I swear since I’ve been writing these monthly round-ups the time has gone by twice as fast.
What I’ve Been Playing
Downloaded as part of the free PS+ games last month (just as I was about to unsubscribe and save a bit of cash as well, they know how to keep me hooked), I’ve been playing this with my boyfriend who warned me beforehand how angry everyone gets when they play so we’d see a new side of each other. We’re a pretty new couple so when I went from intense, silent concentration to screaming “GET OUT OF MY WAY YOU STUPID PEDESTRIAN! CAN’T YOU SEE I’M CARRYING FOOD?! YOU INCONSIDERATE PRICK!!!” back to intense silence in the space of about 5 seconds, with no warning, the look on his face was priceless. He, on the other hand, is not very shouty when playing games and just concentrates intensely (so far). Hopefully I’ve not put him off playing more games with me.
Knowledge is Power
I’ve spoken about this before somewhat but I’d only every played it with three people (myself included). A couple of weeks ago there was 5 of us playing and it was intense. People were actually forming alliances to take down the top player and then back-stabbed their partners when they became top. It was brutal. I won the second round with the final question being about Britney Spears which stomped everyone else but I had been training for that moment my whole life. Did I celebrate by yelling “SUCK IT!!!”, putting on some Britney and doing a victory dance? That would have been incredibly obnoxious… But I did.
I have a lot of feelings about this. I won’t reveal too much as I have a post queued up and ready to go (stay tuned!) but overall… It’s not quite what I’d hoped it would be…
Still on that Spiderman. Having a very good time, I’m trying to finish it reasonably quickly but all the little side things and collectibles are making that pretty tricky. I’m also terrible at the actual fighting part if there’s more than three bad guys. It’s always just about achievable eventually though which makes it a nice challenge.
Sometimes I’ll go a week without playing this, then play it religiously for a week straight. I’m really enjoying it though, it’s been a long time since I played a ‘new’ Pokémon game so I’m having a great time discovering Pokémon I don’t know about. Also thinking about potential challenges coming up. How interesting do you think a dog-type only one would be? There seems to be enough of them to be able to make it…
I’m going on holiday in July so this will definitely be coming with me on the plane and will give me a good chance to get properly into it as usually I can’t play for more than about 45 minutes at a time.
I seem to have managed to get incredibly leggy, sassy Pokémon so far. Legs is a big thing now apparently?
What have you been playing in June? Have you been playing Wizards Unite? I’ve not seen much about it yet in the blogosphere. What are you playing in July?
I think most gamers have all been in the position where you’ll have people over and they ask if you can all play something… I always used to panic when asked that, I’d go through all of my games in my head mentally “Dragon Age? No, that’s way too in-depth. Overwatch? It’s only single player and I know not everyone here would enjoy it…” I couldn’t play Mario Kart with anyone as I was banned and I really enjoy a game of Just Dance but not everyone is into that. So much pressure! But no more, my friends! Recently I actually seem to have found three games that fit the bill for everyone. I wanted to give them some love because they’ve been helping me to keep people that visit me entertained for a while now. My dazzling wit and sparkling personality can only go so far until I start getting sick of trying to entertain.
First up we have the games for everyone; The proper party games that you don’t need any experience of gaming for because they’re idiot-proof and played on your phone through PlayLink so you don’t have to worry about people knowing how to use the controller! There are a few of these but for me (mainly because I got them for free with the monthly Playstation+ games) these are That’s You! and Knowledge is Power. Yes, they may have slightly cringey adverts with people sat on pristine sofas, laughing a little too hard at the slightest thing and overreacting to getting stuff right or wrong, but they are actually really fun!
If you need any more convincing on the idiot-proof front my mum and my sister came to visit me recently for a few days, and we gave it a go. My mum (who has rarely touched a video game in her life) was a bit dubious at first but very quickly got the hang of it, winning the first two games.
That’s You! was definitely everyone’s favourite. There were challenges like “who would be most likely to be the teacher’s pet?”, draw Player X as a ballerina, and stuff like that. It was all very silly in a wonderful way and to top it off it just looks cool as well which, from the cover art and advert wasn’t quite what I expected.
Knowledge is Power is more of a general knowledge quiz, this one was like a pub quiz but you could choose the category of questions. At the end of the game you have to be the first to the top of a pyramid by answering questions the fastest. I imagine this would be quite fun with a fair few people (you can have up to 6 players) and you don’t all need to know each other as well as in That’s You!
That covers the “for everyone” side, but what about when I play with anyone that’s got any sort of vague experience of gaming? Well, it’s an old favourite for a lot of people… Worms! Usually if people are eyeing up the games by the TV it’s always the one that they’ll request to play. It just seems to be a huge source of fun for everybody. It’s funny, a little gory, and even the most experienced gamers will mess up quite a bit so it’s relatively even ground. I’ve got the Worms: Battlegrounds game for PS4 which isn’t bad at all and everyone seems to enjoy it. There’s a lot of stuff I’m not sure what to do with that they use in the campaign but everyone’s usually just more concerned with the bazooka or the exploding sheep, everyone loves the exploding sheep.
There you have it, my three core party games! What party games that people always enjoy? Have you played any of mine? If so, do you like them?