What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed
Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed
Screenshot: Outright Games

This weekend is for playing video games. All weekends are for playing video games. I don’t know why past curators of “What are you playing?” pretended there was anything else to do. Let’s goooooooooo!

This particular weekend I am playing a game based on the latest version of one of my favorite childhood toys, the Zoids. One Christmas in the mid ‘80s my parents went shopping too late and all of the Transformers were gone, but Zoids were on clearance, so they bought them all. Zoids are robotic beasts, dinosaurs and wild animals, that kids can put together and fight. They’ve got these little rubber “bolts” that hold them all together. They’re so cool.

Screenshot: Outright Games

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is a Switch game based on the latest version of Zoids, in which folks pair up with the mechanical beasts and do battle. It’s an animal robot fighting game. Kinda simple, aimed toward the younger crowd and all, but animal robots fighting is my jam.

What’s your jam this weekend?

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Uncharted 2, from the Nathan Drake Collection.

I just finished the first game a couple days ago and started Uncharted 2 last night. The first game had a good story and the characters/voice acting were great, but man, I really did not enjoy a majority of the gameplay.

Having recently played all three of the new Tomb Raider games, the platforming, at least in the first Uncharted game...is terrible. The amount of times where Drake just jumped off to his death, for no apparent reason (or due to the horrific fixed camera angles in certain situations), was borderline infuriating. Where TR “snaps” you to a platform, Uncharted didn’t seem to do that, and would allow you to overshoot a platform, or hit it and then bounce off. Really, really irritating. At least the “2D” climbing was a lot better.

Combat is another issue, probably because I am absolutely horrible at console shooters (I played the TR games on PC, so I had no issues there). However, it seemed like there was a lot of critical criticism based at the combat sequences - specifically later in game, when it’s seemingly endless wave after wave (worse yet with the descendants). Just...ugh...

I’m hoping I have a better experience with Uncharted 2. Thus far into the game, it’s been better, but we’ll see.