I thought I’d try something a little different today. As regular readers and close friends will know, I write daily – and I somehow manage to cover an awful lot of ground in a very short space of time. It’s very easy for readers who aren’t following me or being alerted to my new articles to miss them – and even when I look over the previous articles I’ve covered, I realise that I’m getting through lots of different types of article even in the course of just a week.
So today I wanted to just give a quick overview of what I’ve looked at in the last seven days.
This time last week, I was looking at what had been keeping me occupied on Game Pass. Though I do game without using Game Pass, I’ve been discovering new stuff via Microsoft’s subscription service that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to try – and, given that others use the service too, I thought it’d be worth doing a semi-regular round-up of the games I’m coming across, with my thoughts on each title I’ve been able to check out. There was quite a bit covered in this one!
I’ve been celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Transformers from a lot of different angles, with a look at my favourite Transformers comic series, the excellent Transformers Trading Card Game, the classic 1986 Transformers animated movie and, this week, the pinnacle of Transformers video games so far: Fall of Cybertron. A great third person shooter with an incredible amount of brilliant set pieces, spread across both Autobot and Decepticon campaigns, it’s full of characters, variety and lots of references to Transformers lore. Absolutely unmissable for fans of the franchise, though due to rights issues it’s sadly becoming harder to track down and is no longer available digitally.
Another anniversary article, this time looking at my memories of the UK launch of Sega’s beloved but ill-fated final console. The Dreamcast was a wonderful console with a superb library of games, but a number of factors sealed its fate, from bewildering marketing to savvy competition from a dominant and bullish Sony who were not far off launching their own next gen console at the time.
A complete change of pace for me with a book review, albeit a video game related one. A childrens book told entirely in rhyme and based on the author’s childhood memories of classic video games, this one is well worth checking out if you’re looking for something game related to read to younger children.
A preview of cute VR kart racing game Dash Dash: World. An appealingly cartoony aesthetic and some really cool weapon mechanics make this one to watch for sure.
I’ve always had a soft spot for tabletop RPGs – it’s a passion that started back in the early 80s with Dungeons and Dragons. The 5th edition of D&D has a wealth of impressive sourcebooks and supplements – and Corpus Malicious, designed for evil characters and DMs, looks to be a great addition to the currently available material. Fully funded on Kickstarter within 20 hours of launch, it’s now heading for some great stretch goals. If you’re a fan of D&D 5e, go check out the campaign!
A Switch port of a mobile puzzle game, this version of Billy Bomber loses the ads but comes with other issues, sadly. Despite the fact that players should be able to be creative with their puzzle solutions, the overly elaborate and punishing level design, coupled with physics that could do with being a lot bouncier, means that there’s little fun to be had here.
So there we have it. My last week’s articles, all neatly summarised for you – though of course, I’d recommend you check out the full articles in each instance – for the stories that interest you of course.
I’ll no doubt be back tomorrow with something entirely new. See you then hopefully!
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