After the predictably busy E3 weekend, the natural order of our gaming lives has started to restore itself. There’s been more time to actually play games instead of just hurriedly trying to type things up. That said, since E3 only technically “finished” on Tuesday and with Microsoft deciding to have another stream last night, there’s only been a little gaming time for me personally. I’ve got Ratchet & Clank still patiently waiting on my PS5’s SSD, and I instead chose to focus the shorter time-limited demos in the Xbox Summer Games Fest and Steam Next Fest.
Jason was the first to reply this week, saying that he’s been having an absolute blast playing the Dark Souls 3 Cinders Mod on PC. “It’s been around for a little while now, but the changes and tweaks it makes really give the game a nice refresh, and all of the new weapons, spells, and NPCs, all help to make it feel almost as exciting as your first playthrough.” There was also some Rocket League alongside that.
Proudly proclaiming “I have played games again! Actual games!” Nic B has added to his usual Pokémon Go-ing with playing Final Fantasy VII Remake’s DLC, INTERgrade. “It is decent, but a little short for how much it costs. Still, well worth a look if, like me, you’ve been itching to scratch beneath the surface of what the main game shows you.” The PS5 upgrade is a big improvement, too.
In stark contrast, Aran hasn’t had much time for gaming this week, but is aiming to complete the Outriders campaign this weekend. It was a week of finishing off Mass Effect Legendary Edition for Gamoc, who also played Stonefly for review and the first couple hours of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
Miguel as been back to the Fortnite grind, but he also finished off every ending in Nier Replicant ver. 1.22923948091823…, got in some Black Ops Cold War and has been hopping into Guilty Gear -Strive- from time to time. He also played “the wacky Chaos game, and it’s genuinely the most fun Souls knockoff I’ve ever touched. The visuals are a mess, though – 90% of the demo was too dark and washed out to even see what i was fighting half the time.”
Ade played Mighty Goose this week, “a lovely little Metal Slug ’em up starring a gun loving goose wearing power armour.” You can expect his review soon.
Steve “Started the week strong with a playthrough of the lovely Chicory A Colourful Tale and some time with the preview demo of Rogue Lords, but then wife being away with work meant full time housework (we normally split it in case that made me sound too old fashioned!) and a total rearrange of son’s bedroom after a month long wait for his new bed. I did manage to play a bit more Hollow Knight though and downloaded a load of games to various platforms whilst watching the E3 presentations. Maybe next week I’ll play some of them?”
Another busy bee was Bee-Reuben, who played and previewed Tales of Arise for us this week, has also been previewing the Early Access game LOST EPIC, and picked up Metroid: Samus Returns again after the Metroid Dread announcement at E3. He even played the Chaos game, and declared it “pretty good”.
Finally, Dom has pulled a bit of a Tuffcub. He’s been playing a popular online-only game: The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwoord.
That’s all of us, but what about you? What have you played this week?