Last Week’s Gaming


Retropie Fall Guys for the Galaxy Immortal

Last week had me running around every which way. I didn’t get in too much gaming as a consequence. So, this round of Last Weeks Gaming is going to be pretty short.

But as they say, it’s quality, not quantity that counts! While I didn’t get in too much gaming time, what I did get to do was all fun. 🙂

Roll for the Galaxy | Board Game Arena

Last week, I said that I would change up from Roll for the Galaxy. The plan last games night was to get everyone in on a few rounds of 7 Wonders, but that didn’t happen. So with only 3 of us, Roll for the Galaxy came out to play again!

One of us had never played before, but the beauty of Roll for the Galaxy is that it is so easy to teach on the fly. It took him a game to get up to speed, but that is all it took.

Roll for the Galaxy was a fun way to spend Monday night! So keep that in mind if you ever need a fun fall back plan. 🙂

Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in :p

Fall Guys Season 2 | PS4

I haven’t touched Fall Guys for a while, so I thought I would jump in on the new Season 2. I got to play a couple of the new games, but even the ones I used to know have changed!

Fall Guys was never an easy game, requiring almost as much luck as skill. But even games like See Saw where I could qualify almost every time has become more of a challenge!

The popularity of Fall Guys may have come from streaming and it being on PlayStation Plus. That doesn’t change the fact that Fall Guys is a fun diversion that is great to play with (and against) your friends!

Jumping for some reason got a lot harder!

Vader Immortal | PSVR

It has been a while since I have partaken in VR gaming, and I had started with Vader Immortal on the Oculus Quest a while ago. But I hadn’t made it very far, and I got the chance for all three episodes on PSVR pretty cheap, so I thought I would jump in.

The story is obvious, the controls a bit flaky, and the world very dark. But even with all that, Vader Immortal is a lot of fun.

A lot of the interactions are forced, but the vision of a Star Destroyer flying over your ship makes up for most of it

I got further than I did on the Quest, and was instantly disappointed. If I had played for 10 more minutes, I would have finished the first episode.

That’s right – Episode 1 of Vader Immortal will take you 45 minutes. An hour if you really take your time. This was a bummer. There is a Jedi Dojo training area to mess around with Lightsaber combat. This was a bit of fun, but I have only finished a couple of levels so far.

The fighting mechanics are a little janky, but when you are in the middle of a fight it feels pretty good

Over the next couple of weeks, assuming the other episodes are of similar length, I will finish them up and give a formal review soon. But for right now, I would say make sure you don’t pay full price for the Vader Immortal series.

It’s a bit of fan fun, but a real example of paying for a VR experience rather than a game.

Retropie Installation | Raspberry Pi 4

OK, so this doesn’t fully qualify as gaming per se, but it will lead to a lot of fun gaming experience. So, even though this activity was more techy nerd fun, it was still fun, so why not include it in Last Weeks Gaming?

I am really close to being able to stream regularly. One thing I really want to do is a regular retro gaming stream. Growing up, I had an Atari 2600, a Sega Master System, then onto the Game Boy. I missed out on the NES and completely, and my next console was the PlayStation.

So I have been looking at Retropie for a while now. While I have all of the mini consoles, setup is a challenge. So I have bought a Raspberry Pi 4 and intend to use Retropie to play them all in an easily managed package!

ROMs are a bit of a legal sticking point, so I have pulled the files from the mini-consoles. And I will build my NESPI 4 on stream and start playing with Retropie and set it up with anyone that wants to come by!

Cables, cables everywhere. But the setup is almost complete.

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD