The sun is shining! Which suddenly makes it feel as though everything is going to be better, and that spring is winding up to, you know… spring. Thank goodness for that! Still, one thing that isn’t changing is that we should definitely still be staying inside and playing games for the majority of our days at the moment. That’s what we’re doing, anyway!
I have been playing Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate in preparation for Monster Hunter Rise, and because I think I might have finally wrung all of the goodness out of Monster Hunter World (that is of course impossible, but maybe just for this week). Besides that I’ve been quietly enjoying Destruction AllStars, and I really hope that they make some of the changes that fans are asking for, like opening all the modes for party play, sorting out the on-foot melee, and introducing some music during gameplay. I think it’s a great freebie for Plus though, and hope that everyone is checking it out!
Aran played through Ryse: Son of Rome on Xbox and Yoshi’s Crafted World on Switch, telling us that he needed a break from Valhalla for some shorter games; “I quite enjoyed Ryse, though the combat got very repetitive. I played it as I’m trying to catch up on the Xbox exclusives I missed last generation. Yoshi’s Crafted World was decent, though I wasn’t a big fan of the egg throwing. The music got repetitive too.”
Nic B has been blasting his way through Persona 5 Strikers for next week’s review, and is loving the chance to bond with his Phantom Thieves once more. He continued, “Beyond that, I’ve been making the most of my daily walk by caching as many mons as possible in PoGo and kicking back with some bizarre squirrel stalking in Nuts (another review that’s on its way).”
Destruction AllStars has shot to the top of Jim’s playlist this week, with him saying, “It’s basically a modernised, mainstream-friendly take on Twisted Metal that splices vibrant arcade visuals with vehicular mayhem.”
You can find his Destruction AllStars review here, but spoiler alert, he’s “having great fun with it despite butting against the same repetitive gameplay loop. A shame that there isn’t a Sweet Tooth character skin in there somewhere… I’m also happy to report that I beat Final Fantasy VI! As someone who rarely plays turn-based JRPGs anymore, let alone on mobile, I’m glad I managed to finally cross it off the bucket list. That final dungeon, ascending Kefka’s Tower, was a sweaty way to wrap things up, but I’d definitely put VI at the top of my list of favourite FF games.”
Steve has played a bunch of Bezier, saying, “gotta chase those high scores”. He’s also spent some time with the “beautiful Blue Fire – combining Zelda, Dark Souls, and the Mario Sunshine void levels shouldn’t work, but it does”. He then got stranded in the jungle with Green Hell and finished his run on Black Mesa, telling us that the improvements to Xen really stood out.
When we talk about people not playing Destiny 2, that doesn’t usually include Tuffcub but here we are in backwards land. “I have been playing Turrican Flashback for some retro goodness, Little Nightmares II for next week’s review, and Persona 5. This is the first time I have played a Persona game and it seems to be 90% anime and 10% game at the moment. It’s kind of what I expected – school kids, demons, blah blah blah – but it’s quite baffling. I’m hoping the game will kick in at some point; at the moment it’s challenging Metal Gear Solid 4 for the crown of most cut scenes ever before you get to actually play.”
Reuben has mostly been playing FFXIV (again), tracking down the new spells that have been added to Blue Mage this week, along with mopping up ones he didn’t have before. As well as this, he’s been continuing his playthrough with friends of Borderlands 2 to “middling success”, and finally getting around to God of War with its “GORGEOUS” PS5 update. His caps lock, not mine.
Gareth meanwhile finally got hold a PS5 last weekend! That’s meant he’s spent the week with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, No Man’s Sky (VR and non–VR), Destruction AllStars, Control Ultimate Edition, Call of Duty Warzone, and Injustice 2. He tells us that he’s “played Miles Morales most, completed the story of it last night. Great game, too short, but I appreciate the performance RTX mode. Destruction AllStars is quite fun, and I was surprised/disappointed that Valhalla didn’t have ray tracing.”
Miguel has played a solid chunk of Apex Legends, noting that “the PSN 2020 wrapup told me I played 116 hours on PS4 and Steam says I’ve played 30, which can’t be correct given how rubbish I am at that game! And a little Warzone, as well as some 30XX for review and a smidge of Fall Guys!”
Ade played quite a few games this week, telling us “I’m still on with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and, having just discovered all the mythological stuff, this game is even more vast than I though. Superb entry in the series though, only really let down by the awful and oh-so-cringeworthy romantic elements. I also had a dabble with the demo of Lunark, which is shaping up to be a terrific entry in the cinematic platformer genre, and Habroxia 2 for review – it turned out to be an awesome little retro shooter – as well as starting Trine 3 with my better half.”
Also on the assassination train is Nick P, whose week has been dominated by AC Valhalla. “I’m about 92 hours in, having conquered most of England with only four areas left to go. I also started playing Monstrum 2 for preview which has been… interesting.”
Finally Tef joined us for a smidgeon of Destruction AllStars, but found himself feeling pretty much the same about it as he does all car combat games, which is that he likes the idea, but he’s not really good enough to do much actual crashing into people and taking them out. Besides that, he hopped into Nioh 2 Remastered on PlayStation 5 to back up Jason’s coverage of the game’s release on PC and PS5, getting his bum handed back to him despite dialling up the 120fps mode, and loaded up Halo: The Master Chief Collection for some multiplayer on Xbox to see if the PowerA Fusion Pro Controller and its flappy bum paddles would make him any better. The jury’s still out on that…
What about you? What have you played?