Geekly Review #120

Can you believe we’re almost in March already?

The Division

We got to take another look at The Division this weekend with the open Beta. I didn’t play it too much as I was away for most of the weekend and also because I didn’t really feel like playing through the same missions for the 3rd time, knowing I’d have to do it again when the game releases. So all I really did was play through the new mission that was available -The Subway Morgue. It is a tech mission that involved rescuing the man who will ‘run’ your tech division in your base of operations. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

During the mission we got to see more of one of the other factions – the cleaners. The Cleaners are out to cleanse the city of New York of the outbreak. They consist of former sanitation workers and are convinced that the only way to truly wipe of the virus is to burn everything.

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They aren’t hugely different from the Rioters that we’ve seen mostly up to this point, but the fact that a lot of them use flamethrowers and a little extra to the mix.

I don’t really want to talk about the mission too much as I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t played, but out of the ones I’ve played it was probably the best one from the Beta.

Beyond that I barely played it, but I still super excited for the 8th March to get my hands on the final product. Do I think it’s going to be GOTY? No. But I do see myself playing it quite a lot and definitely see it as my Destiny replacement.

Overfall

I can’t talk too much about Overfall from Pera Games, as it has a review embargo until next week, also because I’ve not really played a lot of it. However, I got access to the game late last week and had a quick go so thought I would let you know a bit about it.

Overfall is a fantasy role-playing game of rough diplomacy and tough action. You will lead two heroes on a journey across the high seas in search of their lost king. You will encounter people of all breeds and all creeds; ally with them or crush them without mercy. You will face many dangers; survive them and you may unlock new characters, weapons and skills. In a world where death is permanent, you must return to the beginning and make a fresh start. The heroes you choose, the weapons you unlock and a world that is randomized mean that no two adventures will ever be the same.

The game features a procedurally generated world that will be different every time you play it, permadeath and loads of random encounters. As I said I’ve only played very briefly but it seemed really cool. I love the art style of it and parts of the game reminded me a little of Don’t Starve.

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I’m definitely going to be playing more of this over the next week to get a better feel for it and I’m considering doing a Let’s Play of it on my YouTube channel too – kind of a noobs play through.

Anyway, you can check the game out on steam here. So…. do that, because I think it’s worth keeping an eye on.

-Will

PlayStation Now

During the week I noticed that there was a 7 day trial available for PlayStation’s streaming service PlayStation Now. I figured I’d give it a go so took the trial option up. I started this on Thursday last week.

The collection at the moment isn’t too bad. Sony’s first party offerings for the service are impressive with all of the God of War series, Killzone Series and Infamous series from PS2 to PS3. Plenty of support from 2K games with all the Bioshock and Borderland games available.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see the Wolf Among Us. It’s one of the only Telltale games I’ve yet to play so I made a start on this title with the free trial. I’ve so far completed 2 episodes with the intention to finish the remaining episodes before my trial runs out. I also had a blast on some other PS3 titles I’d yet to try like God of War Ascension, Twisted Metal and MotorStorm. All in all pretty enjoyable. Only once did my internet connection play up thus meaning I had to re-do one battle of God of War, but other wise it coped with me streaming games and my wife streaming Netflix downstairs.

Would I consider £12.99 per month for it after the trial? There’s every possibility that should we come with a month or 2 with nothing new to pick up I’d be tempted to try some games from the previous generation I missed out such as Borderlands or the BioShock games.

– Murr

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