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 …
- Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4) – Another day, another fort to conquer.
- .hack//G.U. Last Recode (PS4) – I never got to play any form of .hack game growing up but a friend convinced me to play this collection as he loved the originals back in the day and told me I’d love them and he wasn’t wrong, I’ve only managed to fit in a few hours but I love the characters, battle system and the story so far. I cannot wait to sink more hours into this collection.
- Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch) – I’ve been messing around on Fire Emblem whilst I wait for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to arrive later this week.
- Overwatch (PC) – Tried out the new character, Moira and she isn’t half bad, she might be my new favourite support character.
- Animal Crossing (Android) – I don’t know how they’ve done it but the guys at Nintendo have managed to squeeze a whole Animal Crossing game into my phone.
Yes before anyone asks this game does have microtransactions but it doesn’t feel like freemium. The microtransactions are actually to make the gathering requests a little easier…but as gathering things for your friends was half of the game on the handheld versions I can see myself playing this free game for a while
- Call of Duty WW2 (PS4) – I get the feeling that my problem is more with the franchise itself than with WW2. That being said, I enjoyed parts of the story, Liberation is an excellent level and perhaps the only segment that manages to create any worthwhile atmosphere. There was a lot of noise about how WW2 was a signpost for the COD franchise “going back to its roots” but – personally – everything the games sets out to do well misses its target. The opening of the game feels like the World War 2 diary entries you had to write at school, the light banter between soldiers as you’re crossing a battlefield is awful, and I don’t know why I had to escort a child and her fucking teddy-bear out of a building. I was expecting a lot more from the game, but it just felt like a knock-off of Battlefield 1.
- The Last Of Us (PS4) – I missed this the first time around on PS3, then I missed the Remastered release on PS4. I finally picked the game up during a digital sale earlier this year and it’s been sat in my library since. But with a week off work I finally got round to playing it – and after a two-day binge, I’ve finished the main story. All I can say is that I wish I hadn’t waited so long – an absolute titan of a game, TLOU offers a brilliant cast of characters, a murky lesson in morality that only a handful of games have accomplished as well, and tops it off with excellent gameplay and sumptuous environments – well, maybe not the sewers but everything else is ace.
- Hellblade (PS4) – Another game that’s been sat in the dust-laden library finally came out to play. Hellblade’s combat is a little repetitive from what I’ve played so far – and to be fair I’m only an hour in, but the combat really does seem like a necessary filler here. It’s the journey of Senua that I – like many others, am far more interested in. Take the game’s advice and play it with headphones on, it makes all the difference and it’s a game I’m quite happy I waited for winter to play.
- Symploke: The Legend of Gutavo Someone… (PC) – I’ve actually finished a short let’s play of this so take a look if you like the sound of it. Symploke is a point and click adventure game that boasts being the first philosophy adventure made. I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but from what I’ve played of it the game has been fairly enjoyable. I’m a complete amateur when it comes to point and click games, I only managed to get halfway through Thimbleweed Park – but for a free game on the Steam Store, Symploke is worth a shout if you’ve never played a game like it before.
- Heroes of the Storm (PC) – I initially installed this earlier in the year during the ‘For Azeroth’ event, where playing 15 games while grouped with a friend would get you the Primal Flamesaber mount for World of Warcraft. At the time I kinda enjoyed it but hadn’t touched it since.
Until now. I’ve been messing around on a few games against A.I. and I’m really, really enjoying it.
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PC) – Still…
- Star Wars Battlefront 2 (XB1) – Been trying to get more crafting material and credits to unlock and upgrade my Star Cards, but it’s going very slowly. I am enjoying playing this with my friends, but the game is still not living up to its full potential.
- Heroes of the Storm (PC) – Doing dailies and passing the time away in this MOBA, I just can’t stay away.