Chris Livingston has been playing Barotrauma, a multiplayer game set on a sci-fi submarine. It sounds a bit like Space Station 13 only underwater, with the players as the crew of a submersible exploring beneath the ice of Jupiter's moon Europa. Mostly it seems like what they do is die in a variety of amusing ways (opens in new tab).
Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of only a few MMOs I've ever been able to get into, and Fraser Brown has nailed down why (opens in new tab). It's got some great story moments, sometimes obscured by slow patches and the weaknesses of the genre, but I had a great time as an Imperial Agent and am always tempted to go back.
Meanwhile, Steven Messner makes me kind of want to play Final Fantasy 14 even while he's explaining why it's such a hard MMO to recommend (opens in new tab). If I had a spare 100 hours, well, I'd probably go back and finish Final Fantasy 12 but if I had
200 spare hours then maybe I'd play Final Fantasy 14 as well.
Andy Kelly has been playing Hunter: Call of the Wild, but without doing much of the hunting. Instead he's become a photographer, exploring the woods and using the in-game camera more than the hunting rifle. There's nothing like the sound of wind in trees for giving you a sense of place. It's why Velen in The Witcher 3 is great for walking around in, and it sounds like Hunter's forests have the same effect (opens in new tab). Only you ride through them with a quadbike instead of a horse named Roach.
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I've been playing My Friend Pedro (opens in new tab), and remembering how much I love slow-motion in games. The first time I played the Mass Effect series it was as an Infiltrator, sniping aliens in glorious bullet-time, and it's just as much fun in My Friend Pedro. Here it's less about lining up the perfect headshot and more about flipping over someone's head while bouncing a ricochet off a frying pan. I've been replaying my favorite levels to get high scores, and though I wish there was a way to tell from the level select screen which ones have a skateboard in them it's remained a blast.
Enough about us. What about you? Have you been playing Amid Evil (opens in new tab), the retro FPS with a gun that shoots planets? Maybe The Sinking City (opens in new tab), or Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (opens in new tab)? Let us know!