Weekend Whammy: DESTROY ALL HUMANS! And Death Stranding

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It’s time for another Weekend Whammy my friends, and this week I’m going to be talking about Death Stranding, Destroy All Humans! and Ubisoft’s implosion. I mean, I will be if I can get my head on straight. With some of the restrictions lifting my youngest niece was able to come around and stay for the night. And for the next night. And the night after that. And then another one, just to be sure. I don’t think I’ll ever be the same again. Man, that kid can talk!

I did stick up a few things since the last Weekend Whammy, starting with a review of the GT Omega Apex wheel stand. It’s a solid piece of kit if you’re looking for something more stable than a table to clamp your wheel onto. There’s a good amount of adjustability too, so the majority of people should be able to get it to fit them just right.

I also spent about 4,000 words attempting to explain my feelings about The Last of Us Part 2. I don’t think I did a very good job, but hopefully, you managed to glean my meaning. Despite the divide, the game seemingly caused the sales have been impressive, with at least 4-million copies having already been sold. Apparently, it’s the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive ever, too. Again, it shows that what you see on the Internet doesn’t always reflect reality.

And the last piece of content I posted was a list of the best games of the year so far! I’d love to hear what games are up there for you guys and whether you think they’ll still be in the running for your personal game of the year when 2020 finally comes to an end.

As for what I’m playing and what I’ll be reviewing, I’ve been spending a lot of time hiking hills in Death Stranding now that it’s out on PC. What I can say with certainty right now is that Death Stranding is 100% a Kojima game, for better or for worse. I’m about 7-hours in right now and my mind is still reeling from the sheer volume of insanity the game is throwing at me. There are babies you carry around in pods, bodies that will blow up if they aren’t taken to an incinerator, rain that ages anything it touches, strange ghosts, something is wrong with dying and you can throw poop grenades. What the fuck is going on!?

It’s the strangest thing because I can’t say I’m enjoying playing Death Stranding, but at the same time, I have an overwhelming urge to keep playing it. A lot of the game is literally just walking vast distances with nothing of note happening. Yet it’s compulsively dull, a zen-like experience where you can stick on a podcast or something in the background and relax as you run back and forth delivering packages.

I’m not a fan of some of its mechanics, mind you. In particular, the BT sections so far are just tedious rather than tense or enjoyable. And the U.I. is a right pain in the backside.

I don’t know when the review will go up yet, because from what I can tell it’s a bloody big game and I need to see the end before I feel happy putting anything up. Guess I have some long nights ahead of me.

I’ve also played and finished the upcoming Destroy All Humans remake that’s due for launch on July 27th. Sadly I can’t say anything else about Destroy All Humans until July 26th when the review embargo officially lifts. There’s plenty of demo footage though, so you can already get a good idea of the quality of the remake. I’m hopeful that if the sales numbers are good we’ll get to see the sequel being remade.