Ah, the sun. It’s hung around up there all week – at least here in the North – steadily cooking people’s skin, and helping the plants to finally grow. It was just a few weeks ago I genuinely thought we’d ventured into some kind of post-apocalyptic dusk where spring wasn’t coming. It’s not always the best weather for playing games, but once again I’ve spent my time indoors in the interests of science and have played games just to make sure they’re still good, even when it’s nice outside. Turns out they are! Beer is also good, and me Steve, Ade and Cael took one for the team for this month’s Pubcast.
I’ve been playing Yoku’s Island Express and Smoke & Sacrifice for next week’s reviews, as well as getting embroiled in some serious racing game time with my oldest son. He’s just got into cars, which is a step up from the repeated episodes of Robot Wars, and so we’re playing Forza 7, with his settings on Easy/Super Easy as well as the fairly woeful Gear Club Unlimited on Switch. Gear Club is a pretty horrendous throwback to appalling arcade racers of the noughties, but he really likes it, despite my protests. He’s also better at it than me, and while I’ll argue that it’s probably the twenty hours he’s played it for over my thirty minutes, it’s sobering that I can’t be sure that the only way he’s going to win is if I let him. If he starts to be better than me at Forza, I’m in real trouble!
Dave has big news this week, and that is because this is going to be his last week here at TSA! He’s heading off to pastures new, where he’s going Rock Paper Shotgun as a member of their new guides team. Obviously we’re going to miss him, even if this is clearly treachery and an unforgivable betrayal, but we wish him all the best for the future! If you’re stuck on an upcoming game, and you can find him, maybe he’ll have a guide to save you! All the best buddy!
He has played a couple of games as well, with his final piece for us seeing him take a look at how Dark Souls Remastered holds up, as well as going so far as to join a WhatsApp group to grab the legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
In between being decidedly unwell, Gareth has been questioning the design decisions of Mafia 3. “The story is great, but it’s split up by repetitive missions that even I, with my unusually high tolerance for open world shenanigans, think are a bit silly. It’s got some amazing music in it though”. Jason meanwhile is ploughing through Moonlighter for review, as well as Dark Souls Remastered – “I love it! I killed Ornstein and Smough first time and felt like a badass.” He also enjoyed Quarantine Circular saying, “Bithell makes lots of games I wouldn’t consider my kind of thing, but the writing is always so well done that they keep me invested.”
Jim has played Space Hulk Deathwing in its enhanced form, but really wasn’t satisfied, saying “Hopefully we’ll see a truly great Warhammer 40K shooter crop up one day”. Apart from that it’s been “a butt load of For Honor and H1Z1. I love being able to juggle two great multiplayer games at once to keep me busy”. He’s also tackling his backlog, knocking off Undertale and now jumping into Metro Last Light. Aran has been playing Horizon Chase Turbo for review, as well as the Onrush beta, which he actually enjoyed. “There’s some niggles,” he said, “but the gameplay is fun and the soundtrack is ace”.
Miguel has played a bunch of games, and also returned to Horizon! “I set the difficulty to the Story option and had a lot of fun with the game. Playing it is even more fun and the story really picked up a lot. Great game.” He also played some Monster Prom, some Reigns: Her Majesty, the first hour of Ruiner, and got through all of Virginia and Firewatch. Then it’s been some Aragami and Owlboy for review, a bunch of Steamworld Heist, the Onrush beta, and some Under Night on PS4 with his buddy. He’s had a busy week!
Steve has rattled through the quirky Deadly Tower of Monsters, sworn at the ropey jumping in Crash Bandicoot, and spent the rest of his time on a pile of indie games for review, including Cultist Simulator, Runner 3, Death Road to Canada and The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker. “All fun in their different ways. Dark Souls Remastered is due to arrive on release day as well, so that will probably sneak in too”.
Tuffcub played Detroit: Become Human, “which is fab”, and Onrush, “which wasn’t”. He was also surprised to find he really like H1Z1. Meanwhile, Ade had the unhappy task of playing Disco Dodgeball Remix for review. “Playing it made me wish I didn’t”. He’s also been a “cheeky chappy” and picked himself up The Frozen Wilds DLC in the sale.
Tef was in Sweden over the weekend to check out Paradox Interactive’s upcoming games, including some fun times with the Crusader Kings board game. There was time on the flights for a few more battles in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, before telling us about the Donkey Kong Adventure expansion, while his UK-based gaming has included something he can’t talk about yet and Semblance, a quirky puzzle-platformer with a deformable world.
And that’s enough about us. What have you played?