What We Played #559 – Escape Academy, Cuphead DLC & Steam Deck

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It’s been another week that we’ve packed with gaming, whenever the added heat that our consoles and PCs create hasn’t made our gaming rooms unbearable – I suspect the start of next week will be rather horrible in that regard – but before we get to the gaming, it’s time to wish Dom a happy birthday!

Let’s start with the birthday boy, then, who says that he’s been playing a whole bunch of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and some Monster Hunter: Rise – Sunbreak (though not as much as he would hope). He also had a Steam Deck arrive in time for his birthday which he reckons “is purely luck, as I preordered it a billion years ago.” I would suggest that Gabe knew and put a special priority on getting it to him in time.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Garangolm

Obviously, with Steam Deck in hand, he’s “loaded it with Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter World,  God Eater Resurrection, Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XV. That’ll probably do.”

Nothing quite like getting a fancy pants new gadget to fiddle with on your birthday, is there?

Let’s move on to the rest of the team who, while not as special as Dom today, are nevertheless older than they’ve ever been… and now they’re even older… and now they’re even older.

Aran’s been playing LOUD for review, and more of Horizon Forbidden West – “I’m just wandering still exploring ruins. Decided to zoom out on the map and I don’t think I’ve uncovered 20% of it…” – Meanwhile, Tuffcub has complimented his usual bouts of Destiny 2 with the kitty cat adventures of Stray. You can expect that review next week.

AI: The Somnium Files - Nirvana Initiative Visual Novel

Speaking of reviews, Miguel wrapped up his glowing review of AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative, a fantastic visual novel from the maker of the Zero Escape series. Alongside that he played a bunch of Monster Hunter Rise, Apex Legends and dipped into some random games from across his Steam backlog to try out his new Steam Deck. Hang on a second. How can he have a Steam Deck when it’s not his birthday? That’s not right!

Nick’s had a fairly quiet week, to the extent that he’s not even played much Dead By Daylight. The only thing he’s managed to sink a meaningful amount of time into is his review of As Dusk Falls, which he can talk about next week.

As Steve battles his way through a cold, he’s been platforming his way through the sublime Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course and the nostalgic Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series. He’s also been mentally cooling down with PowerWash Simulator. Meanwhile, Ade’s been playing more of For Honor and thoroughly enjoying watching Arcane on Netflix – “Best TV series I’ve watched in years,” he claims.

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And finally, what have I been playing? Well, would that i could tell you right now, but it’s all been rather hush hush and you’ll just have to keep your eye out for previews next week. Oh, I did review the rather great escape room puzzler Escape Academy as well.

But now it’s your turn. What have you played this week?

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4 Comments

  1. Happy birthday Dom!
    I continued with Lego Star Wars Clone Wars, EA Sports Active 2 and Everybody’s Golf. I also finally got the 100% for Hungry Giraffe on my Vita (it took an awful lot of grinding to get to 3 million calories consumed, but I can be patient when I need to. I did have a slight panic when the game crashed as I earned the trophy, but it registered on the PSN network, even if not in game and didn’t affect the 100% so that was ok!). I’ve now started playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Vita as well.

  2. Happy birthday Dom. Unless you’re old enough to want to ignore them.

    In my quest to download the entirety of the new PS+ catalogue, I’ve downloaded more of it. Still a long way to go.

    Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a fun little thing. Short, easy platinum, Mostly a “walk to the right with some simple platforming and puzzles” thing. Reminds me of things like Limbo and even Journey, which is obviously good. But the writing (by the lovely Rhianna Pratchett) in the other bits, set in a young girl’s diary is very good. A grandmother having a stroke isn’t typical material for a game, really. Recommended, but maybe avoid it if you’ve lost anyone recently.

    And then Ride 4, because why not? Haven’t really played a motorcycle game before. And I can see why. It’s incredibly difficult, and the game assumes you either know what you’re doing, or you’ll put in the effort to finish a race without falling off on every corner. And then more effort (and upgrading bikes) to win the races. Doesn’t look as good as some YouTube videos have claimed. Although I can see how wobbly helmet cam and YouTube compression combine to make it look very realistic.

    Plus all the other things I was playing last week. And some more Evil Dead with the Army of Darkness update. The new map is great, but smaller. Which means a bit less running around finding stuff. But also more chance of the demon finding you fairly quickly. Still a very fun game, and surprisingly balanced for a 4v1 game.

    • Thanks mate. I am probably getting towards wanting to ignore them, but I’m also a big fan of cake and presents so they remain a highlight of the calendar for now.

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