We’re in the thick of it.
Games are releasing left, right and centre; bombarding us from all angles. But instead of shielding ourselves from them, we’re welcoming them with open arms. Because that’s what we do.
There’s still three and half months before the year is over, and we don’t think we’re going to get much rest before then. We don’t mind though when the quality of games put on our plates are as good as they currently are. We just eat them up like good little gamers.
So, here are the games we’ve been happily consuming until we’re stuffed this week.
Rich: What is sleep? Really, I’d like to know. As usual, I’ve been going to sleep in the early hours of the morning because of games. Blasphemous has entranced me the most. Sitting somewhere between Castlevania and Dark Souls, I just couldn’t pull myself away from it last weekend. I had to eventually though, because there were other games to play.
I’ve spent many hours looting in Torchlight II, which I’d have absolutely adored years ago. Now, however, it’s less impressive. And I’ve also been putting hours into NBA 2K20. I’m still not ready to review it though, as it has got so many modes. The gist though, is that it plays a mean game of basketball, but there’s a lot of content that isn’t all that great and its got its fair share of bugs. Add in the time that I’ve spent playing FIA European Truck Racing Championship and The Sinking City on Switch, and yes, I’ve been a busy boy.
Kim: I’ve been less busy with games than Rich. Perhaps I should take my fair share, but he doesn’t complain (too much). I’ve mostly been getting engrossed once again in Clementine’s journey thanks to the release of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series. It really is some stellar storytelling; I’ve dipped into episodes across all seasons because I can, but I’m yet to see how her journey ends. Becca has told me to expect to cry – a lot – so that’s something to look forward to… Mostly, though, I’m very impressed with the Definitive Series. There are still a few bugs that need to be ironed out, but the new graphic style and special features make it a must-have collection.
I also spent a few hours with the Ghost Recon: Breakpoint closed beta that was available over the weekend. I’m a sucker for an open world Ubisoft game at the best of times. This one feels pretty much as I’d expect, but a few new touches – like loot (hooray for loot!) and a map system that requires you to make your own way to mission locations rather than just following a marker – make it feel more mature than some of the developer’s previous games.
Diggy: Now Gears 5 is out, I’ve obviously been playing a lot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas. Weird I know, but I’m really not a fan of the Gears games or cover-based shooting in general. I do remember liking this game however, so I was curious to try and figure out what it does right that Gears doesn’t.
Also my significant other has been playing a bit of Skyrim this week, and I have this weird thing where if I ever see anyone else playing Skyrim, I have to play Skyrim again too. Anyone else get that? Just me? Well anyway, hopefully in this playthrough I’ll get to see some things I’ve never seen before, not just the stuff I’ve seen 500 times.
Becca: I’ve been busy this week. I played through the mobile game Hey Turtle which, rather than feeling like a game, felt more like reading through someone else’s text messages. Which was still intriguing. You take on the role of one half of a couple and have to work through relationship struggles with you partner Dana who might not be exactly who you fell in love with.
I also played the adventure game Legend of the Skyfish, which was pretty cool. You run around with a fishing rod beating up giant fish and riding around a whale. Quite a bit of fun to have with that one.
My roommates and I also completed Blair Witch. We were pretty underwhelmed at first considering the amount of glitches and crashes that were happening on the Xbox One version, but those last 30 minutes were some of the scariest of my LIFE. I don’t think I would have been able to go on much longer. It’s a great title.
Chris: I played and reviewed action-RPG GreedFall, an excellent start for what I hope will become a series. It doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of Dragon Age but it’s a lot of fun to play and refreshingly free of orcs and goblins. It’s a bit of a cop-out that the other factions are the bad guys, despite the fact that you’re all stealing land from an island’s indigenous people. But using colonialism as the backdrop for a game was always going to be highly contentious.
I’ve also started playing Blair Witch, thanks to a Xbox Game Pass trial (which I may or may not be cancelling later). It’s entertained and frightened me so far, but I’m dreading the moment (if it occurs) where you get a full-on view of the Blair Witch. McFarlane Toys tried making a Blair Witch figure and ended up with a random monstrosity because the movie never actually showed you anything. Let’s see how the game handles that.
Stan: This week I took a great undertaking, one that could even be described as ‘Legend’ worthy. I ranked the 20 best side characters in the whole Legend of Zelda franchise. There’s been tough decisions, dilemmas, and even some tears (mainly from my wife who I hid from to work on this list). Zelda is my life, and these are 20 characters who’ve played a big part in it. Even if they’re not the main characters, they’re still main to me, dammit!
I’ve also been continuing on my patchy Fifa 19 playing. Still on Career Mode, and still in the lowly levels of League 1. It’s really not that fun to be honest, but it’s almost become a mission of mine now to help get Portsmouth back in the Championship. Really, it’s a time filler until Link’s Awakening and Pokemon Sword/Shield release…