Like an unstoppable pile of wrapping paper with Sandra Bullock at the controls, Christmas is coming, faster than ever before. I’ve finished all of my shopping, apart from the tiny issue of finding a surprise present for my wife.
The fact that there’s only eleven days left to find the perfect present for her hasn’t yet become a waking terror, but if I give it until Monday I think the twitchiness will have set in. She’s given me plenty of hints though, so unless I’m a complete imbecile I’ll pick one of those, right? There’s the distinct chance that I’m a complete imbecile, and have mostly forgotten about said hints. Wish me luck!
When I haven’t been Christmas present shopping I’ve been playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gear Club Unlimited 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Mech City: Override, and the Sega Mega Drive Collection. It’s kept me busy.
Gareth has been playing Townsmen and Shadows Awakening for review, and some Smash Bros. for fun, while Aran has been on “the exciting game of marketing revision. Marketing theories face off against one another in this battle, but all must overcome the theorist known as Michael Porter who seems to have ideas about everything. How’s the BCG Matrix supposed to compete against his power?” Besides that he’s found time for Banner Saga 2 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which sound much more fun, as well as Gungrave VR and The Videokid for review.
Jason fired a long list at me that included Smash Bros, EDF 5, Battle Princess Madelyn, Katamari Damacy Reroll, Party Hard, Gris, Monster Boy, and Below. This is either too many things, or perhaps Jason isn’t actually a human being at all, but a robot sent from the future to enforce his new world order on the gaming industry. That 10/10 for Smash Bros. reeks of tampering with the past to save the future.
Ade has been playing as much Overcooked as he possibly can. “Rinsed through the first game and now I’m on with the sequel – which is even better now that much hilarity can be had throwing food at my fellow chefs.” He’s also rinsed AC Odyssey to get a Playing with History out of it, with the bonus that it’s actually rather good.
Nicole has played Ark: Survival Evolved on Switch, calling it “a port full of untapped potential”, continued to explore a daunting underwater world in Subnautica and tamed herself a Lynx that lasted a whole 15 minutes in AC Odyssey.
Steve played at being a proper grown up academic by giving a lecture on Twelfth Night, and endured the apocalyptic pleasures of the pseudo-interactive game of parliamentary democracy crashing and burning. “Polished off the lovely but short Tsioque, the slightly disappointing Shapeshifting Detective, had a blast with the slight but fun Cat Quest and sank my teeth into Vampyr. The latter is janky and slightly broken as a game but is interestingly scripted and plotted, and has buckets of atmosphere. Plus loads of cool blood imagery for a sanguinary specialist like me.”
Miguel slammed through all three games in the Atelier Arland Deluxe Trilogy on Switch, and then played some Katamari Damacy Rerolled, before also playing “a SHIT ton of Smash Bros Ultimate”. Sounds messy. Nic B got into more VR with Astro Bot Rescue Mission while Tuffcub played Destiny 2, along with “Painting my Spare room (Currently chasing the Platinum trophy “Finish the sodding thing”), and Bubble Bobble.”
Finally Tef dropped a few hours in Battlefield V’s final single player campaign and Tides of War, was a bit indifferent to PUBG on PS4, enthralled by the relatively hardcore Insurgency: Sandstorm, beguiled by GRIS, and visited Supermassive to play their latest branching narrative adventure, Shattered State.
Now then, what have you played?