I always find the week that follows a bank holiday feels rather strange. It’s neither here nor there, not quite long enough for me to get up to speed, but also with the joy of knowing that the weekend is just that little bit closer.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy though, and I’ve played a few things prior to E3 that I can’t tell you about yet. I can tell you that I’ve just booted up Mario Tennis Aces for its weekend of online tennis gaming, will probably dip into The Crew 2’s beta as well, and have Onrush in for review alongside a few of the others here.
Aran was the first to hop in and say hello this week, and he’s been playing Dontnod’s long in development Vampyr ahead of his review next week. There’s also been a dalliance with Jurassic World Alive which he describes as being “essentially a better version of Pokémon Go because it has dinosaurs and battles.”
It was pure pain and Agony for Steve, as he had to review the very disappointing Agony. Then he decided that he’s have some jewel hunting in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy as a chaser. He’s been beavering away at – deep breath now – The Piano, Cultist Simulator, Monster Slayers and Runner 3 for review, but since it was half term, he’s also helped the family when they got stuck in Layton games on 3DS and dug out Nintendoland and Kirby on the Wii U.
Also playing Crash was Tuffcub, “which has reminded me just how annoying old games were so I only played it for about twenty minutes before turning it off.” He also dipped into H1Z1 for a few short bursts, and thinks it works alright for the odd 10 minute game. I kind of agree, finding it somewhere between PUBG and Fortnite, and not really standing up too well to either.
Jason’s been getting stuck into Dark Souls Remastered, Saints Row 4 – “still the best superhero game every,” he says – PixelJunk Monsters 2, Shape of the World, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, and decided that Pokémon Go would help motivate him to go to the gym.
Making him cry at how bad he is at video games, Ade’s been playing Shio for review – the game’s good, just it’s been kicking his arse. He’s consoled himself by polishing off The Frozen Wilds expansion from Horizon Zero Dawn. Meanwhile, Gamoc been sinking his teeth further into Mass Effect Andromeda and Mafia 3, both of which are still sadly quite buggy.
Bouncing from one festival to another, Jim’s spent plenty of time on his PS Vita bouncing from one game to another thanks to having a huge 64GB memory stick. The ones that stuck with him were Crypt of the Necrodancer and Undertale, while he delved into Overwatch and played with Brigitte once he got back to his PS4.
Miguel’s been all about the anime this week, but did still play Owlboy on Switch and get through some fighting games like MVC Infinite, Pillow Fight and Cruz Brothers with his pal.
Finally, Dom just name dropped a bunch of games he’s played:
I have played Yoku’s Island Express, Smoke & Sacrifice, Just Beats & Shapes, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, South Park: The Fractured but Hole, Forza 7, Dirt 4, Sonic Racing Transformed, Antigraviator, and Lego Jurassic World, where we are now onto hour 268. Sigh.
Sounds like it’s a hard life having a son who’s obsessed with dinosaurs, it seems.
With the weekend now upon us, what have you played over the last seven days?