It’s been a surprisingly pleasant week, despite the fact we’re confined to our homes and there’s a pandemic on the rampage. A lot of that comes down to having video games to distract us all from it, and I’ve been making the most of it, getting into Warframe, Monster Hunter Rise, a load of Dreamcast games, Jurassic World Aftermath and playing just a little bit more Gears 5: Hivebusters with Tef. I also picked up a PS Vita Slim, and have immediately filled the memory card with my favourite Vita and PSP games. I will undoubtedly spend most of the week with Patapon 3, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Wipeout 2048, and that sounds pretty awesome to me.
Nic B has been playing Persona 5 Strikers, telling us “they’ve done an excellent job at taking something we know and love and giving it a unique, cool spin. Really enjoying it so far. I’ve also played MHW, helping my brother start Iceborne; played Rise and am looking forward to mastering the Switch Axe; and I played PoGo without driving 14 miles like some sort of muppet.”
Reuben meanwhile has been back on the FFXIV train, “what with the big reveal of the next expansion coming less than a month from now! Also been playing Scott Pilgrim, which I love to bits as I did before. Otherwise, the Back 4 Blood demo sank its teeth into me so much that I’ve gone back to Left 4 Dead 2, which I’ve been playing with friends a lot this week.”
Jim has been focused on just the one game this week, having finally picked Shadow of the Colossus back up on PS4. “It’s just as enchanting now as it was all those years ago when I stumbled upon a battered copy for PS2 with its fancy cardboard sleeve and postcards. It’s very rare that a game entices me to back and play through it again as soon as the credits have rolled but that’s exactly what I’ve done with all of Ueda’s games. I’ve just wrapped all the time trials on hard mode, now I’ve got to replay them on normal with the platinum trophy slowly coming into focus.”
Tuffcub has kept his gaming short and sweet with his week full of Destiny 2 and Netflix. Of course, those two things will provide enough entertainment for longer than human’s are capable of comprehending so maybe it’s not that short, or sweet.
Jason has been playing Rocket League, which is (not) surprising. He tolds us, “I’ve also jumped into Escape From Tarkov, which is incredibly good, far too intense, and the menu music is great. Other than that, I’ve been playing a couple of games for reviews I can’t talk about.” Gareth meanwhile has played Assassin’s Creed Valhalla “which is still a very mixed bag after more than 30 hours” as well as Vigor for review.
Aran has played more Assassin’s Creed Vikings and finished No Straight Roads, saying “the music was very good in NSR and it is still in my head now. In AC: Vikings I now have two alliances so yay. In other Viking news I finished the Vikings TV show.”
Nick P has been playing Rhythm Fighters for review and Empire of Sin for funsies. “So far, I’m enjoying it, despite it being very buggy. Slowly expanding my casino empire has been great, taking out rival bosses and making deals.”
Ade has also been on with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla this week, saying “Good grief it’s an absolute beast of a game – twenty hours in and I’ve barely scratched the surface! I reckon I might, just might, finish it by the end of the year. Maybe.”
Meanwhile, Miguel started Outer Wilds and has been loving it. “On top of that, I’ve played some Monster Hunter GU, a bit of the Monster Hunter Rise demo, and some Apex Legends.”
Steve has moved on to Drakengard 2 in his continuing quest to catch up on the Nier Cinematic Universe, saying ” I really should write these up for a feature… I have also played a preview build of the excellent Little Nightmares II and can’t wait to get my hands on the whole thing next month. And I played through the lovely little Zelda alike Ocean’s Heart for review and the ‘more FF than FF’ Edge of Eternity for preview. Still haven’t found time to try out the Rise demo so may try and get on that this weekend.”
And finally, as well as accompanying me online, Tef has largely been playing more of the quite excellent Hades, and has also been trying to get an old Daydream VR headset to accept a video signal from SteamVR in order to give it another lease of life. He’s not quite got it working just yet, but he’s not far off… probably.
What about you, what have you played?