I have spent this week playing ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator Troubleshooting Simulator’ and let me tell you, it’s the worst game of the year so far. I have a pretty decent PC, that plays nice with pretty much everything, but not this. It just crashes, usually just as it’s loading, and it’s driven me to distraction. I think it might have actually removed any love for gaming that I have.
Well, maybe not quite as I’ve been playing No Straight Roads for review, as well as continuing to give the Wii U some much needed attention with Wind Waker HD and Paper Mario Color Splash, but it’s been a close run thing.
Thankfully, so that we can actually have a feature about the game, Tef has had far more success with Microsoft Flight Simulator, which he’s happily dabbled with while playing ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator Tech Support’ and come up with a bunch of new troubleshooting things I can try. He’s not had much luck with that.
Now that Nic B has got the internet, he’s been storming through Ogre Tale — a weird 2D beat-em-up that asks what happens if you took Japan and vomited Japan all over it, with Nic telling us “It’s an interesting play, if very try-hard in its writing.” Gareth meanwhile has been playing Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? for review. He’s also mopped up some side missions in Ghost of Tsushima, which in any other year would likely be his GOTY, but The Last of Us 2 released this year. He’s also jumped into some Beat Saber with the newly released Linkin Park pack.
On the watching front he’s on the second season of Umbrella Academy this week, “which was good except for a few moments that relied on poor writing and nonsensical character choices to progress. Other than that, I continued to watch 30 Rock and, much to my delight, discovered that I had misremembered how many seasons it has. I have two seasons left! It’s excellent, if you haven’t seen it.”
Aside from his usual grind on FFXIV, Reuben has been sinking some time into surviving the Siberian wilderness in Rise of the Tomb Raider and soaring through Aokana for a review too. He also says “I haven’t been watching a whole lot, unless you count my millionth rewatch of Friends as background noise.”
Jim hasn’t really thrown himself into one game this week, juggling a few, dipping in for a couple of hours here and there. He tells us “I’m still slaying away with Dauntless, having almost maxed the new Hunt Pass and unlocked almost all the Indiana Jones adventurer-esque cosmetics. Fall Guys has obviously been in my rotation but I’ve probably spent more time with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. I don’t have much history with the series at all, so maybe I’m not catching the same flaws fans butt their heads against. I’m really enjoying it, firing up a session then completing a handful of missions before ducking back out.”
Nick P has been mostly playing PGA Tour 2K21 for review, as well as some Ghost of Tshushima, CoD Warzone, Fall Guys and the Marvel Avengers Beta. “For things I’ve watched, I saw two movies, Invisible Man and Us which I quite enjoyed. I also started watching Brooklyn 99! I don’t know where all this time has come from haha!”
Jason has been playing more some Halo multiplayer, saying “it’s nostalgic and lets me pretend the world isn’t on fire around me. I’ve also been spending a lot of time with Dreamscaper, which is a really cool roguelike game with some light Persona social stuff thrown in.”
Over the other side of the pond, Miguel played Spiritfarer and Kandagawa Jet Girls for review. “My friends and I picked up Remnant as a co-op thing so i played the tutorial last night. I’ve also been doing a bunch of Final Fantasy XIV now that the Yokai Watch event is kicking off. I found out that the Regular Show creators new show Close Enough FINALLY came out so I watched that this week alongside some of Kaiji season 2 and my usual weekly anime business.”
Ade thoroughly enjoyed his time reviewing Peaky Blinders Mastermind, to the extent that he’s tempted to go and watch the TV show, and did a new Playing with History researching the gang’s real origins. He also played the Avengers Beta and said, “it was alright,” before returning to the EDF franchise and playing EDF 5 with his girlfriend – “The best in the series yet, we reckon.”
Steve turned up to say that he played BPM: Bullets Per Minute, Battletoads and Metamorphosis and just got the platinum for the lovely Ni no Kuni II. He’s going to watch the film with his kids over the weekend.
Finally, Aran played Death Stranding and got bored, saying “I just could not get into it at all”. He also played more Fall Guys “which is a great game to unwind with”, some and UFC 4 online. He’s been watching more The Good Place and also watched 1917, saying “what a great film that is.”
That’s all from us, but what about you? Let us know what you’ve been playing in the comments.