Everyone’s still playing No Man’s Sky? Good, carry on then.
I’ve tried F1 2016 yesterday. First impression is a very positive one, with one big caveat. After last year’s abysmal release (they cut most of the features), 2016 is a complete 180. A deeper career mode than any of the previous Codemasters F1 games, a real multiplayer Season (with support for 22 Drivers), good physics model and AI (although that was already a strength of 2015), more choices for difficulty, leading to closer, more interesting races, and an informative introduction to F1’s many intricate regulations and rules for newcomers to the sport. The big caveat? It’s horse’s arse with a controller. You can deal with that, at least in parts, by turning on the traction control, but mostly by fiddling around with the controller configuration for an hour or so. Driving fast with a controller is not that big of deal (if you are used to it), but a big part of F1 racing is tire conservation, and doing both at the same time on a controller is near impossible. Oh, and no VR support. Real shame, especially since the Dirt Rally team (also part of Codemasters), did a really good job in that department.
Dear Codies, next year I want to see a return of the classic cars, the option for a more arcade style/controller friendly driving model and VR support, but in the meantime: good job! You almost lost me after your last 2 releases. I accept your apology.
Anyway, what’s everyone playing over the weekend?
Thomas: I’m in a cabin in the woods, so I will miss the launch of the new Deus Ex :( Probably some 3DS/Vita shit, catching ghosts and climbing mountains.
Cody: I intend to play Dota!! Also No Mans Sky is enjoyable now that I found a trainer that takes away all the time wasting resource management mechanics, so now I'm free to explore the galaxy and become immersed without being haggled constantly. I can not recommend it enough.
Scroo: I'll be hitting up Hammerfight for Game Club and of course more Song of the Deep and no Mans Sky. Next week is promising to be rather busy so who knows exactly how much I'll be able to play anything after Sunday
Andrew: Witcher 3