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This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #45

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Video games aren’t just a hobby, they’re a lifestyle; a religion.

Here at GameSpew we probably spend more time with video games then we do with our families. What can we say? It’s an addiction. This week the team has been at it again, beavering away at our ever-growing back log of games hissing at anyway that dares to interrupt us.

Check out the games we’ve been playing in the dark, at home, alone. Let us know what you’ve been playing by tweeting us @game_spew over on Twitter.

Rich: I’ve been busy, as usual. After finishing up Rage 2 last weekend, which has brilliant combat but a pretty dead open world, I then devoted my time to Observation. Honestly, that game is fantastic. It had me gripped from beginning to end, and its puzzles are really inventive. Give it a play of you like sci-fi thrillers and are after a unique experience.

I’ve also spent plenty of time playing Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, which is still one of the best fighting games on the market. Though I’ve ended the week with something that’s pretty disappointing: Layers of Fear 2. I really loved the original Layers of Fear, but its sequel is just dull and not at all scary. Now I’ve got yet more games to play, and I’ll be trying to sneak some Team Sonic Racing into the mix, too.

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Kim: I’ve been dipping into American Fugitive, which wants to be 2019’s answer to the old-school top-down Grand Theft Auto games. It has a certain charm, and I’ve plenty more to do yet, but it falls short of the madness set by GTA. I’ve been having fun riling up the police though, which are equal parts stupid and persistent.

I’ve also been playing Devious Dungeon 2, a little Rogue-lite on Xbox One. It’s got an incredibly addictive gameplay loop that has me in its clutches; the sort of game that feeds you with constant upgrades and rewards to keep you playing.

American Fugitive

Becca: This week I spent a few dozen hours with the new Team Sonic Racing. I have hundreds upon hundreds of hours in Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed so I jumped at the chance to be able to play this new title. While not as polished and well-performing as its predecessor, Team Sonic Racing is still fun to play with friends and the addition of an actual story is pretty interesting.

I’ve also loaded up Overwatch a few evenings this week so that I could participate in the Anniversary event. The Anniversary event opens up all past character cosmetics for purchase so if there was a Halloween skin you desperately wanted you can pick it up now (and I did). The only other thing I dabbled in this week was Silent Hill 2. My roommates and I have been playing through the game, me for the fourth or fifth time, just for fun. We beat the game last night and thankfully managed to get the good ending. I’m exciting to play through again and attempt to get the secret dog ending. You know, the canon ending.

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Team Sonic Racing

Chris: Sadly, I didn’t get to pet the rats in A Plague Tale: Innocence, though I did murder a lot of people with a sling. Surprisingly, the game’s teenage protagonist (who’s supposedly rarely been off her parents’ estate) didn’t seem to have a huge problem slaughtering anyone who got in her way, nor did the game punish me for doing so. Still, sling murders or otherwise, I definitely got a kick out of it.

I’m also working my way through Observation, an intriguing sci-fi tale which mashes together all the best bits from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Event Horizon. I’m hoping that I’ll get the opportunity to fire at least one person out of the airlock.

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A Plague Tale: Innocence

Stan: I’ve tried to get back in to Red Dead Redemption 2 this week. I’ve wanted to replay it ever since I finished it the first time. But, now that I have restarted it, honestly I’m not enjoying it as much. Maybe it’s because it’s so story driven and because I already know what happens. I don’t know. I’m as surprised as all you are that I’m not enjoying Red Dead Redemption 2.

I’ve also been playing Deponia on the Switch. It’s a Point and Click style game, with lots of brilliantly whacky characters and fun cartoon style. Occasionally it strays from challenging to frustrating, but overall it’s a really fun game. Keep a look out for my upcoming review!

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Matt: This week I’ve scattered my time across a handful of titles. I started my week trying out Yet Another Zombie Defense HD, which I found to be engaging and addicting, as long as you had the energy to give it the time. After patiently waiting, I managed to get into Dauntless on PS4 and I’m really enjoying that one. I’ve always enjoyed Monster Hunter, and I feel a lot of similarities and also some quality differences in this title.

With the remainder of my time, I’ve continued exploring the desolate wasteland of Rage 2 and hopped back onto Overwatch for the anniversary event. It’s been a long time since I haven’t spent any time at all on Destiny 2 in a given week, so I’m curious to see if the next season has enough to pull me back in.