I’m scratching my head wondering where the week has gone here. I think that, if I go over each day one at a time, I can remember what happened, but not through being excessively busy, this week has flown.
Either way, that still makes it time for What We Played, and this week’s biggest time sink has been Black Ops 4’s Blackout beta, which is fast, slick, and technically just a very impressive and polished Battle Royale. Kudos to Treyarch and their support studios for nailing it first time, even if they’re not creating the absolute latest trends in multiplayer.
Last weekend was all about Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which turns in a good if fairly unremarkable modern era Tomb Raider game – sadly, that’s right on the button for what people were expecting. I’ve also dabbled with Destiny 2: Forsaken, but have struggled in recent times to get regular playtime into a single game so am lagging behind, got some quick hands on with Cities: Skylines on Switch now that it’s out (to go alongside my Gamescom hands on time), and played a couple of quick matches in the other major beta of Battlefield V, over which I’m having increasingly mixed thoughts.
Dom’s last minute change of plans meant that he’s not writing this feature, but he’s played games this week. He joined me for the odd bit of Blackout, got Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit in for review, and is getting to grips with Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Torna The Golden Country DLC.
Joining him with Labo and Xenoblade is Jason, who says that the Vehicle Kit is his favourite so far, while Aran’s game time has literally just been Jurassic World Evolution: “I decided that Velociraptors are too smart for their own good, continuously breaking out and eating my customers. Other than that my first park seems to be running smoothly, it’s the next one with the storms that is being finicky.”
Tuff has played Destiny 2 and Bubble Bobble, while Miguel’s been stacked with college work, so only managed to squeeze in a little Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate and some Azure Reflections and the thigh-slappingly bad Senran Kagura Reflexions for review.
Jim’s been loving his time exploring Manhattan in Spider-Man, saying that “It’s not GOTY material for me but is still extremely good and will definitely shift some PS4s.” He also played more of Firewall: Zero Hour, and tried once again to get into Spelunky, but can only get past the first few stages.
Finally, Steve’s had tonsillitis, so he’s been playing Dragon Quest VIII on his 3DS while he recuperated. He’s managed to muster the strength to finish Planet Alpha and Tyler: Model 005, while making good progress in The King’s Bird, all of which are for review. Finally, he deliriously decided to play Anima: Gate of Memories: “It’s ok but has some terrible jumping sections. Feels like an even lower budget Nier: Gestalt, which makes it pound shop level, but the combat and lore are keeping me interested enough.”
Now then, what have you all been playing this past week?