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This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #31

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Monster Energy Supercross 2

Games, glorious games. We’re swimming in them at the moment.

It may only be February, but developers and publishers are throwing them at us left, right and centre. There are good ones, bad ones, big ones, small ones, and even unfinished ones. But there just isn’t enough time in the world to play them all, and that saddens us.

Still, we play what we can. Some games get left by the wayside, and even though we say we’ll go back to them, the constant cavalcade of new releases means we rarely get time to do so. But you want to hear about the games we have played, don’t you? Our opinions on those we haven’t played are null and void, after all.

Well, here you go then. These are the games we ‘ave been mostly playing this week.

Rich: Last weekend, I spent a lot of time playing through Unruly Heroes, a new platformer by Magic Design Studio. It may look a lot like a Rayman game, but it doesn’t play as good as one, I’ll tell you. That’s why it only got a 6/10 from me. I also played a bit of the cheapest game I’ve ever encountered on Xbox One. World Enduro Rally may have only cost me (well, Kim, actually) 79p, but I sure had a couple of hours fun with it. Check it out.

On Tuesday, I was able to finally put my thoughts down about Monster Energy Supercross 2, a game that I’d been playing for quite a while. I honestly didn’t expect it to be as different as it is to its predecessor, at least in feel, anyway. If you’re a racing fan, I recommend you add it your game collection. In fact, vehicles have been a theme for me this week, as I then sampled Pumped BMX Pro before firing some questions over to its creator, Adam Hunt. You should read his responses if you haven’t already done so.

To wrap up the week, I played through Kingdom Come: Deliverance‘s latest piece of DLC, Band of Bastards. It’s short but sweet. Now I just need to finish The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince for review, as well as get stuck into some exciting new titles. There’s no rest for the wicked.

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Unruly Heroes

Kim: Like five million other people apparently, I spent much of the early part of this week making my way through the epic Kingdom Hearts 3. My thoughts on the game are vast and complex, but I overall have enjoyed my time with the game, and will no doubt be dipping back in soon. I had less complicated feelings with the simple but enjoyable DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders. A tie-in game to the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, it’s a short action-adventure that was more fun than it had any real right to be.

I also spent some time with the preview of an upcoming point and click game, Guard Duty. If you dig the likes of DiscWorld and Monkey Island, this’ll be one to keep your eye on. Speaking of point and click adventures, I also put some time into the Switch version of The Book of Unwritten Tales 2. It’s shamefully lacking any touchscreen controls, but it’s still as fun as it ever has been. Finally, I enjoyed a bit of time with the bizarre but charming Art Sqool, a game that grades your artwork via AI. If you enjoy scribbling in MS Paint, you’ll get a kick out of it.

DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders

Becca: This week I decided to try my hand at speedrunning Resident Evil 2 because there’s an in-game achievement you can get for finishing it in four hours or less. I completed my Claire A playthrough in two hours and forty five minutes and got my achievement. I also killed an enemy with a knife, shot off all of zombies limbs, and shot all of the gross orbs on an ivy zombie. Slowly working my way through the list like a boss.

I’ve also played a few hours of Steins;Gate Elite. I would tell you what it’s about, but I’m still not quite sure. It plays like you’re simply clicking through the anime rather than a visual novel. It feels as though I won’t really know what Steins;Gate is all about until the very end when all of the different confusing pieces, come to together. You can look out for my review of that soon… hopefully when I have a better idea of what’s going on.

Finally, I’ve played a hefty chunk of Evolution. It’s inspired by a popular board game of the same name and has a lovely art style and helpful tutorials to help you master the game. I’m quite enjoying it and imagine I’ll be going back to it a lot in the future.

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Resident Evil 2

Chris: I’ve been murdering cute but lethal creatures in Etrian Odyssey Nexus which, while it hasn’t made me want to dig out the rest of the series, is the most entertaining dungeon crawler I’ve played in quite a while. The originality, and appeal of the enemies only adds to the game’s pull.

I was also zombie killing my way through Resident Evil 2, but I’ve now cleaned up the dead and I’ve spent about two hours not having a clue where to go next. I point blank refuse to use a walkthrough so I’ll probably still be circling the same corridors by the time the Resident Evil 3 remake comes out.

Etrian Odyssey Nexus

Matt: After coming off my last week of playing the occasionally entertaining but ultimately disappointing The Mage’s Tale, this week I’ve been looking for something far different. So I’ve been spending quite a bit time with For Honor. I’ve enjoyed For Honor since launch, but have came back to it again and again as it’s been updated and enhanced. With a larger roster and more balanced play styles, the game feels smoother and more engaging now.

Apart from that, I’ve recently dug into the Devil May Cry 5 demo. It’s woefully short, but does well to get me excited for a new DMC game. It feels fast, frenetic, and action-heavy, with the charm and ridiculous humour of the franchise.

The Mage’s Tale

Stan: This week I’ve been staying inside a lot because of the weather – did you know there’s a minus 30 now? Also, there’s this thing called an ice storm. Crazy. So I’ve been keeping warm by reaching seventh (seven!) in Football Manager 2019 Touch. It’s fair to say that I’m so far down the Football Manager wormhole that I’m actually in another dimension right now.

And that’s how I feel playing Kingdom Hearts 3, which I started yesterday. Am I the only one in the world not too taken by it? The amount of confusing cut scenes is too damn high, and the one-button attack style is getting old quick. I’m probably alone in this, but apart from the Disney aspect I really don’t enjoy the Kingdom Hearts franchise… but it does beat going outside into the literally Frozen world.

Kingdom Hearts 3