While it might not seem like all that much has changed, some thing certainly have, including the fact that’s it’s now half term and parent’s around the land will sigh with relief at a week off from home-schooling. It’ll certainly mean for plenty multi-generational game playing anyway, and we’ve started it off this afternoon with some Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’d forgotten just how good it was, and we’ve had a great time despatching Stormtroopers already. I’ve continued to have a whale of a time with Destruction AllStars, mostly placing in the top three for every match, and Lupita is my top tier choice every time. I’ve also continued with FFVII Remake, and am fairly certain I’m getting somewhere towards the end. It’s sagged a little in the middle I think, but I’m hoping for a strong (kind of) finish.
Jason has been playing Nioh 2 and still hasn’t had any tech issues (which you can read about), Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (which you can also read about), Slay the Spire on mobile (which you will be able to read about sometime soon) and a little bit of Rocket League too.
Tuffcub has played Destiny 2, obviously because there’s a new season, and The Elder Scrolls Online, saying “My friend can’t play first person games so I’ve agreed to play that with him. It is janky as fuck and feels so dated on a PS5.”
Nic B has played Persona 5 Strikers, “which is an excellent sequel to Persona 5. I’ve also been smashing it on Pokémon Go, having finally caught all 151 Kanto Pokémon. Only took 4 years, but we got there!”
Gareth has 100%ed Miles Morales and started New Game +, hoping to have the platinum by the end of the week. He continues, “I played some Control and can’t bring myself to trade RTX 30fps for 60fps, so have been dying repeatedly. I’ve also played a decent amount of Destruction All Stars, which is a lot of fun although it is annoying that I’m better at crashing when I’m trying not to in a normal racing game. I also completed Injustice 2’s story mode and I’ve resumed my now seemingly ancient Days Gone save thanks to that PS+ game collection thing. Elsewhere, I’ve completed yet another section of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which seems reluctant to end and less likely by the minute to come to a satisfying conclusion. I also briefly considered trying Monster Hunter World Iceborne before changing my mind because I’d only be lost. It’s a lot of stuff. All praise the PS5!”
Jim has also been dipping in and out of Destruction AllStars, “which has been fun in short bursts to fill some time”. He continues, “I’ve mainly been focusing on the backlog and surprised myself by mainlining Ashen. It’s what you might call of Dark Souls lite, hitting those similar Soulslike beats but slightly more linear and without some of that vague hidden depth. The final boss was a right pain but glad I managed to hit the end credits. I’ve also been playing Final Fantasy IV and Moonlighter.”
Meanwhile, Reuben has spent most of the week playing Bravely Default II, and have been enjoying jumping into a classic-style JRPG again. “Also, I’ve dropped back into Street Fighter V to get hype for this week’s livestream and to write up a feature on five years of the game.
Aran has been playing Mutropolis for review. More on that next week. “I have also been playing AC Valhalla and have now started the Essex arc. Still enjoying my time. Had levelled up quite a bit and went back to a very high level boss thinking I was ready. I was not ready. Soon I’ll win that fight.”
Steve has been playing a couple of games for review which he tells us about; “The first is Blue Fire which is a great mixture of Zelda, Hollow Knight and the Void levels from Super Mario Sunshine. Unfortunately the PC version has an issue with Unreal engine crashes which the devs are working on patching. I also have Early Access code for Rustler which is old school GTA in a medieval world. The rest of this week I spent playing 143 demos on Steam for some features. There were some real highlights here so keep an eye out for previews and articles around this. Despite having an unplayed copy of Super Mario 3D World in my wallet of Wii U games I’m severely tempted to pick up the Switch version as a treat for myself.”
Going for total assassination, Nick P managed to get the Platinum on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, telling us that it was a “solid experience although a little too big. Definitely got me back into the series again. I started playing Hitman 3 properly and I’m loving how inventive you can be. Finally, I had a little go on Destruction AllStars which was a fun distraction.”
Finally, Tef dove into an advance session for the Roller Champions closed beta, and came away fairly impressed. There’s depth here, and it’s great when the teamwork makes the dream work, but can it capture the hearts of millions like Rocket League managed? We’ll see. Aside from that, he’s been dialling up his more intellectually nefarious side for an upcoming preview. What could it be?
Now then, it’s over to you. What have you played?