With all the Christmas and New Years holidaying of the last fortnight, I’m sure you’ve all been tucking into your fair share of gaming with whatever time off you’ve had. Did you find any new games waiting for you under the Christmas tree? Perhaps it was store credit to grab something in the sales? Or maybe you’ve stuck with some old favourites? Let us know what you’ve been playing in the comments below.
Personally, I kept my gaming fairly light over the last couple of weeks. With a bit of travelling around Christmas, I just had my Switch with me, playing a little bit of Luigi’s Mansion 3 in co-op alongside checking in each day for some Brain Training and offbeat indie gems like Pikuniku that I picked up in the sales. Not terribly exciting, but I did pick up and play the opening couple hours of Control as a New Year’s treat, and that’s all kinds of my jam so far.
Also enjoying Control is Gamoc, though he’s been struggling at times to figure out where he’s supposed to be going, so he’s been taking out his frustrations by slashing at fast-moving blocks in Beat Saber.
Jim got in far more gaming over Christmas. He started over with Stardew Valley on Switch, grabbed the platinum trophies for Rainbow Six Siege and Star Wars Battlefront 2, and has been playing through Final Fantasy VII in anticipation of the release of, uh, Final Fantasy VII.
Lucky enough to find Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order under a tree, Ade has been savouring its blend of Dark Souls and Star Wars, loving the Metroidvania style of world design. The one blight on his enjoyment is Cal’s running animation, which “makes it look like Cal is worried he might defecate himself at any moment.”
Even luckier was Nick P, who’s been good enough in 2019 to get four games for Christmas! He played through Control in less than a week, deeming it one of the best games of 2019 – our GOTY 2019 awards agree. He’s also played COD Modern Warfare and started Jedi: Fallen Order, leaving Judgment in its wrapper for once he’s done with those.
Clearly a very naughty boy, Aran got no games for Christmas, so he finished a playthrough of Sayonara Wild Hearts and started on the “very chilled” The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. It was a similar story for Nic B, who jumped back onto Magic the Gathering Arena, exploring the new Historic game mode. “It’s not quite Modern or Pioneer, but it’s better than we all feared it’d be, so I recommend people give it a go if they’ve been playing Arena for a while.”
And Tuffcub’s been his usual Destiny 2 grinding, to the extent that he’s dreaming about earning Polarized Fractaline in the latest season of the game. That said, he has played other games like Frostpunk – “which DOES NOT EXPLAIN ITSELF AT ALL AND IS VERY ANNOYING” – Mini Motor Racing X, Iro Hero and Zombieland Double Tap: Roadtrip – “Avoid at all costs.”
Apparently, it “takes a while for things to filter through up North,” so Dom has been playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Borderlands 3, Grid Need for Speed Heat. It also takes time for things to come to PC sometimes, but Dom’s ahead of the curve as he checks out Monster Hunter Iceborne for us on computer, and has Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore on Switch. Oh, and because it’s Christmas, he also played Minecraft with his boys.
And speaking of children, having welcomed twins into the world at the end of 2019, Tom’s spent a fair bit of time at the hospital the last couple of weeks. That’s given him plenty of downtime for gaming on Switch though, where he’s played the thoroughly inappropriate for playing near children South Park: The Fractured but Whole and The Touryst.
Now then, what have you played over Christmas and the New Year? Let us know below.