What We’ve Been Playing: June 2015

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It’s the start of another month with its own share of recent releases. We take a look at what the Non-Fiction Gaming staff have been playing in the last couple of weeks.

 

Mass Effect Trilogy, Payday 2

Emma K.

payday

I desperately want to buy The Witcher 3 and GTA V but sadly it is not those games I have being playing this week. I can’t justify spending full price for games these days with the constant Steam sales that are always right around the corner. Instead I’m trying to knock out some other games that I already own in preparation to pounce on those sales when they arrive.
Mass Effect has been a series that I’ve somehow missed playing despite the fact that these storyline and choice driven games are what I love. I picked up the trilogy cheaply a while back and am making my way through the first one. The graphics are somewhat old and dated, but the quests are interesting and I’m enjoying the space setting.
PayDay 2 is another game I’ve recently gotten back into. It’s been really fun making my way through the new content that has come out over the last couple of months. The adrenaline rush is still there when trying to stealth a heist by avoiding guards and controlling civilians. Somehow it always ends the same in a massive shroud of bullets no matter how hard we try.

Samurai Warriors 4

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I recently watched the Extra History series on the Warring States Period of Japan (also known as the Sengoku Jidai) so it got me in the mood to play through Samurai Warriors 4 again. I always enjoy the Extra Credits tellings of historic events (go check out their World War I series, it’s wonderful) as they present the information in an entertaining and informative way.

I find I’m enjoying the game that little bit more since I have a better idea of the historic events the game is based around. Seeing which parts of the story are accurate and which are romanticised is quite satisfying and I’m even finding myself checking Google to see if certain characters exist and what they did during their lifetimes.

Why the hell is there a goth-loli in ancient Japan named Gracia? TO THE LIBRARY!

Why the hell is there a goth-loli in ancient Japan named Gracia? TO THE LIBRARY!

That being said, I’m mostly playing Samurai Warriors 4 to kill some time before my copy of Splatoon arrives. Ever since it came out last week, I’ve been gnashing my teeth together waiting for my chance to play it.

The global test fire was so much fun and the three Inkling Amiibo are just sitting in front of my TV, aching to be used! I want to be squid now! AND I want to be a kid now! AND A SQUID NOW! AND A KID NOW!”

 

Bloodborne, Wolfenstein, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

James Wilson

the witcher

After completing both Bloodborne and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (fear the old blood, Laurence – nerdy joke) I was left with a hole in my gaming life, thankfully The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came along to save me from said hole.

 I’d personally rate both Bloodborne and Wolfenstein as two of the best games to come out in recent years; Bloodborne for its epic Souls-like boss battles and lore, and Wolfenstein because it’s basically a well done, over-the-top shooter which also sends you on an awesome nostalgia trip. However The Witcher 3 is also not a game to be overlooked.
I’m currently playing through the game and feel fully immersed with the world, as if I’m actually Geralt of Rivia exploring the Northern Realms. This is something of a rarity in role playing games in which you play as a specific character, but I was able to pick up the story and gameplay after only a couple of hours.
Though I’m new to the series I’d still say that The Witcher 3 is probably the best open-world game I’ve played to date, and I’d even rate it above the likes of Skyrim.

Splatoon, Papers Please

Aidan B.

Papers-Glory

After binging on Five Nights at Freddy’s, I needed something to tide me over until Splatoon came out. Papers, Please was my game of choice and, let me tell you, it is outstanding.

As a border guard in the communist state of Arstotzka, it is your duty to weed out from the group those who do not have the right to enter. The game makes use of its relatively simple mechanics to their fullest. From your small little booth and interactions with the potential immigrants, you’re told (and play a role in) a hugely immersing story.

Following its announcement at E3 last year, Splatoon is something I’ve been keenly anticipating. I was left disappointed. The game itself is fun but there’s just nothing there to maintain your interest – anathema for a game based on online competition.

So in the end, I went back to stamping some passports. Glory to Arstotzka.

 

Have you been playing something similar? Or something entirely different? Let us know in the comments below!

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