Saturday morning. Probably the best morning of the week truth be told. The weekend stretches out before us with hour upon hour ready to spend as we see fit. Obviously this means gaming. I’ve got putting chores to the back of my mind down to an artform now, prepping myself for a guilt-free weekend. What a weekend it is as well because each and everyone of us has something brand spanking new to play with the latest For Honor open beta...
Jon: Somehow Ubisoft’s betas are filling up my weekends for weeks on end. I’m not spending a penny and yet I’m playing hours and hours of its upcoming titles. This time it’s the return of For Honor, which is available to download and play right now through its open beta. I’m not overly enamoured with the game but I’m trying to get my fill so I don’t get the urge to pick it up come launch day.
Aside from this I’ll be continuing onwards with the absolutely bizarre Yakuza Zero. I’m a slot car racing champion; a Japanese property magnate with a chicken named Nugget employed to manage it, and I’m trying to stop a girl selling her old knickers to pervy old men. I can’t quite tell what it’s going to throw at me next.
Squee: After a long and satisfying foray into strategy gaming, it’s time to just let rip and kill a bunch of stuff. After hemming and hawing about it for a while, I’ve taken the leap into Deus Ex: Everyone’s Got Metal Legs, or whatever it’s called, and I’m thoroughly enjoying punching cyborgs in the face. When is THAT ever not fun? My little 2GB GTX 760 crashed repeatedly when running it in DX12 mode, but even with slightly dulled-down graphics settings it’s still looking like it’ll be a rip snorter.
And in case you think I’m some ancient old granddad who only plays ye forgottenne games of yesteryear like Deus Ex: Cyborg Noses Broken For Cheap, it’s actually only a cheeky aperitif for Sniper Elite 4, which I’ll likely be starting this weekend. Because I’ve not murdered anyone with a high-powered rifle on the Italian Riviera since, well, since Hitman. Obviously.
Felix: I was looking forward to For Honor. I was expecting it to be a fun mash up. I downloaded it and got ready to jump in, but after speaking to Jon following the first beta a couple of weeks ago I was put off by the idea that it was a series of quick time events when facing the big guys. I didn't bother even loading up the free beta. If I find time this weekend I will give it a go and report back, but my verve for the game was properly kicked in the shoguns by the thought of glorified QTE being at the heart of its combat.
Does anyone else feel this sort opposition towards QTE or do people really like them? To be honest, I have never been very good at QTE because I haven't ever paid attention to what the button symbols are on a joypad.
Next I was looking at Shadow Tactics: Blades of a Shogun. This little indie number should not miss you by. Its set in the Edo period in Japan and has a beautiful art style as well as a tonne of interesting characters, which of course include samurai and ninjas. Its like the classic Commando games of old, but with a slick user interface that helps allcomers become masters. We will be looking to get a review up shortly.
So that's us, but what gaming delights are you up to this weekend? Let everyone know below!