It’s so hot, my laptop’s fans kick into high gear the moment you open it up. It is pretty spectacularly wonderful outside though, if you like the sun gently cook you, and I’ve been carefully slow-cooking myself all week. Based on the colour of my arms and head, I’m definitely nearly done.
I have found some time to play games still, though there was a laughable attempt at playing the Switch outside which was really just me holding another piece of angry sounding technology and staring at my own reflection in the sun. It’s been Monster Hunter Stories 2 all week anyway, which is a much more relaxed monster hunter experience, and one that I’m greatly enjoying.
Other than the game of breaking a tooth and paying a dentist to fix it, Steve has played lots of the superb Ragnarock, sweating his way through the rather active VR game. He tells us he’s “Resorted to wearing a bandana under the headset to soak it up.” Lovely…
Aside from that, he’s been reviewing Night Book, snapped up Midway Arcade Origins on Games with Gold – “Smash TV and Gauntlet are still great” – and ditched Quantum Break to start on another early Xbox One game, Ryse. Finally, he rinsed The Touryst and got quite into Undermine before they leave Game Pass.
Nic B has been playing an ungodly amount of Pokémon Go, as part of the annual Go Fest event. He said, “You know what? Niantic actually did a bang-up job — I had a great time. When not attached to my phone, I’ve been continuing my way through Shadowverse — full review to come in a couple of weeks!”
Ade hasn’t played much this week other than a spot of Streets of Rage 4, and finishing Lego Incredibles with his little one. He says, “I’m just waiting for something new and exciting to come along. Came to a sudden stop playing Doom Eternal, it’s very good, but far too hardcore for me. My fingers can’t keep up with all the onscreen chaos!”
Meanwhile, Aran has been playing more Thronebreaker, saying, “I’m really liking it and I think I’m about 2/3rds through. It really captures the grey nature of decisions that the main Witcher games have where you think the decision you make is a good one only for it to bite you down the line.”
Gareth is playing Cotton Reboot for review. It’s also a bit too hot for his crazy plans, “This heat wave is playing havoc on a Beat Saber bet I made myself that I will full combo High Hopes on Expert – I’ve been one away multiple times, but the dreaded temperature has put a stop to that for obvious reasons. So instead I’ve been playing Watch Dogs Legion and I just got Outriders is the sale, which turns out to be pretty great.”
Miguel has been playing lots and lots and lots of NEO: The World Ends With You, with a little bit of Fortnite and Apex Legends mixed in. A wonderful mix! Reuben on the other hand has been playing a lot of things this week. “Still on Fortnite, which feels like an obsession at this point, but also extensively dived into Cris Tales and played a little bit of Dodgeball Academia, with a side helping of courtroom drama with Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Also, still plowing on through Persona 5 Royal, which I’m amazed I’m finding the time for.”
Jim has been banging away at Final Fantasy IV on mobile. “Quite fitting, considering it’s the game’s 30th anniversary. I’m hoping to have it finished up before either moving onto Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy X. FF4 has been a decent romp though not on par with FF6 despite some cool characters (Yang being my fave).
“I’ve also been zooming around Dirt 5 looking to bag those last few trophies. It’s been the perfect game to zone out to though I’m getting serious FOMO from some of the new exotic race tracks added to the game. I’m also playing a game for review which I’ll have more to say about next week. Here’s a clue : it’s the 239th (probably) instalment in a popular hack n’ slash franchise.”
Tuffcub has played about ten seconds of Destiny 2 but as he’s finished everything from this season there’s no reason to play it for four weeks. That’s not all though! “I did play some more Returnal but honestly I can’t be arsed slogging my way through so many battles just to get a tiny power up, got very boring.” Oh, well, at least he tried something else.
And finally, having played Psychonauts 2 for a preview at the start of the week, Tef was left wanting more, so he’s gone back to the original on Xbox to finish off a playthrough that he started sometime late last year.
Now then, what have you played?