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This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #62

Another week, another week filled with gaming.

Such is the life here at GameSpew. Weekends don’t mean a couple of days off; they mean a couple of days of solid gaming and note-taking in between all that writing of reviews, guides, and lists. Days off do not exist, folks. They’re a myth.

But we’re not complaining. New releases continue to impress us, and it’s hard to resent being so busy when we get to play so many great games. Here’s what we’ve been playing this week.

Rich: The Surge 2 and Contra: Rogue Corps ate up all of my weekend. I actually liked Contra: Rogue Corps despite it looking pretty awful. It’s best enjoyed in online co-op though. The Surge 2, on the other hand, is a single-player experience that’s absolutely sublime. It’s better than the first game in every way.

Moving into the week, my newly acquired Switch Lite has been getting some use. Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is just as good as its always been, and so is Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition. The Switch Lite isn’t a bad piece of kit, either. I wasn’t that bothered about getting one, but as The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – reviewed by Kim – came free with it, I couldn’t resist.

This weekend I’m looking forward to getting stuck into Code Vein, and also a few Switch games that are on the horizon.

The Surge 2 4 (1)
The Surge 2

Kim: I’ve had Zelda music stuck in my head all week, thanks to playing through Link’s Awakening on Switch. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t as enamoured with it as most people, giving it its lowest score on Metacritic. It was still a 7/10 – which is ‘good’! – but its technical shortcomings were just too severe for me to overlook.

I’ve also been dipping into more games on Apple Arcade. Mini Motorways keeps drawing me back in, and I’m making my way through Tangle Tower, a murder mystery with some excellent voice acting and storytelling.

Diggy: This has been a busy week if you happen to like your gaming content in an audio-visual format. On Wednesday I put out a video essay discussing why games often rely on violent combat mechanics, a sort of extended version of my article from last month on the same subject. The best thing about making it was getting to play a whole load of fun games to gather the footage – slashing, smashing and splatting enemies in as many ways as humanly possible.

I also recorded me and my pal Nathan giving our genuine first impressions of Gears 5, so if you want to see the first 40 odd minutes of the story campaign with two guys constantly taking the piss and being snarky over the top, that’s the thing to watch.

Gears 5 3 (1)

Becca: This time around I didn’t have too much on my plate – for a change. I played a few hours of the brutal game choose-your-adventure type game The Executioner. The tough decision making really took its toll on me as you have to torture and eventually kill many prisoners. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

Other than that I’ve simply jumped back into Dead by Daylight as the new Stranger Things DLC is out. I’ve enjoyed kicking butt as the demogorgon as well as playing as Steve and Nancy. Although let’s be honest, the voice actor for Steve should really be changed. Talk about whiney.

Chris: This week I got a kick out of playing AI: The Somnium Files; it’s a mashup of Ace Attorney and Zero Time Dilemma except that Phoenix Wright yells “Boobs!” every five minutes. I’m replaying it at the moment and I honestly don’t know how Date still has a job – it’s down to Aiba, his eye-dwelling robot companion, that he’s able to project the illusion of confidence.

I’m also sailing the high seas in Battlewake, a pirate-flavoured VR title. It’s fun when you jump in but it’s not the deepest game around. I’ll have a review of it shortly, after which I’ll be giving Untitled Goose Game the attention it reportedly deserves.

Stan: In a surprise to absolutely no one, I’ve been playing Link’s Awakening this week. In fact, it’s pretty much the only reason I’ve been waking up now that the winter conditions are coming (and work of course, if you’re reading this boss). I adore this remake , and love how true it is to the original! Where does it rank in the top Zelda games of all time? You’ll have to check the list out for yourselves.

I’ve also been continuing with the world of Football Manager 2019 on the Switch. Honestly, it actually feels more Fantasy than Link’s Awakening as I have Portsmouth in the Premier League, though sadly we just got knocked out of the Champions League. Oh, and I also pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition of The Last of Us 2 – why do people spend money on these extras, you ask? Well, there’s plenty of reasons, as I’ve written about before.

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