It’s here. Just a few short days till your house explodes in wrapping paper and you eat yourself into a food coma. Unless of course that is if you don’t like Christmas, or perhaps you have to work over the holiday. Hopefully what it means is that you’re going to get to spend time with your favourite pastime and maybe even get one or two new games to dive into, and it’s been another great year; make sure to check out our GOTY picks!
Alongside writing here, me and my wife run a pub, so it’s not exactly been a quiet time of year for me. Those good old amateur drinkers are out in force, but we generally have nice people through the door so it’s not so bad. I have found time for some gaming, and for whatever reason I’m really enjoying playing Final Fantasy XIII again via backwards compatibility on Xbox One X. It looks like a current gen game a lot of the time thanks to the 4K update, and I’m actually enjoying the story and the soundtrack a lot! On top of that it’s been a bunch of Switch stuff for review.
Jim has spent this week properly throwing himself into Red Dead Redemption 2, and “Boy, does that game go places. Although the shooting gameplay doesn’t feel particularly great, I can’t get enough of simply existing within that world.” He also started up Red Dead Online and has been enjoying that “way more than I enjoyed GTA Online” as well as Realm Royale and Last Year: The Nightmare.
Jason has been playing Rain World, which is an incredibly strange but wonderful little game about a slugcat. He also played Warriors Orochi 4, which is “aggressively mediocre”. Finally he’s been putting loads of time into Smash, “because it is the best”. Nicole meanwhile has been trying to collect the last few trophies standing between her and the Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory platinum. “It’s ensured I’ve developed a real hatred for RNG trophies.”
Ade and his partner finished off the main story of Overcooked 2, “some of those later levels definitely tested our relationship – there was shouting – but we came through OK! It’s a great game and we’ll definitely attempt new game plus.” Aran played The Banner Saga 3 “which was a bit disappointing compared to the rest of the series. Dragged quite a lot story wise.”
Thomas has been losing his life to Kingdom Two Crowns and also running the new Destiny 2 raid with his clan. He also finished “Spider-Boi” and has started playing Horizon Zero Dawn again. Steve got the platinum on the lovely Cat Quest, is nearing the end of Vampyr but has to play it again some time now he knows how it works. “I lost a whole district due to a bad dialogue choice. Still loving the atmosphere”. He’s started Tearaway on Vita and looked at a few PC games but is having some crashing problems “think it’s dodgy RAM” so he’s not got too far.
Miguel played a bunch of Ultra Street Fighter 4 with his roomies, and a bunch of Smash Bros Ultimate to boot. He’s made room for a pinch of Atari Flashback Classics and also spent a few days loading his new PS Vita memory card up with games.
Finally, Tef has been clearing each week of assignments and enjoying Battlefield V, dropped a little, but nowhere near enough time into Insurgency: Sandstorm. He also reviewed Shattered State’s branching VR narrative from Supermassive Games, and supplemented all of this with some Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and NSMBUDfNS.
Now then, what have you played?