Well, the charity marathon was a success! Over £400 raised by a whole host of beautiful people as my eyes gradually tried to escape from my head in protest over the incoming deluge of colours. It was pretty great though. Anyway, a sane person may be off games for a little while afterwards. I was not, and I played a few things.
I started the remake/rerelease/remaster/whatever they’re calling it of Shadow of the Colossus during said marathon, and I finished it during the week. It was pretty great, but the final colossus annoyed me a little bit. Still, it was a hell of a game and I kind of want to go and have a go at a few of the time trials for fun. Just not the final one or the sand snake one. They can sod off.
I started on last month’s Xbox Games with Gold offering: Shadow Warrior. Also a remake which tells me a lot about the current state of gaming. Anyway, it’s ok. It hasn’t grabbed me to the point of wanting to play it, but equally it hasn’t put me off the the extent I want to quit. It feels like the definition of average to me, although I can see that it’s actually really quite good, just not for me. The sword is fun to use though.
I finished Q.U.B.E. fairly quickly and had a fairly good time with it. The puzzles were satisfying to solve, and just on the right side of difficult so that you feel smart for solving them without being so easy you finish it in no time. That said, there were some physics puzzles that were annoying. They’re the sort where you know what the solution is, but you need to various objects to do what you want them to. Those were a little frustrating, but I did enjoy playing it, and the story had a good element of mystery to it. I also played Q.U.B.E. 2, but I can’t say anything about that yet because of embargo shenanigans. Suffice to say, it is a game. Let’s move on.
Managed to get started on Mario + Rabbids this week, but I’ve only played around 20 minutes so far so there’s very little I can say. At any rate, it seems like fun but it has XCOM to live up to, so good luck plumber and rabbit…monster…things.
Past Cure also got played. You may have seen a little about this around the internet (and especially one Twitter), most of which hasn’t been terribly flattering. It’s not great by any stretch, but that is very disappointing as you can see that the developers genuinely wanted to make something good. There were some really interesting parts of the game, in particular the nightmare sections, but the story was convoluted and the gameplay was fairly bland. The cutscene animations are mostly gorgeous which seems to be where the bulk of the budget went. A pity, and I hope the developers don’t give up and try to make something with a smaller scale.
In hindsight, I seem to have played a surprising amount in the past week and a bit! Go me! What about you though? Have you had anything good on the cards? Or something terrible? Let me know and I’ll add it to my never ending “to play” list!