ve been playing. Clearly, this is not the most important question of the week, no, that is probably how come they chose Sam Allerdyce over Steve Bruce? Or perhaps it’s the question whether that whole £25 to vote for the Labour leadership was in fact a cynical cash-in so that Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies can take one last shot of other people’s money before they’re ejected from the party. No! Wait! The most important question is how much extra cash must you have lying around for a taxi-powered Pokémon Go tour to seem like a good idea?

Anyway, we’ll stick with that first question about what we we played, and boy, did we play some games! Personally I’ve been playing I am Setsuna which is thus far a lovely classically-styled RPG, Dangerous Golf which is as much of a blast as I’d expect from the Burnout alumni, as well as a few bouts of Hawken which is a loveable, if shonky, mech-battler that may be more enjoyable than Titanfall depending on your point of view. It’s free anyway so that must mean it’s good – and that I have money for a Yorkie bar with my lunch. Seemingly I’m also one of the few people that has found Pokémon Go fairly pointless and dull in the long run, and would much rather just play Omega Ruby in the park.

Jim thankfully dropped in to let us know what he’s been up to;

This week I’ve been split across four games. As ever, I’ve been dipping into Uncharted 4’s multiplayer for my daily dose. My backlog crusade, meanwhile, had me digging up L.A. Noire which, although impressive on a technical scale, is plagued with bad core game design.

Surprisingly, most of my gaming has been done via mobile. Having finally upgraded, my iPhone 6 is more than capable of running games my old 4s simply couldn’t hack. I won’t bore you with my Pokémon Go adventures, especially due to it taking a back seat. Instead, I’ve been more immersed in King of Thieves, a crafty little platformer which has players steal gems from one another in a series of challenging user-created dungeons.

While it’s not really a game, TC has been “playing a very long game of that thing where you let planes take off and land”. I know that he means he’s been flying on a jet plane to the island paradise of Hawaii, but if you didn’t know you could assume that he’s either an air traffic controller, or a plane spotter. In fact, yes, he’s actually just sat in the Heathrow Wetherspoons watching the planes coming in, and going out again. He’ll be back in a month!

Aran played the console port of Kerbal Space Program which, despite all the time spent with it, still feels like he’s only just scratched the surface. On top of that his play-through of Sleeping Dogs is making him want to visit Hong Kong just to experience the city in real life, which perhaps he could tie into his other game of the week, the ubiquitous Pokémon Go.

It’s safe to say that Kris  isn’t having the most interesting of weeks, but at least there’s an upside;

I’ve mostly been sitting in a waiting for Jury Service, which has been very boring. The only upside is that the waiting room is right on top of a Pokestop, allowing me to play Pokemon Go. That Pokestop also regularly has a Lure set on it, which has been helping to boost me a fair bit! There’s also a Gym down the road, which I’ve been trying to take when I escape for lunch each day. So there you go, Pokemon Go will help you survive the tedium of waiting around while on Jury Service.

Despite being swamped with work Jake has also played Pokémon Go, if nothing else, as has Dave who is very nearly about to be wed! His play-throughs of Wind Waker and Demon’s Souls may therefore not see much movement over the coming weekend – unless he’s very very brave.

Miguel has returned from Japan, though he used the travel time to good effect with Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies before settling in for some Furi and Overwatch in the comfort of his own home! Adam only played one game this week, Furi, and in one word he’s summed it up gracefully and succinctly; “shit”.

Tef has also been one of those people for whom Pokémon Go has really sunk its claws in;

So there’s been quite a lot of Pokemon Go this week. I’ve had a few game events, so have made good use of my trips into the centre to catch a ton of Pokemon and check into a bunch of Pokestops. I caught three Squirtle just walking through Green Park for five minutes each way!

One of those events was for Deus Ex Go which you can read about already and is looking lovely, the others I’ll be talking about soon.

I also plugged away at Pokemon Alpha Sapphire when the Go servers were down, and am nearing the end. That was joined by some local Alienation coop on the weekend, delved into the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 map pack, and reviewed VR adventure The Assembly (sans VR) and Zombie Night Terror, which is a great mash up of Lemmings and the undead.

Now, WHAT HAVE YOU PLAYED?

Sorry, that was a tad aggressive; What have you played?

I’m not sure I like that either.

Just write about the games you remember. Down there. Yeah. In that white box.

Thank-you.

 

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TSA's Reviews Editor - a hoarder of headsets who regularly argues that the Sega Saturn was the best console ever released.

12 Comments

  1. Hardly any Pokémon Go with my son which is disappointing, as it only appears to work 40% of the time. Server traffic I assume.

    Got my 105th platinum – Table Top Racing: World Tour. Fun little game!

    Garden Warfare 2 – just grinding kills/epic challenges for the last 3 trophies.

    Black Ops 3 – tried the new DLC multiplayer maps and zombie map with Tef.

  2. Continued Dead Island with R1MJAW and Forrest,GTA Wednesday night with Forrest R1MJAW and heedbaw and should be same again tonight.

  3. Still struggling to motivate myself to play Fallout 4, I’ve actually played more Fallout Shelter which doesn’t say much.

  4. Battlefield 4 multi-player, loving gun master & defuse. Only 2 trophies left for the platinum :)

  5. After being distracted by sales bargains (Vanishing of Ethan Carter and SOMA – both highly enjoyable experiences), I’m finally making a start on MGSV. Unusual, given my normal hatred of anything stealthy, but I’m enjoying it. Everything keeps going wrong and turns into chaos, but that’s part of the fun, I guess. Quite enjoying how you can’t keep using the same tactics because all the enemies suddenly gain new hats.

    And I’ve played quite a bit of Neverwinter, which is quite good for a “free” MMORPG. Some interesting variations on the usual classes too. A ranged character who’s not just good with a bow but can get in close and stabby? Certainly different and quite effective so far.

  6. As mentioned I finished BF:Hardline, then did some trophy clean up before starting a hardline difficulty playthrough. That’s proving to be a walk in the park compared to my first go, but then knowing what’s coming and having a silenced sniper rifle makes it much less of a challenge! Don’t think I’ll be going for the MP trophies though so that’ll be another “so near yet so far” platinum :(

  7. I’ve got loads of work to finish up before going on leave, but I managed to sneak some gaming in…

    I started playing Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, thanks to the recommendation by DividSmythe.
    It definitely is a walking simulator for sure… :o) But, what a gorgeous looking game..! I find it very enjoyable, finding bits and pieces of the story, just like I enjoyed looking for all the intel in The Division. The voice acting is brilliant, the created atmosphere is so rich, and I even managed not to die once so far… ;o)

    Why I get a golden trophy for waiting in a phone booth for 3 minutes, while you used to play through a full game on hard for that in the old days is beyond me, but ok.

    But speaking of dying, before that I switched on my PS3 and played Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. But I walked away not liking it, not at all. The world is really beautiful for last gen, and the story starts to pick up, and I wanted to play more, but then, fullstop. A sudden difficulty spike in level 6, playing on ‘normal’ but with all button mashing I managed to do, I couldn’t get past these hordes of mechs. So frustrating, so annoying, it’s such a shame it is a broken game. After the n-th try, and realising you cannot switch difficulty mid-game, that was that. How annoying..! :o(

    Currently looking forward to some Vita gaming during my holidays… :o)

  8. The usual Dead island with Forrest and Pixel and GTA online with Forrest, Pixel and heedbaw.
    Still playing a fair amount of Binding of Isaac (working towards getting my 2nd save slot to 1001% … just for fun).
    Played a bit more of the GTA V story.
    Had a quick blast of Neverwinter (played through the tutorial), seems like out could be half decent for a freebie.

  9. Completed the mothership in Alienation, turns out co-op really was the only way. Then the game seems to start all over again from the beginning which is fine as i’ll want to dip into it again and again. I enjoyed it and it had some neat improvements over Dead Nation. My only issue was that it wasn’t built for solo play as much as Dead Nation was.

    Also tried Neverwinter, which was fine, perfectly inoffensive if not wonderfully engaging but i don’t really have time for it atm.

    Mostly though 7 Days To Die which i’m becoming more and more absorbed in. It’s pretty much what i wanted when i wished for a more realistic Minecraft. I’m 18 days in but i’ve died many times, and i’m sorry to say most of the time it was my own fault. :)

  10. Picked up a couple of games from the psn this week. Enjoying playing Resi5 again, this time at a better frame rate.
    Other game I got was HitmanGo, a game I knew very little about but, hey, worth trying for 4quid. Really enjoyed it and got the plat on Thurs :-D

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