I have had a great time playing a game this week, but I’m not allowed to tell you which game or why I’ve enjoyed it for a little while. So, there’s that. When I’ve not been playing something I can’t talk about, I’ve been squeezing in some RPG time and returned to Final Fantasy XII on the Switch because it’s amazing, and a spot of Overwatch because it is also amazing.
It will come as little surprise to those in the know that Nic B has been playing a tonne of Pokémon Go. He tells us, “Niantic have stepped up the number of legendary Pokémon and mega evolutions they’re chucking out, and I’m happily filling my Dex with each one. Coupled with the special events giving double and triple XP for certain in-game actions, I’ve been power-levelling my two accounts. When I’m not doing that though, I’m playing MHW with my little brother — next stop Shara Ishvalda!”
Gareth has had a quiet one, playing Cold War, Planet Coaster and Days Gone, as well as harddrive Tetris, which is a free game that comes with all PS5s and Xbox Series X. Aran meanwhile has been hopping between Black Legend for review and a bit of Sunset Overdrive as he finally has a chance to play it, saying “I am enjoying the mindless violence of it all”. He’s also become a bit hooked on Stellaris; “My first empire was basically crushed but my current empire is expanding nicely and I may decide to declare war on my neighbour. They’re already a rival with someone else so that could work in my favour.”
Smashing through his backlog, Jim finally fired up Mortal Kombat 11. He tells us, “Despite loving the series, I had no appetite for fighting games at the time of its initial release. It’s fair to say that I was missing out big time – MK11 is easily my favourite game of the genre, with an over-the-top story and fluid fighting mechanics. On the other hand, I’m glad I held out as I’ve been able to experience the game on PS5 with enhanced visuals and all the bonus DLC, including Terminator, Rambo, and RoboCop. I’m giving myself a short break before diving into the Aftermath story expansion.”
Steve has played a ton of Loop Hero, saying, “Seriously. that game is like a Class A drug in digital disguise. Reaching the endgame and I ‘think’ the grind may be enough to put me off for a while but I have zero willpower so who knows?” He also played through the “nice magical escape room” Flow Weaver on Oculus, revisited Stubbs the Zombie for review next week and installed Star Wars Fallen Order which he is hoping to start this weekend. He continues, “My looping heroics have been supported by finally catching up on Ash vs Evil Dead which has got me anxiously excited for the upcoming game (please don’t be shit, please don’t be shit).”
Ade tells us that after a little break he’s back to roaming England in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, “just completed a hilarious side-quest that seemed to exist purely as an excuse to include several ‘The Prodigy’ puns! Also, I’m going to be playing Blind Drive in a bit – can’t wait!”
Nick P has been hammering 13 Sentinels to the point where he’s pretty much at the plat, saying “I wish I’d played it sooner as it’s definitely becoming my GOTY for last year. Aside from that, not been playing much else apart from the usual suspects of Warzone and SFV.”
With his new DualSense controller in hand, Miguel slammed through and finished Spider-man Miles Morales on PS5, telling us, “So, so, so damn good. I also played plenty of Apex Legends and a touch of COD Cold War and Zombies. I randomly dived into Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, too. Cute game!”
Last but not least, Tef dove into Apex Legends for its Nintendo Switch release finding a game that certainly suffers for the platform’s lower power, but remains a remarkable port of the popular battle royale. Aside from that, he reviewed Stronghold: Warlords, which puts a fresh spin on the series thematically but needs to improve the basics, and he’s been battling away with Supercross 4, a game which constantly kicks his butt even on the easiest difficulty…
Now that we’re all done, what about you? What have you played?