This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #56

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It’s the quiet before the storm. In just two weeks, gamers around the globe are going to be snowed under with new releases, and hopefully they’ll be good.

We might be getting stuck into some of them this weekend. Maybe. But you don’t want to know about that, do you? You want to know what we’ve been spending our valuable time playing this week. As usual, we’ve been playing plenty.

So, sit back. Relax. Maybe grab yourself a tea or coffee. Perhaps even a sneaky biscuit. Then find out what games the GameSpew team have been playing this week.


Rich: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet – Complete Edition has dominated much of my gaming time this week. Now available on Switch, it’s not very good to be honest, but there’s something about it that keeps you playing. Loot, that’s it. I’m a real sucker for loot.

I’ve not just been playing Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet – Complete Edition though. I’ve also been playing the excellent VASARA Collection, and Zombie Driver: Immortal Edition. Hours of fun have been had with Remnant: From the Ashes, too, although you’ll have to wait until Tuesday for a review of it. I’ll be playing more of it this weekend to further develop my thoughts, as well as some other games that I’m excited about. Good times!

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VASARA Collection

Kim: Most of this week has been taken up with RAD, the alluring Rogue-like from Bandai Namco and Double Fine. It’s not out ’til Monday, but an early embargo means you can already read my thoughts. The long and short of it? I’m not generally a fan of Rogue-likes, and sure, dying is hella frustrating, but there’s something about RAD that keeps me going back. It’s great.

A new event has just rolled out in Mighty Quest, too, so I find myself drawn back to my mobile phone to tap away to get those tasty new rewards.

RAD

Diggy: Over the weekend I played a bit more of AvoCuddle, which I had a lot to say about last week. The game’s baffling tonal inconsistencies could only sustain my interest for so long I guess, because in the end, the gameplay just got kind of boring.

I have been enjoying the heck out of A Hat in Time though, despite the criminally mediocre review m’colleague Kim gave it back in 2017. In some places it reminds me of Tim Schafer’s Psychonauts, one of my favourite games ever. It’s brimming with humour and creativity (BRIM-ming… Get it?), and put simply, A Hat in Time is a joy to play. It was a pleasant surprise, because other recent retro 3D platformers like Yooka-Laylee and Super Lucky’s Tale have left me cold. Who would have thought that the secret ingredient was magic hats?

A Hat in Time

Becca: This week I played the amazing rogue like deck building game Dicey Dungeons. With six different characters to choose from and loads of enemies, the game hasn’t got old yet. Plus, it’s freaking adorable. I also played a few hours of the racing/battle game Must Dash Amigos. It’s lacking in content but definitely fun in short bursts. Who doesn’t love tossing burritos at their friends?

Finally, I’ve been playing Friday the 13th since it’s just released on Switch. The characters are still leathery, the gameplay is still meh, but hey, I can play it on a tiny screen while curled up on bed in my pyjamas with my cat in my lap and a hot chocolate next to me. Woo hoo? You can read my full thoughts on that early next week.

Dicey Dungeons

Chris: The last couple of weeks I’ve been playing through Ion Mai.. Ion Fury, a real chunk of retro-shoot-em-up action. It’s based on the same Build engine as Duke Nukem 3D which actually works in the game’s favour, since the levels alone have more colour than the entire Call of Duty franchise. It’s received a lot of praise, though I found myself aimlessly wandering the levels too much, and wishing there was more overall level variety. Still, while it may not reach the dizzy heights of Duke Nukem 3D or Blood, it’s well worth checking out. And it’s a lot of fun when the cybernetically enhanced body parts start flying.

I also messed about with The Angry Birds Movie 2: Under Pressure VR, which was a fun diversion. It’s a step up from the bad old days when every other movie was turned into a platform game. Robocop? Platform game. Batman? Platform game. Sophie’s Choice? Platform game. Though I’m not convinced it’s worth the £24.99 asking price, or that it necessarily needed to be a VR game.

Ion Fury 2
Ion Fury

Stan: I’m currently sitting in the Toronto airport waiting to go to England…well, when you read this I’ll already be there – isn’t time travel awesome? But, the worst thing about going away is having to drop off your cat with the in-laws – poor girl! Maybe that’s why I felt compelled to write a list of the most adorable protagonists in all of gaming: I had to prepare to get my cute feels from somewhere else.

I am/will be without my Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a while, but I do have my trusty Switch on hand and will play/played lots of Elder Scrolls: Skyrim on the plane. How awesome is it that you can now properly game while in the air? Let’s just hope I don’t/didn’t run in to any dragons along the way.

Snakes Skyrim on a plane