CHAL­LENGE

Clear your back­log and ex­pand your hori­zons. Here’s what the team played this month

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ABSURDTHINGS Phil Sav­age Edi­tor

While ev­ery­body digs into the lat­est As­sas­sin’s Creed, I spent this month fin­ish­ing off its pre­de­ces­sor. I’m glad I didn’t skip straight to Odyssey, be­cause As­sas­sin’s Creed Ori­gins is re­ally good. The set­ting is gor­geous, and I found Hel­lenis­tic-era Egypt’s clash of cul­tures, mytholo­gies, and ar­chi­tec­tural styles fas­ci­nat­ing.

Judg­ing for GDC’s an­nual In­de­pen­dent Games Fes­ti­val Awards be­gan, which proved a great ex­cuse to catch up on cool things I’d missed. I was charmed by The Nor­wood Suite, and then chal­lenged by Opus Mag­num. I look for­ward to spend­ing more time with both.

I also tried Re­turn of the Obra Dinn, and so spent the re­main­der of the month hunt­ing down corpses, study­ing faces, and try­ing to place ac­cents as I un­cov­ered the mys­tery of an ill-fated voy­age.

ear wor m hel Philippa Warr Deputy Edi­tor

Obra Dinn, Obra Daaaa, life goes on! Ooooh. Lalalala life goes on.” That is what has been stuck in my head all week. It’s lucky, then, that Re­turn of the Obra Dinn is such a good game that it can coun­ter­bal­ance this Paul McCart­ney ear­worm hell. But now that I’ve solved the mur­der boat mys­tery, I’ve been seek­ing other ways to pass the time.

Bren­don Chung’s Thirty Flights of Lov­ing filled that void for a hot sec­ond (and will again as I play it a cou­ple more times). No Man’s Sky’s Abyss up­date also sounds like a good can­di­date, as it’s all un­der­wa­ter pret­ti­ness. And I’ve been mean­ing to fin­ish the solid plat­former, Can­dle­man: The Com­plete Jour­ney.

Longer term, I hope my bad mem­ory will come into its own, and I will have for­got­ten enough of the de­tails of Obra Dinn that I can play it all over again.

G O O D ( B A D) Andy Kelly Sec­tion Edi­tor

Ilove a good (bad) FMV game, so when I saw Ten­der Lov­ing Care ap­pear on Steam, I had to have it. It stars John Hurt as a psy­chi­a­trist who asks you philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions as you ob­serve love tri­an­gle drama play­ing out. Be warned, though: Some of it is ba­si­cally just low-res soft­core porn.

I’ve al­ways en­joyed Call of Duty’s sin­gle­player games as big, empty, beau­ti­ful spec­ta­cles. So I gave Call of Duty: WWII a go, which is a lav­ish pro­duc­tion with some de­cent per­for­mances, but just feels too on-rails to be that en­joy­able as an FPS.

I have fond mem­o­ries of Star Wars: Shad­ows of the Em­pire on the N64, so I thought I’d check out the PC ver­sion and, well, I think that’s a mem­ory I should’ve left pris­tine and un­touched. The Hoth battle is still kinda fun, but it’s aged more than Pal­pa­tine’s weird mon­ster face.

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