Thankfully it’s Friday! After what has been a bit of a comedown after E3, we’re still here playing games and writing words about them. Or even talking about them. I’m just about to embark on a week off – the most amazing thing ever – so I’m well on wind down, but before I go let’s catch up with what we’ve all been playing. I’ve still been playing Steamworld Quest, and it’s a lovely looking RPG with great mechanics, but, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s quite long. I’ve also been playing a ton of Kingdom: New Lands with the oldest boy, and we’re now both utterly addicted, so much so that we now have Kingdom games all set up on iPad and Switch for our week off. Besides that I’ve been getting nostalgic with some Gears of War 3, which isn’t quite as much fun as I remember, and Tales from the Borderlands which still has one of the best soundtracks ever. I also finally started Assassin’s Creed Origins, in a continued effort to not buy new games when I haven’t played my old ones.
Jason has been hammering Destiny 2. “Gambit is the best thing and I love it”. He’s also been playing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, “which is very enjoyable so far, but it’s hard to separate my nostalgia from the game itself.” Tuffcub has of course also been playing Destiny 2, but not with Jason because “he’s mean and doesn’t invite me to his game”. He’s also been on the Borderlands train with a little bit of Borderlands Pre-Sequel since it was on PS+, “its.. Borderlands.. meh”. He has also played Paw Patrol: On A Roll; “a side scrolling platformer – and by that I mean there is the floor, and then a level above it (usually a roof) and that’s it. Scroll across, jumping to collect doggy treats, occasionally stop and press a button to activate your pup’s special power, that’s it.” He’s also put himself through playing YouTubers Life OMG! “and it was beyond fucking awful!”
Aran’s been playing a lot of Judgment. “It’s a good game but doesn’t quite reach the same level as the Yakuza series. Still definitely worth a playthrough if you’re a Yakuza game fan.” He’s also been playing Mini Mech Mayhem and that is apparently a fun multiplayer title. “You’re always having to try and anticipate what moves your opponent will make and attempt to set your own tactics to counter them. Can lead to some unexpected consequences.”
Steve meanwhile has been thoroughly immersed in The Sinking City for review next week, alongside Bloodstained which is also up for review while nearly finishing Darksiders 3. “All lovely takes on the broad idea of ‘horror’ ideas and aesthetics. My son also gotcme to help him with the Brave tie-in on 360 which wasn’t so horrific.”
Nick P has been mostly playing Days Gone. “In fact, I finished it last night. I must say, despite the fact that I’ve been constantly saying how bland and buggy it is, I actually quite enjoyed it. Even the dumb story – which was pretty dumb. Tackling the hordes is definitely an adrenaline rush. And Lewis Capaldi sings the main theme which is brilliant! Also, I’ve been playing My Friend Pedro (the game made for me) and Samurai Showdown for review, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night which I single handedly funded on Kickstarter and usual junk CoD and MK11.”
Ade has been playing the latest DLC for Overcooked 2. “It is a curious combination of cookery and a horde mode and is, surprisingly, completely brilliant!” he said. Jim meanwhile was wanting to wind down a bit after E3: “last weekend I played nothing though, rest assured, I was still thinking/writing about games the whole bloody time. Wanting to clear some room on my hard drive I decided to leap back into God of War for what I assumed would be a fun bit of trophy cleanup. It’s still a solid 8/10 for me, but I found the task of going back through areas to hunt down collectables a joyless drag. Thankfully, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has helped me perk up massively. It’s an incredible blast from the past and one I can’t wait to play online when punters start showing up on launch day. You’ll know who I am, the guy that’s already unlocked N. Tropy!”
Nic B now owns a Switch – as all people should – so he’s been playing Breath of the Wild. “We all know how good that is, so I’ve also been playing a J-pop-fueled rhythm game called Muse Dash, and then I’ll be playing Harry Potter Wizards Unite (review ASAP)”
Finally Tef has also been Switch-bound while away from home. Most of that time gaming has been spent with the excellent Cadence of Hyrule and it’s Crypt of the NecroDancer forebear, but he also picked up Wargroove in the E3 sale and got his turn-based strategy on.
Now then, what have you played?