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This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #46

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Void Bastards

With summer fast approaching, things are getting hot, hot, hot.

And we’re not just talking about the weather. With E3 on its way, everyone interested in the world of video games is buzzing with what might be announced at the event. But that hasn’t kept the team here at GameSpew from focusing on what’s right in front of us. What’s that you ask? Loads of games, of course!

Here are the games that have kept us entertained this week while we wait for E3 to get started!

Rich: I began this week trying out Hell Let Loose, a new online shooter that aims to provide an authentic World War 2 experience. I rather enjoyed it, but its developers are going to have to do something to draw players away from similar games. It enters Steam Early Access on 6th June, so keep an eye out for it. Most of my gaming time this week, however, has been spent playing Void Bastards. It’s humorous, and there’s a lot to like about it, but ultimately it’s just too repetitive. After a few hours you’ve pretty much seen all it has to offer, and it’s just a grind from then on.

Some other games have had my attention as well. TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge has just been released on Switch, and it’s pretty good if you ask me. Gato Roboto is now out as well, and if you like Metroidvanias you should give it a try. This weekend though, I’m putting some time into Warhammer: Chaosbane. As Diablo clones go it seems like one of the best, but I’m keen to reach its endgame before passing final judgement on it.

Warhammer: Chaosbane
Warhammer: Chaosbane

Kim: It’s been a week of jumping in and out of a lot of different games for me. Some weeks I crave a big meaty adventure to sink my teeth into; other weeks I can’t sit still long enough to play anything more involving than Tetris. I had a quick foray with crazy party game Hungry Baby on Switch, which is simple but fun – especially with friends. Also on Switch I’ve put a few hours into Super Cane Magic Zero, a comical action RPG that I just can’t quite make my mind up about. Look out for my thoughts on that next week.

I’ve also played the crazy but entertaining Lapis x Labyrinth, a 2D adventure that spews so much loot at you that you don’t really know what’s going on. Brilliant. On PC, I jumped into Jump King, a simple game about jumping to the top of a series of platforms to rescue a “smoking hot babe”. I didn’t make it very far. I spent some time with the ‘fearsome’ pirate Nelly Cootalot in Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD, which is a wonderful point and click adventure for any fan of Monkey Island. Lastly, I’ve also been testing out my backarm swing in Tennis World Tour on PC, which actually isn’t too bad after its latest update. I’ll have more on that next week.

Lapis x Labyrinth

Becca: This week I played quite a few hours of Overwatch when my crappy internet permitted me to. It has actually been a blast to get on and play during the anniversary event, and catch up with my old friends who I played the game with for almost two years before I stopped having the time to log on practically every night.

I also played through the lovely platformer Unruly Heroes, which has players taking on the role of four different characters all with differing abilities trying to take back the world from the forces of evil during the 16th century Ming Dynasty. And finally, I played through Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders, an intriguing and very well-written point-and-click game that has you playing as the incredibly intuitive Di Renjie as he tries to solve crimes and mysteries in ancient China.

Unruly Heroes

Chris: I’ve dipped back into A Plague Tale for the purposes of writing about how absolutely insane the game becomes, but how it manages to keep you on board with the lunacy. I’d love to see a DLC episode where you play as a previously unseen character, struggling to deal with the plague without Amicia or Hugo’s abilities.

This week I also reviewed Pathologic 2, which I dearly wanted to love but which is held back by some absolutely awful survival mechanics. Initially you’re drawn into the game’s mystery, enthralled by the slightly unsettling world; then the game reminds you need to eat (even though it’s only been half an hour since you last did so). By day five it’s hard to concentrate on anything but finding food to shove down your throat hole, something which doesn’t seem to affect any of the other townspeople. There’s supposedly an easy mode coming, at which point I’ll get back into the game. To paraphrase pundit Jim Sterling, if the feature you’re adding to your game makes it less fun, you need to think again.

On a brighter note, I’m playing The Outer Wilds and having a lot of fun so far. Yes, I’ve died a lot in the game but it’s never been anyone’s fault but my own.

Pathologic 2

Matt: After a good while in storage, this week I’ve dusted off my PSVR to dive into Blood & Truth which has been, in a word, phenomenal. It’s an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that just keeps delivering on all fronts. Keep an eye out in the coming days for my full review of what’s proving to be one of PSVR’s crowning achievements.

Apart from that, I have played through the entirety of the Code Vein network test and, despite my anticipation for this game, I’m left feeling quite a bit underwhelmed. There is potential and promise here, but what sticks out more is what falls short, the game just feels like it lacks punch, energy. I’ll share my full thoughts on this soon, as well.

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Blood and Truth

Stan: What do you mean I can’t just sit around and play video games all day!? Rabble rabble rabble. No one respects my authoritah. Yes, I blame Canada, but I also blame everything else that gets in the way of me thinking about video games. Luckily for me I’ve had time this week, and my mind keeps going back to all those South Park games that I member. Check out my list of the best South Park games.

I’ve also become a douchebag this week, and a butt wipe, and a nerd… basically anything that the gang from South Park: The Fractured but Whole want to call me. I’ve been busy giving myself super powers, and a super sad back story (you don’t want to hear what my dad did to my mum). I’m absolutely loving South Park right now, and if you don’t like it, then you can just get out of my country, and don’t take my job!

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Jack: This week has been a rogue’s gallery of trying to get into a few titles. Most of my week has been spent watching more than playing. Watching streams of the WoW Classic beta has managed to take up most of my time. Also I’ve been looking into PC upgrades this week to do over the next month or so; a new motherboard, CPU, fan, and RAM is what I’m looking into first. GPU will come slightly later so I can save a bit more for a beefier card, as will an M.2 SSD.

When not watching streams or reading specs I’ve been playing a mix of Void Bastards, FFXV, and Guild Wars 2. WoW Classic, and especially not being in the beta, has somehow quashed any desire to play anything else really, so August 27th can’t come soon enough.

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Void Bastards

Robert: I have been venturing into the darkest depths of space this week in Stellaris. For a Paradox game, it feels far more similar to a classic 4X game. Despite being played in real time like other games by the same studio, there are more classic 4X strategies and gameplay mechanics that makes the game feel a bit more relaxed than other grand strategies that I play. However, once you get into the crux of the gameplay there is more than enough to sink your teeth into. I have enjoyed conquering worlds as The Gammon Empire Star Realm, and forcing alien species under my great leadership!