What-We’re-Playing-Wednesday (October 11, 2017)
Each week we’ll give you the low-down on the games that have been keeping the GGS Gamer staff busy on their consoles, PCs and handhelds.
Here’s what we’ve been playing this week …
- Destiny 2 (PS4) – Got my alternate character (Warlock) up to 302 now, which means this week I’ve mostly been grinding milestones, doing public events, and wasting hours getting re-used to the Warlock jump again. Still haven’t done much of the raid because getting six people together simultaneously is like walking on fucking water, but I’m still trying!
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4) – Okay, so I wouldn’t choose to spend time with this. While I love Rockstar, GTA’s never been a series that’s appealed to me… which is, ironically, why I’m playing it now for a freelance feature. So far I’m still a bit meh; driving is floaty af, there’s too much happening on the UI, and right now I’m utterly overwhelmed by all the many, many things the game’s asking me to do. I am loving my time with Michael, though. So who knows, eh?
- Star Wars Battlefront 2 (PS4) – I didn’t understand much of the criticism levelled at BF1. Yes, it was simple, but I always saw that as it’s strength; shooters are often overly complex, which is off-putting to people new to gaming (or even the genre). BF (and other simplistic shooters, like Halo 4) stripped out the nonsense, so it was more about skill vs. how much time you’d invested in the game to rank up. Now BF2 is much more like Battlefield and while many fans asked for that, it seems really complicated now. It’ll be interesting to see how many players transfer from the original to the new version…
- Friday the 13th (PS4/Xbox One) – Being hunted by Jason never gets old. Being Jason is even more fun.
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4) – I started my 3rd playthrough of Rockstar Games’ masterpiece. Still addicted like my first run years ago.
- NHL 18 (Xbox One) – Thanks to user-friendly controls, I can finally fill that void left by the absence of the NHL 2K series. Curious? Feel free to read my review.
- Blue Reflection (PS4) – I’m currently playing Blue Reflection, which is soft core porn disguised as a magical girl game. Newsflash to anyone who thinks secondary school age girls freely have conversations about friendship and magic in the communal showers, complete with boob groping – they really, really don’t.
- Destiny 2 (PS4) – I got into Destiny very late – like I only played the first game in the summer of this year. With Destiny 2, I’ve managed to get through the campaign in a two-day blitz (which I get isn’t a big deal) it’s a lot of fun. I still haven’t tried out the raids yet, but I intend to once I’ve got a rag-tag group of miscreants to help me out (hint hint GGS team).
My only issue with the game is the speed. And a big part of this is because I arrived to Destiny 2 after a long – and ongoing – binge of Titanfall 2, a game in which I’m constantly moving. Instead of wall-running, grappling, and skidding, with Destiny 2 I constantly found myself just shooting from cover be it high or low. Now, the two titles are entirely different, with Destiny having a far more social aspect to it – which I’m still only getting used to when playing games, so it’s a little unfair to compare them to one another – it’s like comparing a car and a swing… or something.
I’m enjoying Destiny 2 – I didn’t think I would, but I am and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next over the coming months and hopefully years.
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4) – I absolutely loved the first Dishonored and I thought the second instalment was crazy impressive with the same thought out level design, semi-whacky character design, and a set of powers that opened up your playstyle in a great way.
With Death of the Outsider, where you play as Billy Lurke, it felt like the series was drawn to a close with a whimper rather than a bang. A big part of this was the lack of powers, you’ll only use the same three throughout the entire game. That’s remedied a little with the New Game+ that let’s you play through again with selected powers from Dishonored 2, but along with a by-the-numbers level design by Arkane’s standards, and a complete absence of consequence save for a single decision, Death of the Outsider just missed the mark for me.
- Final Fantasy 9 (PS4) – I’m still working towards the platinum trophy for FF9 and finding a lot of stuff I didn’t find during my first playthrough as a kid! Hopefully, the high sales for FF9 will get Square to announce FF8 for PS4 at the PlayStation Experience in December.
- Overwatch (PC) – The Halloween Event has begun! Mwhahahaha!
- Pokémon Moon (3DS) – I decided to revisit my save file for Pokémon Moon after watching the trailer for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. I always say that the previous game will be my last Pokémon game but Nintendo and Game Freak always manage to lure me in for another adventure.
- Nioh (PS4) – I revisited the blood-soaked lands of feudal Japan to help a friend conquer some of the malicious Oni over the weekend and I fell in love all over again, so I bought the season pass even though I shouldn’t be spending money…
- Yakuza Kiwami (PS4) – A complete HD remake of the classic playstation action game.
It is great fun for fans of the series or like me if you are completely new to it. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to receive the same treatment.
- Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age (PS4) – It’s time to knuckle down and get the platinum. Still have a few espers to get, a couple of marks to hunt down and an entire 100 levels of the Trial Mode to complete. Oof.
- Tokyo Dark (PC) – I really enjoyed reviewing this. Now I’m going back to make some (less than savoury) decisions and play out all the different endings.
- Sky Force Anniversary (PS4) – Amazing game! Super addictive. Can’t seem to put it down for more than five minutes, which is unfortunate as I’m also pretty shit at it.
- World of Warcraft (PC) – I’m literally only logging in for raids at the moment. It’s that part of the expansion where you’ve cleared the current content and are waiting for the next patch to hit. Sigh.
- Let Them Come (PC) – Put on my Aviators and started chewing on a fat stogie to get in the mood to decimate the alien horde. Starship troopers styleeee.
- Sky Force Anniversary (PS4) – It was PS plus game this month that reminded me of SWIV on the SNES and all the shooters I loved as a kid. Xenon 2 Megablast and 1942 to name just a few.
- World of Warcraft (PC) – As always.