Here is what we’ve been playing this week at Gaming Respawn.
Stephen Jackson – Chief Editor
This week, I have been spending most of my time in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s my first entry into the series so I can’t say up until now that I was familiar with the background or characters but what I can say is that anyone jump straight in and have a tonne of fun, regardless of whether or not you are a veteran to the series or a newbie like myself. I’ve seen the perfect scores it has received though and that concerns me as the game is not a straight 10 in my opinion and it has its fair share of problems – not least the fact that guards seem to be blind in broad daylight until 50 or so metres away. I am looking forward to reading Daniel’s review actually and seeing what he makes of Phantom Pain. Nonetheless, it is a really good game and lots of fun.
I’ve also been playing the FIFA 16 demo and I have to say, it is growing on me. At first, I wasn’t too sure how different it was to FIFA 15 but the longer I have changed, the subtle changes are becoming more noticeable and I like them. I can’t wait for when it releases and to get cracking on bringing European football back to St. Mary’s! Unfortunately, with no PES 2016 demo on PC, I haven’t been able to try it out before it releases next week so keep an eye out for my review on PES when it releases as I continue my career with my hometown club Southampton!
The only other game I’ve been dabbling in and out of this week is Heroes & Generals. The change back in time to World War 2 is a refreshing one and the gameplay is solid too.
Raul Zaha – Reviewer
Another game I’ve been playing this week is Guild Wars 2. Now that it went free-to-play I’ve decided with a few friends of mine to give it a chance. It’s surprisingly fun, especially to a couple of friends who were super skeptic (WoW veterans.. what can you do?). The questing and leveling system is super fun, especially if you’re a completionist like me. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing that you have all the Vistas, Points of Interest, Hearts, etc. completed on a map. NCsoft really sold me on their game. I’m thinking of buying it, if I’ll have someone to play with.
Speaking of MMOs going free-to-play, I just noticed I’ve received a WildStar free-to-play closed beta key, so I’ll have to give that a try. Other than these games I haven’t played much. RPG seems to be the flavour of this week for me.
Jorge Godinez – Reviewer
Jesse Marsella – Reviewer
Michael Fitzgerald – Reviewer/Features Writer
I picked up Madden 16 this week and I’ve been playing the flying fudge out of it and have been having a gosh darn marvellous time to boot!
This was the first time I’d picked up a Madden game for roughly 5 years, and I found it relatively easy to get back into the flow of things. One of the best things I can say about Madden is that there are so many different difficulty sliders on offer that pretty much anyone can find a gaming experience that works for them.
I’ll be honest and say that I find a lot of the stats and positions somewhat confusing, but thankfully you can delegate a lot of squad selection and stat distribution to the computer, which let’s you get on with just playing the games in “Franchise Mode”. However, should you really want to get involved and coach your team fully, the option is very much there to do so.
I find that I can hold my own against most sides but I’m also yet to be truly dominant either. Each match takes a while to play out and no one match has been the same yet for me, which is a real positive. Overall, I’ve found the game to be immensely playable and it’s got plenty of longevity to offer. I’m glad Jesse slapped a 90% on this, because it’s very much deserved.
I also nipped down to Retro-Reload in Stockport today to pick up some new Saturn games. Expect a new Rings of Saturn soon. I can’t believe we’re already at issue #12! Issue #11 should be up very soon. I’ve been playing NHL All-Star Hockey and have found it to be somewhat of a mixed bag. One thing I can definitely say is that it was nowhere near as bad as Olympic Soccer was, though few games are!