This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #33

Anthem

Games, games, games.

We’ve got games coming out of our ears this week. OK, not literally – that would be weird (and probably painful, if they were physical copies…). But we have a lot of games. And they still keep on coming. Which basically means we’ve constantly got something new to be playing. Not that we’re complaining… but we are ready for a rest!

Here are the games that have been keeping us company over the last week. Let us know what you’ve been playing by Tweeting us @game_spew over on Twitter. Happy weekend, everyone!



Rich: This week, I have been playing a hell of a lot of DiRT Rally 2.0, which looks stunning on Xbox One X. It has made me turn the air blue many times thanks to binning it late into stages, but I still love it. I just wish it had a little more track variety.

Anthem is also a game I’ve played quite a bit of this week thanks to EA Access. I’ve been playing it solo which surprisingly works quite well. And once again it looks gorgeous on Xbox One X. Will it get less fun the more I play it though? Only time will tell.

This weekend I plan to play more of Anthem, as well as Trials Rising and Dead or Alive 6. Don’t forget to check out the open betas/demos for those while they’re still running.

Dirt Rally 2 4
DiRT Rally 2.0

Kim: I’m very proud of myself this week. I’ve played through the entirety of Minesweeper Genius on Xbox One, a puzzle game that feels like a cross between Minesweeper and Picross. Essentially, two games I thoroughly enjoy wasting time in. It’s kept me busy this week and I’ve completed each level with the highest number of stars. Go me!

I’ve also spent a fair bit of time wandering around the post-apocalyptic world of Far Cry New Dawn, and I’m having a lot of fun doing so. It’s a fairly big game with plenty of side stuff to do, but it (so far) doesn’t feel overwhelming. Plus it looks beautiful. Those overblown, almost-neon colours of the wilderness? *chef’s kiss*

Degrees of Separation, which I previewed last month, is also out now in its full form, so I’ve been playing through more of that. Look out for a review, as well as more words on Far Cry New Dawn, from me next week.

Far Cry New Dawn
Far Cry New Dawn

Becca: It’s been another week for me where I’ve played quite a few things. After reviewing Steins;Gate Elite I took a gander at Steins;Gate Linear Bounded Phenogram which is a collection of shorter visual novels about some of the minor characters in the main game. I also played through Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, an adorable, relaxing adventure game that encourages you to take your time and not stress about the little things. I also completed Intruders: Hide-and-Seek, a VR compatible stealth horror game. The horror elements are done well enough, but I wasn’t particularly fond of the voice acting and dialogue.

I also spent a ton of time this week playing through Resident Evil 3 on my GameCube. My roommate wants to play through all of the Resident Evil games in order so I dusted off the ‘ole Cube now that we’ve finished Resident Evil 2. I’d forgot how easy it was to get lost in Raccoon City with its twists and turns. Since I dusted off the GameCube I’ve also played The Simpsons Hit and Run and Pikmin, because it’d be rude not to. Last night we had a few friends over and we also sat down and started on Resident Evil 7. A couple of us have already played it, but we wanted to initiate the others. It’s been a busy week.

Intruders: Hide and Seek
Intruders: Hide and Seek

Chris: I’ve finally beaten Leon’s Resident Evil 2 campaign. After silently raging at Capcom’s shoddy design and obscure puzzles it turned out I simply hadn’t noticed that the combinations to certain puzzles were right in my inventory. Oops.

I’m continuing on with Claire’s campaign, but I’ve also been delving into Devotion, a game from the same team that produced the excellent, eerie Detention. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the game next week but I fully expect to go through several pairs of brown trousers.

Devotion

Jack: So last week, all of the games came out. All of them. I’ve spent the majority of this week on Anthem; flying around, having chats, getting frustrated, and repeating the cycle. I also tried a little bit of Crackdown 3 given it was on Xbox Game Pass, and it’s OK, I guess?

I’ve been interested in how Metro Exodus looks and intrigued by the difficulty with no UI, so I’ve been playing Metro 2033 Redux to see if I can really get into the series before dropping the money on Exodus. Playing on Ranger Hardcore turns every battle into a tense period of bullet management – any shots I miss have a genuine feeling of loss because ammo is scarce, and you’ll never know when you’ll need it. Early signs are good for Metro 2033 to get me into Last Light and eventually Exodus, but Exodus probably won’t be until a big PC upgrade on my end.

Anthem 3
Anthem

Robert: My gaming opportunities have been very limited recently as I have been only able to play in short stints. I therefore needed a game I could play quickly, enjoy and come back to at any time. Having recently played a game of Magic: The Gathering in physical form I was up for more of that quick, old-school card strategy. I looked for a Magic: The Gathering game online and found many different variables. I went through a few different versions before finding Magic The Gathering: Arena, that is fashioned in a Hearthstone mould. By that I mean it looks good, it plays well and it’s easy to understand (which is a marvel for this ancient game). You could say it has copied Hearthstone in the layout, the choice of ranked matches and the way you build decks – but that would obviously be forgetting how Magic created the foundation for every card game of this type, years ago, when the internet was just a twinkle in Tim Berners-Lee’s eye.

Magic the Gathering: Arena
Magic the Gathering: Arena

Stan: Earlier this week I finally completed Kingdom Hearts 3. I enjoyed the Disney parts a lot, but just found the gameplay so dull; there are far too many similar battle scenes. Plus, the final boss battle(s) are just far too long. And those cut scenes – way too many. Honestly, I’m glad I played it, but also glad I’m now finished with it.

I also sunk my teeth into Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight on Nintendo Switch, which was a lot of fun. I also have been playing Football Manager 2019 Touch non-stop on the Switch. I’m currently 6th (6th!) in the league and am even above teams like Spurs… not bad for little old Pompey, hey? Now, if only I could find a way to correlate this to actual performances.

Warplanes WW2 Dogfight
Warplanes WW2 Dogfight

Matt: Iron Banner has returned to Destiny 2 this week, so I’ve been spending some time there. Outside of that, I have really got back into Dead Cells since the new update on consoles. I’ve always loved this game, and will never grow tired of it. Somehow, with this update, it’s even better than before? Wild. Over the past day, I’ve been playing the Trials Uprising beta, which has been great, and started my journey through Anthem. Which I will probably love and hate equally, much like Destiny.

Dead Cells 4
Dead Cells