Ah! Sweet, glorious rain! Actually, it’s started to feel like all anyone talks about is the weather, so I thought I’d talk about something else. The first game of the NFL pre-season happened yesterday and for those excited by high impact American sports, it’s a welcome return. Alongside it you can also step out onto the field yourself in the latest Madden, and while our review will be coming next week it’s safe to say that it’s another excellent outing for the franchise.
I don’t know what it is about American sports that I find so much more interesting than our own, but I think it must be the spectacle. Every major team, whether they’re in the NFL, NBA or NHL, has this huge circus around it, and that extends into the way they’re presented and how the game itself plays out. Besides that I love the statistical drill downs that American pundits use all the time, because who doesn’t like a good stat?.
Besides Madden I’ve also delved into the PC release of Monster Hunter World, looked at the Hand of Fate 2 port on Switch, as well as worn my fancy hat for Pixel Ripped 1989, Electronauts and The Persistence.
Jason was the most prompt of the TSA writers to tell me what he’s played this week, and it’s mostly been Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire – Beast Of Winter which “has some of the best dark humour of any game I’ve played”. He’s still been playing Dead Cells on console as well and his review will be up on Monday, while he also ended up getting Bloons TD 6 on his phone and has sunk “an unreasonable amount of time” into it.
Aran has played More Far Cry 5 and No Man’s Sky, both of which he’s having a lot of fun with. “In Far Cry 5 both my companions are pilots so I bought an attack helicopter. Now all three of us attack cult outposts from the air. It’s a ton of fun. Went back to NMS for the first time in 2 years after my friends told me to play again. Had some fun hunting bounties as a group. The game has finally reached the level that I imagined all those years ago.”
Flexing his culinary skills, Jim has played loads of Overcooked 2 for review. He also dipping back into Rainbow Six Siege again and finally got to explore the new Villa map and play with the two latest Operators. “It’s crazy to think how far it’s come along since that rocky launch”. He also decided to start Assassin’s Creed: Origins. “It’s… different,” he says. “The combat feels very sloppy and the movement mechanics have been massively simplified. Still fun, but it can feel like a completely different series at times”.
Ade has been playing through Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 in co-op and been marvelling at how incredibly glitchy it is. He also polished off 1970 Revolution Black Friday for review and has started on Phantom Doctrine for review too. Tuffcub meanwhile has been playing more H1Z1, and popped back in to Destiny to do the Solstice events. “I’ve almost finished the first round of grind, but I’m not sure I want to do it all again to get the armour up to 400”. He also fired up Burly Men at Sea on his PS4 and apparently the controls are awful compared to the PS Vita version.
Gareth has spent this week playing Castaway Paradise and Airheart for review, and some No Man’s Sky when he could get the chance. “It’s definitely more of a game now, rather than the holding R2 simulator it was at launch, so I’m enjoying it”.
Finally, Tef has had a busy week. There was some Spider-Man to start it off on the right foot, before trying out Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on Switch, a spot of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Jake, and conducted a very, very Strange interview for an upcoming preview. When not at game events, he’s been playing a spot of WarioWare Gold on 3DS and the odd spot of Overcooked 2 on Switch.
What about you? Have you been having some guilt-free gaming now the sunshine has gone away?