What We Played #426 – Control, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order & Shenmue III

Another week in the bag, and I can’t tell if it was an eventful one or not. It certainly sped by rather quickly but did I get much gaming done? Not really.

I finished off the original Luigi’s Mansion on 3DS last weekend, meaning that I could return to Luigi’s Mansion 3 on Switch and pick up where I left off. There’s been a huge shift in gameplay depth, in addition to just how much prettier it is. Beyond that, a lashing of Destiny 2 and some Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Revelations made up the rest of my gaming week. I’ve also been trying to remember what I’ve done with my gloves, now that it’s nippy as anything out and about…

Dom has been playing with Google Stadia, dipping into Destiny 2 and Samurai Shodown on the new streaming service, and saying “it really works!” Aside from that, he’s been reviewing Terminator Resistance, Planet Zoo, Skybolt Zack, Super Monkey Ball Blitz and playing some Castlestorm with his son, who’s been hunting down the strategy games on his PC.

Aran popped up to tell us about squeezing Red Dead Redemption 2 and Narcos: Rise of the Cartels in and around drafting essays. It’s the latter of these that has really taken precedence. Three essays to do, 12,000 words to churn out and a deadline on Monday! Good luck, Aran!

Meanwhile, Gamoc has been immersing himself in a whole other world to essay writing. Specifically those of VR Ping Pong Pro, Last Labyrinth and Golem, all on PlayStation VR. When returning to the real world, he’s hopped into Killing Floor 2, “which is a rare game I actually enjoy playing online. It’s awesome.”

It’s a familiar jaunt into Destiny 2 for Tom, who’s nabbed a couple of the game’s pinnacle weapons and made another run through the Garden of Salvation raid. He’s also spent a lot of time with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which he thinks might just be his game of the year!

Putting off all things non-video game related, Miguel finished Control, “which was absolutely amazing”, and has split the rest of his time since with Death Stranding, Pokémon Sword, and just for the hell of it, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Also enjoying Pokémon was Nic B, who complimented it with Minecraft Earth, and Deemo Reborn, which is excellent in his estimation.

Steve’s had a solid week of gaming. Welcome to Hanwell was buggy but interesting, he’s spent a few hours in the demolition derbies of Flatout Ultimate Carnage, and finished Sparklite for an upcoming review. He’s on the other side of coursework, with undergrad marking to do…

It’s been more Beat Saber for Jim, who’s been enjoying the new Rocket League music Pack, and he’s also immersed himseld in Shenmue III, which is exactly what he expected – “There’s a certain tone and pace there that hasn’t changed even after 18 years” – and he booted up Prince of Persia on PS3 for a throwback to simpler times.

And finally, Tuffcub is back to wearing jeans in the cold misery of the UK. He played Assassin’s Creed Liberation on PS Vita on his trip back, and started Control at 2AM this morning because of jet lag. He’s not that impressed. “So far I can’t see what the hype was about,” he says.

Do you agree? Let us know in the comments, and tell us what you have been playing as well!

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  1. I completed The Outer Worlds in a possible record-breaking time (for the longest playtime that is) – 45 hours and 48 mins! :P I thoroughly enjoyed it, the pace did slow down a bit while i gathered as many sidemissions as i could find, which meant a lot of dialogue to go through but the humour kept it from becoming tedious. I would have liked it to continue for another 40 hours but hopefully there will be an expansion or sequel given how well the game has been received. A solid 8/10 for me. 1 point off for the length and another point off for a combination of several minor inventory/feature bugbears.

  2. Trying to finish up some things to clear the backlog/make more space for whatever I inevitably buy in the sales.

    Which has already gone wrong, because I just got Crash Team Racing. Which is as fun as it was 20 years ago.

    Kingdom Hearts 3 got more fun after the horrible Frozen level with it’s completely unnecessary singing.

    Quite a bit of BF V again.

    Plus I’m doing the last bit of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC. Which is all very nice looking, but after the main game was far too big, I’m not sure it needed all that DLC. Another 15-20 hours or more? Alexios still wears as little clothing as I can manage.

    And then Middle-Earth: There’s been a Mordor. Or whatever it was called. Can’t work out if it’s not as good as the first game, or if it’s just a bit of an unnecessary sequel.

    Not much VR fun this week, for some reason. Apart from a bit of Honor & Duty again. My camera had moved though. It’s basically tied to a stick with some cable ties, because I thought I was being clever. Took me ages to work out why things were going wrong. I couldn’t look up, in much the same way dogs can’t look up. Not ideal when people are shooting you from the top of a tower. So did I adjust the camera and try and fix it in place more securely? Or did I just twist it back to where it should be and hope for the best?

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