It feels like we’re really racing through December as we cross another working week off our calendars on the way to being able to wave goodbye to 2020.
Last night played host to the almost interminable The Game Awards, which would make even blockbuster film watchers fidget and look at their watch with how long it was. Did the awards they handed out make sense to you, though? Does The Last of Us Part II deserve a pretty clean sweep? It’s something we’ll be asking and coming up with our own answers to pretty soon.
Perhaps there’s space for another game to make a last minute challenge, with this week’s launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Smooth sailing it has not been for CDPR’s latest RPG epic though, from epilepsy triggers to just outright bugginess and pants performance on old consoles… Still, it’s gathered more than a few plaudits.
After reviewing Worms Rumble, Gamoc succumbed to his desire to pick up Cyberpunk 2077, draining funds from his PlayStation 5 fund to snag it for launch and… he’s actually found it to be pretty OK. After giggling at some of the more amusing bugs, he noted the “Nipples: On/Off” toggle, and he also said it’s “pretty great so far. I’ve only seen a few bugs and no explicit ones. Someone did walk through the doors of a lift a second before they opened though…”
Jim was also waiting for Cyberpunk until he discovered that his pre-order hadn’t actually gone through! Luckily it’s only meant as a Christmas gift for himself, and would’ve been swiftly wrapped up. So instead he’s played some Worms Rumble, honed his skill in For Honor and fired up Final Fantasy XIV for the latest update. He’s gone so far as to roll a brand new character.
Another on the Final Fantasy XIV train was Reuben, thanks to the “amazing” Patch 5.4 that arrived on Tueday. Aside from that, he’s been playing Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (review incoming) and Ikenfell, both of which he heartily recommends.
Aran has been playing the “tough but excellent” Unto The End, while also reviewing Haven. “I really like the main characters and the music is 👌.” I absolutely agree on that!
All Tom Lord managed to do this week was buy The Pathless, so we swiftly move on to Steve who reviewed Call of the Sea, played a bit of Monster Sanctuary and played an exciting console launch title: Killzone: Shadowfall. “It left me cold with some generic shooty stuff and awful checkpointing.”
Nic B played all the way through Spider-Man: Miles Morales, calling it “suitably excellent”, before squeezing in some MTG Arena and Monster Hunter World, where he’s really looking forward to some PS5 optimisations.
Miguel mixed Doom Eternal on the Nintendo Switch with some drum bashing with the new Taiko Rhythmic Adventure Pack, and messing around with Fortnite for the new battle pass. “I wish I was immune to capitalism,” he said, “but, alas, I need the cute character skins for this game I barely ever play.”
It was the standard mixture of Destiny 2 and AC Valhalla for Tuffcub, while Nick P played, finished and got the platinum for Demon’s Souls. It’s merely a “starter” Souls game in his opinion. There was also WWE Undefeated and he’s been previewing Echo Generation.
And last and least, I had some fun trying (and failing) to team up for a run through Halo: The Master Chief Collection in co-op on PC this week, continued my Forza Horizon 4 adventure with some of the excellently silly Lego Speed Champions DLC, and soaked in the wonderful soundtrack of Haven while exploring the first couple hours of this intriguing narrative RPG.
Now it’s over to you. What have you played this past week? Have you picked up The Game?