It’s Day 9,688,997 in everybody’s house. Down is up, up is round, Tuesday is a salmon, and everyone’s children are reenacting Lord of the Flies. But with iPads. This is our reality now, but it is at least one where you can find plenty of time to play games.
In between getting attacked by my increasingly feral children, I’ve managed to play a bunch of things. I had a big Ubisoft blowout on Stadia, and dived into Lost Words: Beyond The Page, Bleeding Edge and the Gigantosaurus game for review.
Besides that, I finally completed Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which I enjoyed, even if I feel like I’d have been just as happy watching it on Youtube. I also dived into Shield Wall in Early Access, played a bunch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and had a go at the new, horrible, variant monsters in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.
Nic B has played a lot of Magic Arena, “with today’s teaser of the new set, Ikoria, I can’t see this changing any time soon!” He’s also discovered how “notably unbendy” he is after playing Yoga Master thanks to Tuffcub’s review last week.
Miguel has gone down the Animal Crossing rabbit hole this week, by somehow, “against all earthly odds and human inevitabilities, playing over 60 hours of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Life has never been better!” He also finally got back to playing Astral Chain, and after an afternoon of being strangely awful at the game, realised that his brand new living room tv had an incredibly lag-inducing Game Mode that he’d left set to the wrong option for months.
Oh, and then there was Nioh 2 with his friends, a ton of the Predator: Hunting Grounds open beta, and Doom Eternal’s Battlemode, which he says is more fun than he originally thought. Finally, he remembered that he’s also played One Step From Eden, Murder By Numbers and One Piece Pirate Warriors 4! It’s almost like he’s been locked up with nowhere to go!
Jason is heavily invested in One Step From Eden, “which is just impossibly good”. Also, Risk of Rain 2 had a new update so he’s playing that, and EDF 5 was on sale so he got some friends to buy it so there’s that too. Finally, The Division 2 for some reason.
Also on the Animal Crossing plane has been Nick P, mixed in with a little bit of Call of Duty: Warzone. But really, his time has been spent “smashing” Resident Evil 3 for review. “I’m on my 5th run now on Nightmare difficulty. I’m trying to complete a lot of the challenges so I can unlock some cool stuff, no spoilers. Also, let’s not forget RE Resistance. I’m finding it a lot of fun playing the bad guy and dropping Mr X on people. It’s so cool! I just hope more people play it so I have some team mates!”
Jim spent much of this week’s lockdown hopping between two very different games: “First up I’ve been playing (and thoroughly enjoying) Control with all its delightful Remedy weirdness. The combat gameplay isn’t as riveting as other third person shooters, but I’m still having a blast.
“I’ve also been immersed in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. Having spent countless hours playing the original I’m getting a bizarre sense of deja vu. While there are a lot of quality of life changes, it feels fundamentally the same. To the point where I’m almost rolling the same character/faction I did more than a decade ago.”
Steve finished Psychonauts and God of War: Ascension. “Psychonauts was just as wonderful as I remembered (apart from a dodgy camera) whilst Ascension was more of a complete game than I expected, having always heard more about the multiplayer parts.” Now he’s just waiting for Resi 3 to drop through the door…
Aran managed to squeeze in a bit of Greedfall between essay writing and working. “I’m enjoying the story unfold” he said, “and it being focused a lot on building relationships through diplomacy with factions.”
Ade is still playing Nioh 2 and says “it’s damn good. Killed a veritable horde of big bald wrinkly old man demon babies the other day. I’m also wearing an outfit that makes my Avater resemble Jason Mamoa in Aquaman. Finding that ensemble was a good day.” Alongside that, he found that Memories of Mars was “not my bag”, and that Biped “very much is my bag.”
Meanwhile, Gareth has played Paper Beast and Throw Everything for review. He’s also played plenty Minecraft, because that’s real self isolation and some COD Warzone, “which is actually pretty good and at least takes measures to decrease the chance you’ll spent 15 minutes picking up cool stuff and running across a map only to be taken down by a sniper you didn’t even see.”
Tef is still completely invested in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but is trying to wean himself off the escapist delight. So he’s playing Good Job!, Exit the Gungeon and Spyder for review. The first is a fun phsyics puzzler that’s sometimes a bit too physics for its own good, the second a quirky side-on twist on Enter the Gungeon, and the last an adorable robot spy platformer for Apple Arcade where you can happily walk on any surface.
And finally, Tuffcub got to be all mysterious this week as he has been playing “that thing I can’t tell anyone I have been playing until the embargo has ended”.
So… not Destiny 2?
Now then, what have you all been playing?