What We Played #437 – Dreams, Azur Lane: Crosswave & Final Fantasy VII

You love playing games right? Well, it’s Valentine’s Day and while we don’t want to enforce any stereotypes upon anyone, we can all agree that falling in love with games is why you’re probably here. I’ve mostly loved playing Monster Hunter World, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate with my son this past week, as we slowly spiral into developing ‘some kind of problem’. Besides that I’ve been trying to finish Shadow of the Tomb Raider before Microsoft snatch it back from Xbox Game Pass, and playing Final Fantasy XV on both Stadia and PC. With two separate saves. After already completing the hell out of it on PS4. I don’t see any kind of problem with that. I also really enjoyed AO Tennis 2, after really not enjoying the first one.

Though Tom has two babies that ought to ensure that gaming doesn’t happen, he’s actually been playing Death Stranding during 3am feeds with them, and finished off The Touryst too! Aran meanwhile finished Mass Effect Andromeda this week and “liked it”. He said, “the game works well at setting up a new galaxy for the series. It had some issues and a few forgettable quests but the new characters such as Stack and Jaal are great. I do hope EA eventually continue it as there are major plot points to still resolve.”

Jim jumped back into For Honor this week with Year 4 about to kick off. “It’s still one of the most unique, underrated multiplayer games of this generation and one that has only gotten better over time.” He also took another punt at Nioh, which he’s now having a much better time with; “it’s been pretty tough so far but has continued to prove Ninja Team still have their edge.”

He also dashed through Art’s Dream in Dreams and managed to beat his first ever playthrough of Final Fantasy VII, just in time for the remake in April. “That’s been a long time coming and finally, after seeing the game discussed constantly for the past couple of decades, it all makes sense to me. Can’t wait to get my hands on the remake.”

Steve found time to game this week! He started Simulacrum 2, saying “it works so well on mobile but needs a note-taking system. Using pen and paper is fine but seems against the digital spirit of the series”. He also finished Starlink and couldn’t decide what to play after that, so took the first disc out of his wallet and unfortunately it was Aliens: Colonial Marines. “The first level was surprisingly tense and atmospheric, but then you get thrown into interminable dull gunfights with faceless mercenaries. Boo!” He also started the charming Earthlock and had some time with forma.8 on Vita while his wife was watching TV.

Gareth played Neverwinter Nights, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 3, and Throw Anything, all for review, but stepped away from those to play some of the classic BioShock Infinite, “which I haven’t played since it released and am enjoying quite a bit”.

Miguel spent the week playing Rune Factory 4 Special, Azur Lane: Crosswave, Daemon X Machina on PC, and he bought Division 2, so he’s bound to try that out soon as well.

And finally, Tef has given us the skinny on Those Who Remain and The Falconeer this week, before turning his attentions to Dreams and exploring some of the early creations that people have thrown online.

What have you played?

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  1. I had a bit of flu but i completed SotTR, didn’t bother with the side-missions and other tombs as it felt a bit pointless going back at that stage, will save them for a new game plus. Also more NMS and getting back into Dreams as it get’s full release.

  2. Played Hellvlade last weekend and got the Platinum. Been playing Just Cause 4 and it is so much fun xD might get the Platinum on Sunday I reckon. Picked up Darksiders so will play that on Sunday with my co op buddy B_Cambo ^^

  3. A flu thrashed my plans to play some Zero Time Dilemma while being away on holidays in the Alps. But next week I’ll be home alone, so I’ll have quite some time for gaming (besides work, of course).
    Oh, and I did play Scythe for the first time, which was interesting and quite different, but there were no trophies…

  4. More of everything I’ve been playing the past few weeks, really.

    With added Dreams and it’s controversially short story mode.

    And I might have been tempted by The Division 2 being on sale. Can someone explain why it’s better than the first game? It clearly is, but I can’t quite work out why. And Sony really need to update the store so it lists the actual current download size, not the size it was when it was released. A 45GB download that turned into 100GB with a year of udpates? Took 24 hours to download.

    • I think it’s better that year one Division in terms of progression and things to do, but a lot of people actually feels it’s a sideways step and the DC setting loses the character of New York in the grip of a harsh winter.

      • You might be right there. Progression seems better. More balanced. Not running into things that are too hard too quickly.

        And despite the lack of the lovely snowy New York, it’s clearly a better game. Not a huge leap forward, but not really a sideways step. More diagonal. Like a bishop.

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