What did you play last week?

A countryside scene made of hexagonal tiles from the game Dorfromantik.
(Image credit: Toukana Interactive)

Christopher Livingston played Dorfromantik, a village-builder with shades of board games like Carcassonne or Settlers of Catan. It's German, in case the name and those comparisons didn't clue you in. You lay down tiles to build a peaceful rural landscape, connecting rivers and train tracks as they curve around your wheatfields, constructing your own idyllic little world. 

Rachel Watts played Devotion, the Taiwanese horror game that finally returned after being delisted from Steam. It's interesting that a game building on the experimental ideas of P.T. was taken away from players just as it was, but now at least Devotion is back, for anyone who wants to dare its claustrophobic apartment.

Rich Stanton played the Hawkeye DLC for Marvel's Avengers, finding a singleplayer campaign that's thoroughly enjoyable knockabout fun. And then he returned to the multiplayer to find its lobbies remain empty. It's the story of the game's launch repeated: a decent singleplayer game saddled with a live-service addition hardly anyone wants or cares about.

Fraser Brown played Star Dynasties, a sci-fi grand strategy game where his empire's beset by scandals. Specifically, sex scandals. It's an Early Access attempt at taking the intrigue and squabbling nobility part of Crusader Kings, then putting it in space. It's already got the backstabbing and infidelity down pat, which is important.

Enough about us. What about you? Have you been building a post-apocalyptic city in Endzone, or enjoying the slightly reduced loading times of GTA Online? Has anyone tried out the latest legendary lord added to Total War: Warhammer 2 for free? Let us know!

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.