I’m Rob, And Here’s What I’ve Been Playing – 16/9/18

So…not much really.  At least at first.  I spent quite a bit of time away from home recently, meaning any significant gaming was limited.  Still, I managed to get a few things played here and there, and once I came back from holiday I managed to get a few more games played.  I’ll reckon at least one of these has been played by a fair few of you.  Onwards!

Overcooked 2

This was a great holiday choice as it’s very lightweight and easy to teach (whilst hard to master).  My sister and I played a bit of it whilst on a family trip away, and I’m looking forward to playing more of it with the wife when we’re able to.  It’s pretty much the same as the first game, which is no bad thing to my mind, with all the chaos of an overcrowded kitchen still present.  It does seem a little easier than before, but it’s still early days yet.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles

There were 3 Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games released – China, India, and Russia.  So which one did I play?  All of them.  Back to back in fact.  And I would recommend not bothering because the controls aren’t good enough for the 2.5D gameplay style (arguably they aren’t good enough for 3D gameplay either), and the story is utterly meaningless, even for those who are familiar with the ludicrously convoluted plotline.  Oh!  And the upgrade system is horrible.  The aesthetic of the second two games are pretty good though, so that’s nice.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles India
It looks pretty with its stylised graphics, but that’s about the only truly nice thing I can say about it.

Board Games

A few different ones in fact.  Whilst on holiday I was more than happy to encourage anyone who would pay attention to me to play some board games.  King of Tokyo, Obama Llama, Expedition (which I intend to write about), and Catan (amongst others) were played and a good time was had by all.  Well, apart from the losers (mostly me).  As it happens, a certain member of my family is banned from playing Monopoly for various reasons.  We may have to ban them from playing Catan now too…

Catan
I was the only one who had played this before. I still lost.

Jackbox Party Pack 3

Be warned of a crude screenshot below!  I’m so glad this is on Switch.  A portable party game is a great thing to have, and this has been played a fair few times recently.  Quiplash 2 was the go to one, with all the offensive answers you can imagine, but Guesspionage got a look in too.  Tee KO seemed like a good idea, but the way the gameplay worked was confusing.  Still drawing offensive T-shirts wasn’t going to get old.

Jackbox Party Pack 3
I’m so, so sorry (I’m not that sorry).  Incedentally, the prompt was “A name that no one in the world has”.

Spider-Man

Obviously.  Most people who have a PS4 have been playing this, but I’ve not really done much so far.  My daughter likes Spider-Man in general and has told me that I’m only allowed to play when she’s there to watch.  Can anyone who’s played it tell me if the story gets a bit too much for a 5-year-old?  It’s pretty tame so far and I’m not expecting it to get too crazy beyond the usual web-slinging fun.  The movement system is tremendous, and swinging around the city is a joy, even if you aren’t doing anything special.  I’m looking forward to playing more of this.

Onrush

I finally decided to get the Xbox Games Pass after a couple of months of wondering how much I’d use it.  I saw that Onrush had been added to the list, a game I’d been wanting to try out for a while, and reckoned now was a good time to get the free trial.  I’m really enjoying it!  It’s a fusion of Overwatch and Burnout, as crazy as that sounds, and it works very well.  Each car or bike has its own set of abilities to utilise in matches (no races here) against another team.  It’s insanely fast and hard to keep track of at times, and a couple of the events are a bit obnoxious in their set up but other than that I’ve had a good time with it.  There’s even a fairly populated online community to play with.  I made the right choice!

Onrush Outlaw
There’s a lot going on at high speed, but when you’re in the zone it’s thrilling.

What have you been playing?  Something as silly as Onrush?  Something more serious than Overcooked? Something…better than Assassin’s Creed Chronicles?  Let me know what I should be adding to my backlog!


24 thoughts on “I’m Rob, And Here’s What I’ve Been Playing – 16/9/18

  1. I’ve been gaming a lot since I got my new PS4. I’ve been addicted to Bloodborne lately, but I did complete Spider-man. What would you consider too much for your child? The story does get a bit dark and sad. I don’t want to drop spoilers unless you want me to. I would recommend you let her watch you play the side activities if you’re not sure what to do. My kids watched me play the majority of the game. I mostly game when they’re sleeping though.

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    1. I’d normally play when she’s asleep too, but as soon as she realised I was buying Spider-Man she was all in! I’ll skip the spoilers and stop playing if it gets too much for her, but thank you for the tip!

      Bloodborne is certainly my favourite game on the PS4. I love how bonkers it gets the further you go, and the gameplay itself is wonderfully smooth.

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      1. The only part I thought would probably be too much is way later in the game. Swinging around the city and beating up bad guys was all my kids wanted to see and most of my play time went to finding backpacks :).

        I just did the Defiled Chalice last night in Bloodborne and it was crazy. It cut my health in half and had me go up against one of the harder bosses in the game. It took me two hours to get through that one dungeon.

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      2. There’s a secret boss if you manage to make it to the end of the Chalice Dungeons :). I want to fight her before I move on to new game plus. And you get weapons/armor from them too. They’re not as fun as the main game, but they’re not boring either.

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      1. Yeah, it’s a 4X game set in space. This is a new genre for me, all I was looking for was a space themed game that wasn’t centered around combat, and Stellaris was on sale, so I got it.

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  2. Been playing Spider-man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Both quite fun! I liked the idea of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles… and then I played it. I didn’t make it through the first one. Overcooked! 2 is so much fun in multiplayer. I never played the original, so it’s all new to me. It’s so hysterical when you and your friends make all sorts of dumb mistakes!

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  3. I still haven’t picked up Spidy. I’m deep in JRPG heaven/hell right now, having just finished Shining Resonance and FFXV Pocket and starting Ni no Kuni 2. Xenoblade 2’s DLC just came out, I still need to finish Octopath, and I caved and bought Dragon Quest XI. *deep breath*

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  4. I had to google Obama Llama to see what that was about. It looks adorable and I might have to pick it up. I love party games so I’ll have to check out that Jackbox one, too. I wasn’t interested in playing Spider-Man, just watching it, but I heard from a reputable source that you can change the difficulty and it’s worth it for the story, so it might be going on my Christmas list. My husband has no interest in it, but then again he’s still playing Destiny 2 so there’s that.

    I need to pick up a Switch subscription, which I’ve already heard people complaining about, but for $20 a year I’ll deal with whatever foibles Nintendo still has.

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    1. Obama Llama was super fun, but it is hard to play when your team mate is of the previous generation and isn’t familiar with a lot of the celebrity names in it! Still, it was very funny. My sister acting out ‘James May reading 50 Shades if Grey’ was hilarious.

      I’m not sold on the Switch subscription yet, but I might stump up the cash for it when Dark Souls is released. I don’t play enough online to justify it. Do you play a lot of multiplayer with it then?

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  5. I played a lot of Spider-Man recently. I’ve tried the new Turf Wars expansion and, even though I was really excited before it launched, I have to say that it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. Still, the villain was quite badass.

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