This week has been all about childcare, with me taking on child-rearing duties while my wife does the accounts for our business. Spending all day with my youngest has been mostly wonderful, barring a difference of opinion about going in a pram, while our eldest would much rather just be playing Jurassic World Evolution than pretty much everything, apart from perhaps eating. They’re both currently trying to do their best impression of locusts as is humanly possible, and there seems to be very little food left for me or my wife. Fortunately I have stored some reserves for such an occasion.
This week’s gaming has been spanning the genres with some Viking RTS stuff in Bad North, mech smashing in Zone of the Enders: 2nd Runner, some patient strategising in Two Point Hospital, and some… creature chasing in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. I also bought Spider-Man in the vague hope I’ll be able to play it, but the unfinished God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn suggest I won’t.
Someone who has finished it is Gamoc who polished up our review of Marvel’s Spider-Man before making a start on Shadows Awakening, while Tuffcub played H1Z1 and Destiny 2: Forsaken which he has to grudgingly admit is quite good; “The Prison Break is really well done, a very clever idea for a video game and it does look spectacular on a PS4 Pro.”
Jason has played lots of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker and been enjoying it a lot more than he was expecting to. On top of that he’s been playing Into The Breach on Switch “which is great”. Steve has have quite a lot to play this week:
Got the platinum trophies for Knack II and Yoku’s Island Express. Knack was a nice development of the first one and ironed out most of the annoying aspects, but my son got bored before the end as it was a bit too long. Yoku is just delightful and is a fantastic introduction to pinball mechanics. Kept me smiling and entertained throughout.
I also played Planet Alpha and The King’s Bird for review. Having now fitted a more modern GPU, I intend to fall deep into my Steam backlog to tweak settings and not actually play games over the weekend. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
Alongside all of that I am dipping in and out of the sublime Dragon Quest VIII on 3ds during commutes and bedtime.
Ade streamed some Strange Brigade with Tuff last weekend for the inaugural Sunday Streaming Hour, as well as finishing off its campaign. “It was a lot of fun despite the fact that I couldn’t find any friends to help me out on the final boss – had to do it all on my own. Sad face.” He’s also been playing Guacamelee! 2 in local co-op; “other than naffing me off because the camera only ever follows player 1, even if another player is proceeding through a section, it’s brilliant”.
He’s also been having a laugh with his new agent (Codenamed Spade) in Phantom Doctrine. “Every time I click on him he says things like ‘F****** hell it’s the f****** boss’ or ‘yeah whatever a******’ considering there’s been no swearing in the game up until this point, it’s safe to say that I was rather shocked by his improper language”.
Aran has been playing Detroit: Become Human where things may not have gone quite to plan; “I think I got the worst endings possible for each character”. He also started on PES 2019 for review which people will be able to read about next week, before checking out Steel Rats for a preview. Miguel has been playing the potentially improper Senran Kagura Reflexions as well as the incredible-looking Valkyria Chronicles 4 for review and Donut County for “funsies”.
Lastly, Tef’s dabbled with a bit of Destiny 2: Forsaken (which has a very naughty initialism), but spent most of his gaming time with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Outside of that, he’s enjoyed being able to tell all of his consoles and games to update everything, thanks to now having proper internet again.
What about you? What games have you played?