What We’ve Been Playing: June 2015
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
Samurai Warriors 4
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.
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
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.
Splatoon, Papers Please
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.