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What We Played #333 – Destiny 2, Skyrim VR & Black Friday

Three, three, three.

Yesterday I was playing a game where I have a sum total of seventy-three thousand, four hundred and twenty-six tabs open in my web browser, trying to scour the internet for the best offers and deals, only to then lose them like throwing a needle into a veritable haystack of less amazing deals.

Still, I think we’ve done fairly well of keeping on top of things, but every time I thought I could relax, there was another slightly better deal, or they go out of stock. I didn’t even had much of a chance to think about if I’d like to buy any of these things, so I had a very cheap Black Friday.

How about you, though? Picked up anything nice?

Other people have been playing actual games, though. Tuffcub finally got to take on Destiny 2’s raid, battling through it for three nights. He didn’t have much fun though, finding it “glitching to buggery” on the third night and not being as enjoyable as Vault of Glass was. He’s also been playing League of War: VR Arena and will have a review ready for that soon.

Jim’s kept himself busy with the usual dose of Overwatch, as well as sorting out his VR set up so that he can dip in and out of reality at leisure. He’s really enjoyed his time with Skyrim VR, for one, but has also been playing Raw Data and the free-to-play Rec Room.

There’s been some brutal assassinations in Aran’s gaming time, as he started Assassin’s Creed Origins, managing to kill one of the main targets by stamping on them while they were sleeping! He’s also found himself unimpressed the jumping in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, reviewed Wuppo, and been warring to prepare for peace in Oriental Empires.

Try as it might to be frustratingly bad, Elex is actually a good game, Steve says in a little hint of what his review will say. He’s also been plugging away at De Blob’s remaster for review and mopping up the trophies in Skyforce: Anniversary, even without the allure of a platinum trophy.

Miguel’s been cruising through his backlog while back at home for Thanksgiving. He’s dashed through Rhythm Thief on 3DS, started and finished Ittle Dew on Steam and went back to beat Yakuza 3. There was also a tiny bit of Stardew Valley to see if he fancied getting it on Nintendo Switch, but he’s still undecided.

Jake’s basically just been playing Pokémon Ultra Moon and finding shiny variations of his favourite creatures, while Dave reviewed Worms WMD on Switch and went to play a bunch of stuff just for fun. That included Dark Souls and a little PC game called Orwell where you snoop on other people in Orwellian fashion. He’s also bought a few games, including Kingsway, a dungeon crawler with a Windows 95 interface, and the trippy Duck Season for HTC Vive.

Finally there’s Dom, who has basically just been plugging away at Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the last week, building up to our review.

Now it’s over to you. What have you played?

  1. Tony Cawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    How does one play Black Friday?

    I’ve been playing some Iron Banner on Destiny 2,fairly enjoyable for the most part.

    We also got the raid finished for the last trophy I needed for the platinum. As much as the company was great, the raid was underwhelming at best. Have no desire to do that again!

    Started Just Cause 3, having a good time with it, not sure why I left it sat on my hard drive for so long without playing it.

    Little bit of progress on Fortnite, think my power is up to 40 now.

    A few races on GT Sport.

    Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 12:17.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      I think one keeps billions of tabs open in ones browser, spams F5 and agonises several times an hour over whether one can afford various gadgets and games that are heavily discounted but still a lot of money. And then one clicks buy several times, agonises some more over how much of a bollocking one will get from ones girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife, stays up late trying to work out if one can afford anything one has bought, then cancels it all.
      I only bought a PS4 Slim and GT Sport, already having sold my old PS4 and a few games for what I spent this week so I feel like I’ve gotten away with it. The Slim is lovely :)

      Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 13:47.
  2. Crazy_Del
    Since: Jul 2009

    Alot of Star Wars Multiplayer and still loving it!!!
    Sadly won’t be playing due to being away in a lodge for the weekend and loving it. Won’t be back online til Monday.
    In the past been playing NFS Speed just grinding out the activities and building up the car as well as collecting coins.
    Still play Fifa daily for the squad battles.
    Oh had a quick go at Call of Duty WWII Zombies and wow cannot wait to play it again with a team as I did it solo and with randoms drop in/out.
    Assassins Creed and Evil Within still on hold.

    Now to head back in the jacuzzi xD

    Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 12:22.
  3. JR.
    Since: Apr 2013

    AC Origins. After a shaky start and many cursed proclamations to the sun God, Ra – I’m now fully sold on the new direction. Yes, I love it.

    Ancient Egypt has been on my ‘most-wanted AC destinations’ list for years and it exceeds all of my expectations. The world Ubisoft have created is as wondrous and awe inspiring as I hoped/imagined it would be. Truly stunning.

    Initially, the changes to the gameplay did feel a bit odd but when it clicks, it all makes sense. I think not being able to jump was the oddest omission for me (or the lack of a sprint button… or the lack of Eagle-vision…). There is a learning curve for sure but it’s definitely worth pushing through that. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the ‘new way’ it doesn’t feel too dissimilar from what came before.

    I still like and prefer the old style gameplay more (I think?) because it was unique but the series must move on and Origins manages to adapt to current gaming trends whilst retaining the spirit of the old games, perfectly.

    Really enjoying it so far and Origins is definitely in my top three Assassins games with AC2/Brotherhood (I count as one) and Black Flag.

    HZD: Frozen Wilds. The highly anticipated DLC arrived this month and it’s brrrrilliant.

    I was blown away by the visuals and the effects used to simulate winter in ‘the Cut’. The swirling, icy gusts and heavy snowfall create a harsh but beautiful, wintery-atmosphere. The way the snow settles on the ground, the trees, rocks and grassy verges is so realistic – I haven’t seen anything that even comes close to this level of realism in an open-world game before. The attention to detail is outstanding- like shooting parts off machines during battle and seeing them sink into the snow, leaving an impression when collected and exposing the blades of grass underneath. I can’t remember the last time ‘graphics’ in a game gave me a wow factor but Frozen Wilds really pushed the boundary’s.

    Where the game was lacking IMO was in the introduction (again) or lack thereof. You start exactly where you left off (your last save), and the new area is just ‘there’. I think a short cut-scene and optional refresher would have helped here – bearing in mind six/seven months had passed since some of us completed the main game. It’s a small complaint but I did spend five minutes trying to figure out if/how to crouch (it’s square – how is crouch square?).

    It doesn’t help that your first enemy encounter pits you against a new machine, the absolutely brutal ‘Scorcher’. I died here more times than I’d like to admit, even checking that I hadn’t accidentally knocked the difficulty up to ‘insane’ (I hadn’t – these things are tough). But once I’d familiarised myself with the controls it was business as usual.

    The missions/quests were interesting enough but the primitive nature of the tribespeople makes it difficult to feel anything for their plight. I didn’t remember it bothering me as much in the original game but I felt it was lacking in the DLC. Injecting a little personality into the mission-givers would help improve this issue but as it stands, the NPC’s feel no more human than the machines you’re trying to protect them from. Strangely, the AI you meet (‘CYAN’) is the warmest, most human character in the game. But that makes sense I guess.
    Weapons/Armour could have been better and aren’t really suited to the environment. I think a slowly depleting ‘exposure-bar’ would have made things more interesting. Especially in the extreme cold areas of the map.

    Overall the DLC brings some minor but welcome improvements over the original and if you enjoyed HZD, you’ll love Frozen Wilds. I’m really looking forward to seeing where they go next – hopefully a new land with ‘smart’ tribes and new machines.

    Lego Marvel Superheroes 2. So the new map is better than expected but it doesn’t feel as grand or ‘alive’ as the Manhattan/Hellicarrier map in the first game. Instead of one large city, we have several chunks of different worlds all joined together to make one giant Frankenstein-like map. It’s interesting enough I guess but in one of the opening cut-scenes we see the original Manhattan map in the midst of a snow-storm and I kinda wished we got to go there instead. Ideally I would have preferred the full ‘Winter Manhattan’ Map from the first game, with all the mini-worlds incorporated/stitched on somehow – but maybe that’s asking too much.

    One thing I do really like is the new character library which now displays the full character image on a rectangle-shaped tile, replacing the old, round tiles which only showed the characters face. It’s so much easier to find the character you want to play and the game even auto-selects the character you need when you interact with different puzzles across the map.

    Other than that, it’s pretty much your standard Lego game. The kids are happy enough but for me, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the original Lego Marvel Superheroes.

    Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 13:59.
    • JR.
      Since: Apr 2013

      Holy cow, longest comment everrr.

      Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 14:00.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      Yeah, the Warriest and Peaciest I’ve seen here in a while! Well written though, really good points about the Frozen Wilds DLC. I agree with all of it, you’re spot on about the start I put a comment on here before I started and TC helpfully told me how to find the new area, a bit of direction was very helpful. The lack of peril from the cold was weird too, Aloy was constantly shivering or commenting on the cold but there was no consequence, which is a shame because like you say the snow physics and graphics were astounding! It’s head and shoulders above Steep, I don’t know how Guerilla managed it but Sony should be bloody pleased they’ve got those guys on board.

      Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 15:54.
  4. Steelhead
    Since: Oct 2013

    Tried out the overwatch free weekend. Liked it a fair bit so picked it up half price as I happened to have the credit sitting on my PSN account.

    Played a bit more of Moon Hunters, which is unraveling more with each playthrough in a very satisfying manner.

    Also pulled an all nighter on FF14 last night, which has left me feeling groggy and short tempered today, but was absolutely worth it as I managed to level the arcanist class up to 32.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to take something for this splitting headache. Sleep, eh? Who needs it?

    Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 14:47.
  5. MrYd
    Since: Mar 2011

    I somehow managed to get the last of the trophies for Marvel Heroes Omega before it shuts down at the end of the year (or possibly yesterday). Several hours of doing the same mission over and over to level up one piece of equipment. But I did it in the end, and have a shiny platinium for it.

    Also some things from the sales tempted me. Battlezone is lots of fun and recommended for VR people at just £10 or so.

    And back into Battlefield 1, since the premium thing is just £12 at the moment.

    Oh, and all VR people need to try Rec Room. It’s lots of fun just pissing about throwing stuff at people and the games in it are quite good too. Although I did punch a light bulb trying to kill something with a sword. And everything I try and draw in charades looks a bit like a penis. We need to all meet up in there some time and have some silly shenanigans.

    Now to decide if anything else in the sale is too tempting to resist.

    Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 15:03.
  6. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I’ve put about 23 hours into Skyrim VR in a week, almost as much time as i had used the PSVR in the last few months combined.

    Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 16:31.
  7. tactical20
    Since: May 2010

    After finishing AC Origins last week, I went back to South Park, but was annoyed to see that I’d lost a load of progress somehow. So switched my PS4 off again and haven’t played anything! Wolfenstein 2 should arrive early next week though.

    Comment posted on 25/11/2017 at 20:09.