I’ve had a great week, in that the weather up North is a very enjoyable 25 degrees and I’ve not been anywhere near the seemingly hellish soup bowl that is our capital city. I’ve also worked slightly fewer hours, spent time with my family, and gone back to MMA training, so my life balance has skewed back nicely to ‘vaguely normal’.
On the gaming front I’ve played the intriguing indie game The Mooseman, continued my Killzone: Shadow Fall run-through, played Hand of Fate and Hand of Fate 2, loved The Persistence on my newly replaced PSVR, and continued the Jurassic World Evolution love-in with my son.
Miguel started No Mans Sky and is “LOVING it so much!!!!” (I think that’s just a little bit). He also played Banner Saga 3, some “very competitive” Nidhogg with his girlfriend, a bit of Touch My Katamari, and a touch of Yakuza 0 on PC. Oh, and a ton of Monster Hunter World.
Jason meanwhile has been playing Dead Cells, and he still can’t talk about it. On top of that it’s been Pool Panic, Mega Man X Collections, and Sleep Tight some of which have reviews up now. He also had some friends round and played Gang Beasts, which is “just wonderful; it’s completely bonkers”. Jake has played mostly Fortnite on PS4 as there’s the birthday event live right now, but he did complete the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy on Switch and also checked out the No Man’s Sky NEXT update, which is seemingly both impressive and less barebones now.
Gareth has played very little this week, just some Castaway Paradise and Airheart for review. He did get a couple of hours of No Man’s Sky earlier today to try out the new update, which wasn’t quite as different as he’d hoped; “I got a couple of hours of promising, though obviously still collection filled, gameplay before it crashed on me”.
Over in the land of H1Z1, Tuffcub has been playing Fives, and shared this delightful moment when lag came at him hard and fast.
— Tuffcub – Palliative Care Bear (@Tuffcub) July 26, 2018
Alongside that, he started Vampyr, which he felt is already rather dated. “None of the characters have hair that moves, the facial animation is poor, and the main character constant talks to himself so you know what to do. I really thought we were past characters shouting ‘I MUST ESCAPE FROM HERE’ at literally no one, just so the player knows what to do. Also a bit more Red Faction Online which is just silly, silly fun.”
Jim has been into the colourful array of Rainbow Six Siege, The Persistence, H1Z1, and AC: Origins, while Ade has been playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, “which is fun simply because it allows me to have a hero team consisting of SpiderGwen, Surtr and Aunt May. I find it vaguely incredible that despite Travellers Tales releasing one of these every year, they are still crammed full of technical issues and bugs”.
On the more minimalist end of the What We Played scale, Aran has simply played Far Cry 5 this week. He’s “taken back the first major region and now mopping up side activities before moving on to the next one”.
Then again, Steve has not played anything, though he has a good excuse: “I’ve played no fancy videogames but instead have been engaged in a thrilling ARG that mixes the self destructive tendencies of Lemmings with the response speeds of 1990s Saturday morning phone in games. Otherwise known as a family holiday. Cologne is a great city and worth exploring for anybody heading over for Gamescom”.
Finally, Tef has been getting into the terrible cheerful and upbeat world of Animal Crossing on 3DS, having now finished off his Octopath Traveler review. He also got to play F1 2018 yesterday, which he can confirm had fast cars in it, as well as some Overcooked 2, which is just as chaotic as before, but been polished even further.
Now then, what have you all been playing?