Weekend Whammy: Devil May Cry 5 & The Division 2

Damn, did you see that weekend whooshing by? Going a bit fast, wasn’t it? Yup, time sure is flying these days, disappearing quicker than my enthusiasm for being a normal, sociable human being.

So first up I previewed Warhammer: Chaosbane, a Diablo style game with plenty of hacking, slashing and looting. It’s not due out until June, so there’s plenty of time for refinement, but my initial impressions were reasonably good.

At the moment I’m cautiously looking forward to Warhammer: Chaosbane. This closed beta didn’t blow me away but it did manage to scratch the loot itch which Anthem failed so horribly to do. There are a few months until Warhammer: Chaosbane is due to launch, providing some time for the developers to polish things up and respond to some of the community feedback. Fingers crossed for another good Warhammer game, then.

Warhammer: Chaosbane preview

The absolute highlight of the past week or so has been Devil May Cry 5, the review for which I’m working on. Good grief, this game…oh by the supple butt cheeks of Black Widow this game is bloody good! As I lad I spent a lot of time destroying my fingers and my controllers on Devil May Cry 3 and became a loyal fan of the franchise. I even enjoyed the DmC: Devil May Cry reboot! But we’ve all been waiting over 10-years for Devil May Cry 5 and I have to say the wait was worth it. The combat mechanics are sublime, the story is a riot from start to finish and Dante remains as awesome as ever. You don’t need to read my review to know that Devil May Cry 5 gets a wholehearted recommendation from me.

I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by The Division 2 which so far seems to be a good step up from the original. It isn’t perfect because I’ve discovered that the game has some sort of issue with Logitech and becomes unplayable if I attempt to play it with my Logitech G560 speakers. But that stupid issue aside the combat has been tweaked so that it feels smoother, there’s a better variety in terms of mission design and the loot seems nicely balanced. I’ve only put about 6-hours into the game, though, so these are just early, early impressions.

I also got sent over review code for Wizards: Enhanced Edition on PS VR. I’m looking forward to casting some spells, so look out for a review of that in the near future.

Speaking of being sent stuff, I got an Email asking if I wanted to review the latest Halo novel (titled Renegades) and I stupidly said yes. I say stupidly because what the book’s blurb didn’t make very clear is that Renegades is not an easy read for people who aren’t well versed in the expanded Halo ‘verse. I’m enjoying the book thus far, but a lot of it is tied into previous books so names, events and concepts are being thrown about that don’t mean much to me.

You’ve probably already seen this because it went viral, but I highly recommend watching this 17-minute long mini-movie about a guy who decided to spend an entire week in virtual reality. Now, why anyone would actually want to do that is beyond my limited comprehension, but it’s a fascinating video. He can still see the real world through his headsets because he does need to be able to move around, but for everything else he’s purely in VR. During his week he visits a VR meditation circle, watches movies with people around the world has conversations about the implications of VR with a person who is also in VR.

Well, I’m going to sign off now and go have another cry about How to Train your Dragon 3. Yup, I’m still not over it.

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So, what have you been playing this week?


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