You know it is winter when a whole bunch of big games get released, which in turn means that I am now nearly broke already. I personally think that shoving so many games into this winter rush is a foolish practice as people can only afford a limited number of titles in such a short space of time. I think more AAA titles should be released in the spring and summer, if only to give people a chance to spread their spending out a bit. This though is Our Week in Games.
I’ve been a little bit all over the place this week, which the exception of Assassin’s Creed III, waiting for the PC release, and Halo 4 as I haven’t had a chance to actually play it yet. Here then is what I have been playing:
Little Inferno – A fantastic gem of a game from Tomorrow Corporation, very much an indie game and will be well worth checking out when it gets released towards the end of the month.
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation – I am a bit unsure about this Vita game, it is enjoyable, but doesn’t quite grab me like Uncharted did on Sony’s handheld. More soon in my Verdict.
Football Manager 2013 – Loving this game, really starting to get into my career now with TNS. After last week’s epic fail with rage quitting, things got back on track and I managed to dig my way to a league and cup double. The league was won by a point in the end, very tight. I invested heavily in the squad over the summer, and managed to progress through a couple of the Champions League qualification rounds, only to lose at the last hurdle. The positive? I am now playing in the Europa League and have a healthy bank balance.
WWE 13 – Haven’t played much of this one yet, only a little dabble with the Attitude mode. Impressions? The Attitude mode is brilliant, though sadly just shows what the current product is missing.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted – This was an impulse purchase when I was ordering WWE, but it is proving to be a wise choice so far. Enjoying it, being able to get new cars by just finding their jack point is a nice twist on the classic purchasing mechanic.
Now I need to find time for Halo 4 while still playing these great titles!
Last week, my computer died. As a sensible man, I realised there were more important things in life to be spending money on, so in last week’s Our Week In Games I vowed instead to concentrate on playing the older games that could still run on my ageing laptop.
Of course, as a gamer, I instead went out several days later and bought myself a brand spanking new gaming PC with all the bells and whistles necessary to play everything at max settings.
Despite the fact that Steam had retained (some of) my Skyrim saved games, I decided to mark the switch to a new computer with the creation of a brand new character. I’m not a completionist by any stretch of the imagination, so despite the many hours I’d plunged into Skyrim’s massive world, I still have plenty of things left to do. A world of archery and spells awaits, promising a vastly different game from the brutish axe-wielding brawler I’d grown familiar with.
After finishing the lengthy tutorial, I left Riverwood heading north. It was then, as I crossed the small stone bridge leaving the small logging village, that I stopped. Beneath me, the river rushed along its bed, reflecting in glittering light. Above me, the mountains towered majestically into the heavens, surrounding the valley in walls of eternal snow and ice. The trees swayed gently in the breeze, their leaves whispering promises of adventure. As I stood, a lone deer wandered the path ahead, occasionally lifting its head in my direction, perhaps wondering why I was just standing there, taking in the scenery.
There’s no avoiding it, Skyrim’s a beautiful game and I’m glad to be back.