It’s been a week that most British people would describe as ‘scorchio’, because faux-Spanish never went out of fashion after the mid-90s. It’s been far too hot and I’ve spent most of the week with a desk fan pointed straight at my face, occasionally eating ice cream.
But I’ve also played some pretty great games in the past seven days. I returned to Mario + Rabbids for the Donkey Kong Adventure DLC, got to punch slightly blurrier Nazis in the still impressive Switch port of Wolfenstein II, relived the mid-2000s with Lumines Remastered, and got a taste of Life Is Strange 2 with The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit.
It’s fine, I didn’t want to go outside anyway! But I did, because I visited Bandai Namco to play a bevy of upcoming fighting games like SoulCalibur VI and Jump Force. You can expect my thoughts on those to surface sometime next week.
It’s been a simple week for Aran, who played an hour of The Crew 2, a bit of XCOM 2 and a lot of Onrush – “Love that game,” he said. Joining him on The Crew 2 duty was Tuffcub, who had some bad luck with the game crashing a couple of times. Still, he described the racing as “good, but racing games don’t need a story.” Alongside that, he’s played Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-tered for review, and won at Fives in H1Z1 with a team of TSA filk. Sadly the appeal is starting to fade and it needs and update in his opinion.
That’s an opinion that’s shared by Jim, who thinks Daybreak need to pick up the pace to match Fortnite, but still reckons H1Z1 is the best Battle Royale game out there at the moment. With that it’s been a return to Jak X Combat Racing, a fresh campaign in Total War: Attila, and Magic The Gathering Arena on PC, which is worryingly addictive despite just being in beta and not particularly accessible for newcomers to the genre.
Jake picked up Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy on Switch and has been really enjoying it. “It’s a good port even if it is visually scaled down,” he said, but I’m sure it’s still a pretty big step up over going back and playing on PS1. Alongside that it’s been Hexologic for review, he finally picked up Splatoon 2 and has been enjoying bits of Fortnite on both Switch and PS4, trying to get two separate sets of challenges done.
Sticking with the Switch, Jason also played Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Donkey Kong Adventure, which joined his usual diet of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. It’s all be God of War and making Kratos should “Boy!” every few seconds for Ade, while Steve finished off Crash 3 and cleared up a bunch of collectables in Lego Incredibles. Next on Steve’s list is South Park: The Fractured but Whole.
It seems that Dom was the only one to actually go outside and enjoy the sunshine, because he’s been holidaying with the family! But he’s still played some games as well, with Lumines Remastered on Switch alongside some multiplayer shenanigans in Gear Club Unlimited and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
So how about you? Have you been soaking up rays from the Sun this week? Or have the only rays of light been emanating from a TV or computer screen? Let us know in the comments.