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What We Played #344 – Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Overwatch & Fe

Oh, and plenty of Monster Hunter too.

Another week in the books, and another array of games that we’ve played. I’m trying to work my way through my Christmas backlog while reviewing things, which has meant I finally finished the main run of Super Mario Odyssey and I can’t think of many games that are simply as joyous and fun. I had said that I wouldn’t carry on trying to get all the power moons, but then a recognisable location surprised me by showing up at the end and I just couldn’t help myself!

Besides that, I’ve been playing the Secret of Mana remake, while also jumping back into the original at the same time, and playing some Age of Empires: Definitive Edition too in a distinct return to the distant past. I’m hoping to play some Steep this weekend after getting into watching the Winter Olympics, and given that they’ve got the expansion on sale – a tap-in for the promotion team – I’ll probably download that too!

Aran has played a bit of Persona 5 and is about to beat the first palace, but his gaming time has dropped completely though because of his new job and college, which sadly is the price of success! Tuffcub has been “a social butterfly” this week, so besides some AC Liberation on the commute he’s not got up to much. He was retweeted by Taron Egerton though, so that’s sorted him right out.

Jim has been spending a fair amount of time with Overwatch again, alongside a few titles old and new. “Blizzard has done fantastic work with their Capture the Flag mode and the prospect of unlocking one of those new skins has kept me coming back just about every day. Monster Hunter World has been up there too though I’m not rushing it, taking my time as I take my first steps into High Rank. I also went back to play PS3 exclusive “Rain” which has been on my list for a while and now I’m chipping away at Ni No Kuni. Been playing on and off for half a decade, but I’m determined to finish it before the sequel lands.”

Dave has played many hours of Kingdom Come: Deliverance over the weekend, and despite that 4/10 review says, “I must stress is a very good game only hampered by severe performance issues”. Ade has been attempting to mop up the trophies in Aegis Defenders, “but with one of them being ‘finish the entire game without dying’, I’m fairly certain that the platinum will remain elusive”. He’s also had to put Horizon Zero Dawn on hold after a particularly aggravating hunter challenge made him rage quit.

Miguel seems a bit more subdued than normal this week, but that seems likely due to a returning addiction; “I’ve been playing a lil bit of Monster Hunter and making my way through more Dandara on Switch. I’ve also… sigh… been playing Fire Emblem Heroes again”. Jake also seems a bit weary, saying, “I’ve just played Paladins and Disc Jam for the Nintendo Switch ahead of my review. I’ve sadly been busy with work, so I’m hoping to play more games over the weekend and have a nice long nap at some point.

Steve meanwhile has had a busy one:

“A fair bit of Monster Hunter. Took some time out to grind my gear but now I’m pushing through the story and raising my Hunter rank ready for the Aloy event at the end of the month. Still loving the whole world and can spend hours just foraging and watching the wild life.

I’ve pushed on with Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 as it’s been half term. We just need to clear minikits on some of the levels for the platinum there, but I fully expect my son to want to start it again from the beginning. He can do that on his own…

I also played a small amount of World of Final Fantasy (not much commuting) and made a start on the really interesting Legendary Gary. It’s too early to judge but I’m certainly intrigued by its take on RPGs and the quotidian banality of adult life.”

Finally we come to Tef, who reviewed the quite lovely Fe this week and chilled out with a horde of “Owen Wilson lizards”. He also visited a certain witch in her new home, playing a bit of both Bayonetta and its sequel on Switch, and was kind of wowed by Overwatch on Xbox One X, which really does show up the PlayStation 4 Pro support the game got.

With all of us out of the way, what have you played?

  1. Andrewww
    Since: Jan 2010

    I had another week away from my consoles, but before I left, I quickly got one of the easiest platinums yet, that of Virginia, which only took a couple of hours.

    Virginia is quite good, at least for those few who don’t switch their brains on standby when starting up the console. Another fine indy game with an interesting story, and with a lot of room for interpretation what’s real and what is not.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 18:38.
  2. MrYd
    Since: Mar 2011

    More Assassin’s Creed: Too Many Bloody Question Marks. I think I’ve got rid of them all, but now I need to find some silica, apparently. Once that’s done, I’m finished with it and can only hope they go back to how AC games should be whenever the next one comes along. None of this open world nonsense with thousands of pointless distractions.

    Also got a shiny platinum for Accounting+ once I figured out how to get the last one I’d missed. And got distracted by the update, which is basically just a room trolling everyone about the alleged hidden zoo level. Funniest game in a long time though.

    Plus, I got horribly distracted by Grand Kingdom from the PS+ games this month. Starting to find there’s a lot more to it than I thought.

    And for some reason, more Rec Room but with lots of French people. I think it’s due to the update that tries to match you with similar aged people. Less annoying kids, more French people. Couldn’t understand a word they were saying, except when a well aimed grenade launcher caused a “merde” or “putain”. They say those a lot.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 19:08.
  3. Jag
    Since: Feb 2009

    Monster Hunter World has got it’s claws deep into me. Like Jim I’ve not been rushing it but I’m jumping in at least every other day. I’ve just hit High Rank too and got the Ryu “armour” set today.
    Other than that I’ve restarted The Witness and have really got into it this time. The puzzles are so satisfying to solve but the most impressive thing is how Jonathan Blow teaches you how to solve them. It really is a master class and I’m in awe of his genius. I’m still not a fan of Braid though!
    Switching between these two means I’ve not gone back to Shadow of the Colossus unfortunately.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 19:10.
  4. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I started Farpoint but it feels like i’m making very slow progress. Graphics are decent for a VR game but i have difficulty keeping track of the smaller spiders in the darker areas, which there are a lot of. The aiming down the sights mechanic is fine for picking spiders off at a distance but not so handy when you’re surrounded and being attacked from all sides by a dozen smaller ones, several larger ones and several mid-sized ones also chucking their loads at you. Hectic isn’t the word.

    I played half of GTA V on PS3, then abandoned it for the slew of shiny PS3 “swansong” releases, just before the PS4 launched. Then bought it again for PS4 but only played about 20% of the story. Reinstalled it this week and have been enjoying the madcap missions again. All set for the Merryweather Heist.

    And some Locoroco and Binding of Isaac.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 20:20.
  5. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    Lots more Red Dead for me, it’s still brilliant. My horsey is called Jose Horsey but I seem to have lost him now that I’ve travelled to Mexico, nuooo! I’ll never forget you Jose.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 22:59.
  6. tactical20
    Since: May 2010

    Finished Infinite Warfare, and tbh, it wasn’t as bad as I initially feared. I’d give it a 5/10. Nothing like the Call of Duty that I knew from PS3 era, but still an ok/average sci fi shooter.

    I now have Advanced Warfare (also 99p on eBay!) to play through the campaign. I’m not expecting much, lol!

    Comment posted on 17/02/2018 at 23:54.