We imagine it’s been too hot for some of you to really enjoy playing games this week.
It hasn’t been scorching all around the world though. In fact, it’s been raining quite a bit in the UK. In any case, we can’t let the sun discourage us from playing games. It’s what we need to do, otherwise we wouldn’t have much to write about.
So, here are the games we ‘ave mostly been playing this week, as usual. We’d say that the summer games drought is here, but we’ve been very busy indeed.
Rich: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is finally out, and since its launch I’ve been playing it whenever I can on multiple formats to review it. I absolutely love it, though its launch has been a bit of a shambles. I now need to restart the Xbox One version after a patch opened a chest containing a vital item that I need to progress. Doh!
I’ve been busy with other games this week as well though. I’ve spent plenty of time with the Samurai Shodown reboot which is good, and put many hours into Monster Jam Steel Titans which isn’t so good. I was also able to finally write reviews for some games that I’ve been playing for a while, such as Car Mechanic Simulator, War Tech Fighters and Collection of Mana. But this weekend I aim to play more Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Xbox One. It’s just too goddamn addictive.
Kim: My Switch has had most love from me this week. I’ve put a fair bit of time into the difficult but altogether delightful Warlocks 2, a side-scrolling action RPG. Anything that lets me collect ample amounts of loot gets a thumbs up in my book. I’ve also played Muse Dash, a joyous platform-rhythm game, which even though doesn’t feature the music of MUSE it does feature a head-popping Japanese soundtrack with almost one hundred songs. Phew.
Most of my time, though, has been spent playing the delightful Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada. An RPG that breaks walls between fantasy and reality, it’s absolutely hilarious and very hard to put down once you start playing. Even though I’ve seen the credits roll, I’ll still be going back for more.
Becca: This week I visited a friend out of town and we played a bunch of things. I’m still working on unlocking characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so I’ve been working my thumbs raw playing battle after battle. I’ve also spent a few hours in Rage 2. The original Rage is still one of my favourite games of all time so I’m having a blast revisiting that world. My friend and I also picked up Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled for Switch and played oodles of it. It’s much harder to master than something like Mario Kart, but the more I practice, the better I get.
I’ve also played the adorable Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank which is a great point-and-click adventure. It isn’t nearly as difficult as others in the genre, so it’s a great starting place. Finally, I played a few hours of The Sinking City, the new Lovecraftian mystery adventure game. I’ve got stuck quite a few times within only the first few hours of the game so I’ve left it be for now, but I have every intention of getting through it sooner rather than later.
Chris: I’ve been playing and reviewing The Sinking City, which is fun when you’re picking over crime scenes and following up on leads but not so much when the game is forcing you to repeatedly tackle the same horde of respawning monsters. It may be Lovecraftian in tone but the bits that crib from H.P. Lovecraft are the least interesting thing about the game. I got more out of the game tracking down a supernatural entity that I did solving the mystery of the city’s spreading madness.
Aside from messing about with PlayStation VR, I’ve also got my hands on a Tiny Arcade Pac-Man which is a ridiculously small but feature accurate Pac-Man arcade cabinet; I’ve been picking it up and evading the miniature ghosts whenever I’ve had five minutes. The thing that intrigues me most about the Tiny Arcade machines is that there’s about ten games so I could feasibly have a full arcade that takes up less space than a shoebox. I predict I’ll be spending more money than I can reasonably afford on these things.
Stan: Member South Park’s ‘Cartoon Wars’ episode? It was pretty much South Park against Family Guy, and it was awesome. Well, here at GameSpew we have our own version of Cartoon Wars – the best South Park Games and the best Simpsons games. You decide which are the best!
I’ve also spent the week playing Tales of Vesperia on the Nintendo Switch. Really enjoying all the characters so far, even if the battling is pretty simple at the minute. Honestly, anything at all that takes my mind off the insane heat is fine by me, and Tales of Vesperia is more than adequate at helping with that! Sorry Switch – you’re staying docked in my air-conditioned house for now!