It’s a new month, and one that is historically pretty quite following a massive November. Brian returns to the feature this week, joining myself and Jules as we give our gaming run down for the week. Eric’s hasn’t changed any, so he isn’t joining us this time around. With that out of the way, here are the games we’re playing this week.
Path of Exile (PC)
This free-to-play action RPG released last year, but I’ve only just started playing it Sunday. I’m very early into it, but thus far I’m enjoying it. I wish the map did a better job of explaining where I should be going (and perhaps there is a way to make it do so that I haven’t figured out yet), but other than that I’m liking it. It’s Diablo style, so I didn’t expect to like it because I haven’t been the biggest fan of that kind of slanted top-down camera perspective. So far it hasn’t been an issue though, and if anything its warming me up to probably trying out Diablo 3 for PS4 at some point. I went into the game literally knowing nothing about it, so I don’t know the strengths of one class over another and haven’t spent time trying to figure out what build I want to do. And the skill tree is almost overwhelming in that respect. I’m playing as the ranger (I named her Snowacus) for no other reason than the fact that I like bows. Like I said, I’m still very early in the game, so I’m mostly just getting my bearings. I haven’t looked at the shop to see what the micro-transactions are like, but as of now my impressions are positive. I’m enjoying it quite a bit and will definitely be sticking with it for a while. I can already see how this could be a game I end up putting a hundred or more hours into.
Also Playing: Warframe, Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny, and NCAA Football 14
Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One)
After bouncing around a little bit, I finally got around to getting back into Resistance: Burning Skies. I was a little further into the game than I thought and was able to record my first beaten game on the PlayStation Vita. With that out of the way, I set out to find another game or two that I can beat in short order by the end of the year. This has led me to my next task, Ryse: Son of Rome. Ryse is a serious piece of graphical eye candy. Game play is rather simplistic and straightforward. There are some less than stellar reports out there about this game, but other than the game being short, I can’t complain too much so far. I’m not very far in as of this writing, but the story seems logical so far. Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.
Also Playing: Madden 25, NCAA 14, WWE 13 and the new Game of Thrones as soon as I see it on XBox Live (Telltale Games version)
UFC Undisputed 2010 (PS3)
UFC 2010 is currently the only MMA game I own, something I really need to remedy soon. All in all the gameplay is a bit on the arcade side for me. It’s not full on cartoonish by any means but I think in 2010 the graphics and whatnot were not to the point yet where they could realistically simulate all the ins and outs of a realistic MMA fight. Basically this game feels like a wrestling game but with a really limited moveset (unless you are big fan of belly to belly suplexes)… That said the controls are easy enough to figure out for it to be a simple and fun experience most of the time. Submissions are impossible though, unless you have the settings set to easy and are fighting someone with no defensive skills. It’s a complete joke. The roster on this one was fairly good, you have Brock, Chuck, Tito, Silva, GSP, and a slew of others including weird unlockables like Shaq and the Tapout Crew…. The most noticeable absence was Randy Couture, who I guess is still persona non grata with Dana White, but there were UFC “originals” like Hoyce Gracie and Dan Severn in the game, (No Ken Shamrock sadly)… All in all I give this game a middle of the road rating. It might have played better in hindsight when it was released, but right now its nothing more than a mildly fun diversion.
Also Playing: MLB 12 The Show, Neave N-Blox Tetris, WWE 2K14, Your Mom.
That wraps us up for this week. As always, we want to know what you’re playing this week and what you think about said game, so be sure to drop us a comment below. Until next week, game on!