I’m really enjoying January. Not only has everything eased off after the whirlwind that is the autumn/winter season, I’m finally getting to play a bunch of games that I’ve been wanting to get to. I’ve finished off Hellblade now, and though it did outstay its welcome just a bit, it was still a fantastic piece of software. The included documentary on how they put it together and how they approached the difficult subject matter was a great bit of insight to watch once I’d finished it.
Besides PUBG and Horizon Zero Dawn, I’m also loving Star Wars Battlefront II. I’m a massive Star Wars fan, and it’s brilliant to play within the SW world. It does do some weird things on Xbox One X though, and sometimes goes into super speed mode, which makes it seem as though you’re in a Star Wars themed Benny Hill sketch. That gets you through some of the stages very quickly though, so it’s not all bad!
Jake was first up this week, and has played The Escapists 2 and ChromaGun on the Switch ahead of his reviews, while also dipping into Blossom Tales and Breath of the Wild. “I’m swiftly making progress through BoTW on Master Mode,” he said, “but I have no more weapons to use unless my Link Skyward Sword Amiibo gives me something sharp and pointy to kill things with on a daily basis.”
Aran has finally had his fill of Assassin’s Creed Origins, though the update may bring him back. He’s now started on the equally huge Middle-earth: Shadow of War while taking a look at Antihero on mobile. Dave meanwhile played L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files over the weekend, Hearthstone while in transit to Paris to see a game he can’t talk about yet and some Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus as well.
As he’s a very lucky chap, Tuffcub has been revisiting some older games now he has a PlayStation 4 Pro and a lovely new 4K OLED TV to play it on. “Destiny 2 looks fab, but Uncharted: The Lost Legacy looks worse to me; it looks very ‘computer game-y’ now.” He’s also tried out Fortnite: Battle Royale after discovering that it’s a free download, Sky Force Reloaded and Sky Force Anniversary as well.
Steve has had a busy little week on the gaming front;
Killing time a bit until Monster Hunter World, so clearing games from the drive and looking at smaller titles. Finished Luigi Dream Team and did a bit of Paper Mario: Sticker Star which is good but hasn’t really grabbed me. Blitzed Until Dawn for the platinum, which I loved – I’m actually working on a conference paper about it and Resi VII’s use of various horror styles and subgenres. Plugging away at Skyforce Reloaded: got all the cards and all the planes. Just hitting a wall on the hidden Nightmare mode. Also played a bit of Rayman Legends and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 with my 6 year old.
Miguel completed his three year Yakuza journey by beating Yakuza 5, which was “long as f**k”. He also played bit more Innerspace – a review is landing on Tuesday – and started messing around with the new Under Night game too. He also believes that someone is monitoring his email, given that he’s been after an SNK Heroines style game forever!
Ade has finally got in on the Horizon Zero Dawn action this week, but it’s the sound that’s really made an impression: “The sound is just phenomenal,” he said. “Crackling fires, tweeting birds and killer robots making suitably killer robot like sounds. Love it!”
Last and least, Tef has continued to dip into PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in his free time, getting achingly close to a Chicken Dinner over the weekend. He’s also fiddled with Monster Hunter: World’s upcoming final beta, and played a couple things he can’t tell us about yet.
Then he picked up his Switch to play Furi, intending to knock together a quick piece about this great bullet hell–boss rush mash-up, only to discover that we don’t actually have a review of it on TSA! So this weekend he’ll be rushing through those bosses and helling his way past past bullets to be able to pin a score at the end of a full review. About time, as well!
What about you? Are you catching up on last year’s big games? Or just waiting for Monster Hunter?!