This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #14

Forza Horizon 4

Oh boy, here it comes.

The deluge of games we’ve been working up to is finally here. Forza Horizon 4, FIFA 19 and the start of Life is Strange 2; they’re just the start of a cavalcade of quality releases that will be with us right until the end of December. And then, it’ll be quiet until the beginning of next year, at which point it’ll all kick off again. The gaming industry, just like war, never changes.

As you can imagine, we’ve been busy this week. Making sure all the important games get played and covered. Although some do still slip through the net. Sorry games that didn’t receive our attention! Anyway, these are the games that we ‘ave mostly been playing this week.


Rich: This week, Forza Horizon 4 has consumed me. It has been all that I’ve been able to think about. It. Is. Phenomenal. Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough. If you have an Xbox One or a PC capable of running it and have even the remotest interest in racing games, get it bought. You wont be disappointed. And if you do pick it up, make sure to check out our Forza Horizon 4 hub for all the tips and other bits of info you might find useful.

When I have been able to tear myself away from Forza Horizon 4, I’ve been mostly playing 428 Shibuya Scramble; a brilliant visual novel-like game that is very unique. I’ll be writing about that early next week I think.

Forza Horizon 4 4
Forza Horizon 4

Kim: Episode four of The Council has released this week, so I’ve played through that. The shortest episode so far, it opened up some interesting changes to the narrative, but I can’t help but feel it’s a little too late. I started off with high hopes for the series, but my interest has unfortunately been steadily waning. I’ve had more fun, however, with Megaquarium, a fishy management sim recently released on PC. I’ve not been able to dip into the highly-praised Two Point Hospital yet, so it’s filled a little management sim-shaped hole.

With reviews to come early next week, ScribblenautsMy Brother Rabbit and RGX Showdown have taken up my Xbox time this week. It’s great to finally have Scribblenauts on console, and the game is as fun as it ever has been. The latest game from Artifex Mundi, My Brother Rabbit, attempts to take the hidden object genre in a new, modern direction – and it does a pretty decent job of doing so. RGX Showdown, unfortunately published by Telltale Games, is a fun online racer that pits you against other players in short traffic-dodging drag races in hour-long tournaments. I’ve also been getting busy building Nintendo Labo’s latest Toy-Con kit, the car steering wheel and pedal. Boy, that’s a lot of fun. Look out for more words on that next week.

The Council

Becca: This week I’ve played five games that are completely different from one another, but I’ve enjoyed them all. Firstly, earlier on in the week I picked up Spider-Man. I’ve just been completely blown away by it. It’s like your friendly neighbourhood Grand Theft Auto but instead of stealing cars and paying for lap dances, you’re cleaning up the city from crime and collecting pigeons for random citizens. I also played a lot of the mobile game Heads Up this past week when I went to Orlando, Florida’s Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios. Each year the lines get longer and you’re forced to come up with some way to entertain yourself. In a line that’s 100 minutes or more, Heads Up turned out to a great tool to keep yourself entertained.

I’ve also played a few hours of the new spacey adventure game, 60 Parsecs. A sequel to 60 Seconds!, it’s a lot of fun so far and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. Look out for more words on that from me next week. I’ve also been playing The Escapists: Complete Edition on Switch. It’s been in my Steam library for ages; I’ve been meaning to play it, so I’m glad to have got to do so with the handheld convenience of Nintendo Switch. My review’s here, if you want to see my thoughts.

Finally, I’ve just recently moved in to a new apartment with two friends, and they’ve been ranting on and on about a game that I’ve never played: the visual novel adventure Danganronpa. Naturally, I’ve had to play it with them. It’s stress inducing, but definitely one of the best, funniest, gruesome, strangest games I’ve ever played.

The Escapists Complete Edition

Chris:  I’ve played the second and potentially final episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season which crosses over into parody with a character who is, in essence, the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I was going to say that the game tries too hard to push the “people are evil” angle but then I remembered that Telltale Games sacked 200 people without severance. So maybe it’s not that far off the mark.

I also dipped into Final Fantasy XV, one of the titles in my gaming backlog, but it didn’t hook me so I moved onto Vampyr, which definitely has sunk its teeth into my neck. I’ve been happily roaming World War 1 era London, tending to the sick and needy while resisting the urge to tear off their heads and drink from their neck stumps. I’m not quite sure why my creature of the night is encouraged to go through bins to retrieve pieces of lead and old screws. Given his hipster stylings, I can only assume he’s planning on upcycling his coffin.

Vampyr

Jack: It’s been a long old week of the start of night shifts. When doing neither I was on FIFA 19. Career mode stays stagnant this year, and that’s the mode I spend the majority of my time on.

Also this week, I started up a modded Minecraft server with a friend. On a modded server with as many mods as ours there’s an endless list of goals to aspire to. I keep getting distracted by other mods I don’t think I’ve stuck to one facet of any of them for longer than 10 minutes.

Fifa 19

StanThis week I was hella lucky and got to play and write a review for Life is Strange 2: Roads. The first episode introduces the brothers Sean and Daniel. Both are likeable, and their bond is portrayed well. For me, Sean’s friend Lyla is the most likeable character though, and I hope to see her be included in the later seasons. I was happy to see that there was typical Life is Strange moments where you get to explore a character’s house and hear the protagonist’s thoughts on each item. Sean is given a list of items to take to a party, which the player has to locate around the house. It was, for me, the best moment of the first episode, and I wrote a guide for anyone struggling to get all the items for the party – we all deserve to party, at least once.

After listing the best Star Wars games of all time, I saw that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was cheap on the PlayStation Store so decided to finally buy it. After hearing all the negativity towards the game I avoided it like I wish Han Solo had avoided Kylo Ren. I’m not interested in the online play: just the story. I’m so glad I didn’t pay full price for it: it wasn’t the game I was looking for. The story is awful and feels like a random bunch of short tales thrown together. I loved the prequel novel to Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and thought Idea was fantastic in it, but wow she is underwhelming in the game. Hopefully Jedi: Fallen Order will be much better: here’s 8 things that I think will make Jedi: Fallen Order great.

Life is Strange 2