Weekend Whammy

Weekend Whammy: Competition To Win Mordhau on PC & Borderlands 2 Free DLC Is Good!

Okay, so this time I’m only one day late with the Weekend Whammy. ‘S close enough, right? Anyway, it was a busy week full of nieces and excitement and sleep and sleep and sleep and sleep and sleep. For some reason I’ve been tired, and the allure of bed has been hard to resis…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Before I start rambling, would you like a copy of Mordhau on PC? You can read my quick thoughts on the game a few paragraphs below, but essentially it’s a medieval multiplayer mayhem and is a lot of fun. To win a PC code for the game just leave a comment below saying, ” GIMME MORDHAU!” and I’ll pick a random winner on Saturday, JUne 22nd. I’ll contact you via the Email address you provide when leaving a comment, so make sure it’s correct!

Right, so this week I vomited up a review for Void Bastards. It was a fun little rogue-like shooter set in space with a nice sense of humour. It just suffered from repetitive gameplay. With more enemy and ship variety it could have been truly great.

I may have also described game journalists as idiots this week following Cy berpunk 2077 “controversy” surrounding black characters and a trans model. But in the same article I did chat about a bunch of stuff that came out of E3.

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like the modern world seeks to find offense where no offense was even intended. Take the recent furor over Cyberpunk 2077 as an example: an article written over at Rock Paper Shotgun by the otherwise superb Matthew Cox focuses little on the gameplay demo he was shown and much more ethnic minorities and other things. This isn’t to say that such topics are not worth discussing, but the way Cox handles it is…well, basic.

This week I’ve been playing the absolute crap out of Mordhau, a 32 v 32 game in which medieval people smack each other around with axes, swords and hammers. It’s complete chaos and gloriously fun. There’s a combat system with plenty of depth (which I suck at) and a nice system for building your own classes. As I’ll cover in my review, though, Mordhau does have some very serious problems that need to be addressed. Even with these problems I’m having heaps of fun, however.

The other thing I’ve been playing is the new DLC for Borderlands 2. Titled Lilith & The Battle for Sanctuary it was announced at E3 and is currently free to download. The DLC acts as a prologue of sorts to Borderlands 3, and introduces new locations, enemies and characters. From what I’ve heard there’s around 10-hours of content which is pretty amazing for something that’s free. I’m only a few hours into it, but so for it’s very enjoyable and a superb excuse to get back into Borderlands 2. Y’know, as if Borderlands 2 VR wasn’t a good enough excuse for me to get back into looting.

With E3 now over we know that both Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles are coming out next year, which made me realise that I need to start saving my pennies! No doubt both consoles will be pricey, so I’m not sure yet if I’m going to have to choose one to pick up first and get the other down the line. As exciting as new consoles are, the idea of how much they’ll likely cost is daunting. Here’s hoping they aren’t too horribly expensive.

In terms of reading I’ve been getting into Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series of books which follow Peter Grant, a policeman who has also become the first apprentice magician in London in 70-years. I’ve ploughed through the first two books and thus far have to say that it’s rather good. Ben has a nice, natural writing style with a witty sense of humour. The characters are a lot of fun, too, and the way that the books have standalone stories while also forming a larger, overarching tale is highly engaging. I can’t wait to pick up the third book.

I’ve also been tackling the Red Queen’s War trilogy by Mark Lawrence. I previous read Lawrence’s King of Thorns trilogy and enjoyed it a lot. He’s created a fantastic fantasy world that’s actually post-apocolyptic. An event destroyed much of the prior human civilization which the current humans call the Builders, and Lawrence beautifully works in the “ancient” technology with swords, magic and political intrigue.

However, in the Thorn trilogy the lead character was an unlikeable chap by the name of Jorge. He would kill without a thought, cared for almost no one and could be horrifyingly brutal. He was fascinating, but it did make following him across three books draining. Comparatively, Prince Jalan in the Red Queen’s War trilogy is no saint, but he’s not as dark as Jorge and thus I’m finding the books a more entertaining read. I’d say the Red Queen’s War books are well worth checking out if you enjoy fantasy.

I’ll keep this short and sign off now. As always a big thank you for reading my work and visiting the site.

Take care.

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