It’s New Year’s Eve and I hope you’ve all had a wonderful final week to the year with Christmas wrapping itself around you with games (of both the digital and tabletop kind), relaxation and probably a bit too much indulgent food and drink.
But let’s get back to that first point, eh? What about those games? Whether it’s something old or new, what have you and yours been playing lately? For me, I was away from my home consoles, but had my Switch with me for some Mario Party Superstars and WarioWare, while also borrowing a PC to get a few games of Halo Infinite in here and there. Those were joined by a few board and card games though, breaking out the excellent Coup, Codenames and Blockbuster for a bit of social deduction and wordy clue giving.
Jim’s been similarly detached from his PS5, which has him yearning for more Hunt: Showdown whenever he gets home. He’s filled that void with an hour of the very deletable Thief Simulator, completing the bizarre Paratopic, and some more enjoyable time with Lair of the Clockwork God and The Banner Saga Trilogy. Oh, and he’s been engaged in “various heated Christmas quizzes and family board games,” of course.
The un-sainted Nick P has mostly been playing Guardians of the Galaxy, calling it “bloody marvellous” and a real surprise for him. Also, he and his wife have become obsessed with Katamari Damacy REROLL, which remains “super fun”.
Speaking of wives, Aran has been playing My Lovely Wife, a management game that’s “very adult with lots of questionable scenarios”. You can expect a preview of that in the new year, by which point Aran also hopes to have finished off Yakuza 5, which is a monster of a game.
Nic B wants to wish you all a Merry Christmas, as he’s been playing Ghost of Tsushima on his new PlayStation 5. “Took a while to get round to this because I thought it’d be Soulsborne difficult, but it’s really not. Strong recommend for anyone else concerned about the difficulty!”
Ade has started on Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which he got for Christmas, has continued playing through It Takes Two with his other half, and has been battling through the insanely difficult Battle Brothers, which he’s reviewing for us.
Speaking of It Takes Two, Steve has been playing through it with his eldest, which has been “predictably vindictive” and which he thinks features “the most (deliberately) annoying character since the shopkeeper in Starfox Adventures.” That’s been joined by more Monster Hunter Stories 2, though he’s finished with its repetitive grind now, and Halo Infinite, which has ranged “fun to garbage depending on matchmaking.”
Tuffcub got into the spirit of things by breaking into mangled song:
Last Christmas I gave you my hea… no that’s not right. Last Christmas I hammered Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, about a hundred hours ploughing through the story. This Christmas.. I’m doing the same. I forgot I had the Season Pass so I’ve got a year of extra content, plus the free stuff they just dropped to play. Also I get to snog my hot Viking boyfriend.
Less snogging took place in Gamoc’s festive gaming, where he’s been playing Returnal. “I had a centimeter of the first boss’ health left before dying earlier. I was devastated.” Back to the start with you!
And finally, Dom has been playing a mixture of Pokémon Shield, Guardians of the Galaxy, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Chorus with a ‘v’ in it.
Now then, what have you been playing this past week?