After the excitement of E3 we now hit the expected summertime lull, and for once it looks like it may make sense with weather outside that may not actually drown you. That’s not to say there’s nothing on the docket for the next couple of months, but there are a lot of games that you’ll potentially have already played before. Still there’s a few things like The Crew 2 and Octopath Traveller – you should play the demo right now – to liven things up.
Jurassic World Evolution fever doesn’t look like it’ll be leaving our house any time soon, and my son is firmly addicted to it. He still seems much less concerned about dinosaurs being fed as he is about pitting them against each other in gladiatorial combat, but then he is six. I’ve been playing a hell of a lot of Mario Tennis Aces which is pretty good fun, at least if you and your mates are up to speed, as well as that wonderful Octopath Traveller demo, where three hours simply isn’t long enough. I’m off on my holi-bobs next week so the Switch and my trusty old 3DS will be along for the ride, with the Splatoon DLC firmly on the agenda, as well as a return to Monster Hunter Generations.
Gareth has been playing some Assassin’s Creed Origins, specifically the Hidden Ones expansion. Apparently it’s more of the same really. Jason meanwhile has been playing Kingdom Hearts 2, “which has one of the strangest openings of any game”, Bloodborne, “because I end up playing it when I can’t think of what else to play” and Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, “which is bloody brilliant fun”. He’s also started on New Gundam Breaker which is taking over his life already.
Steve got the platinum on God of War which he really enjoyed but still maintains that it doesn’t have its own identity any more. He also finished Crash 2, though he didn’t bother with all the gems and time trials due to the frustrating controls, and moved on to 3. He also put time into the “fine but underwhelming” Lego The Incredibles. “Alongside those I’ve been working on an academic paper about Clive Barker and Garth Marenghi so lots of body horror fun”.
Aran has spent more time with Onrush this week though the World Cup is giving him urges to play Football Manager. “Almost at level 60 in Onrush and I may go for the platinum.”Jim meanwhile has been trying to mop up some of his backlog. “Landed on Life Is Strange which I’ve had installed since launch but always put it off. Spent the week savouring all five chapters and was pretty touched by it if I’m honest. These kind of stories really have a way of getting to me and easy to see why so many are hyped for the sequel”. He’s also “fallen into a bit of a TCG pit” thanks to Magic: The Gathering Arena. “It’s a 1-1 translation of the card game that features the latest cards and rulesets. I’ve been getting my ass handed to me time and time again yet keep going back to refine my deck”.
Migeul has been playing Rainbow Skies and Lost Child for review. He also started playing Assassins Creed Syndicate and God Hand, as well as Minit and Sexy Brutale, before finishing Night In The Woods. Tuffcub has been playing H1Z1, Just Cause 3, and Burly Men at Sea which he grabbed in the sale. “It’s not what I was expecting, more of an interactive story book than anything else”.
Finally, Tef has mainly been on his Switch, playing the odd round of Fortnite – the new 20v20v20v20v20 mode isn’t that hot in his opinion – the lovely co-op puzzler Pode and Splatoon 2’s devilishly tricky Octo Expansion, his first few matches in Mario Tennis Aces and the demo for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.