It’s CHRISTMAS! Or it so very nearly is. Those console or game-shaped boxes are so close to being unwrapped you can almost smell the cellophane. But, there’s one more weekend to go. Can I suggest the Monster Hunter World open beta? If you didn’t take a shot the first time round, it’s well worth taking a look at what is likely to be one of January’s highlights!
I’ve been playing Gears of War 3 on my Xbox One X, and it looks like a brand new game. OK, it’s ‘just’ Gears of War 3, but I’ve had a ton of fun playing it again. Besides that, there’s been some Forza 7 and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which so far seems well deserving of all the awards we’ve been lavishing on it this week.
Dave was the first one to chip in with what he played, having reviewed Gorogoa, played Fallout 4 VR for his write up, and also delved into The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth on Vive, even though you can play on PC.
It’s been back to Nine Parchments for Steve, who’s also killed some time (and re-killed some of the living dead) in Dead Rising 4 on PS4. There was a spot of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, but he’s been caught up in the stop-start nature of the tutorials at the start of the game. Coming out of our Game of the Year discussions, there’s been some Doki Doki Literature Club, which Miguel’s constantly been banging on about, and What Remains of Edith Finch.
Speaking of Miguel, he’s started playing Breath of the Wild again on Switch, finally got around to trying out the bizarre and wonderful Jazzpunk, and has been enjoying communal gaming with friends in games like Metal Slug X, Street Fighter 4 and Tekken 7.
Someone who is sadly Switch-less is Jake, who’s had to send it in to Nintendo for repairs. Hopefully he has a Merry Switchmas with its return, but in the meantime he’s been playing loads of Star Wars Battlefront II’s campaign, dipped into Destiny 2’s snow The Dawning event, and been playing Pokémon Go on his commutes. The weather and the new Gen 3 Pokémon have dragged him back in.
Jim’s been flat out, so not had much time for gaming. Even so, he dabbled with Wartile, dusted off his Vita for Undertale and spent time playing Star Wars Force Arena, which is a mini-MOBA akin to Clash Royale.
Tuff’s played Destiny 2, but his real obsession is still Sky Force, which he’s played on both PS4 and PS Vita. Aran’s been enjoying Shooty Fruity in VR this past week, and been doing side quests in AC Origins.
Mopping up quests in Assassin’s Creed Origins has also been Ade’s gaming for the week, though he’s much closer to being done with the game than Aran is. He’s also dressed Bayek up like a “Power Rangers Ninja”. After all our chat during Game of the Year, he’s finally bought and downloaded Horizon Zero Dawn and is looking forward to getting stuck into.
Kris has been enjoying having an Xbox again, as it means he gets to play the Halo 5 campaign, but the real highlight of the week was playing Roll7’s upcoming game Laser League in a tournament and coming through it all as MVP!
Finally, Tef’s butted his head up against a wall for Destiny 2’s Raid Lair, where his team simply couldn’t get over the line on Monday night to beat the boss. He’s also dabbled with Fortnite, but prefers the overall feel of PUBG, has completed the wonderful Life Is Strange: Before The Storm (but not written about it yet) and has been sucked back in by Pokémon Go’s recent updates.
How about you? What’s the last seven days of gaming entailed? Are you looking forward to a long weekend of Christmas?