What We Played #645 – Unicorn Overlord, New Star GP & Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Sephiroth header

This week the big question has been just what the hell Warner Bros. have managed to do with the Arkham/Batman franchise after the unsurprising failure of Suicide Squad to revive the series’ fortunes. For the record, Suicide Squad is well worth playing just to experience the storyline and the characters, but as a long-term live-service game it leaves a lot to be desired. It’s clear that live service is no longer the golden goose the industry thought it was, and with more games battling for our multiplayer hours, including a batch of thoroughly great free-to-play titles, the outlook has to change. Hopefully it’s in the player’s interests, rather than in the shareholders’.

I’ve been playing a heap of things this week, but Unicorn Overlord has been the top of the list, with a remarkable tactical RPG that’s up there with the best of them. Alongside that, there’s been a lot of New Star GP, particularly in split-screen multiplayer, as well as the usual spot of Monster Hunter Rise.

New Star GP Australia

There might have been other things, but Destiny 2 continues to rules the roost in Tuffcub’s house, so let’s move swiftly on to Ade, who wrapped up his reviews of Contra: Operation Galuga and Manic Mechanics this week. Also, he played more Skull and Bones, saying, “My pirate empire is getting pretty mighty now!”

Jason can’t tell you what he’s played, and I know what it is and I’m not telling either. Aran has played Rise of The Ronin, and you can check his preview for his initial thoughts on it.

Nick P has mostly been on FF7 Rebirth with a smidgen of Helldivers 2 and Dead by Daylight. Nic B has also been sweeping up in FF7 Rebirth and playing through story bits with his wife, “which is great fun. It’s such an excellent game, I hope everyone else is enjoying it too!”

Helldivers 2 bugs gameplay

Jim followed up his fling with the recent Tomb Raider I-III Remastered collection and decided to pick up Lara Croft’s latest trilogy where he left off with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. He says, “Although these reboots were likened to the Uncharted series, I’ve always found that to be a lazy comparison. Shadow of the Tomb Raider focuses on exploration, survival, and puzzles way more than Nathan Drake’s adventures and in some aspects it definitely trumps the Uncharted games.”

It wasn’t all about raiding tombs though, as he continues, “I also picked up Sea of Stars after taking a year-long break from JRPGs. It’s a near perfect modernisation of the genre with engaging turn-based battles and lots to explore. The story hasn’t quite hooked me though I’m hoping it will start to now I’m a few hours in.”

Gamoc played Highwater for review. Also some Midnight Suns, which has become one of his favourite games in years, saying, “I really want a sequel!”

Marvel's Midnight Suns Spider-Man

Steve has had a hectic week so he’s only managed a few short sessions on Rebirth and he’s got a backlog of review titles and writeups to catch up on!

And rounding things out, Tef’s only real gaming of note was dropping into the galactic wars of Helldivers 2 with friends.

What about you, what have you played?

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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 Comment

  1. Mostly the same as last week. Diablo 4, Helldivers 2. Finished off Plague Tale: Requiem.

    And then made a terrible mistake by picking up Balatro. So that was many hours of weird poker. Horribly addictive, and you soon learn what’s going on. A simple pair can be a winning hand. Highly recommended.

    Oh, and the llamasoft documentary/collection of many games. Like the Atari 50 one, it’s all interesting stuff with plenty of emulated games that can show their age a bit.

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