I’ve got man flu which, of course, means that the world is coming to an end. At least I’ve got some good games to keep me company in my hour of need as I’m ploughing through both Astral Chain and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne well in advance of either release. I’ve also played Pawarumi, which was a great surprise and has revitalised my love for some good old Shmups, and I’ve got a Flip Grip so that I can play Ikaruga in the best way possible. Here’s hoping I don’t drown in my own snot before I get to fully enjoy it!
Jim has put Fire Emblem on the back burner for the time being this week. Instead, he’s dipped into DC Universe Online; “It’s been fun and weirdly nostalgic given how much time I pumped into the original version at launch nearly a decade ago”. He also breezed through a nice little indie thriller called Sagebrush, and has returned with me to Monster Hunter: World. “Despite being my top game of 2018, I was too nervous to wade back in after my initial run. However, with Iceborne a few weeks out, I’ve been crossing off those last few Elder Dragons so I can progress into the expansion. It’s been tough doing these solo, but this has done nothing but galvanise my love for Capcom’s latest entry in the franchise.”
Aran has been playing Exception for review, “which is a nice and fun platformer that is currently having issues ironed out”. He also made a ton of progress in AC Odyssey by taking out quite a few cult members. There’s apparently just a few more to find, but I find that hard to believe. It’s endless right? While we missed Nick P last week, he’s played and finished the awesome Transformers Devastation, which he reckons was a lot better the second time around, and has been testing himself with Automachef, which might be one of the most absurdly difficult games he’s ever played.
Jason has been playing through Destiny 2, where he’s still grinding for the purple solstice armour, and Minecraft, where he’s been flying around and taking pictures. TC has also been playing Destiny 2, obviously, but has been able to supplement this with Man of Medan, which he’ll be reviewing for its launch at the end of this month.
There’s not been much on for Steve this week. He finished the excellent Horace for review (which you’ll see on Monday) and got started on Apsoluv: End of Gods. He’s also still plugging away at Fist of North Star, but has been away from his PS4 most of the time.
Ade has played Ancestors Legacy for review which, “whilst aiming for dour solemnity, was unintentionally hilarious thanks to a character who dropped F and C bombs every moment they could. I’ve also been playing Redeemer for review. It’s a really stupid and violent beat ’em up. Kinda fun though.”
Miguel has been playing Monster Hunter: World pretty regularly, hopping on in the morning to do the daily bounties for those seasonal event tickets he missed out on. He also played a bunch of fighting games with some pals like Tekken 7, Street Fighter V and Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, and has been desperately on the hunt for a specific type of mobile game that he’s not sure exists yet (in English). Maybe you can help him out?
I’ve been trying to find a bullet hell/shmup game with a character gacha system or just a huge variety of unlockable or special characters. So far I haven’t struck gold yet, but the search continues.
Gamoc has played a couple hours of No Man’s Sky to have a quick look at it in VR – “it’s nice” – and try out the Move controls – “super weird”. He also spent about an hour of UFC 3 in Ultimate Team, “which continues to be a mode that would be fun if not hamstrung by microtransactions”. He also played some Sairento VR over the weekend, which means he finally achieved his life ambition of being a cyber ninja.
Finally, Tef’s been hooked, lined and sinkered by the dip in, AFK gameplay of Starborne. Even though he’s going to lose it all when he heads off to Gamescom next week, he’s built up a fledgeling little star empire and enjoyed learning the MMORTS’ simple incremental systems. Aside from that, he got to spend a little time playing WRC 8 and thinks it’s got a shot at Dirt Rally 2.0’s crown. We won’t have long to find out if it does, since it’s out at the start of September!
What might you have played?