While Gamescom has definitely worn out at least one of our members of staff, I’d argue there’s nothing quite like playing a giant RPG in a short space of time if you want to feel really drained. I’m firing my way through Dragon Quest XI, and while the review embargo is up next week, I’m sure I can tell you that it’s 100% Dragon Quest XI.
I have had a few opportunities to cleanse my palette, including some time with The Golf Club 2019, which is also due next week, and a touch more Electronauts in the virtual world. Finally I got to take a look at Shenmue on PS4, and worried about whether new players are going to get anything out of it.
Jim has been nailing Rainbow Six Siege yet again – “Been chasing one trophy all week and it’s driving me crazy.” – while Steve’s week has been all about Divinity: Original Sin 2. “Getting the hang of it now having explored the menu shortcuts and hotkeys. Finally taken the bucket off my fighter’s head and convinced a rat to sacrifice himself. Good times.”
Jake has played a lot of Guacamelee! 2 and has found hard to put down – which isn’t surprising when he gave it 10/10! ” It’s the most fun I’ve had in a game since God of War”. He did also complete the Spire of Stars raid lair in Destiny 2, as some people from his clan recently returned for the Solstice of Heroes event. “I’m just looking forward to seeing and playing the new Destiny content in September,” he said.
While he can’t talk about his main preoccupation right now, Gareth has played some Red Dead Redemption, as well as a little Batman Arkham Origins, and been quite impressed by how little latency there is.
Ade is still playing Phantom Doctrine even though he’s long finished the review, which has apparently only ever happened once before with Aegis Defenders. “It’s one of those games which creates stories for the player too. Like when my suave James Bond-alike defected to the other side because I wouldn’t pay him enough. He was laughing, up until the point my team tracked him down and filled him so full of lead that he’d be immune to radiation poisoning if he weren’t dead.” He’s also going to be playing some Strange Brigade co-op with Tuffcub this evening for our review. “I haven’t had chance to play any of it yet, so apologies in advance for being pants.”
As well as Strange Brigade, TC has also snuck in some H1Z1 and got over last week’s God of War hump; “Right, so an hour after moaning that God of War wasn’t God of War in the last WWP, the game [SPOILER] and brings back [SPOILER]. So it’s God of War again! Hurrah! Combat is still slow but at least there’s a good number of enemies on the screen now and I can [SPOILER].”
Like Steve, Jason has been playing lots of Divinity 2. He also played Bad North for review, which just isn’t for him sadly. He’s still cracking away at Dead Cells on hard as well as playing Faeria, which is a “really interesting CCG”. Aran played Death’s Gambit which was “OK”, as well as Onrush “which is still great and I’m enjoying going through ranked.” He also played Burnout Paradise Remastered which now merely “decent if a little repetitive.”
Miguel played more Hypergun and Yakuza Kiwami 2, as well as a bunch of his new favorite 3DS game, Warioware Gold. Besides that he played a smidge of Mario Kart 8 with his partner.
Finally, Tef just got back from Gamescom this morning. While he was there he played Biomutant, Darksiders III, Rage 2, Transference, Anthem, FIFA 19, Battlefield V, Fimbul, Supermarket Shriek, Forza Horizon 4, Ride 3, Mount & Blade II, Overkill’s The Walking Dead, Wolfenstein Cyberpilot, Starlink, and saw an awful lot more besides. He’s probably forgetting some things, as well…
Now then, what have you played?