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August Games 2022

August Games

Quite a bit to cover again, played a few different games. Most likely because we decided to take the month off before we start the next big Japanese RPG in September.

Games completed this month

Death Smiles 1 & 2 - Switch

Death Smiles 2 – Switch

I suspect this is equivalent to just playing on very easy, but I managed a 1 credit completion of Death Smiles 2. “Rank 1” in the console mode but I’ll take it.

I picked up the physical copy of Death Smiles 1&2 as mentioned in a recent blog, at time of writing it’s also on sale at Amazon*.

Coffee Talk - August Games

Coffee Talk – Xbox Series X

Basically started playing this as a friend was questioning the validity of it as a game. It’s a fun little visual novel style story, running a coffee shop in a world where the customers include vampires and werewolves etc. I enjoyed it, and as it is on GamePass it was simple to give it a go.

Forza Hot Wheels - July Games

Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels – Xbox Series X

Finished all the new content in Hot Wheels, had a great time and carried on doing some of the seasonal stuff for a bit but now I might have a break again for a while.

Again I’m playing on GamePass, but if you would prefer to own it on disc you can buy it here*. If you are on GamePass like me, this bundle of extras* includes both Hot Wheels and the next expansion as well as other content like extra cars.

Man of Medan - August Games

Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan – PS5

Played this story through with my girlfriend, after Until Dawn it did feel very familiar. It’s a really nice touch for these that you choose characters to control at the start though and then the game prompts you to take over when it is that characters part of the story. Looking forward to playing the next one now. Little Hope.

This game was free this month with PlayStation Plus, but if you missed it I think it goes on sale often on the eshop, or can be had physical for relatively cheap from Amazon* too.

Games played during August

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox Series X

Played a bit more of this alongside Forza Horizon 5 just doing some of the things I didn’t finish last time round, mostly on the Treasure Island expansion.

It’s still on GamePass, but also quite cheap here* if you don’t have that and want to check it out.

Mario Kart 8 Booster

Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo Switch

The next 8 tracks from the Booster Pass came out, although I think I only played three of them. Need to go back to it really.

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii

I’d been having a bit of a craving to play some GameCube and Nintendo Wii games, I haven’t done much more yet than set the Wii back up but at least it’s ready now for when the craving strikes again.

Animal Crossing - August Games

Animal Crossing New Horizons – Nintendo Switch

As my girlfriend is playing Animal Crossing, I’ve found myself getting back into it too. I’m sure I’m still missing a couple of sea critters but they’re not back in season till March…

Destiny 2 - August Games

Destiny 2 – PC & Xbox Series X

Destiny 2 had a bit of an event launching the pre-order for the next expansion, got me interested to play with friends again. I picked up the previous expansion Witch Queen for my Xbox (also included in the pick-ups below) and Epic Game Store gave away the 30th Anniversary pack for free on the PC, so I’ve been playing a bit on both. I still have no idea what is going on, but I am enjoying myself.

Halo 4 - August 2022

Halo 4 (Master Chief Collection) – Xbox Series X

Thanks to my friend recently picking up an Xbox Series X and GamePass, we have finally been able to pick up our co-op playthroughs of the Halo games. Starting where we left off.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

The Ten Pence Arcade podcast had a good game for August that I’d never previously heard of. Guzzler, an interesting but challenging maze game. I entirely failed to get a decent score, but very much enjoyed dabbling with it.

August Pick-ups

Warlock of Firetop Mountain - Switch

Warlock of Firetop Mountain – Nintendo Switch

This was like 80p. Suspect it may be terrible but it looked too interesting to pass up for that much.

Project Cars 2 - August Games

Project Cars 2 – PC

Heard good things about this in VR, and it was inexpensive. Just as well, I’m terrible at it and haven’t finished a race. I might come back to it, but it’s not Forza so…

Destiny 2 Witch Queen - Xbox Series X

Destiny 2: Witch Queen – Xbox Series X

With the event happening around Destiny 2, the expansions went on sale. Thanks to Microsoft Rewards on GamePass I had around £45 worth in store credit, so I used half of it to pick up Witch Queen and the season pass without spending any money.

They Bleed Pixels - August Games

They Bleed Pixels – Nintendo Switch

Another cheap pick up, this time for less than £2 in the eshop sale on Switch. I played it a lot on PC a few years ago. Not sure if I’ll play it again but for that price I thought I’d get it on the off chance.

Games Retired this month

Uncharted 4 - PS4

Uncharted 4 – PS4

This was one of my 2022 “to play” list. I enjoyed it for a few hours, though I think I’m just over this gameplay loop. The action set pieces are fun, but each time you move into a new area of enemies to deal with I just find myself wanting to do literally anything other than stumble over the clumsy stealth mechanics again. I tried.

*As usual, these links are affiliate ones, which may earn me a small commission if you buy something.

July Games 2022

July Games

A good amount of gaming done, completions and more. Even bought a few new ones for a change…

Games completed this month

Ni No Kuni - April Games

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Nintendo Switch

In July I wrapped up my completion on this. Both the original ending with the credits roll, and then finishing off all the additional errands and bounties after. Excellent. Now just waiting for my group to both finish and we can start the next one.

At present it might still be on sale on the eshop, but if it’s back to full price or you’d rather have a physical copy, it’s available here from Amazon*.

Until Dawn - PlayStation 4/5

Until Dawn – PlayStation 5

My girlfriend and I completed our playthrough of this, really enjoyed it again. Lining up the Dark Pictures Anthology games to play next.

It’s quite old now, and regularly on sale digitally. Amazon* do still have the physical copy though.

Betrayal Legacy - Board Game

Betrayal Legacy

Okay so this is a board game, but since it had a full campaign that we played over 11 months I decided to include it here. My legacy board game group finished the story in July, and we were successful (although it was touch and go for a minute and came down to one last re-roll). Really enjoyed playing, and it’s nice that I now have a customised version of Betrayal that can be played for individual sessions. May be a while before I want to do that again though.

Think it may be out of print as my preferred stores don’t have this now, and there are copies on eBay for over £100. The 3rd Edition of the non-legacy edition is available here* though if you’re interested in the theme.

Games played during July

Forza Hot Wheels - July Games

Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels – Xbox Series X

The new expansion arrived and it’s great fun. I loved the Hot Wheels pack for Forza Horizon 3, and didn’t think they’d do it again. The content is pretty similar but that’s to be expected. I’ve been playing this, and still doing the weekly seasonal stuff in the main game.

Again I’m playing on GamePass, but if you would prefer to own it on disc you can buy it here*. If you are on GamePass like me, this bundle of extras* includes both Hot Wheels and the next expansion as well as other content like extra cars.

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox Series X

My recent return to Forza Horizon has seen me looking back at the older games too. Realised there is still quite a bit I didn’t do in Horizon 4 and its expansions, so I’ve been dabbling in that in between sessions on 5.

It’s still on GamePass, but also quite cheap here* if you don’t have that and want to check it out.

Ragna Rock VR

Ragna Rock – PC VR

I picked this up in a bundle of VR games a while back and never got round to trying it. One of the games I picked up this month reminded me I’d bought it so decided to boot it up. This is great fun, beating drums with hammers in time to the music to make your Viking warriors row faster.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

I still didn’t play as much as I wanted to, but the new ten pence arcade game, Tinkle Pit, was new to me. It’s a fun maze game, and I think I’ll probably come back to it.

July Pick-ups

Dark Pictures Anthology - Little Hope

Dark Pictures Anthology – Little Hope – PS4

The first Anthology game “Man of Medan” was free on PS+ this month, so I grabbed it as it’ll be perfect to play next now we’ve finished with Until Dawn. I noticed this second game was on sale for £10 as well so I bought it ready. If we enjoy these I’ll look to pick up the other two games.

Audioshield - July Games

Audioshield – PC VR

This is the game I picked up that reminded me I owned Ragna Rock. It’s another music/rhythm game, and was only a couple of quid to buy in the Steam VR sale. Didn’t find it as much fun as Ragna Rock though so not sure I’ll stick with it.

Half Life Alyx - July Games

Half Life Alyx – PC VR

It was about time I bought this, still regarded as one of the best VR games available. Now I just have to find time to play it.

Death Smiles 1 & 2 - Switch

Death Smiles 1&2 – Switch

A bit of an impulse buy because this popped up for a good price as a physical edition. I really enjoyed the first Death Smiles game back on the Xbox 360, and I did also pick it up on PC so I could still play it. However I never tried the second game and it has been very expensive to buy on Xbox now. Not even sure if it is backwards compatible on the Series S/X anyway. I prefer to play shmups on my arcade machine, but since the Pi4 isn’t up to handling these games I thought I’d take a punt.

Games Retired this month

Seems a while since I’ve retired any, but these two were lurking around on my “currently playing” list and I just don’t think I’m going back to them.

Blacksad - July Games

Blacksad – PS4

A bit sorry to give up on this, but it’s just so slow and clunky that I wasn’t enjoying it. Such a shame as I wanted to love it. The world and the character are great. Maybe I’ll just read the comics again.

Nanotale - July Games

Nanotype – PC

Similarly I’m not sure why I never finished this one, it just didn’t hook me like the previous game although all the elements are there.

*As usual, these links are affiliate ones, which may earn me a small commission if you buy something.

June Games

June Games

One completion just scraped through at the end of the month, but I played and bought a few others.

Games completed this month

Turtles - Shredder's Revenge - Nintendo Switch

TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge – Xbox Series X

GamePass delivers once again, a standout title for the year and it’s available on the service from day one. This modern release is very much in the style of the old Turtles arcade games, and has many nods to those classics included. Like Streets of Rage 4 in 2020, this once again shows there is life in the genre yet. I played this the way your supposed to, all the way through in one sitting, with wine and a friend. I’m still not a fan of playing brawlers like this solo, but there are few better genres to play co-operative with friends.

I’m playing on GamePass, but it seems a good fit for the Switch too, Amazon have a physical copy for pre-order here*

Games played during June

Ni No Kuni - April Games

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Nintendo Switch

Unsurprisingly taking up a lot of game time, but not dominating the month as much as I’d expected. More on that story later. Anyway still very much enjoying it, although Drippy is an abomination and I hope he isn’t in the sequel.

At present it might still be on sale on the eshop, but if it’s back to full price or you’d rather have a physical copy, it’s available here from Amazon*.

Turnip Boy - Xbox Game Pass

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion – Xbox Series X

I’m still enjoying trying things on GamePass that I probably wouldn’t otherwise look at twice. This is an entertaining if simple little action RPG. Quite enjoyed playing it for a while, although I’m stuck on a bit of an annoying bossfight, and not sure I’m bothered enough to keep playing.

Forza Horizon 5 - June Games

Forza Horizon 5 – Xbox Series X

Got heavily back into this during June, so much so that it slowed my Ni No Kuni progress and allowed my friends to run away in front of me. No regrets though, and they’ve finally announced the first expansion will be launching in July so I expect my gameplay to continue. The expansion is another Hot Wheels one like they did for Forza Horizon 3, that was one of the best packs yet so really looking forward to it. Although the expansions are not included in GamePass, there is a good bundle of extras* that includes both Hot Wheels and one more pack yet to be announced as well as loads of cars and in game perks.

Again I’m playing on GamePass, but if you would prefer to own it on disc you can buy it here*.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1&2 - June Games

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 – PlayStation 5

Revisited this after talking about it recently with my nephew. It’s really well done, and runs great on the PlayStation 5. I’m still pretty bad at it though. Did progress through a few levels, but as much as I have fond memories of the originals, I don’t think I was much good at them either. Don’t expect there are many who would agree, but my favourite Tony Hawk games were Project 8 on the 360 and Sk8land on the Nintendo DS. I’d love a remake of Project 8 to be honest, or even for it to just pop up on GamePass.

I have this PS4 edition available on Amazon* – however, I did pay an additional £10 for the PS5 upgrade. It’s worth it in the sense that it looks and feels much better, but probably not for me for how little time I’ve actually spent with it.

Until Dawn - PlayStation 4/5

Until Dawn – PlayStation 5

My girlfriend doesn’t play many videogames, but does share my love of horror movies. As suspected this has proven to be quite a hit, and we’re currently enjoying a playthrough of this together. Not sure how many of the cast will survive, but I had forgotten just how entertaining it is.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

New ten pence arcade game is Pac-Land, not really my cup of tea, so I’ve been back to playing Bubbles, Robotron and Super Street Fighter 2 on the cabinet.

June Pick-ups

Grow Bot - Nintendo Switch

Grow Bot – Nintendo Switch

Application Systems Heidelberg are currently sharing codes with me faster than I can play them. This is an interesting looking little puzzle game though, again one that’s been out on PC for a while but is shortly coming to the Switch.

Panzer Dragoon Remake - June Games

Panzer Dragoon Remake – Nintendo Switch

With Nintendo running a pretty decent sale on the Switch eshop, I picked up a few this month. This was the first I went for. As remakes go it had respectable if not great reviews, but I’m a big fan of the original SEGA Saturn game and it was on sale for £2. Worth a punt.

Tales of Vesperia - Nintendo Switch

Tales of Vesperia: Definite Edition – Nintendo Switch

My JRPG group have lined this up to play after Ni No Kuni. We all enjoyed Tales of Arise, but had never played any of the earlier games so interested to see how this is.

If you don’t fancy the digital edition, Amazon do have the physical one*. It’s pricey on Switch but can be had much cheaper for PS4 or Xbox.

House of the Dead Remake - Nintendo Switch

House of the Dead Remake – Nintendo Switch

Why settle for one SEGA Saturn remake, when you can buy two? Jury is still out on this for me, but since I don’t currently have a PS3 or Wii set up in my lounge I was hoping this might fill the light-gun void. You can use the joy-cons to aim, but on first go it isn’t very satisfying. I’ll spend a bit more time with it and see how I get on.

Before Your Eyes - June Gaming

Before Your Eyes – PC

My one purchase from the Steam summer sale. I’ve been interested in this since hearing it mentioned on a few podcasts. I haven’t tried it yet but the basic idea is that it uses your webcam and that the story advances every time you blink. Looking forward to trying it.

PS5 Hard Drive and External SSD for Xbox Series X

Longer term, I want more storage for the Xbox as that’s where the majority of my gaming is done. However, I originally had the same setup for both of these consoles. That is, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X games installed on the internal hard drives (as they have to be to run) and all the PS4 and backwards compatible Xbox games on two external 2TB traditional HDDs.

My goal was to stop using the HDDs entirely for faster solid state drives. (I want to do the same with my PC in the long run, but costs are fairly prohibitive. It’s getting better.)

I bought this Western Digital SN850 M.2* drive for the PS5, adds an extra 1TB to the internal storage on the console. Fitting it was relatively straight forward, although taking the case off was a bit of a faff. As it happens it’s also faster than the standard storage it comes with. I moved the PS5 games onto there, and the PS4 stuff is now on the other internal drive. I’ve still got some space left for now and no need for an external one.

I got this Crucial 1TB external SSD* which I’m using with the Xbox for now to house all the backwards compatible stuff, because it’s much faster than the old HDD I was using. When the costs come down (or I run out of space on either machine), I’m going to grab this 2TB internal upgrade* for the Xbox and move the SSD to the PS5 to use for PS4 stuff.

Convoluted, sure. Makes sense to me though and I now have a couple of spare 2TB HDDs kicking around.

*As usual, these links are affiliate ones, which may earn me a small commission if you buy something.

May Games 2022

May Games

An unusual month to put it mildly, but did manage to play a few games.

Games completed this month

Hue - Xbox Live Gold - May Games

Hue – Xbox Series X

Not a GamePass game this time, but one free on Xbox Live Gold. Apparently I already owned it on PlayStation as well, probably from PS+, but either way I decided to play it this month and played through the whole game. It feels a little like Limbo in art style but the puzzles are much more forgiving. Some of the later ones are a bit more of a challenge, but they do feel fair.

Games played during May

Ni No Kuni - April Games

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Nintendo Switch

Still playing through this with my group. Very much enjoying it for the most part, but I do keep hitting difficulty spikes that hold up my progress. Optimistic I’ll finish it though.

At present it might still be on sale on the eshop, but if it’s back to full price or you’d rather have a physical copy, it’s available here from Amazon*.

Little Witch in the Woods - Xbox

Little Witch in the Woods – Xbox Series X

This seems a fun little game that popped up on GamePass, it’s only in a sort of Early Access demo state though and it crashed on me a couple of times. I’ll have another look at it when it’s finished.

Trains - May Games

Various Train Games – Nintendo Switch

While browsing my Switch library recently I realised I’d managed to buy four different train games and barely play any of them. I gave each a bit more of a go to at least remind myself of which was which. The four I have are Loco Motion, Mini Trains, Conduct Together! and Paper Train.

Paper Train is the most eye catching and probably my favourite, but not sure my reactions are quick enough to progress through the whole game. I’ve also spent a bit more time playing Loco Motion, as it’s puzzles are a bit slower paced than the others.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

I didn’t play as much on the cabinet this month with everything going on, but I did have a few credits on Galaga 3 that the Ten Pence Arcade guys are currently playing. Nice to have another shmup on there but didn’t have time to get properly into it.

May Pick-ups

Lamplight City - May Games

Lamplight City – Nintendo Switch

I played the PC version a while back at EGX Rezzed 2019, but the nice folk at Application Systems Heidelberg were once again kind enough to send me a code for the Switch version. I’d hoped to play this sooner so I could share some thoughts about it, but life got in the way. I’m looking forward to getting to it soon though, I really enjoyed the demo.

Devastator - PS5 - May Games

Devastator – PS5

Heard a few people saying good things about this, and then read the review in EDGE magazine that also suggested it might be my kinda thing. It’s a polished twin-stick shooter in the Geometry Wars style. I grabbed it for PS5 because I don’t really have much that I’m playing on there at the moment, seems good so far.

*As usual, these links are affiliate ones, which may earn me a small commission if you buy something.

April Games

April Games

A whole lot of GamePass this month, buckle up.

Games completed this month

Guardians of the Galaxy - March Games

Guardians of the Galaxy – Xbox Series X

First completion this month was another from the 2022 playlist. I think Guardians of the Galaxy was a bit overlooked when it first came out, probably because of how badly received the Avengers game was. However, I really enjoyed this one. The writing captures the characters well, and it is one of few games where the chatter between the characters doesn’t get annoying. Very much worth playing, and great to see it on GamePass.

Easiest way to play on Xbox, Game Pass* but if you fancy it on another format or generally prefer a physical edition, they’re here on Amazon*

Life is Strange True Colors - April Games

Life is Strange – True Colors – Xbox Series X

Another game I wanted to try, as I really liked the first Life is Strange and the prequel Before the Storm. However, after not getting into Life is Strange 2, I was a bit reluctant to buy this new one. Was great to see it turn up on GamePass so I could try it, and I’m glad I did. True Colors is much more of a return to the form of the first couple of games and I pretty much played this entire thing over 2 days.

Boyfriend Dungeon - April Games

Boyfriend Dungeon – Xbox Series X

Started this out of curiosity as the premise sounded ridiculous but I’d heard good things on a podcast. It’s part simple dungeon-crawler action rpg, and part dating sim. The people you date also turn into the weapons you use in combat. It’s odd, but surprisingly engaging. I played the whole thing anyway and 100% completed it so…

Games played during April

Blacksad - March Games

Blacksad: Under the Skin – PS4 / PS5

I gave this a go, and will hopefully come back to it. The aesthetic is great but it is a bit clunky to play and the load times are criminal. I’ve moved it onto the faster SSD of the PS5 now but it hasn’t made too much difference really.

Available here* for PS4, Switch and Xbox

Puzzle Quest 3 - April Games

Puzzle Quest 3 – Mobile

I have been spending a bit of time with Puzzle Quest 3, but not sure how long I’ll stick with it. I do enjoy playing bejewelled as combat, and have liked a few of the previous puzzle quest games. My main issue with it is just that I don’t really like playing games on my phone.

Battletoads – Xbox Series X

Another game I tried on GamePass, and demonstrating the other benefit of the service. This is terrible. Move along.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

I played a fair bit of Solar Fox for the ten pence arcade podcast this month, but never really improved at it. Definitely need a solution for 4-way joysticks that doesn’t involve unscrewing my control panel. The new podcast games are a couple of awful submarine based Scramble clones (and I haven’t enjoyed Scramble since I was 5) so I think I’ll give this coming month a swerve. Did play some Bubbles and Robotron 2084 though, still favourites to play on my machine.

April Pick-ups

Vampire Survivors - April Games

Vampire Survivors – PC

Raved about on a number of podcasts, this is an absolute steal at around £2 on Steam. It’s relatively simple to get into, there are a selection of characters and weapons that are pretty much lifted from the Castlevania series, and then you are just in control of moving the character while the weapons attach automatically on a timer. Very addictive and a lot of fun so far.

Zombie Rollerz - Pinball Heroes

Zombie Rollerz – PC

I noticed this was on sale, and as a big fan of Video Pinball games (talked about extensively on the video pinball episode of Maximum Power Up) I picked it up. Short-lived however, as the actual pinball physics felt ‘off’ and the art style and overall presentation really grated with me. This is now the second game I’ve ever refunded from Steam.

Ni No Kuni - April Games

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Nintendo Switch

After I finished Tales of Arise, I’ve been waiting for my little JRPG group to pick the next game. We settled on this, helped along by it going on sale for £8 on the Nintendo eShop. Not far in yet but it seems promising. This is a remastered version of the PlayStation 3 game, which I was intrigued by at the time thanks to it’s Studio Ghibli art, but back then I wasn’t playing JRPGs.

At present it might still be on sale on the eshop, but if it’s back to full price or you’d rather have a physical copy, it’s available here from Amazon*.

*As usual, these links are affiliate ones, which may earn me a small commission if you buy something.

March Games 2022

March Games

Ticked off the first game from the 2022 playlist this month, and made substantial progress into a second. Also Game Pass continues to prove the best deal in videogaming.

Games completed this month

Tales of Arise - PS5

Tales of Arise – PS5

Fully completed this now, both with the main story “credits roll” at around 58 hours, and then with the optional extra stuff at about 90. Had a great time, but not sure it’ll break into the Top 5. I did even manage to pick up the Platinum Trophy, which is rare for me too. Think I have 8 so far spread across PS3, Vita, PS4 and PS5…

Thanks to my bout of Covid-related isolation in February I ended up finishing this ages in front of my friends (they’re still going now) and I want them to hurry up so we can find the next one to play.

I played on PS5, my friends are on PS4 and Xbox though and it seems like it’s great on them all. All formats are on this link*.

FAR: Changing Tides - March Games

FAR: Changing Tides – Xbox Series X

This was a nice surprise coming straight to Game Pass. I played the original FAR: Lone Sails on the PC back in July 2020. I really enjoyed that one but found it difficult to recommend at full price given the relatively short experience. As with Unpacking and Gorogoa recently though, Game Pass is perfect for this new one. The game is about 4 hours long, and is very much more of the same but with new systems to drive the vehicle along. Definitely worth a try if you have Game Pass.

Games played during March

Forza Horizon 5 - February Games

Forza Horizon 5 – Xbox Series X

Haven’t got as heavily back into this as I expected but I am still playing on and off. I imagine it’ll be when the first expansion pack arrives that I really get back on it.

Easiest way to play, Game Pass*

Destiny 2 Witch Queen - Xbox Series X

Destiny 2 Witch Queen – Xbox Series X

I finished the content up to where I needed to pay for the expansion and stopped. It was fun and I think I would like to carry on but couldn’t justify spending the money when I have so much else to play. I might come back to it later.

Animal Crossing - April Games

Animal Crossing New Horizons – Nintendo Switch

I took part in a book launch event that took the form of a treasure hunt on an Animal Crossing island. Was a pretty original idea and really good fun. The book itself is in the Young Adult genre, and if you’re interested it’s here from Waterstones – The Girl With No Soul.

It Takes Two - March Games

It Takes Two – Xbox Series X

After playing through A Way Out back in 2020 with my friend Phil, I had been intrigued to hear It Takes Two had a similar approach to co-op gaming. Once again the game showed up on Game Pass so we gave it a try. I think we’re only a couple of hours in but it is great fun so far, hoping to get back on it next month.

Easiest way to play, Game Pass*

Guardians of the Galaxy - March Games

Guardians of the Galaxy – Xbox Series X

Another game from my 2022 plan, although I originally intended to pick this up for the PlayStation 5. It came to Game Pass though, so a no-brainer to play on Xbox instead. I’m about 2/3 of the way through now so hopefully I’ll be including it in my completions next month. It’s an excellent game, really captures the characters well and manages to separate them from their MCU counterparts nicely. Kind of feels like a middle ground between the movies and the comics.

Easiest way to play on Xbox, Game Pass* but if you fancy it on another format or generally prefer a physical edition, they’re here on Amazon*

Mario Kart 8 Booster

Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo Switch

After my preorder last month, the first 8 of the new tracks came out in March. I haven’t spent a lot of time with them, but I played through the 2 new cups. I am most happy to have Coconut Mall from the Wii version back in there.

This is still a bargain from ShopTo, currently less than £17.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

Not played much on the cabinet this month, mostly down to being heavily into Tales of Arise, and because In the Hunt turned out to be stupidly difficult. Jury is still out on the new Ten Pence Arcade game Solar Fox too.

March Pick-ups

Blacksad - March Games

Blacksad: Under the Skin – PS4 / PS5

I didn’t know this was a thing until I spotted the Xbox version on the shelf in Game. I really like the Blacksad comics so was intrigued about the game. A bit of a google has it being something of a 6 or 7 out of 10, but the gameplay elements sounded like a mix of the Sherlock Holmes games with the control system from Grim Fandango. That is my cup of tea, and it was on sale for around £6 on the PlayStation Store, worth a punt at least.

Available here* for PS4, Switch and Xbox

Tempest 4000 - March Games

Tempest 4000 – PS4 / PS5

Although I bought this when it first came out on PC in 2018, I hadn’t spent so much time on it, preferring to stick to TxK on my PlayStation Vita (the greatest game of all time). Tempest 4000 is essentially the re-released version of TxK but with approval from Atari. There are some gameplay changes but it’s fundamentally very close. Anyway, fast-forward to 2022 and I was scrolling the ‘coming soon’ section on the Nintendo Switch store, where I spotted Tempest 4000 was being brought over. The Switch is definitely a good place for it if unlike me you actually play it handheld, and I bet it looks amazing on the new OLED screen version.

However. Much more exciting to me was then remembering that the game came out on both Xbox One and PS4, and playing that on the newer consoles would mean Tempest upscaled to 4K with auto HDR. A quick online search later, and I found the PS4 edition for £9.99 so I went with that. I think I’d have preferred the Xbox one, but for some reason that is still quite expensive. It’s a real treat playing this on the PS5, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with it.

This is the one* I picked up, still on sale for a tenner at time of writing. Easy recommend.

*As usual, these links are affiliate ones, which may earn me a small commission if you buy something.

February Games

February Games

Poor impulse control strikes again in the pick ups, but still plenty of games played so I’ll count it as a win anyway.

Games completed this month

Blood & Truth PSVR - February Games

Blood & Truth – PSVR

Finally connected the PSVR up to the PlayStation 5, and went back and finished the Blood & Truth campaign. Still one of the best action games in VR, and looks even better driven by the PS5 rather than my old stock PS4. Using the PSVR with the PS5 is annoying though, I am definitely considering the PSVR 2 and its single cable connection.

I bought it digitally, but available from Amazon*

Dagon - PC VR

Dagon – PC VR

While I was in a VR mood I remembered hearing about this free VR game / experience on Steam. It’s only half an hour or so long, and is a mildly interactive retelling of the H.P. Lovecraft short story, Dagon. It was fun and nice to use the headset I have for my PC too. You can play it without VR as well, so worth a look for free if you’re interested.

Games played during February

Tales of Arise - PS5

Tales of Arise – PS5

Fully caught up in this now. Approaching 60 hours in and maybe nearing the endgame, although it’s a JRPG and it looks like I’ll still have a few things to do after. I appear to have gotten quite ahead of the JRPG support group though, and I could do with them catching up so was looking to play other things for a bit. Is the excuse I tell myself for spending a lot this month.

I’m playing on PS5, my friends are on PS4 and Xbox though and it seems like it’s great on them all. All formats are on this link*.

Tetris Effect Connected - February Games

Tetris Effect Connected – PSVR

Seemed rude not to play a bunch of this while I had the headset hooked up to the PS5. I still haven’t tried the new multiplayer modes though. I’ve heard good things about the Switch version of Tetris Effect, but I can’t imagine playing it not in VR.

I have this edition* although it is still on GamePass and playing on PC supports VR there too.

Rocket League - PS5

Rocket League – PS5

This has joined Worms W.M.D. as a regular multiplayer session, and while we continue to be dreadful, we still have a lot of fun. We tend to stick to casual matches though, those people on ranked are taking things too seriously…

SEGA Picross - February Games

SEGA Picross – Switch

Had a long weekend away in February and took along the Switch. Got back into this a bit but the puzzles are getting a bit trickier now. I think I’ll still drop into it from time to time, but gone are the early times of smashing through 10 puzzles in half an hour.

Sine Mora EX - Switch

Sine Mora EX – Switch

The other game I played while traveling, it was quite nice to get back to Sine Mora. I last played this when it first came out on Xbox Live Arcade for the 360. It’s an interesting shooter, although in handheld mode some of the enemy bullets feel almost invisible. Not sure I’ll play much of it now I’m back, but I might return to it for future holidays.

I’ve got this physical version*, but it goes on sale digitally for less than a couple of quid.

Forza Horizon 5 - February Games

Forza Horizon 5 – Xbox Series X

Bit of a spoiler for my pick up this month, but now I have the Series X I was keen to get back to Forza Horizon 5 and enjoy it in 4k at 60fps. Still my favourite racing game and now looking even better.

Destiny 2 Witch Queen - Xbox Series X

Destiny 2 Witch Queen – Xbox Series X

I haven’t bought the expansion yet, but did feel like checking it out on the new Xbox. So far I’ve just been enjoying the new story quests they’ve added to Free to Play but I may grab the DLC.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

The Ten Pence Arcade podcast extended the previous month’s game into February. I’d gone off “Up N Down” though so I had been playing a bit of 1942 on the cab. The new podcast game was announced towards the end of the month as “In the Hunt” though, so I’ve had a few credits on that too. It’s just as brutal as I remember it being on the Saturn. Maybe I’ll improve enough to make the leaderboards.

February Pick-ups

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X

Here we are, the latest impulse purchase. Had got so used to them being impossible to find at RRP that when I spotted Currys had stock I just jumped straight in. I mostly went for the upgrade from my Series S because I haven’t been gaming much on the PC. The PlayStation 5 has become my platform of choice but I think that’s because everything just looked better than on the Series S. Decided to get the X to put them more on a level pegging. Pretty pleased with it so far and a friend bought the Series S from me which offset the cost a bit.


Mario Kart 8 Booster

Mario Kart Booster Pass

I couldn’t resist the prospect of more tracks for Mario Kart, and ShopTo have a good discount on the pre-order. Although this content is included in the Nintendo Online Expansion Pass, none of the other content appeals to me so for now this seemed the better option.

*As usual, these links are affiliate ones, which may earn me a small commission if you buy something.

Tales of Arise - Cover Image

January Games

First of these for the New Year, and we’re off to a pretty good start. I completed some stuff. Granted, not as many as I did in December but still good going by my standards.

Games completed this month

Gorogoa - GamePass

Gorogoa – PC

Heard about this on a podcast a while back, I was interested in the idea of “solving puzzles by sliding pictures over each other”. Didn’t really visualise how it would work in practice though, and I forgot about it. Once again though, GamePass* to the rescue, the artwork is gorgeous and the puzzles very well designed. I think it might be best to play on a mobile device or a Switch with the touch screen, but I found it worked well enough on PC with a mouse. The whole game is only around 2 – 3 hours long which makes it a perfect fit for GamePass.

Unforeseen Incidents - Nintendo Switch Title

Unforeseen Incidents – Nintendo Switch

As evidenced by my Unforeseen Incidents review, I also completed this last month.

Games played during January

Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS5

Final Fantasy VII Remake – PS5

Until I got distracted by the next game on this list, I was making decent progress on Final Fantasy VII Remake. I don’t have too much nostalgia for the original Final Fantasy VII, since back in the day my memory card corrupted not long after I made it onto the world map. However the characters and story are familiar, and it looks great. I’m probably only around 10 hours in, but I do want to come back and finish the game as it is on the list for 2022.

Available on Amazon*

Tales of Arise - PS5

Tales of Arise – PS5

It seems my 2022 blog did the job and my ex-wife picked this up in January as planned. I immediately dropped Final Fantasy as this is the game I wanted to be playing. Another of our friends is now playing as well so we have a JRPG support group. Enjoying it so far although the characters are a bit grumpy. Lots of owls though.

I’m playing on PS5, my friends are on PS4 and Xbox though and it seems like it’s great on them all. All formats are on this link*.

Animal Crossing - July Games

Animal Crossing New Horizons – Switch

Played on and off during January, still failed to catch a lobster and I think they’ve gone now till April. Oh well.

Traditional Amazon link*.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite - PC

Aliens Fireteam Elite – PC

Prime GamePass fodder. Difficult to call this a great game, particularly on PC where it feels like a clunky console port. However, playing online with a couple of friends was good fun. We’ll probably play a couple more times before we move on to something else.

What’s been on the arcade?

Arcade Speakers

In January my arcade play was mostly on SEGA’s Up N Down, the Ten Pence Arcade podcast monthly game. As much as I sort of enjoyed this, I really couldn’t get to grips with it and never really progressed beyond the second level. Next!

At the start of the year though I did pick up a proper amp and speakers* for the cab and fitted those. I got them from Arcade World* who supplied most of the components when I built the machine. The sound is much better now, although it does have a slight hum that I need to eradicate. Plenty of people seemed to have a similar problem with the Pi, so confident I can deal with it next time I have the cabinet open.

January Pick-ups

MYST and More Bundle

MYST & More Bundle – PC

Couldn’t resist grabbing this bundle of MYST goodness. Yes I did own all the games already, but my Steam library was missing MYST 3, 4 and Obduction, so at least I have them all in one place now…

Snowball! - PC


My one purchase from the latest Steam sale, saw someone mention this little indie pinball game, would have been rude not to for 49p. It’s not on sale any more, but even full price it’s only £1.99. Worth a look if you dig Video Pinball like me.

SCUMMVM - RetroPie

ScummVM & RetroPie – RaspberryPi 3b+

Okay so this isn’t really a pick up as I owned it already, but I wasn’t sure where else to put it. As I mentioned in my Unforeseen Incidents review, I had intended to play the classic Point and Click game Discworld this year. As an alternative to using the Saturn version (which I found out doesn’t support the mouse) I decided to use one of the RaspberryPi 3b+ models I had spare so I could still play on my TV using a mouse.

I’ve basically just installed the usual RetroPie and setup ScummVM to play Discworld and a selection of other games supported by the engine. As a bonus I’ve also started configuring DosBox to run a some other games of a similar era, mostly other Point and Click games not otherwise supported by ScummVM. And Jazz Jackrabbit, because why not.

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Unforeseen Incidents - Nintendo Switch Title

Unforeseen Incidents – Nintendo Switch Review

The fine folks at Application Systems Heidelberg once again gave me a preview code, and it proved to be very timely. At the start of the year I prepared the list of games I intended to play over the next 12 months and shared it via my 2022 in Games post. I included the Saturn version of the classic “point & click” game, Discworld, intending to play it with the mouse. I sat down to play it soon after, and immediately discovered that only the Japanese version of the game supports the mouse. Disappointed, I parked that idea for the time being (I’ve since come up with a solution, but more on that story later).

Enter Application Systems, pretty much the following day I received the invite to try Unforeseen Incidents. A striking looking modern Point & Click for the Nintendo Switch, that I thought might be a worthy alternative to Discworld. Being on Switch meant it passed the first test of being playable on my television, and I hoped being a recent game would be more playable with a controller than those 90s games were, they are not fun without a mouse.


The story in Unforeseen Incidents centres around a mysterious virus outbreak in a small town. As words like quarantine get thrown around, it does feel a bit on the nose in 2022. However, the game has been out on PC for a while, releasing back in May 2018, when the current pandemic was also ‘unforeseen’. This is a pretty good review of the pc version of Unforeseen Incidents. It was probably sensible to not have the Switch version appear at the height of the pandemic, but to be honest after the opening act the story moves on enough that the parallels disappear anyway.

In-keeping with the genre conventions of point & click adventure games, the gameplay is solving a series of puzzles by finding objects and interacting with them and the environment to progress the story. It’s these interactions that can cause problems, where previous games in the genre have occasionally got a bit esoteric (or simply ridiculous) in their puzzles. Fortunately there is very little of that here, there were only a couple of occasions where I looked up solutions and one of those I was just missing a step in what I was already trying to do.



Very pleased to report that the control system for Unforeseen Incidents on Switch is excellent. I still think the best way to play these is with a mouse, but it is handled very well. I played most of the game with the Switch in the dock, using the Official Pro Controller*. The controls are intuitive, with left stick moving the player, and the right stick moving the cursor. However you can also play entirely using the right stick and then clicking to move the player, which will be more familiar to those used to playing with a mouse.

When navigating menus and choosing items, you can either point on them with the cursor, or cycle through with the d-pad. A simple button press brings up all the “hot spots” on screen, so you don’t miss anything you might be able to interact with. Also double pressing on one of the exits from an area will immediately take you to the next screen, so you don’t have to wait for the player to walk the whole way. All very comfortable.

I did the final chapter in handheld mode, I told myself that was so I could see how well it played that way, rather than simply being because it was late but I wanted to carry on playing so I took the Switch to bed with me. Pleased to report that the touchscreen is supported and worked well, although I still mostly used the same method I had with the Pro Controller.


I love the art for the scenery in this game. To be honest it played a big part in me wanting to give it a try, and I played the vast majority of it on my television and it still looked great. I’m not a fan of how the main character is drawn but I think that is just personal taste, everything else is great.

The animations are nice and sharp, though the people walking can be a bit surreal at times. I decided I liked it, it definitely grew on me after a while.


Music and Sound

The music is unobtrusive and really compliments the art in world building. The voice acting was also a pleasant surprise and I enjoyed the dialogue exchanges. We’re a long way from the origins of the genre, where voice acting was a luxury reserved for the CD ‘talkie’ version of a game.


If the point & click genre appeals to you, then this is a fine example and a really enjoyable story. That’s also assuming you can handle a story about a pandemic in 2022. It took me around 7 hours to complete, but if you’re less familiar with this style of game I can see it taking longer. This style of game is a nice fit for the Switch hardware, and although I mostly use mine docked I’d still recommend it even if you mostly play in handheld mode.


If you want to check it out for yourself, it’s on the Nintendo eShop and if you’d rather play on PC, you can get it from Good Old Games, or the Steam page is here.

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2022 in Games

2022 in Games

Later than planned with this, mostly because I was having trouble finding 10 games I wanted to play this year. The struggle is real.

From the 2021 plan I only managed to complete 3 of the games. I did at least play Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but it was terrible so I gave that one up. For the 2022 list I’m going to keep Myst III Exile and The Last Express on there for another year, but I’m parking the others.

Super Metroid and Call of Cthulhu can just return to the backlog. Hollow Knight: Silksong seems to be never coming out, but if it does I’ll want to play it immediately anyway. Finally, I did almost get to StarCraft: Legacy of the Void, then the ongoing and awful revelations about Blizzard Activision as a company left me feeling unable to buy or play their games.

Before we get to the new playlist for 2022 though, time for a quick look back at the highlights from 2021.

Top 5 played in 2021

Forza Horizon 5 - December Games

1. Forza Horizon 5 – Xbox Series S / PC

No surprises here, could have almost called this a year in advance. The series just keeps getting better in my opinion. At some point I need to update my All-Time Top 5 Racing Games list, although I’d probably just lump all the Forza Horizon games together at the top.

Best way to get this is still to buy GamePass*

Bravely Default 2 - Switch

2. Bravely Default 2 – Switch

Forza Horizon may have been a given, but I did not see this one coming (or its friend lower down). I think it turned up at the right time, and playing alongside my ex-wife to compare progress with no doubt helped, but I had a great time with this.

At time of writing you can still get it with the stickers and things* from Amazon like I did too.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales - PS5

3. Marvel’s Miles Morales – PS5

I think I enjoyed this more than the main Spider-Man game. Granted it is much shorter, but also had a lot less of the open-world ‘busy work’ that I find tedious. Also helped that it’s all set in a snowy December. Probably the first time I’ve really been impressed by ray-tracing, the night levels look great.

This* is the edition I picked up, it’s a bit more expensive than I found it for on eBay though.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

4. Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Xbox Series S

As disappointed as I was that the Hollow Knight sequel, Silksong, didn’t come out in 2021 for me to play, this was a worthy alternative. The original Ori didn’t quite make my Top 5 Metroidvania games, but it was a near miss. I think the Will of the Wisps is a better game than the original, I’d still suggest playing them both in order though. Excellent and I was delighted / surprised that my Xbox Series S was able to play it in 4K at 60fps. Lovely.

As I played on the Series S, there is no point linking a physical copy to buy. Think I played on GamePass anyway. You can pick it up here* on Switch though, and Metroidvanias are always a good fit for that.

Octopath Traveler - Switch

5. Octopath Traveller – Switch

The second JRPG I completed last year, and caused me to update my All-Time Top 5 JRPG list too. I don’t think it’s as good a game as Bravely Default 2, but the art style is fun and there are a lot of good gameplay mechanics to it.

Realising two of the best games I played in 2021 were JRPGs, I’ve put another two on my list for 2022. Whether I play them both partly depends on convincing my ex-wife to join in too.

Sometimes difficult to find in stock this one, if Amazon have it, it’ll be here*. I ended up buying it digitally anyway when I couldn’t get a physical edition.

Also ran:

Control Ultimate Edition - PS5

Control: Ultimate Edition – PS5

I almost let this pass me by but I’m glad I gave it a go. Sort of X-Files the action videogame, I enjoyed Control quite a bit. Very much liked the various nods towards Alan Wake too.

This* is the edition I played. I had it free with PS Plus though, so check you don’t already own it before you buy.

10 games for 2022

The Last Express - PC

1. The Last Express – PC

Last time I’m allowing myself to keep this on the list. If I don’t get round to it this year it goes “back on the shelf”.

Myst 3 Exile - 2020 in games

2. Myst III: Exile – PC

The other game I’m taking forward, I do still intend to progress my way through all these. However long it takes. I did dabble a bit last year with the MYST remake on PC and Xbox but it had a few stability issues that I hope will be fixed with updates.

Final Fantasy VII Remake - PS5

3. Final Fantasy VII Remake – PS5

I did suggest I’d consider this one when I updated the All-Time Top 5 JRPG list. Sony gave the PS4 edition away free with PS Plus a while back, but it was exempt from a free upgrade to PS5. However, over Christmas they relaxed that and I was then able to upgrade for free, so I thought I’d give it a go.

The PS5 edition is available here on Amazon*, if you missed it on PS Plus.

Castlevania Advance - Switch

4. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – Switch

In the continued absence of Silksong, I wanted a Metroidvania for the list. Since I’ve banished Super Metroid back to the backlog, I thought I’d try to make an effort to play the Gameboy Advance games I never finished. I’ll play them on the recent compilation for the Switch, starting with Circle of the Moon and see how I get on.

Guardians of the Galaxy - PS5

5. Guardians of the Galaxy – PS5

Haven’t bought this yet but I intend to pick it up early 2022. I’ve heard lots of good things and I am a fan of the characters.

Available here* but at time of writing it’s back at full price. Has been discounted a few times already so I expect to pay no more than £35.

Tales of Arise - PS5

6. Tales of Arise – PS5

Another I haven’t bought yet but I do want to play. I think my successfully playing this may be dependent on convincing my ex-wife to play too, so fingers crossed.

Available here*

Discworld - SEGA Saturn

7. Discworld – Sega Saturn

Haven’t played anything through fully on my Saturn for a while, and I had been thinking of replaying this game too. I’ll pop it on this list, it’ll be a good excuse to get the Saturn Mouse out.

C&C Remastered - PC

8. Command & Conquer Remastered – PC

I did get part way through the GDI campaign on this and get stuck. However I’d like to go back and finish that as well as play through the NOD one. Seems I should have an RTS on this list and since I’ve abandoned StarCraft now is the time.

Doom Eternal - 2022

9. Doom Eternal – PC

Almost forgot this existed, still haven’t got round to playing. I think I will play this year but I’m not completely set on what platform. Too much choice. I’ve set it for PC for now, but may change it up during the year.

Uncharted 4 - PS4

10. Uncharted 4 – PS4

Another one I forgot I never played… Happy to put this on the list as I think it should be nice on the PS5.

2022 releases I’m looking forward too

God of War: Ragnarok - PS5

God of War: Ragnarok – PS5

Can see this getting delayed again, but I’m keen to play it if it does come out. The first game was great.

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals

Again, loved the first game so was pleased to hear we were getting another. Not sure what platform I’ll play it on yet. Think the first one was on GamePass.

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