I kind of miss the days where Black Friday was just one day of over-the-top sales and discounts. Back in the early 2010s, the US shopping bonanza was just finding its way across the pond and that’s pretty much all it was. Then we had Cyber Monday tacked onto the end, and then shops started their sales a week or two before the day, and now, as we sit through actual Black Friday, there’s just not much excitement to see what’s on offer… because it’s all been on sale for the last week.
But that’s kind of beside the point, because this is about the games we’ve played the past week. For me, I had a sideways run through American Arcadia, and thoroughly enjoyed the game’s twist on The Truman Show, by injecting it with a much more 2020s style of TV-based dystopia.
Jason went away last weekend, but ever since the Game Boy, that hasn’t really meant needing to cut down on gaming time. These days, it’s Steam Decks, though, and he’s made a fresh start on Astral Ascent, and has been enjoying The Last Faith, “which is a very cool Soulslike that feels a bit like Bloodborne in 2D.”
Having completed Baldur’s Gate 3 this week, Gamoc blasted through the rest of Control, platinumed Spider-Man 2, played some of Modern Warfare 3, started Alan Wake Remastered and restarted Divinity: Original Sin 2 with his sister. Then… he also restarted Baldur’s Gate 3 on his own, because you just can’t keep him away.
Someone who was kept away was Nic B, and the thing he was being kept away from was his PS5 and Alan Wake 2. He’s been having “a great time sinking back into the psychodrama that is the Remedy Extended Universe”, but the game is a bit buggy for him…
Aran’s been playing Worldless for review, so you should keep an eye out for his review next week, while Ade turned in his review for Flashback 2 – “Urgh. Do not buy it! It’s freaking atrocious!” – and cleansed his palate with Spider-Man 2.
Nick P thinks he’s getting toward the end of Final Fantasy 16, and using Persona 5 Tactica for a change of pace, while Steve rounds things out for this week with his typically varied gaming. There was Valfaris Mecha Therion for a review (and some things he can’t talk about yet), while he’s also been making more progress with the main story of Like a Dragon: Ishin, and filling up his backlog even more by grabbing some cheap games from Black Friday sales.
Now then, what have you been playing?