What We Played #431 – Control, Christmas Presents & Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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.

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  1. Christmas is always the time I’m away from (most of) my consoles in the Alps, so, again, I had not much playtime this week. I returned to my Vita, though, which I had not used in a while, and which is still a beautiful little handheld.
    I played Hue, a nice little game we got on Plus ages ago, with an interesting colour change mechanics to solve puzzles, and I spent a few hours playing Zero Time Dilemma.

    • Oh, and I forgot, I watched the remaining episodes of The Mandalorian. Overall, it’s actually really good, you have to watch it if you’re remotely interested in Star Wars.

  2. Hope everyone had a fantastic chrimbo and New Year.
    The only gaming related gift I got was a PSN voucher so happy with that since I have a backlog to get me through after playing Death Stranding for 117hrs which I got the platinum last year. I also played Star Wars: Jedi Order which was my last Platinum of 2019 ^^
    Started Far Cry New Dawn and got the first plat of the new year 2020 xD
    Decided to set up the PS3 and try get some of the games platinum or even complete the story. The recent one today was Trine 2 and this has become Platinum no. 408
    I am currently playing Sonic Generations and have completely forgotten how fast this game is! Way too fast for me haha but I need to complete it.
    My next PS4 game will be Shadow of the Tomb Raider for this weekend!

  3. Too many things with Christmas and the current sale, which Sony persuaded me with an email for an extra 20% off.

    Borderlands 3 is more of the same childish nonsense I was hoping for. The Outer World’s is lots of fun, until a proper and decent Fallout game comes along. And Days Gone is also a bit flawed but still worth picking up on a sale.

    And then there was 428 Shibuya Scramble, which is very silly and one of the better visual novel things. mainly because you can actually fail and get a bad ending. Many times.

    Oh, and Blood and Truth. Which is good, but far too short and not quite enough gameplay. Lots of sitting at a table, but in VR so it’s apparently better that way.

  4. Death Stranding, i’m still learning how it all works but it’s fascinating and absorbing too. I’ve just recently unlocked the bike, then rode it successfully, albeit slowly up and over a steep mountain – despite the game telling me it wasn’t possible and to find another route. I then repaired the bike and shortly thereafter tackled another mountain until my bike simply exploded and disappeared! Oops, looks like i’ll be making my deliveries on foot for a while.

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