Idris Elba being cast as Knuckles in the next Sonic film, rumours of Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas remasters, plus the announcement of Frostpunk 2 have made for a very busy week of gaming news. In a different world, we’d be covering some of these big news items…or at least the Frostpunk 2 news as that is brilliant, but sadly we all have busy day jobs. Apart from Ross who floats around as Editor making all of our words sound so much better.
If you haven’t checked out Jon’s impressions of Back 4 Blood, then before reading on for Our Week in Games, do check that out.
Most of my playtime with Mini Motorways actually came last week, although I did find time to write my Mini Verdict right here. Elsewhere, I have slowly been working my way back to Football Manager. It’s a series which I am a long time fan of, and one which all too easily becomes a major time sink. Hours, and very quickly days, can be lost to the spreadsheet simulator, a fact which can readily fill me with guilt that I’m not clearing some of the games from my pile of shame, or that I haven’t had a look at the latest indie hit.
But there’s something about football with fans back in the grouds, and the clubs from the Cymru Premier playing in Europe, that has brought me back. I’m not spending that much time with it in the grand scheme of things, but I will do what I can to take Port Talbot Town back to the Cymru Premier to undertake my own European adventure.
One last thing about Back 4 Blood: the versus mode sucks too.
Apart from finally finishing my piece on Super Metroid, I have had no gaming experiences to speak of this past week. Like, none. But I have made steps to play games in the not too distant future (later today, perhaps), which is arguably a good use of time when managing a website dedicated to gaming.
Fresh off my resplendent encounter with the aforementioned Super Metroid, I’ve got my old GameCube up and running (I plugged wires into ports) and acquired Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (thank you, Ebay, for some very exciting bidding). And that’s not at all: I nicked my dad’s old Wii (why…did he ever have a Wii? He never played games nor showed any interest in them) to play through Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. I am nothing if not committed now, no? More on that in the coming weeks (and months, in all likelihood).
I have contributed to game making, too! We finally released our Half-Life: Alyx map, Loco-Motive, on the Steam workshop. It was designed by Maarten “marnamai” Frooninckx and voiced by Joey Bracken, with dialogue by yours truly. It’s been very cool to see the map so warmly received – I think we were all taken aback by the positive reception. If you’ve got a VR headset, give it a whirl. It’s about forty-five minutes in length and a must if you want more Half-Life / Alyx.
So, not devoid of gaming experiences, then – just devoid of playing. I hope to have that fixed by next week.