This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #64

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We are, quite literally, drowning in games.

We can’t complain though; there’s been a hell of a lot of good stuff out in the last week or two, but we’re just gutted there’s not more time in a day to spend with them all. We’re barely managing to keep up with the new releases, but we’re trying!

Here’s everything we’ve been playing this week. Have a great weekend, everyone!



Rich: I spent most of my spare time last weekend playing Codemasters’ GRID. It’s good, but it could have been better. While the actual racing itself is up there with the best, the career mode is just a bit uninspiring. When you’re done with it, there’s not much else to do, either.

After wrapping up my words on GRID, I got stuck into Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered. It isn’t as good as I remember it to be, and as remasters go it’s pretty low-key. But still, you get to fight the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in it, so it made me happy. Alongside Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered I also tackled Valfaris, a 2D shooter that is the embodiment of metal. If you like a challenge, be sure to give it a play.

The best game I’ve played this week by far, however, is Concrete Genie. It’s just so lovable, I pretty much completed it in one sitting. If you have a PS4, you must play it.

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GRID

Kim: The majority of my time this week has been spent with Ghost Recon Breakpoint. I’m still not ready to review it though; I’m quite a way from finishing the story thanks to getting distracted by side content – and, more often than not, just taking in the scenery. Or flying helicopters. Now that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Other than Breakpoint, I’ve been jumping into a couple of upcoming games on Switch. But I can’t talk to you about those yet. You’ll have to wait. My iPad is, of course, still getting a lot of love thanks to Apple Arcade. I’m still plodding my way through Tangle Tower, and I gave Sneaky Sasquatch a try, which is unbelievably cute. As Sasquatch, you need to sneak around a park to steal food from unsuspecting campers. And what you don’t eat, you can sell to a bear. Adorable.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Becca: This week I played the absolutely brilliant Wilmot’s Warehouse. I picked it up on Switch after seeing some gameplay for it knowing that I’d fall in love. And I really did. You play as a tiny square called Wilmot who is basically in charge of organising over 200 items in a large warehouse, and then people come to order things and you have to quickly find the item among the horrific mess you’ve created. It’s so addicting and so, so awesome.

I also played the lovely Discolored which is a first person puzzle game. You’re goal is to reintroduce colour into the world by solving puzzles. It’s a very fun, short title. I also played the rhythm game Pride Run where you are in charge of helping out a pride parade keep away the haters and spread your message of love.

I’m still playing through Borderlands 3 with my dad, discovering that if I want to survive I have to rely on only myself because he definitely won’t come back for me. So much for working as a team. And I jumped into Dead by Daylight for a few hours trying to stretch those murdering muscles in preparation for the Halloween event starting soon.

Discolored

Diggy: I’m very happy that I was able to try out John Wick Hex, the new Keanu Reeves simulator from Mike Bithell and Co. It turned out to be a really well done and intuitive twist on strategy games, so even if you’re not a fan of the films it’s well worth checking out. You can catch my full review in text form, or in video form over on the GameSpew YouTube channel.

A lot of my week has also been taken up by A Knight’s Quest, a 3D action-adventure inspired by such classics as the Zelda and Metroid series. It has some fun parts, but a lot of it feels like a holding pattern to extend the runtime. If it sounds like your kind of thing you can read my detailed thoughts on it here; it’s by no means a bad game, but I can’t recommend playing it while you’re stressed about a review deadline.

John Wick Hex

Chris: I’ve been playing Rain of Reflections: Episode 1, which I’ll be reviewing shortly. I was surprised to discover that this futuristic adventure’s title actually means something and it wasn’t generated by hurling a dictionary into an industrial shredder. It’s quite a good game, though the hacking mini-games are a little too numerous.

I also played Green Hell, a fun if unforgiving jungle adventure. I spent a good few days picking parasitic worms out of my arms with bone needles and getting up to all sorts of other wholesome survival shenanigans. It’s not perfect but it grabbed me more than The Forest did and I’m confident that I can now out-Grylls Bear Grylls in a bear grilling contest.

Green Hell

Stan: Did you guys know there was a new The Last of Us Part II trailer? Of course you do! Everyone in the whole world knows about it – and I am one of the many who can’t wait for it to release. I have my Collector’s Edition ordered and am already thinking about where to put that awesome Ellie statue. There’s just so much to look forward to, I put together a list of the 10 main reasons to be excited about The Last of Us Part II.

I’ve been diving into the world of FIFA 20’s Career Mode this week. Pre-season is over, and I’m two games into the league. Sadly I got knocked out of the League Cup (I completely changed my squad to get the kids in) and I’m gutted about this. I’m hoping this is still my season to get promoted. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

The Last of Us Part II