What We Played #522 – Guardians of the Galaxy, Riders Republic and Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water

guardians of the galaxy or marvel's avengers

Excitement is definitely arriving as we’re starting to see the games that many of us will be asking to appear under the Christmas tree. That said, if you’ve got Game Pass you don’t need a white-bearded chap to shove anything down your chimney, as you’ve got Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 coming your way as part of your subscription. They’re easily two of my most wanted games this year!

To bide the time before their release, I’ve been playing Age of Empires 4 and Shin Megami Tensei V, both of which are pretty great, though similarly very keen on sticking to the old ways rather than forging much that’s new.

Gareth has been playing Diablo 2, but not that much since he’s had the flu. I think we can all agree that we hope he gets well soon so he can play more Diablo 2. Meanwhile Tuffcub played Those Who Remain for about ten minutes, with his early impressions being “That was enough. Seemed quite basic.” Hardly a glowing recommendation.

Nic B has spent more time with… Pokémon Go! He’s finally hit level 4, which he assures us is no mean feat. He’s also tried his hand at Days Gone, saying “it’s less good than I had hoped, but I’m intrigued to see where it’s going.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Combat

Aran played Guardians of the Galaxy for review saying “it’s fun but my play through was marred by issues”. He’s also started Backbone for review. Nick P has found time for something else alongside his usual Dead By Daylight and Fortnite shenanigans, playing Killsquad for review and Darkest Dungeon 2. He tells us, “DD2 has changed radically from the first game but I’m really liking what they have done. This game will only get better over time, too.”

Steve played Project Zero:Maiden of Black Water Remaster for review “which was suitably spooky but lacked the tactility of the Wii U original.” He also worked through a few playthroughs of interactive movie Blood shore – review coming next week. Alongside those he’s dipped into a few Gamepass titles for rewards but nothing’s really stuck at the moment. He finished by telling us, “got a few Quest titles lined up too so will be freaking out the cats.” Is this an RSPCA matter? Probably not, cats troll humans all the time.

Jim has been chipping away at Deathloop. He tells us, “After hitting a bit of a roadblock, I popped up my investigation board and began digging for more clues on the Visionaries, ransacking a lab complex for notes and voice recordings to discover a fresh lead. As I’ve said before, I never really clicked with Dishonored or Prey so was heavily sceptical about Deathloop though I’m glad I took the dive.”

Riders Republic Beta Chaos

He’s also been plugged into Riders Republic, saying. “It’s wild, mindless fun that can get brutal at times, especially when ramping up the difficulty to expert or tackling the super finnicky stunt courses. Even after several hours, I get the impression that I’m only scraping the surface. One part of the game I knew I had to see in action was the Mass Races. 50 players thrown into a three-round tournament where you’ll suddenly switch between bikes, skis, wingsuits, and other extreme sports pursuits. Mass Races sure are hectic, but they’re great fun.”

Miguel spent his birthday (which was yesterday_ with some Metroid Dread, and was contemplating starting up Deathloop too! He’s also been messing around with The Good Life this week for a review we can expect soon. But for now, let’s wish Miguel Happy Birthday!

Finally we come to Tef, who’s been playing and reviewed Mario Party Superstars, dipped back into Back 4 Blood to replay the early stages with all his power ups, and has been playing a little bit of Grow: Song of the Evertree for a preview.

Now then, what have you been playing? 

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TSA's Reviews Editor - a hoarder of headsets who regularly argues that the Sega Saturn was the best console ever released.


  1. Not a huge amount this week after the weekend was spent seeing Dune at the cinema (it’s about 47 hours long, I think), and then having all sorts of trouble with my mum ending up in hospital. Hopefully next week will be better. Except I’ve got a birthday, and it’s one of those ones with a zero in.

    So a bit of time to try and get through the second playthrough of Scarlet Nexus, which is involved in an epic struggle with Tales of Arise to become my RPG of the year.

    And picked up a couple of really cheap things in one of the 18 PSN sales running at the moment. Stories Untold is a interesting little game that’s exactly as long as it needs to be. Which isn’t very long. (Shame they didn’t get the Spectrum loading screen thing quite right)

    And Silence, as recommended by someone last week (was it Mr Bonyman?). Cute little thing with some fun puzzles. Looks lovely too. So thanks for that recommendation.

    Oh, and Strange Brigade was also on sale for a silly price. Quite fun, and worth it for £6. Even solo.

    • And we had another power cut and the PS5 surprisingly didn’t get upset and have to reinstall everything. It just told me off for not shutting down properly. Could recent firmware updates have made it more sensible in that way?

    • Glad you’re enjoying Silence, it’s cool discovering overlooked little gems like these during the sales.

  2. Just some Dreams and the latest NMS expedition – there should probably be a law preventing NMS from taking up so much of my time.

  3. I’ve continued my project to install and update every PS3 game I own, and of course along the way you have to fire them up and have a go! So I’ve had short goes on a bunch of titles like Journey, FC3 Blood Dragon, BFBC2, GTA4 etc. A real trip down memory lane, and reminder of how big my backlog is.

    Was disappointed though that my sealed copy of Destiny Legendary edition has codes for the DLC that only lasted a year. Apparently they did extend it but the code definitely doesn’t work now… seems a scummy thing to do.

    Also tried a few races in Dirt5 before my EA play sub expires which was really enjoyable. Got a real Dirt2 vibe and although I despised the dudebro aspect that was my favourite (with a kick ass soundtrack too) so I’ll be keeping an eye out for the complete collection being cheap in a sale next year.

  4. As expected, I’ve hit a wall in Metroid Dread and can’t even get close to beating the boss Experiment Z-57. And the way the game is designed, I can’t even go back and explore previous areas for health/missile tanks. So I guess that’s the end of that.

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