What We Played #268 – Titanfall 2, Reigns & Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

This was the week. The week where I was finally sold on PSVR. I’m normally one of the first to jump on a new technological bandwagon, but so often you’re burnt by being an early adopter, whether it’s a RROD 360, or my most recent annoyance – a 4K TV that isn’t HDR compatible. The other side of the coin of course is how long these additions to your console are supported for, and how well. I’m sure we’ve all had an Eye Toy, PlayStation Move or Kinect that seemed like the next step in gaming and turned out to be… well…. not.

However, after watching the new Driveclub VR footage and reading about Batman: Arkham VR I am completely ready to jump straight into Sony’s latest peripheral. These are experiences that look essential, and the early line-up doesn’t stop there, with RIGS, Star Wars and Battlezone also on the list. Of course, support may dry up almost instantaneously, or it won’t work as well as you’d hope, but just one more time I’m going to give it a shot. Until the next time of course.

Without a PSVR to take up my time this week I’ve been mainly playing F1 2016, reviewing King Of Fighters XIV and working on a future review of the minimalist Hue. With a couple of long trips as well the 3DS has taken an outing and remains my handheld of choice, with Monster Hunter Generations and Pokemon Omega Ruby both being brilliant time-sinks. I just need to buy a hand grip to stop the horrendous cramp I get after playing it too long.

Our illustrious leader Tef dropped in to catch us up on his week’s shenanigans;

My gaming time has been curtailed some by a mixture of post-Gamescom writing and the ridiculous heat of the last few days. Doesn’t help that my console’s in the hottest room of the house in the evening!

Still, there was some Destiny over the weekend, trying and failing to do the challenge mode for Oryx. I’ve also been trying to get into Assetto Corsa, but struggling to do so, whether I’m not fast enough or the actually game wrapped around the driving not being up to much.

Oh, there was a bit of Titanfall 2 as well, and I’m looking forward to more!

Kris found the time to play some Reigns, and write about it too, which is lovely, while Jake is only two pocket monsters away from being a Pokémon GO master, and meanwhile is working on a review of Grow Up. Miguel on the other hand has been putting some time, and multiple deaths, into the second Nioh beta, as well as playing some “cute anime girl bulls**t” in Project Diva X.

Tuffcub likes Transformers. This may be a revelation to some of you, but it’s meant he’s played a lot of Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron this week. He’s also played a little bit of Destiny, and made a start on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. At least he tried to, but the intro movie went on so long that he gave up. Perhaps he’ll try it again next week?

It’s been a pretty heavy week for Dave who’s working on a triumvirate of reviews for Dragon Quest VII, The Turing Test and Metroid Prime Federation Force all of which should be available to your eye sockets in the near future. He’s not really allowed to say anything about any of them yet, but hopefully you can live with the suspense over the bank holiday.

Finally, Jim has been juggling the usual double dose of Uncharted 4 and Overwatch. He’s also decided to channel his inner petrol head, having started playing Need For Speed and The Crew side-by-side. Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom rounds out his list with a healthy side helping of LittleBigPlanet 3.

But now that’s enough about us – what have you been playing? Tell us!

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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.


  1. I too feel a need for the PS VR.

    Unfortunately the local game shop has already presold their first batch, so I’m looking around for the best place to get it on day one.

    This week the Pro Evo demo launched, and I’m happy to finally say that they’ve brought back the joy of the PS2 era. It feels nigh on perfect (apart from the refereeing https://streamable.com/12qj ).

  2. I too got sucked in by that DriveClub VR video, though I think it’s gonna take me a while to save for a headset. I’ve been playing more No Man’s Sky, I finished the Atlas quest and now I’m gonna make a bee line to the centre of the galaxy in my bright orange boxy fighter.

  3. Just more Battlefield 4 MP. I have bought Beyond Two Souls just before the sale ended, but not gotten round to starting it yet.

  4. I’ve been on holiday again this week but I did get the platinum out of the Day of the Tentacle Remastered which is great fun. That is all from me.

  5. Been playing Deus Ex, it’s pretty good & much much better from the first one. Also bought beyond two souls along with heavy rain.

    Turned bloodborne back on to complete the DLC since I haven’t completed along with the dungeons

  6. Wow..!
    This week I found my personal game of 2016 (even if it was out on other platforms some time ago), in spite of all those Uncharteds, and Divisions, and all those AAA games.

    Just wow.

    And I found it where I least expected it, wanted to tick it off as one of my PS Plus backlog titles. And then it was so unexpectedly good, such a believable, touching story. Just wow.

    What a gem we got with Plus, it may not be the game for those only playing the usual shooters and over-the-top stuff, but for all others, don’t miss Gone Home, it’s a masterpiece, and an outstanding experience especially if you don’t know much about it before setting off.

  7. I tried the ftp Poker game, way too much ‘personality’ for my liking, in the tutorial at least. Although it quietens down a bit when you get past that and of course there is online play too. I would dip in occasionally but i just wouldn’t play it often enough to justify keeping 4.7Gb of my hdd for it.

    Mostly though it’s been NMS. Usually i’ll get an hour or two gaming at most on a working weeknight but i’m finding it really difficult to turn this game off before bedtime. At this point, about 65 hours in, it’s definitely more about the journey than the destination for me. A journey which i’m still in no hurry to complete.

    • No wait, the 4.7GB was actually the Nioh demo . .my bad. The poker game was only 600Mb according to the store. Good thing i deleted the right one.

  8. The usual Dead Island with Forrest and Pixel (and a bit more on my own) and GTA online with Forrest, Pixel and heedbaw.
    Picked up Downwell from the sale, bloody hard but good.
    More Binding of Isaac.
    Started playing Dark Cloud again just for fun.

  9. Dead Island as usual with R1MJAW and Forrest,Division with Zerka Toutski and Forrest,GTAV with R1MJAW Forrest and heedbaw and in-between Prominence Poker F1 2016 and a tiny bit of Destiny,Deus Ex and Titanfall 2.

  10. Still plenty of No Man’s Sky, which now contains no crashes since the 1.05 update. And is still constantly surprising me with interesting looking planets and fun things that happen. And it looks a bit nicer since the updates (especially in extreme weather).

    And working through my backlog of sales things. Murdered Soul Suspect was a bargain and quite entertaining. And Sniper Elite 3 was entertaining for the price (extremely graphic slow motion x-ray testicle shots are still a horrible highlight).

    Battleborn was a bargain at Amazon. Lots of fun and Borderlands style humour. Geoff still amuses me. As do the words “Fury potato”.

    And what’s with that F2P poker game then? You’re just doing the same thing over and over again in different places. It should get boring very quickly.

    Actually, it’s not bad. The single-player bit is hard if you’re rubbish at poker. Why isn’t 3 pairs a thing??

    But then you play online, and realise everyone is rubbish at poker, the pot builds up nicely, you throw all your chips on the table, and everyone folds leaving you to win with a pair of 3s. Which I suspect is not a very good hand.

    (Incidentally, try a practice game, and just go all in straight off. Do not press L2 to look at your cards. Unlikely to work in a real game, single or multi-player. But it works in a practice game and you get a nice surprise).

    • I thought Battleborn was ok and was enjoying it till i got to a level later in story,virtually impossible single handed with wave after wave while trying to protect a device and mentioned in a few reviews,didn’t enjoy the multiplayer so much it has Borderlands humour but it is no Borderlands,i’m guessing the surprise is the trophy for winning blind i got it in multiplayer.

      • Yes, some bits of Battleborn are completely impossible on your own. Mainly because you can’t protect something and not die on your own.

        And are there really “later levels” in the story? It gives you choice of 3 (plus the random option). Not even sure what order the levels are supposed to be in.

        Still think it’s lots of fun, especially for £12 or so. Shame it didn’t do as well as that other game that released at the same time and everyone got confused by which one was which. Which, based on the beta, was nowhere near as fun.

      • I haven’t played it in a while so unsure,all I know is I’d played several hours and got to a large room with 2 levels,you had to protect a device against waves after several tries I managed to get to what I thought was end with little health on the device,then a 4th or 5th wave started and wiped it out again. Don’t know why my phone puts a lot of capital I’s against my will damn it.

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