This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #24

Katamari Damacy REROLL

Is it the Christmas break yet? No? Sigh.

Another week, another lot of games. This week marked the release of Just Cause 4, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Katamari Damacy REROLL, and with those, the year’s games more or less draw to a close. We still have a few things to trickle out next week, but finally we can breathe a sigh of relief, and settle in to make a dent in our backlogs.

Here are the games that we’ve been playing this week. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Rich: This week I have been both delighted and frustrated with Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. It could have been truly, truly great if it wasn’t for a few frustrations that went beyond the game simply being a challenge. I was also finally able to beat Darksiders III on Xbox One after being hit with a game-breaking bug. I’m happy to say it’s one of my favourite games of this year.

Just Cause 4 has also taken up some of my time, and while I’m not particularly taken with its story it’s undeniably a lot of fun just larking around in its open world, attaching balloons and boosters to civilians, vehicles, animals…. well, anything I can get my hands on. It’s just hilarious.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom 2 (1)
Monster Boy

Kim: Na-na-na-na-na-na-na, Katamari Damacy! I’ve been playing Katamari Damacy REROLL for the last few days, which means I have Katamari songs stuck in my head permanently. Not that I’m complaining. There’re much worse things to get stuck in your head. When I’ve not been causing chaos to the planet by rolling it up into a giant ball, I’ve been running around as a fox in the indie narrative adventure The First Tree. I’ve also finally finished up The Council by reviewing episode five earlier this week. It’s a series that had a lot of potential but just didn’t quite hit the spot for me. Mostly, I’m just glad it’s over.

The Council

Becca: This week I’ve played a variety of things, starting off with Dead by Daylight, of course. Nothing new to report other than I’ve continued to level up and it’s become really difficult to win as killer because all the survivors I’m teamed up with are really really good. I also earned enough in-game currency to buy The Spirit so I’ve been playing with her quite a bit.

I also played a bit of Party Hard 2, the stealth game where you kill obnoxious party goers in a variety of creative ways. I also played quite a lot of Damsel, an action platformer where you kill corporate vampires. Both games are fun in their own ways are well worth picking up for a few hours of fun.

Damsel

Chris: This week I’ve been spending more time on Red Dead Redemption 2, having finally reached the city of Saint Denis, which has been something of an anti-climax. One of the key themes in Red Dead Redemption 2 is that of finding that the world no longer has a place for you, but I’d love to see a RDR game (or an expansion) taking place at the height of the Old West.

Aside from lassooing people for no good reason, I’m working my way through Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, which I’ll be reviewing shortly. It’s much more than an X-Com knock off, though playing as a murderous mallard has made me want to order crispy-fried duck from my local Chinese takeaway. I wonder if Iceland stocks boar burgers?

Mutant Year Zero
Mutant Year Zero

Jack: As we approach Christmas, work gets busier, so again this week all I’ve been doing is playing Ultimate Team in any free time I have. Red Dead 2 and Spider-Man are now waiting for when I get a PS4 Pro and 4K TV which I look forward to. I am slowly improving my squad in Ultimate Team, but I still feel like my squad will get destroyed in FUT Champions. I’m hoping with this weekends Team of the Group Stage players I could potentially get my squad up to the level to compete in next weekends FUT Champions – I look forward to going 0-30 in it.

Fifa 19

Stan: I’ve been sucked down the FIFA 19 vortex this week and have been spending pretty much all my free time taking Portsmouth to the Championship. Sadly my star defender (Matt Clarke) has stated he wants to go in the next transfer window. Have you ever been annoyed with a player in real life just because of how their fictional counterpart acted on Fifa or Football Manager? Time for the hairdryer treatment methinks…

And, in the famous words of Noddy Holder (Google him, kids) “Ittttttttt’ssssss Chrrrrrriiiiistttmmmmaaaas!” I may be in the Christmas spirit already, and have been searching for the ultimate gifts for Zelda fans this Christmas, and some of the best Christmas ugly/beautiful jumpers. Holidays are coming!