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This Week, We ‘Ave Mostly Been Playing… #69

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We’ve made it. After two months of near-constant new game releases, things have finally died down.

That’s not to say that there still aren’t some games releasing on the run up to Christmas though – things have just become more manageable. And the length of titles such as Death Stranding means that we’ll probably still be playing many of them into the new year.

With the weekend approaching, it’s time for us to tell you what we’ve been playing, as usual. So here are the games that the GameSpew team has been playing this week.

Rich: After spending last weekend finishing off Terminator: Resistance, which is entertaining but not ambitious in the slightest, I started playing both Shenmue 3 and Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts. They complemented each other quite well, really. When Shenmue 3‘s archaic gameplay mechanics wore me down, I’d move over to Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts to pop some skulls. It’s just a shame that my time with Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts was tainted by troublesome bugs and glitches. It’s certainly a game to check out once it’s had a patch or two.

I’ve also spent some time with the Switch version of WRC 8 this week, and have been further dipping into Death Stranding here and there. Thanks to all those people out there that have been building roads for me to use – I appreciate it! This weekend I’m looking forward to playing yet more Death Stranding, as well as trying out Google Stadia a bit more. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with how well it works up to now…

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

Kim: I’ve spent about half of this week stuck in bed, taken down with a cruddy cold/flu virus. As such, my Switch has been keeping me company. I’ve been making my way through Pokémon Sword and having a lot of fun with it. I need to do quite a bit more training ’til I’m strong enough to beat the champion though, so this weekend will be spent trawling through the Wild Area to toughen up my pocket mons.

I’ve also been dipping into Tetris 99, because it’s actually impossible for me to play my Switch without also having a cheeky game (or four) of Tetris. I got out of my groove for a while, but I’m back on point, frequently finishing second or third. Still never had a win though, but I’m remaining hopeful.

Pokémon Sword

Becca: This week I played the lovely puzzle game Still There. The story is beautifully heartbreaking and the puzzles are really fun to solve. Coming from someone who is normally terrible at puzzle games, it was lovely to play. I’ve also been playing more Borderlands 3 with my dad this week, I thought we were nearing the end last week and then he informed me that we still had about four or five hours left. It seems to just keep going. Not that I’m complaining, but boy it’s a long one. We’re trying to decide what to play next together and I think we’ve decided on A Way Out.

Finally, I’ve been playing Dead by Daylight, what else is new? I’m trying to save up my blood points for the beautiful new killer The Oni and survivor Yui. They look they’re going to be really cool additions to one of my favourite games.

Still There

Diggy: I’ve got to admit this has been a pretty quiet week for me. I did revisit The Talos Principle, which recently dropped on Xbox Game Pass along with the Road to Gehenna DLC that I hadn’t played before. It’s okay – I still maintain the puzzles aren’t particularly fun, but there’s a bunch of abstract philosophy stuff on the computer terminals to dive into; which is all interesting, smart, weird, and often creepy.

I’ve also been trying to rope my usual sidekick Nathan into keeping up with a weekly video schedule. He clearly doesn’t have his priorities straight though, citing “work” and “illness” as legitimate reasons to miss a recording. Psssh, some people.

The Talos Principle

Stan: I finally managed to complete Luigi’s Mansion 3 over the weekend, and just in time. I’ve spent the whole week being engrossed in Pokemon Sword, and I’m absolutely loving it! What I really like about it is how it just makes the typical tropes of a Pokemon game so much more simple: need to build up the level of your Pokemon? Catch a dynamax Pokemon and get the rare candies. Need to travel from one side of a big town to another? Use the various Pokemon Centres. Just an absolute gem of a game!

Not only have I been a Pokemon champion this week, but a Championship football manager too. Honestly, when I say ‘Championship’, I mean League 1 (sadly) as I couldn’t get Portsmouth promoted in Football Manager 2020 Touch. But I’m loving it so much, and it was such a joy to review. When I say ‘review’, I actually mean make my whole entire life…

Football Manager 2020 Touch

Chris: I’ve continued to mess around in Death Stranding – I’ve always been more interested in carrying as many boxes as I can than in saving the world. It’s fun though I can’t get over some of the product placement; I’m not sure how much money changed hands, but you’re telling me that, of all things, Monster Energy drinks are the things that survived the apocalypse?

I’ve also been playing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I could have done with a more interesting protagonist, particularly since I also played as Angry White Guy in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. What’s remarkable, however, is how much messed up stuff you can get up to as a Jedi. You may not be able to dismember people, but hurling them off a ledge or throwing them into the path of a rocket is actually more disturbing.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order