What We Played #523 – Forza Horizon 5, Animal Crossing: New Horizons & Deathloop

Round and round we go.
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I’m not usually one for warm weather, but it’s been a shock to the system having to put on extra layers when heading out this week. I’m even thinking that a trip to somewhere warmer like Mexico might not be such a bad idea. So that’s where I went, albeit in digital form, helping Dom out for our review of the simply sublime open-world racing of Forza Horizon 5.

This actually entailed running through the game’s intro maybe 10 times for video capture and analysis. That’s twice on each Xbox One with a HDD and SSD, once each on both Xbox Series X performance profiles, a couple times on PC for HDD and SSD, and then a couple attempts where settings weren’t quite right. It loses its lustre a bit, but once I got into the main game, I started to have an absolute ball once again.

Aside from that, the early drop of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ version 2.0 update has me going back to the island like I’m a character out of Lost.

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We already know what Dom’s been playing for some of his time, but he’s been an exceptionally busy bee. He’s also been playing Shin Megami Tensei V for a review that’s still in progress because of some silly difficulty spikes, and a game with dinosaurs in it.

Nic B has been playing Pokémon Go (of course), but he’s loaded up a second out-and-about game, Pikmin Bloom. It’s “the weirdest pedometer ever,” and he’s “not entirely sure it counts as a game right now, but that remains to be seen.” Aside from that, he’s stopped playing Days Gone because it keeps crashing his PS5.

In another instance of not playing something, Nick P was going to try and get back into Returnal, but settled into his happy place of tormenting people online in Dead By Daylight. “I started playing as Nemesis and he is a great killer!”

Reuben has been “diving into the weird little games that Square Enix have released.” That’s included the “slow but thoroughly enjoyable” Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, and the “game that I would find very difficult to recommend” Dungeon Encounters.

Football Manager 2022 has seen Aran starting a season with Ebbsfleet, but then getting distracted by the real world sacking of Nuno by Spurs to see how he’d do with them. Expect that review next week.

Jim started off the week with Riders Republic for our review, but it hasn’t really managed to hold his attention. He’s also been playing Book of Travels, “which is honestly like no other game I’ve played,” and you can find out why in his preview. When on his phone, it’s been Marvel Future Revolution, which is “a superb-looking game and one that completely stomps Marvel’s Avengers in terms of character skins and customisation. The coolest/weirdest thing about Future Revolution is how you can hit the auto button, letting the MMO play itself. It’s a handy feature for when you need to grind materials or if you’re focusing on something else, like watching The Great British Bake-off.” Weird…

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Gamoc played more Diablo 2 (of course), but managed to pick up Deathloop for £40 and has been enjoying it now that it’s got going. Ade is also still stuck on a game, with Hades his poison of choice, though he might treat himself to Kena: Bridge of Spirits as a birthday self-present. In the Real World™ that’s been joined by the board game The Adventures of Robin Hood by Michael Menzel. “It is superb! Part choose your own adventure, part coop strategy, part roleplay, all brilliant.”

Miguel was another that’s “tried” Deathloop, though spread his attentions to Fortnite, Blue Reflection Second Light and the new Animal Crossing update.

While Destiny 2 has obviously been on Tuffcub’s playlist, he’s also been playing Sackboy: A Big Adventure, “which is just super fun in multiplayer.”

And so we come to Steve to finish off this week’s gaming. He’s enjoyed the FMV narrative game Bloodshore, returned to the late game of Monster Hunter Stories, rattled through the charming indie game Unpacking – “One of the best language free narratives out there” – and has been trying to play Back 4 Blood solo, which is obviously not the way to play it. Will he get some co-op friends for next time? Let’s find out!

Now, let us know whatyou have played!

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  1. Just more Need for Speed Heat for me, I’ve completed the main story so lots of tidying/ levelling up now. Just in the process of downloading Pikmin Bloom as we speak, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when I take the dog for a walk!
    This week the American fridge came in the kitchen,so the renovations are almost complete. Tonight, on one of the coldest days since whenever it was last so cold, I’ve been invited to a prosecco and hot tub party at my in laws…what could possibly go wrong? XD

  2. Same as last week, except now I’m *cough* years old.

    Who am I kidding? There were PS+/Now things to download ;)

    Weirdly not sure about that Walking Dead game. Technically very impressive, and excellent tracking of the Move controllers. But something’s not quite clicked with me yet. I’ll give it another go though.

    Until You Fall is fun though. Again with very good controller tracking.

    On top of those, I’m quite enjoying First Class Trouble, when you get a decent game with people talking. Then it ends up with about a 50% chance of locking the wrong person in a freezer. And if anyone wants to give it a good go, let me know. Might be more fun with 6 people that want to talk.

    And with PS Now, a bit of Mafia. Which is looking good in it’s remastered form. And doesn’t have as much stupid open world padding as the 3rd game did.

  3. More Breath of The Wild for me. I’m remembering a lot but there’s so much that feels completely new too! The shrines especially, I must’ve done about 1/3 the first time around, most of the ones I’ve beaten so far seem completely new. Such a good game.

  4. After my wheel died a couple of weeks ago I had to pause my F1 2021 ‘My Team’ career. My new wheelbase and pedals were delivered on Monday so I’ve been able to get back to racing F1, and I’m enjoying it so much more. I’ve heard a lot about how good the Fanatec ecosystem is so decided to change to their direct drive wheelbase and V3 pedals and they’ve completely changed the game. I never thought changing to Fanatec would make so much difference to the drivingexperience. I’m able to get the power down a lot earlier in the corners without worrying about spinning out, the car is more under control at it’s limit and like everyone says about DD wheels I’m a lot more consistent lap after lap. If you’re into racing games I fully recommend a DD wheelbase.

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