A rare day when two utterly contrasting game communities have united in mutual joy and celebration is upon us, as Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal both launched today. Perhaps it’s the almost complete lack of gameplay crossover, meaning they can cater to completely different audiences, but it’s been quite delightful to see the cute fan art of the Doomslayer playing on Switch or Isabelle battling demons.
I’ve been playing one of these two games… and it was the chirpier, more cheerful Animal Crossing: New Horizons that I reviewed for earlier this week. In fact, I’ve been playing it since the start of this month, and with almost three weeks of game under my belt, I still love dipping in each day. It’s just so lovely.
Miguel, on the other hand, went full throttle for our Doom Eternal review. Struggling to find anything that he disliked about this evolved arcade shooter, he handed it a rare 10/10. That wasn’t all though, he’s played a little of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, customised a demon-hunting lady in Nioh 2, dabbled with Call of Duty: Warzone, and has already caught a huge number of fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Wait. Did I say 10/10s were rare? Doom’s embargo lifted just an hour after Persona 5 Royal’s, and Nic found it to be just as fantastic as the 2017 original that it has expanded upon. Some more story here, some quality of life improvements there, and everything that made the original JRPG masterpiece so good, and this meant we had two 10/10s in a week!
Tuffcub streamed some yoga yesterday lunchtime, but has mainly been playing – you guessed it – Destiny 2, as well as Jumanji: The Video Game, “which is a very odd split-screen shooter a bit like Timesplitters, but rubbish.”
Eager Resident Evil beaver that he is, Steve played the Resident Evil 3 demo yesterday, but has largely been playing the topically named Resistance and Resistance 2. He’s got some Ori and the Will of the Wisps and the original Resi 3 on his playlist for the weekend, once he can stop “playing” Microsoft Teams.
It’s been a rollercoaster of emotion for Ade, who’s had his son’s birthday as a high, and “most other things” as lows. So he leant on an old favourite and dove into the Masocore madness of Nioh 2. “As a game it’s a delight, even if I still can’t beat that bloody forge demon. Yet. The obstacle is the way and I will whip his flame grilled buttocks!”
Nick is still obsessed with Call of Duty: Warzone, saying he’s “starting to appreciate it a lot more and my team and I find tactics to improve our game. My gulag record isn’t quite as impressive now, but I think it’s because people just getting better at the game. Still very solid and it’s been very cool discovering locations from previous CoD games, like the plane from the ‘Mile High Club’ mission in the OG Modern Warfare.”
Jason has also been playing Warzone, but thinks it’s worse than Blackout and not as fun as Apex Legends. I’m sure he can settle this with Nick in the Gulag. That said, he’s mostly played One Step From Eden, describing it as “a roguelike with Mega Man Battle Network combat.”
And Warzone gets a vote of “it’s alright” from Aran, while also played a bit of Greedfall, but is dealing with a lot of pressure from work and uni a moment.
Now then, what have you played this week? Are you embarking on an island adventure, or planning on kicking hell in the nuts this weekend? How’ve you fared in the Gulag? Let us know in the comments below.