What We Played #502 – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Chivalry 2 & Guilty Gear -Strive-

There’s a surprising number of games coming out considering it’s June and we’re just stepping into the E3 weekend. It’s certainly not doing my bank balance any good, as I’ve nabbed Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart and Guilty Gear -Strive-. Here’s hoping I find some time to actually play them this weekend, but I’ve got an essay that sadly won’t write itself. Thankfully, it’s the last one I’ve got to do before I can graduate, so here’s hoping my brain is actually capable of spewing words onto the screen one last time. I have at least played a little more via Apple Arcade, and the tiniest spot of Dirt 5 and Biomutant.

Nic B has only played Pokemon Go. That is it. He says, “Work is still manic. Send more coffee. Thanks.” Gareth played mostly Mass Effect 3, where he’s about to take down Cerberus. He’s also played some Knockout City which is “pretty good. Not sure how much staying power it’ll have but it’s fun for now.”

Nick P spent most of his time on Persona 5 Strikers which he’s really enjoying. He continued, saying “I’ve also been on the new season of Fortnite, Cartel Tycoon and Guilty Gear Strive!”

Reuben meanwhile is still playing Persona 5 Royal as his main game, and completed the third Palace last night. Otherwise, he’s been playing Fortnite, because “that’s what I do now and Season 7 started this week”, or continuing to level alternate jobs in Final Fantasy XIV. I’m not sure where all this Fortnite play is coming from, perhaps I should join in and try to remember what all the fuss is.

Steve finished his Village of Shadows playthrough of RE8, with just some mopping up to do and then the Mercenaries mode. “Alongside that I pumped a lot of hours into Edge of Eternity which I have enjoyed even if it doesn’t do much new. Randomly fired up Hollow Knight for some relaxing evening playing too, and it makes a nice contrast to the turn-based JRPG.”

Jim went back and finish the Ratchet & Clank 2016 remake. He tells us, “With Rift Apart out today, it was the perfect excuse to scoop up those last dozen or so trophies for the platinum. A great trip down memory lane though the weapon XP and bolt grind towards the end was a bit dry.

“I have also been playing plenty of Chivalry 2. It’s a much less daunting game than the original, as well as more finicky melee games such as Mordhau and For Honor. Where Chivalry 2 succeeds is its huge siege battles and how the devs have embraced their sillier side. Nothing beats killing a knight in full plate armour by headshotting them with a loaf of bread.”

Not too much gaming for Ade, though he’s also had a dabble with Chivalry 2, which he’s enjoying greatly. “It’s a very very silly game and all the better for it. There’s some brilliant lines of dialogue, my favourite is when my foot soldier charges into battle and yells ‘I’VE SOILED MYSELF AND NO-ONE CARES!!'”

Tuffcub has played Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – he’s now on his third run – and Destiny 2. Meanwhile, Miguel got through an incredibly stressful series of Apex Legends matches that fried all 3 of his remaining brain cells, and then took a break from that game to dig into the rest of Nier Replicant. He’s also been playing more Guilty Gear -Strive- and some Virtua Fighter 5 and a little bit of Knockout City!

Finally, Tef has been playing Overboard! by Inkle, a cunning reverse murder mystery puzzler, where you have to get away with shoving your husband off the side of a transatlantic cruise… Oh dear!

That’s all for this week, but tell us what you’ve been playing in the run up to this weekend’s E3 shenanigans?

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6 Comments

  1. The usual random selection of things I’ve been playing lately. (I didn’t even say anything last week because it would have been the same as the week before!)

    But then sales and free things appeared. And the PS+/PS Now cheap subscription offer.

    From PS Now… The stupidly addictive Slay the Spire. Nice and simple idea, soon gets complicated, and then random things bugger up your latest attempt and you have just one more go. For the next 2 hours.

    And from the sale… The Last Campfire. Cute little relaxing puzzle thing. Possibly a bit too easy, but quite enjoyable.

    Plus the PS5 upgrade for FF7 Remake. It looks a lot nicer, and the load times are amazingly short. Almost too quick. The upgrade process is, of course, unnecessarily complicated and confusing. But you do get some extra bits to download for free. It’s the “Final Fantasy VII Remake Item Pack” on the store, in case anyone didn’t notice it. Carbuncle, Chocobo Chick and Cactuar summoning materia. The game is still a huge insult to fans of the original, but at least it looks nicer now.

  2. Finally got AC Valhalla. Only played a few hours. Just arrived in England and done a few raids. Feels a little underwhelming so far, but I’ve played all the AC games, so will soldier on.

    Excited to see the Nintendo direct on Tuesday. My wishlist is some kind of 3D Zelda collection, a new F-Zero game, something Wario related, the Metroid trilogy and a Mario Odyssey sequel.

    • Oddly I’m feeling the opposite with AC Valhalla. The combat gameplay is a bit basic but the exploration side of things I’m finding really overwhelming. Already played about 15 hours and have only completed a few missions in England! There’s so many things to get side tracked on.

  3. This week I have been playing Days Gone this time on PS5 almost complete it but stopped today as I’ve been playing Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart which has been great so far. Also brought Gold Rush which I have yet to try out been watching the show for years so will probably visit the virtual Klondike this weekend.

  4. My old PC died a couple of weeks ago, the PSU and hard drive both packed it in, I’m blaming a power surge. I went and bought a surge protector… oh and built a new PC. I was dimly aware of the horrendous graphics card market, trying not to spend my entire food budget on a decent old on one on eBay was trucker than I thought it would be, but I settled on a GTX 970 to go with an i5 10400F and other reasonably powerful stuff.

    This is the most up to date gaming PC I’ve owned. It’s been great to have a go on the more demanding entries in my Steam backlog like Tomb Raider, GTA V and Alien Isolation, but I’ve mostly been enjoying Grip and Train Valley 2. I’ll probably grab Cyberpunk if it’s on sale any time soon.

  5. I grabbed the platinum in Puzzle Showdown 4k, which is a jigsaw puzzle game and I can’t deny it was a nice change to see the lovely pictures in 4k after all the cel shaded Borderlands.
    Then I went back to Borderlands The Pre Sequel. I’ve worked out where I am again (after last playing in 2017), I’m currently concentrating on the DLC and levelling up with a view to getting the platinum and the 100% so that’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days!

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