What did you play last week?

A Hellish Quart screenshot.
(Image credit: Kubold)

Tyler Wilde played Hellish Quart, a game of relatively authentic sword fights (opens in new tab). Though it's in Early Access the animations have an engagingly real mix of elegance and clumsiness to them. It's the work of the animator responsible for Geralt's moves in The Witcher 3, but you won't find flashy pirouetting here—just a dance of cut and thrust that ends in blood.

Rachel Watts played Minecraft with texture packs that turn everything pastel and pink (opens in new tab). The voxel world becomes a land of candycane forests where everything has manga eyes, and when you get to the Nether it turns real freaky. That hellish underworld, made dark and creepy in the 1.16 update, is now fleshy and odd and everything has a face. Brrr.

Christopher Livingston is still playing survival game Valheim, trying a worldmap that makes every boss basically your neighbour (opens in new tab). Being able to share seeds for worlds like this means instead of relying on the procedural generation to give you something personal you play a survival game as a more shared experience, comparing how you did directly with other players like in more authored games. It's something I've never tried, but now I'm curious about how it changes the effect.

Andy Kelly played The Black Iris, a psychedelic horror game set in a Scottish research facility (opens in new tab). Something has gone cosmically wrong, and you're the unfortunate engineer sent to decommission the place. That means exploring it and piecing together the clues to figure out what happened, and what the mysterious Black Iris really is. It's got a very 1980s British TV vibe to it, a specific kind of low-fi spooky that's pretty appealing if you watched shows like Chocky as a kid.

Enough about us. What about you? Have you tried throwback citybuilder Nebuchadnezzar (opens in new tab), or Zombie Army 4 (opens in new tab) now that it's on Steam? Maybe you missed Tales from the Borderlands (opens in new tab) the first time and grabbed it on its return? 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 (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), 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.