Another week in the bag, and January is gradually creeping along. Probably even slower than normal thanks to an overall lack of this place known as ‘outside’. Still, ‘outside’ doesn’t have as many consoles to play, so we’ve been getting some good chunks of gaming in while at home.
I finished Breath of the Wild off so that I could truly dive into Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, but really, I just want to start BOTW again. It’s still one of the greatest games of all time. Aside from that, there’s been more Warframe, more Hivebusters, some Hitman 3 when it was working, and some more Wipeout 2048 on my brand new (to me) Japanese PS Vita. There’s almost certainly been other stuff, but my son has helped me fall down a Warhammer: Age of Sigmar hole, and now there’s Citadel paints everywhere and a burgeoning army of Nighthaunts to play with instead.
Gareth has been playing Cyberpunk, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Vigor for review. He’s been trying to arrange people to play Vigor with but it hasn’t happened too often thanks to real life. Aran has also been a digital viking, playing more AC Valhalla. He tells us, “my way is to clear the map of all interest points in each region before embarking on the main quest line. Less distracted that way by the shiny things. I also busted out my Switch to play a bit of Yoshi’s Woolly World because I just need a simple game to get lost in. It is a nice little charmer.”
Nic B has had a quieter one, focusing on our upcoming Persona 5 Strikers review, with a little Pogo and Magic here and there. Jim, on the other hand, has not, firstly playing his way through Hitman 3 for review, saying, “It’s basically more of the same but with some clever twists and refinements, the overarching story being more of a focus. It’s been great fun and I’ve already started diving back into each location, crossing off mastery challenges and finding new ways to dispatch targets.
“Having put it down for a few weeks, I managed to get back into Final Fantasy VI. I’m glad I did as I feel I’m on the home stretch now as I blitz my way to Kefka’s Tower. I also played a couple more runs of Shadow of the Colossus. One more and I should have all the trophies!”
Reuben played yet more FFXIV and is trying to level his Weaver so he can get a cute jacket, “Glamours are the true FFXIV endgame”, he’s also been playing a lot of games with friends this week, finishing Left4Dead 2 together and have moved onto Torchlight II with some Castle Crashers as a palette cleanser.
Another beardy, long haired type, Nick P has been playing AC Valhalla which he’s quite enjoying, telling us, “It’s the first Assassin’s Creed in a long while I’ve not dropped off after the first few hours.” He’s also been playing Werewolf The Apocalypse: Earthblood for review, but more on that later.
Steve has continued his Nier prep by playing through Drakengard 2, but “was sensible enough to watch the alternative endings on YouTube rather than grind and grind for them”. He then took a trip to pre-deluge Atlantis in VR with Ryte The Eye of Atlantis, saying, “it has some nice puzzles but also some pre-release bugs to iron out. And then I started my review playthrough of The Medium (I think I’m allowed to say that?) about which more will be said next week.”
Tuffcub apologised for having returned to Destiny 2 – It’s OK TC, we forgive you – while Miguel has had a busy one, playing “Everspace 2 and Atelier Ryza 2 for writin’ articles this week, and I’ve also been wumblin’ around in Warzone and Apex Legends and Fortnite. I beat Outer Wilds, too!! Crunchyroll also localized a new mobile game called Princess Connect Re:Dive so ive been messin’ around with that.”
Finally, Tef overcame Hades on the 41st attempt, breaking his way out of the underworld and onto the surface to savour the game’s bittersweet climax… except he needs more completions to uncover more story beats, and now the game wants to make things even harder!
Now then, what on Earth have you played?