What We Played #513 – WarioWare, Tales of Arise & Life Is Strange: True Colors

The silly season is well and truly upon us in video games, and while the biggest of big hitters are all still a little while away, there’s been a rush of great new games coming out this week and the bonanza of new trailers and announcements from the PlayStation Showcase.

I myself have been playing one of these new games, reviewing WarioWare: Get It Together! and fully enjoying the new spin it’s put on the series’ humorous little microgames. I’ve also been playing Surgeon Simulator 2, which does an impressive job of broadening the scope from the original, but falls foul of similar “simulator” foibles with its controls. Just play it with friends so you can laugh your way through it. Last, but certainly not least, I played a game called “Putting IKEA wardrobes back together in a space that’s not really big enough”. It does not come recommended.

WarioWare: Get It Together Tweeze

Nic B played Pokémon Go, “obvs”, but that wasn’t enough pocket monster action for him this week. He also picked up the DLC for Pokémon Sword and said “It’s fun, but I do wish that not every Pokémon was at level 60 — it feels like it sucks some of the variety out of it.”

For Aran, he put some more time into Mass Effect Legendary Edition, staying away from the critical path, and got to start on Deathloop for our upcoming review. Meanwhile, Nick P has been working on another video project around the original Silent Hill, with some maxing and relaxing courtesy of Dead By Daylight. Worryingly he says he’s enjoying it more than he should, “mainly because I’m only playing the killer!”

Gamoc has continued his adventures through New Game Plus in Ghost of Tsushima, while also returning to No Man’s Sky. He’s enjoying Hello Games’ epic space adventure, but is not such a fan of the grindy elements that they’ve added.

FIST: Forged In Shadow Tech Combat

If you were wondering what a game starring a bunny rabbit with a giant cyborg fist would be like, then Ade has you covered. He reviewed F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch. If you just want the cliffnotes, he says it “just needs a decent patch and then it’s an easy recommendation for anyone who enjoys Metroidvanias and/or bunnies.”

Miguel won’t give you cliffnotes for his Tales of Arise review, so I guess you’ll just have to click that link. He’s also been playing El Shaddai, just to mix things up a little bit.

Tales of Arise Environment

It’s pretty much been non-stop Hades for Steve – “I’m sure I meant to play other games, and installed a few but kept on grinding away at the unlocks in Supergiant’s magnum opus. So, so good.” – while Tuffcub has finished off Days Gone and declared it as “now one of my favourite PS exclusives. Such a shame it’s not getting a sequel.”

Reuben’s had a bit of a senior moment this week, getting so confused that he turned around and asked us “Wait, what actually have I played?” Thankfully I do actually know this one: he’s been paying Life Is Strange: True Colors, and he actually loved it.

Now it’s your turn. What have you played this week?

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