It’s been a good week for gaming in the Leighton household, though only if the game has robots in it. My son has gone Robot Wars mad. Not just in a “I quite like this” kind of way, but into an all-consuming, TV, book, toy, game obsession. If it’s not on our television it’s being watched on his iPad, which has now turned into filming his own ‘shows’ with robots made from Lego. In a potentially disastrous move I’ve installed Robot Arena II on my PC. And now I can’t get on my PC. It’s not the most technically spectacular game, but with a bit of tinkering you can get versions of all the major contenders from Robot Wars into it, and that’s about all he wants. I’ve at least got him out of our room with Robocraft Infinity, which is turning out to be a lot of fun, and lets you build all sorts of things, and obviously then use them to blow other things up.
When I’ve had time to play my own games I’ve been playing Super Daryl Deluxe, Final Fantasy XV, Tooth & Tail, Star Wars Battlefront II, and I’ve got Project Nimbus: Code Mirai to work on this weekend.
Tef has been playing a spot of God of War, a smattering of Mario + Rabbids and something he’s not allowed to tell you about! Meanwhile, Dave has been playing Crisis of the Planet of the Apes with his VR hat on, as well as some PUBG which he seems surprised about. New chap Jason has been hitting all the D’s, with Dark souls 2, Divinity 2, and Deployment.
Tuffcub has been playing Mad Max, which is this month’s PS+ offering, and is really liking it. He’s also played a bit more Blasters of the Universe on PSVR and finished Hellblade. “Took me a good few attempts to get in to Hellblade, the first set of puzzles are so boring, but I discovered that if i played it in virtual Imax on PSVR it really brought the game to life. Very good indeed.” Curiously, he’s also been playing Deer Hunter on PS4, because “reasons”.
Also playing the apocalyptic Mad Max is Gareth, who never finished it the first time around because he kept getting distracted by side content. He’s still getting distracted by side content. He’s also restarted Far Cry 5 for “my usual review replay ritual… but on hard. And I keep dying. And it resets your multiplayer progress and deletes your previous save when you restart.”
Miguel has been playing Regalia and Yakuza 6, plus a little bit of Super Daryl Deluxe and the new Overwatch event. Ade has been playing through Adventure Pals with a pal in co-op with the intention of getting a platinum but he seems to now just be angry. “JUST GOT ONE MORE CUPCAKE TO FIND BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE IT IS?!”. And Aran has a confession to make. He’s playing Shadow of the Colossus. For the first time.
Jake has developed a serious Fortnite addiction and really hates the recent downtime. He’s also been busting out tricks in Urban Trials Playground and “shitting in my pants at creaky doors in Outlast II on the Nintendo Switch ahead of my review”. He told us that “Outlast II does very clever things technically to keep the game relatively on-par with the graphical performance across the other platforms and it’s a sign of great ports to come for the Switch”.
In between conferences, Steve has played lots of Kingdom Hearts 1.5: Final Mix. He’s also picked up Super Star Wars cheap on PSN and enjoyed grabbing all the trophies. “So much more difficult than I remembered it!”. Alongside those, he’s put some time into Azure Saga: Pathfinder which is apparently taking a long time to get started. Lucky for Jim he’s been playing God of War. “With the campaign wrapped up, there’s plenty to go back and do including side quests and seeking out the Valkyries, a series of extremely tough bosses”. He’s also been playing a fair bit of Radical Heights, the latest battle royale contender. “Despite being in “Xtreme” early access, I really like it. The 80s vibe mixed with random gameshow-style set pieces works well. More importantly, the shooting is good”. Finally, he also managed to sneak in some time with Condemned 2.