While Spider-Man’s Puddlegate drama unfolds, some of us have just been enjoying playing actual games, whether they’re full of watery stuff or not. I’ve had a very good week of reviews, with Dragon Quest XI, The Golf Club 2019 and Two Point Hospital all proving to be great, which is a pleasant surprise. I’ve also started playing Into The Breach and Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, with the handheld Monster Hunter the equivalent of wading into a monster hunting comfort blanket for longtime fans.
Aran’s been playing The Gardens Between for review, which he can’t talk about for a few weeks yet, did some cyber sleuthing in Orwell and played the first few hours of Detroit, saying it “really doesn’t pull its punches does it?”. Jason meanwhile has claimed to have played everything, but since he hasn’t played Dragon Quest XI he’s clearly telling fibs. The biggest fibs. He has played Divinity: Original Sin II “which everyone else should also be playing”, Slime Rancher “where I converted all of the carnivorous slimes into veggies”, Into The Breach “which is fantastic”, Two Point Hospital “which does a very good job of keeping you hooked”, and Planet Alpha.
Steve also played lots of Divinity: Original Sin II, alongside a hand cramping amount of Kid Icarus: Uprising, some joyous time on the delightful Yoku’s Island Express and a smattering of Hollow Knight. Tuffcub played more Strange Brigade and thought that was a pretty good sign after finishing the review. Mostly though he’s been playing the new game called Redecorate Your Flat, “it’s messy and very hard work, but has a satisfying ending. 8/10.”
Ade forced himself to ‘play’ through Fall of Light: Darkest Edition but then playing Strange Brigade on co-op perked him up. “It has its issues – though most would be easily solved in an update – but it’s a whole lot of fun”. He also downloaded Guacamelee! 2 based on Jake’s review and it is very good indeed.
Gareth has been playing Marvel’s Spider-Man for review, but can’t say anything else about it. He’s also played a little Arkham Knight for comparison and some Shadows: Awakening for review. Miguel has played Punchline for review, and started on Hyper Light Drifter and Senran Kagura Reflexions for review too! He’s also been playing Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, spending a good couple hours hunting with his roommates who also bought it, “it was like a real life Nintendo commercial!”
Jim played quite a few things this week; “After buying it then shelving it at launch I went back to Mortal Kombat X which I’m really enjoying – especially the goofy, over-the-top story cutscenes. I also decided to boot up Furi which is just as awesome but is something I’m going to ration. Also, some Everybody’s Golf and Firewall Zero Hour. Looking at how Bravo Team turned out (review link) I was in two minds how it would turn out despite how positive previews have been. Really enjoying it so far though – it nails the feel of a tactical shooter and is one of the few online games I’ve ever actually talked with other players.”
And finally Tef has been playing Furniture Builder 2018, putting together various Ikea, Next and Argos wares. Of the three, Argos came in dead last after they put the drawer railing on the outside of the kitchen trolley, forcing him to go back to the store to get a replacement part. Between a lack of landline internet, there aforementioned furniture building and trying to get some of our Gamescom coverage ready to publish, he’s not spent much time actually playing games.
What about you? What have you played? And are puddles important?