Here at Gaming Respawn, our team has very much been enjoying games of the past more so than those of the present and why wouldn’t they with the backlog of great games most of us still have to play!
Stephen Jackson – Chief Editor
It’s finally happened. I have become “bored” of Fallout 4. I can’t help but feel that it has been dumbed down compared to Fallout 3 and even New Vegas. For the first 30-40 hours it grabbed me and never let me go, but now its grip has waned and I can’t bring myself to dive back into the wasteland at the moment. The removal of the Karma system is a big issue for me. Back in Fallout 3, it altered how I played and made it feel like my actions really had consequences. In Fallout 4, I can do whatever with no repercussions. Not only that, but in Fallout 3 the replayability was greater for me, I would have one save where I would play as a total thug with no respect for human life and another where I would try to be as good of a person as the Capital Wasteland allowed me to be.
I mean, you can’t even kill everyone. I wish I could kill the Minutemen. I can’t. I’ve had enough of Preston Garvey. He needs to go.
So I keep finding myself going back to games from the past. For the first time since I’ve started gaming, these big AAA releases fail to capture me like they once used to. I’m not sure why, maybe it is because I’ve matured and having moved over to PC, my expectation levels have changed? Maybe it’s because games these days are made for consoles first and PC second meaning they are dumbed down and simplified to please the masses?
Give me great gameplay, depth and an amazing story over fancy graphics and huge maps anyday.
Daniel Garcia-Montes – Writer
James Haxell – Writer
Jorge Godinez – Writer
Michael Fitzgerald – Writer
Adam came round to my gaff this week and we finished off the Jurassic World section of Lego Jurassic World on the PS4. We also managed to get the first level of the Jurassic Park section in the bag as well. Obviously, due to this being a Lego game the violence is severely toned down in comparison to the movies. I don’t want to spoil too much for those who perhaps haven’t seen the movie yet, but let’s just say that certain characters that died in the movies end up making it out of the game alive. That being said, the game is a lot of fun, if massively bonkers at points. It’s enjoyable punching every piece of scenery you can find in order to collect Lego cogs and it can be excruciating to see your character die and lose precious cogs that could take you to 100% for the level. I’d certainly recommend this to fans of the other Lego games and also fans of the movies as the developers clearly have respect for the source material and really did whatever they could to make the game both fun and also true to its roots.
Asides from the game I played for this weeks Retro Respawn, not going to say anything other than it’s for the The Dreamcast, I’ve been brushing up on my FIFA skills for a tournament on the 27th December. I should point out this is just a get together with mates and not anything professional, but I’m putting the hours in nonetheless. I usually finish in the middle of the pack after a load of 0-0’s, so hopefully I can find my shooting boots and advance a bit further this time. I’ve been spending most of my FIFA time managing St Pauli, who are a German team in the second division. This was down to me reading an article about them online. It seemed like a good challenge as they aren’t a particularly wealthy team. Realising this, I promptly put my entire transfer budget into a youth scout, with aims of him finding me some good young players that I could develop. Seeing as you can sign most young players for 2-3 years on little more than 500 Euros a week, they provide a cheaper alternative to blowing the budget on journeymen players. Should they develop as intended, you can always sell a couple on for big money.
Currently, I’m undefeated after my first 5 games but I’ve found goals hard to come by, aside from one freak 4-1 win where seemingly everything went my way. aside from those 4 goals, I’ve scored a grand total of 3 over the other 4 league matches. Thankfully, I’ve got a good defence who are currently making up for my attacking frailties. So essentially the exact opposite of Everton at the moment. Yes, I went to Bournemouth this weekend and no, I don’t want to talk about it. All I will say is that it was Typical Everton™ and leave it at that. I’ll make sure to update you on the trials and tribulations of St Pauli next week.