What did you play last week?

Minecraft Middle-earth
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Rachel Watts has been retracing the Fellowship's journey across Middle-Earth in Minecraft. It's a 10-hour crossing, which is better time than a certain group being slowed down by hobbits managed it in, but still a heck of a trip. The Middle-Earth recreated by fans in Minecraft looks gorgeous too, especially with some shaders installed. I did the same thing in Lego Lord of the Rings, and it was not quite as pretty.

Rich Stanton tried Sex With Stalin, because somebody had to. It's a time-travel dating sim parody kind of thing, but also an exploration of Russia's political history that sounds a lot more legit than I thought it would be. Who know Sex With Stalin would be so surprising?

Emma Matthews has been testing Apex Legends' new character, Horizon. The aggressive astrophysicist has a passive ability called spacewalk that reduces the recovery from a fall, meaning she hits the ground running even without using ziplines, which is one of those things that seems like a small alteration but turns out to be a game-changer. 

Christopher Livingston has been recruiting doomed operatives in Watch Dogs Legion, ordinary people who for some reason have a trait that means they could randomly drop dead at any time after you recruit them. The adventures of his doomed patrol are predictably hilarious.

Enough about us. What about you? Have you been playing the JRPG spin on the open-world Yakuza: Like a Dragon, rallying in support of Dirt 5, or dogfighting on the back of a bird in The Falconeer? Tell us!

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.