What We Played #274: PlayStation VR, FIFA 17 & Gears Of War 4

Are you excited yet? With the deluge of PlayStation VR related information this week, the wait has now become unbearable for what appears to be a wonderful entry point to the world of VR, with the most comfortable and affordable headset yet, all attached to this generation’s best selling console. Of course, after next week you can immediately become excited about PS4 Pro but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I’ve been spending time this with some of my favourite titles of the year thus far, with Forza Horizon 3 and Madden 17 proving that the art of the sequel is alive and well. I didn’t have quite as much fun with Paper Mario: Color Splash but it’s still a lot of fun despite some flaws. I’m now trying to work out whether I can fit in Gears of War 4 before PSVR arrives, when Driveclub VR, Battlezone, Batman: Arkham VR, Eve:Valkyrie and Tethered – more on that one next week – are on my must-buy list.

Tef got a PSVR and spent the weekend putting it through its paces. For many of you this should mean he is not your friend, and cruel fate has played a horrible trick on you. On the other hand he’s done all sorts of PSVR related stuff for you to read and watch and about a million reviews (this may be hyperbole). He loved Batman: Arkham VR, and is still very much enjoying Battlezone,which you can expect a review of next week. He also managed to play Destiny and gave us some super-secret hints about what else he’s been up to:

My VR time was all cut short by a trip to Sweden, which if you know your developers and their geographical locations will let you fill in the blanks as to what I was playing – that’s all I’m actually allowed to say a moment.

Tuffcub is the luckiest bear this week, as Teflon has passed our PSVR unit to him for a couple days while he was out of the country. It seems as though he’s spent rather a lot of time watching the Great British Bake-Off in it though, where Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry can be viewed on a vast virtual screen!

I’ve been sucked (steady on) back into Destiny (phew) once more and am grinding (fnar) my way up the light levels again. Part of me is very aware it is waste of time, but another part wants the digital shiny things and big numbers. I’ve also been playing as much PSVR games as possible including Driveclub VR, Super Stardust VR, Tumble VR, Batman Arkham VR, RIGS, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Battlezone, and the deep sea diving bit of PlayStation VR Worlds. Basically all the VR!

Our newest writer at TSA Towers is Steve, and he’s been playing the “frankly bizarre” Manual Samuel, as well as some Witcher 2 and LEGO: Pirates Of The Caribbean. Sadly he’s been laid up with a stinking head cold, but he’s cracked out his trusty PSP Go and got back into Resident Evil Director’s Cut. Hopefully he can still operate all his fingers through the potential cramp.

Miguel has been playing Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and Clustertruck, while Jake has been falling further down the Destiny rabbit hole, with plenty of Supremacy Iron Banner while fitting in time for some all-important beta testing for Pokémon Liquid Crystal, his fan remake of Pokémon Crystal.

Kris has been playing a serious amount of FIFA 17 and dropped in to let us know his thoughts on taking a lower league club through a season;

I haven’t tried the story mode yet, have mostly just been playing a few random matches as the mighty Brighton. It’d be lovely if we got promoted this season, just so we could have actually accurate face scans in the next game. As it stands, there’s only about three players on the Brighton team who actually look like their real world counterparts, a consequence of them previously playing in the Premier League. The rest of the squad is just vague approximations. In terms of the actual gameplay, it feels good, although I don’t really understand the new technique for corners.

It’s been a frustrating week for Dave as he’s spent time with Dragon Quest Builders, but it looks as though he got over it with the amazing PS+ offering Transformers: Devastation by punching Decepticons in the face. Matt meanwhile got to review Gears of War 4, and he rather liked it!

Aran has also been on the FIFA 17 train, where he made it through The Journey and started on the potential ruinous Ultimate Team mode. He also finished Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands, possibly displacing The Wolf Among Us at the top of his personal Telltale game charts.

Finally it’s Jim’s turn to fill us in on his week, and what a packed week it has been!

This week started with some more King’s Quest. Although not the series’ strongest episode, Snow Place Like Home moves the story on nicely (if a little too quickly at times).

Uncharted 4 has reeled me in once again with its multiplayer. Those daily challenges and popping open loot chests drag me back day after day for my fix.

Modern Warfare Remastered is also up there, as is Ni No Kuni and Syberia 2. Mount & Blade: Warband has been getting some serious attention too, though I’m quickly realising how demanding it will be to become conqueror of all Calradia.

Now then, what have you been playing? And are you able to contain yourself until the arrival of PSVR?

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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. Fifa 17 FuT for me for the whole week since last Wednesday and this weekend is Gears of War 4 multiplayer. Will play Mafia 3 next week. Oh off work for two weeks so that is all 3 games sorted xD ^^

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  2. PS+ games this week. Including the terrible Vita one (Actual Sunlight, possibly the worst PS+ game ever) and the “not so terrible, but visual novels 2 months in a row?” one.

    And that Transformers game is mildly entertaining, but a bit short. Especially if you want to get the trophies and play it several times and skip all the cut-scenes, which makes it about 12 minutes long.

    I also managed to win the game of “not buying anything else in a PSN sale” this week. And spent a lot of time getting the Platinum from Far Cry Primal I picked up in the sale last week. (Quite fun, not as silly as the last spin-off, Blood Dragon).

    So it’s time to finish off Alien Isolation from a sale, which got annoying once it went on a bit too long. Then got better for a flashback mission, then got annoying again. Still, only 3 missions to go, I think. Which is about 6 missions past the point the game should have ended.

    • Come on now, you finally get your money’s worth, almost 20 incredibly beautiful and exciting missions in the best game that was ever created on this planet, and you still complain..? ;o)
      For me Alien:Isolation could easily have lasted 3 times as long.

      Another question: which were all those visual novels on Plus, did I miss something..? I loved Virtue’s last reward, so I’ve started to look for more stuff like it.

      • The visual novels were Amnesia: Memories last month and Code: Realize this month.

        Virtue’s Last Reward had puzzles and things to do though. Those recent ones are just read a load of text and make a choice every 10 minutes to decide which handsome gentleman you like. So a different kind of game, really. For those “wa*king simulators aren’t games” people because you can’t lose, they at least have bad endings that I guess count as losing.

        Code: Realize has a fairly entertaining story though. Nice Victorian Steam-punk setting and mildly ridiculous plot. And a selection of handsome gentlemen.

        Probably more of a game for ladies, or men who like handsome gentlemen, or people who really like games and are intrigued as to what experiences they’d be missing if they just stuck to playing big, popular games whenever this year’s version is released.

        I’d recommend Code: Realize first though. It’s a much better game.

        And yes, definitely got my money’s worth from Alien Isolation. And it’s a wonderfully crafted 1970s world. But could have done with being a bit shorter. Or maybe I shouldn’t have played it on “hard” to start with? Although it’s an enjoyable challenge, especially as I’m not killing humans. (I did get the trophy for being killed by the alien 100 times though)

    • Oh yes, thanks, this Amnesia game I’ve actually downloaded and not played, but I hadn’t noticed Code:Realize at all yet. From what you say, however, it doesn’t sound my game, I’m more into girls with green bellies and yellow heads. But I’ll give it a try.
      Do you know SteinsGate, Corpse Party, or Danganronpa, and whether they’re similar to Virtue’s last reward?

      By the way, after finishing Alien:Isolation twice, having got all trophies but one, I was running straight into the Alien for about 80 instant horrible deaths, just to get that last trophy and the platinum, finally. Play styles seem to be very different… ;o)
      Mind you, I must have spent several hours hiding in lockers, being scared as hell, and the game took me ages to get through, but I was enjoying every second of it… :o)

      • I think the Danganronpa games might be more game than the others.

        Steins Gate is the visual novel type, I think. Haven’t played it, but the anime series based on it was on Netflix and quite enjoyable, if you like completely deranged time travel nonsense. (And I’m guessing the main character is a man so you’re not trying to do anything with a selection of handsome gentlemen)

        I guess Alien:Isolation play styles depend on what you do first? All those trophies come down to not dying, playing on hard, and not killing people. Doing it on hard and not killing people means dying lots, or spending far too long hiding. Or you could go for easy and not dying, then you might actually have a clue what you’re doing when you try it on hard and fail to die enough times.

    • Ok, thanks, ‘completely deranged time travel nonsense’ sounds tempting… :o)

      Yeah, that may be true. As far as I remember I played through Alien:Isolation first on normal, and then on hard. But during my second playthrough I had to avoid being killed at all, because I wanted the trophy for getting through the game alive, so that was why I stacked up so few deaths…

      • Yes, if you’re doing time travel, you might as well make it completely mad and have every single action make things even more of a mess. Otherwise you just end up with Star Trek style time travel, where it ends up with nothing actually happening because it all got undone. (Although obviously that doesn’t apply to the recent films where they didn’t undo everything, possibly as a handy excuse to not have to worry about 50 years of continuity)

        And that’ll be it then for Alien. I started on hard, and I’m avoiding killing humans. So death is inevitable. If I can be bothered, I’ll go for the not dying trophies on normal afterwards. And kill everything on the way.

    • Not sure whether it would count as killing a human if you throw the noise maker towards them. I’m sure lawyers would argue it’s extremely hard to prove proper causality… ;o)

      I quite like these non-killing trophies, there was one in the first Mirror’s Edge too.

      I’m still tempted to go back and play through A:I in nightmare mode, without the map and everything.

      Did you look up through the windows when the lab got detached? Was the only moment in a game ever I almost got dizzy.
      And the little toy robot speaking with you in the kitchen towards project 389, saying funny stuff like ‘When I grow up, I wanna be a Seegson android’. There’s so much excellent stuff in this game…!

    • One more thing: in case you got the Nostromo DLC, give that a go, the atmosphere and smoke effects when starting the self destruction sequence are amazing…

      (But now I have to stop, otherwise I’ll get homesick and will return to Sevastopol Station…).

  3. I actually played stuff! Got FIFA16 for 99p on eBay, so started my first FUT season. Bagged Firewatch in the sale and played the first couple of ‘days’. Have no idea what’s going on tbh. And Mafia 3 just arrived today, so given that a quick go this afternoon. Seems good so far.

    Got Tomb Raider arriving next week too, so these lot should keep me busy for a long time. Watch Dogs 2 is the only other game I’m interested this year. Been a cheap year for gaming.

  4. The usual Dead Island Riptide and GTA online with the same people as always.
    Got back into Peggle 2.
    Mostly though I’ve been working on a new Minecraft world.

  5. I’m able to contain my self waiting for VR just about. I’ve wanted to play on VR since it first came around as teen-ager but never got round to. I’ve been mainly playing on my Xbone this week doing Daily Challenges on GTA with WaxBull and some FIFA with him too. I got Mafia 3 today only got as far as the first mission end (which is a bit all over the shop) but lasts a good amount of time, maybe some might say too long.

    • It has been fun on GTA and FIFA for sure. Still haven’t told me how you bribe the ref though :-p

  6. Got a last few hours in on Blops3 multiplayer before my PS+ ran out. Not going to bother renewing until there is something new worth doing it for, or I feel the pull of BF4 multiplayer…

    So I’ve now started playing the BF4 single player, and will use this opportunity to clear a few single player games from my backlog.

    No problem containing myself when it comes to PSVR either – yet to see anything which screams must have.

  7. I sadly didn’t get much gaming done as my GPU gave up the ghost… :(

    On the bright side, I think I’m going to get a RX 480 to replace it. Might wait a week or two to see if any deals pop up though.

  8. Not a lot this week, mostly NMS and Dirt Rally. Also tried the plus content. Resi remaster looks good so i’ll keep that for a rainy day, Transformers didn’t appeal to me.

    As for PSVR, i’m excited for it’s potential but the launch lineup doesn’t excite me much. I’m sure i could get plenty ‘mileage’ from Driveclub and Tumble would provide some distraction but i’ll need a bit more before i can justify the purchase.

  9. FIFA 17 and Rocket League. I did start getting back into Battlefront until FIFA came out.

  10. Played very little other than the demo of Dragon Quest Builders which is so ridiculously light and charming, everything else just seems dreary and depressing as hell.

    Downloaded the CoD remaster but haven’t loaded it yet due to a little thing called Luke Cage on Netflix (which is awesome).

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