As we head into the weekend yet again (this seems to be an alarmingly frequent occurrence, I must say!), it’s time to check in and see what everyone’s been up to. Have they been getting in on the spooky spirit of Halloween? Has it been all about the cowboys and outlaws of Red Dead Redemption 2? Or maybe, just maybe there’s been something else in people’s consoles?
Personally, I feel like I’ve bounced off Red Dead Redemption 2’s intro harder than a hard and bouncy thing, the achingly slow pace either enough to give you Stockholm Syndrome or a very slow form of PTSD. The same, sadly, can be said of the first few hours delving into Fallout 76’s BETA, though there it’s not as intentional and refined. Needing something a bit more instantaneous and to the point (and to help me test out the Raiju Ultimate controller) it was a few rounds of Black Ops 4’s regular multiplayer, while a few gaming events had me playing a game that previously made me rather melancholic.
Gamoc was the first to respond, getting some time in on the Spider-Man DLC, some Red Dead Redemption, some Shadows Awakening, some Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – which he says is a delight – some Super Mario Odyssey, some Dead Cells, and some Stardew Valley. It seems that his Nintendo Switch is getting “some” use!
It was more RDR2 for RDR2 reviewer Ade, who’s clearly in the Stockholm Syndrome camp. “Its depth and breadth is frankly astonishing and once the ‘story’ is done – I hope this isn’t ‘spoilery’ – the game just goes and gets even bigger!”
Aran turned to another ridiculously big open world game with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but ran into an island that was far to high levelled for him, and so turned tail and fled. Steve was another who couldn’t live a life in the Old West, instead hammering Lego DC Super-Villains for review and turning to a few stiff drinks to get over the disappointment of Call of Cthulu.
Jason’s time was well spent polishing off AC Odyssey, and he’s “still loving the experience.” That was joined by the very fun Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe and an early look at Override: Mech City Brawl. If that sounds like it’s going to be a noisy game, then it’s got nothing on the drumming of Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!, which Miguel reviewed alongside another rhythm action game, Gal Metal, before exploring a bit of Deltarune from the creator of Undertale.
Jim’s been “pounding out many hours of For Honor”, but thinks it’s time for a break, so he donned his fancy hat to play Creed: Rise To Glory, Astrobot: Rescue Mission, Apex Construct, To The Top, and more.
But if that’s too many people not playing Red Dead, then don’t you worry, because Jake brings it back around. He’s been enjoying it and finds the attention to detail in the huge open world very impressive. In order to scratch his Splatoon 2 itch, he succumbed to the call of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, while he’s also been busy reviewing NBA Playgrounds 2 on PS4, which has helped with the pacing of Red Dead.
And finally, Dom’s been on the Red Dead train, “which is lovely and cinematic”, reviewed GRIP, “which is fun but flawed”, and playing more of My Hero One’s Justice, which continues to be great.
Now then, what have you been up to?