It’s another scorcher in the north of England. By that I mean it’s a balmy 19C and I’ve had to find a pair of shorts. Other than this wholly seasonable weather, apparently football is coming home, though in classic English fashion I think it’ll actually stomp up to the front door, make a load of noise, fumble for its keys, drop them in a nearby flowerpot, and sleep in the hedge outside. I’m sure Sunday night will be fun either way!
I’ve been playing games again this week, and it turns out I quite like them. I checked out the all-new story mode in F1 2021, as well as some more Monster Hunter Stories 2 and Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart. It feels like we’re just hitting a real summer lull, so hopefully I can finish off a few of the things I’ve got hanging around like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood.
Aran has been playing Sackboy A Big Adventure, and said. “It was an enjoyable platformer where the music levels really stood out. Some absolute bangers used as the tracks. Fun game, especially multiplayer.”
Ade polished off Ghost of Tsushima, and handed it some serious compliments; “It’s definitely my favourite open world game of the last few years. It does Assassin’s Creed better than Assassin’s Creed. Suffice to say I’m rather excited to get my hands on the Director’s Cut and visit Iki Island. I reckon there’ll be some exciting storyline developments as I discussed in the latest Playing with History: ‘Ghost of Tsushima: how will Iki Island continue Jin’s story?‘ Also, I’ve been playing ‘Where the Heart Leads’ for review, so far I can say it’s certainly an intriguing narrative – full thoughts next week!”
Jim has been split between a few games this past week. He tells us, “My momentum with Nioh 2 has slowed down slightly though I’m still chipping away at it, one mission at a time. Although I prefer the setting of the original game, I’m loving the expanding arsenal of weapons, skills, and Yokai abilities you can slot into your loadout. Swapping demons for Nazis, I’ve also been hitting up some Sniper Elite VR. It’s been a while since I last dusted off my PlayStation Aim controller, but it was certainly worth the elbow grease (link to review). Final Fantasy IV has also crept back into my life, serving as the perfect companion for watching the Euros.”
Nic B has been crawling through the post-apocalyptic waste that is Metro Exodus on the PS5, trying to 100% it. “I forgot just how large some of these levels are… It’s slow progress, but I’m enjoying it!” Gareth meanwhile ahs been playing FIFA 21 for a change. He’s also played Beat Saber, Pistol Whip, and Blood and Truth on the VR side, as well as a little bit of The Witcher 3.
Nick P has been smashing Black Skylands and King’s Bounty 2 for preview. On the side, I’ve been getting plenty of wins in Fortnite and indulging in a little Hitman 3. Steve has played a Rathalos load of Monster Hunter Stories 2, a bit more VR stuff with the loan Vive Pro 2 (review upcoming) and persevered with Hollow Knight. He says, “Can face the end boss now but hoovering up collectables and going for challenges at the moment. Also dipped in and out of Gamepass stuff for rewards, including the fun little Space Jam game which is a Streets of Rage for kids :) Suspending interactive entertainment today to check out the Resident Evil series on Netflix. I never actually finished the disappointing Resi 6 so hope it’s not too closely linked to that. I have watched all the animated Resi films though.”
Reuben has been cracking on with more Fortnite, trying to get through that Season Pass because, well, he paid for it. He continues, “Otherwise, I’ve been cracking on with the lacklustre Dark Alliance for a review, the brilliant Persona 5 Royal and have dived into the excellent anti-capitalist rogue-lite Going Under for a spell.”
Tuffcub has been playing, and failing miserably, to get out of his flat. He rates it “2/10, very poor. Includes nasty bug where the trip you had planned is fucked up due to twats being on the line at Euston.”
Miguel has also played a bunch of Monster Hunter Stories 2, a sprinkle of Apex Legends and Fortnite, a pinch of Warzone, and a bit of this “very good” old-school shmup Mushihimesama.
Finally, Tef has been racing his way through the F1 2021 Braking Point story for our review next week. Keep your eyes peeled!
Now then, what have you been playing?