Apparently today is a bank holiday, but even without every day feeling basically the same these days, it’s a confusing one that doesn’t feel quite right. Outside of Good Friday, it’s just a bit weird having a bank holiday on a Friday, doesn’t it?
At least the weather is great outside, which I’m sure you’re all trying to enjoy as responsibly as possible.
And with that in mind, I’ve been pushing myself to play a bit less of Animal Crossing: New Horizons – I’m just checking in on turnip prices a moment – and use my recently upgraded PC to play PC games. So obviously I’ve been pushing it to the limits with… Halo: Reach? I only got a few levels into it when it dropped on PC last year, but I’ve picked it back up and am thoroughly enjoying its story and floaty shooter gameplay. I’m equally looking forward to Halo 2: Anniversary when that arrives next week.
Alongside that have been two games that I can’t really tell you about until next week, but will overjoy two very different types of game when they eventually release.
Much less secretive was Aran, who’s been playing Ion Fury for review. That’s been joined by some of The Outer Worlds, but while he is enjoying it, he doesn’t think it’s grabbed him quite like Fallout: New Vegas did.
Adding the vibe of endlessly scrolling through Netflix to his gaming was Steve, who played a few smaller games from his PS+ backlog before swapping over to Game Pass to sample on a few other things instead. He dipped into Streets of Rage 4, rattled through West of Loathing and Rage, and is now on Act 3 of “Grunty McSwears of War Ultimate”, which he finds a bit clunky by modern standards.
Nic B deviated from his planned platinum hunt in Final Fantasy VII Remake because he was distracted by the mention of Monster Hunter World, dropping 15 hours into upgrading his armour and weapons before he realised it. Much more determined was Jim, who managed to beat Control this week, and has knuckled down to try and grab the platinum before the two expansions are available.
Tuffcub’s usual routine of just playing Destiny 2 was upset by the fact that the game has got boring as hell during the current season. He’s got the Guardian Games machine gun, and there’s nothing else for him to do. So he played Bayonetta and Vanquish instead.
Bayonetta hasn’t aged well. The sexytime stuff was a bit vulgar at the time and now just makes me cringe. Also it’s a bit boring and looks terrible, horribly muddy cut scenes. Vanquish has aged much better, who can argue with sliding around on your buttocks and shooting aliens?
It was card games by way of Tabletop Simulator for Jason, who played Magic the Gathering with friends. He also played some EDF5, Streets of Rage 4, Someday You’ll Return, Risk of Rain 2 and started on Final Fantasy VII Remake. He’s including Ring Fit as well, because it tricks you into thinking that exercise is a game.
Gamoc was less busy with his gaming, but still managed to combine Vampyr, Call of Duty: Warzone and Galactic Civilizations 2. Nick was the least busy, though, who played a tiny bit of XCOM: Chimera Squad on Monday but has been busy with Real Life™ aside from that. Poor Nick…
Miguel has been going slow and steady with FF7R. He’s up to chapter 14 now, but has been mixing things up with daily check ins on Animal Crossing, some of the original Ape Escape and a few rounds of Apex Legends.
Finally, Dom’s also looking at Apex Legends for a change of pace, but he’s been enjoying his time in COD: Warzone with Gamoc. That’s come alongside Animal Crossing, My Hero Ones Justice 2, Wreckfest, Monster Hunter World with Nic and Jim, and PUBG and Octopath Traveller on Stadia.
Always banging on about Stadia, that one…
Now then, what have you played?