If the weather near you is anything like it is here in England you’ve got one of two options - head outside and fry, or sit indoors and boil. If you sit indoors at least you’ve got games though, so I think that answers that little quandary.
The upcoming month is deathly quiet for new releases, but I’m sure we’ve all got plenty we still need to play. The Steam sale finished last week, so if your wallet has taken anywhere near the sort of bruising mine has then you’ll be absolutely set. Ah, and we had the small matter of Batman: Arkham Knight launch last week, which some of you have dared try on PC.
Jon - I swear I’ve put as many hours into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as humanly possible, but I’m still chugging on with no end in sight. I’ve at least reached Skellige now, and I have to say it’s jaw dropping vistas are a real step above Velen. There’s only so many bodies you can see hanging from trees before you want to change continents and have a good shave and a wash. I’m loving it so far and a lot of it doesn’t feel like busywork, which I’m all for. Everything feels like it’s there for a reason, which makes exploration all the better.
Other than that, I’m hoping to dip my toes into the murky strategic waters of Blitzkrieg 3. I haven’t touched this one yet but I had a good time with the older ones so I’m hoping Nival hasn’t messed with the formula too much. Last, but not least, I will as usual squeeze in far too many games of FIFA 15. This year’s iteration has grabbed me like no other for some reason, and I can’t get enough of the Online Seasons and Ultimate Team, even if everyone else seems to have absolutely ridiculously good teams compared to my minnows.
Felix - You know what, I am blasting on with Batman Arkham Knight. Its holding around 25-35 FPS for me, on high graphics quality, if you can call it that. And I am greatly enjoying the story and the gameplay. I found Arkham City dull, but this one has you dragging cars up walls and solving interesting puzzles, or standing around looking lost to an army of thugs, while you sneak your batmobile/tank up behind them, to unleash your night hammer down upon them. I have to say though, if you haven’t got the power to run this properly yet, I think it’s definitely worth holding out for a few months until Arkham Knight’s patched up.
Apart from that, its all about the Witcher 3. I will try and get a few more hours in on that as the quests are often a real work of pleasurable storytelling.
Finally, has anyone played Galactic Civilisations 3 yet? I certainly have my eye on that as its meant to be a cracker. But I am not sure if all the other games and the ongoing needs that GD has for me will allow that as well.
Squee - I too am trying out the new Arkham Knight, and I want to stress that while the framerate is, well, yeah, it’s atrocious… the game doesn’t deserve to be judged on that alone. I know it’s easy to scream and stomp your feet when incredibly complex computer software doesn’t work the way you want it to straight off the bat, and there’s plenty of justification for such an attitude, Knight does some really, really interesting and clever new things to wake up a franchise that phoned it in for Origins. As Felix said though, it’s definitely worth holding on to play it if you can. I have to obviously, for my review, but it’s definitely a game in need of some work from a technical point of view.
Beyond that, I’ll be mostly sneering at my English chums who think 29 Centigrade (32! - Jon) is hot.
Before you hanker on down for your weekend gaming session though, let us know what is you’ll be playing! Have you dared give Batman: Arkham Knight a go?