It’s time to look back on the week we’ve just had! What did the weekdays look like for our writers? What was the biggest news from the week? and what are we looking forward to playing during the upcoming weekend? Our Eyes on the Week article will answer all three of these questions!
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This week, I decided to return to one of my backlog games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which has been how I’ve spent the majority of my week. I originally returned for an achievement for my Trick or Treat challenge but I found myself enjoying the game once again, wanting to complete more of the content and achievements I still have to earn. This will definitely be my comfort game for the foreseeable future. There’s just something about the combat and progression that continues to keep me entertained.
I’ve also made significant progress in Ravenlok which is a truly beautiful game. It’s a gem and can be found on Xbox Games Pass if you haven’t had the chance or opportunity to play it yet. As for my review games, I’m hopeful to get my review for Another Crusade online this weekend once I’ve put more time into the game and my Deflector review should be online next week. Busy, busy, busy!
Swordbreaker: Origins, Dead Dungeon, Hogwarts Legacy, Mirror’s Edge, Oxide Room 104, and Catlateral Damage Remeowstered have all been played purely to get progress on my Trick or Treat challenges on TrueAchievements, with the odd achievements being unlocked here and there.
Most interesting news of this week: Sadly, Phasmaphobia has been delayed once again for its anticipated console release but we’ve been promised it will be worth the wait. Secondly, I’ve found myself becoming quite interested in the upcoming title, The First Descendent, which I will be following closely from now onwards. It’s giving me some Warframe vibes and that can only be a good thing.
Looking forward to playing: Review games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and anything needed for my challenges on TrueAchievements.
Game Pass has been my main gaming time, played all the recent new releases. I’m still having a mixed experience with the new Assassin’s Creed Mirage but more on that in my upcoming review.
Most interesting news of this week: Three words for you, ACTIVISION BLIZZARD KING. The sphere marketing from Xbox was cool too!
Looking forward to playing: Vacation. So besides a few published reviews, nothing gaming-related for me.
I started playing a bunch of new games. The Belgian Hidden Through Time 2 is a fun Hide & Seek game but sadly only on PC at the moment. I will do a review for it soon though!
Detective Pikachu is my go-to Switch title at the moment, but that may change tomorrow when Super Mario Wonder arrives. Pikachu is cute and it looks OK, but the mysteries are way too simple for an adult. Feels like the game is aimed at 10-year-olds but they aren’t that big into detective games.
I also started playing The Lords of the Fallen. I was sad I didn’t find the time to play Lies of P, but this new soulslike also seemed promising. So far it looks great, but the opening hour(s) are very tutorial heavy and I feel like I should be keeping a notepad next to me for all the different button combinations. Feels like it should ease the players into the mechanics more gradually.
Most interesting news of this week: The Activision Blizzard King deal finally went through. this will be HUGE for MS/Xbox in the coming years. I heard Bobby Kotick is leaving end of the year, so hooray for that!
Looking forward to playing: Super Mario Wonder & HotWheels Unleashed 2.
Alas, the quiet of last week didn’t last long, so gaming was kept to a minimum this week. As always, I continue to play a bit of Final Fantasy XIV every day. This week it’s been mostly raising my PVP rank with my free company comrades. Glorious combat was and continues to be had. Speaking of FFXIV, its London Fanfest takes place this weekend. I sadly couldn’t get tickets for it, but did manage to get some for the orchestral concert they’re holding on Monday. I’m really looking forward to that.
Honkai Star Rail also sees me back daily for, well, my dailies. I’ve made a couple of sneaky attempts at pulling on Jingliu’s banner to see if I wouldn’t get super lucky and pull her early, but that isn’t the case. Luckily this just brings me closer to Topaz when she’ll be released in a week or so. But until then, I’ll dutifully keep farming stellar jade.
Now what I did take some time for this week was to join my good friend and Twitch streamer CMDR Jack Lyttle on his trip to the newly “discovered” Thargoid Spires that came with update 17 to Elite Dangerous Odyssey. These towers really pushed my perception of what massive means in video games, as they are roughly 5km tall and have space to land multiple spaceships. In the end, I was stranded there and decided to throw myself off the side, only to be falling for nearly a minute before I hit the ground. Simply wild.
Most interesting news of this week: Frontier Developments are firing a sizeable amount of staff following a streak of poor financial periods. As a studio that’s close to my heart, I feel for them more than usual.
Looking forward to playing: If I get some time, I’d like to give Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 and its Phantom Liberty DLC a try after I get back on Tuesday.
This week I only got to play a bit of Lies of P, I’m 25 hours in and still having a good time with it.
Most exciting news of this week: The conclusion of the Activision Blizzard King deal.
Looking forward to playing: More Lies of P and two other games for reviews.
Believe it or not, I did more than just play Guilty Gear this week! I managed to convince my buddy to keep going with Borderlands 2 and we are at the very end of the last DLC. At this stage, I just want to move it out of my “Currently Playing” folder. It has been fun, don’t get me wrong, but it’s been far too long.
I finished playing and reviewing Cattails: Wildwood Story, you can read my full thoughts [HERE]! I’ll let the review speak for itself, simply saying that I heartily recommend it. If you wanna find out why, go give it a read!
The rest of my time was taken with Noita. The good thing about coming back to games after a long while is discovering all the new content you’ve missed. I’ve been catching up and got a very blessed run with some very broken wands.
Most exciting news of this week: A repeat from above, the Microsoft/Activision Blizzard King deal finally finished and Bobby Kotick (CEO of the latter) is being let go.
Looking forward to playing: I might have another game for review lined up real soon. Otherwise, wrapping up Borderlands 2 and some more Noita!
Hello, I’m Victoria. I’m from the UK and have been playing video games for as long as I can remember; back on DreamCast. I’ve pretty much fallen for Xbox since I was around eight years old and remember BioShock being my first game on the Xbox360. Although I find it thoroughly enjoyable to not only experience gameplay, I also find comfort in getting lost and engrossed in the online worlds that sometimes differ greatly from what we know. Another side of my Xbox passion would be achievement hunting and gamerscore. I thrive when I hear the little sound of one popping up on the screen and I’m always finding ways to work on my backlog when possible. Horror is my favourite genre so if you have any recommendations, don’t be afraid to send them my way!