Last Week’s Gaming – May 25th, 2020


I could have sworn I wrote the previous Last Week’s Gaming yesterday…

So not only is the work from home situation going on, my work has entered the end of financial year “Could you just do this?” mode. This has not made it easy to get in quality gaming time!

I did get a couple of new ones played a bit. Let’s get into it!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Switch

Well, just after I finish up my review of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I ‘finish’ the game! K.K. Slider came to Sleep Cove on Sunday and performed for us. It was very cute. Now I have unlocked the ability to start messing with my island – the real game begins!

I am a little conflicted. Should I add Animal Crossing: New Horizons to my ‘finished‘ list of video games? You can never truly finish Animal Crossing. I can keep messing with my island and looking for people all the time. Because of this, I think I will keep it off the list, even though I saw the credits – my standard ‘finished’ criteria.

What do you think?

Animal Crossing Credits
Technically, this is the end for most games. Animal Crossing is all Post Game content though.

Music Racer – PS4

I jumped on Music Racer. It was AUD$8 – I thought how bad can it be? A rhythm driving game sounds interesting, and it was a cheap title.

Well, it’s not bad. It’s also not for me. The premise is simple – pick a car, and drive along a track hitting music beats as you go.

The term drive is a bit presumptuous. The car auto-drives along the track, and you pick which of the three lanes to drive in. None of the cars I used felt different, and some of the beats are in very tricky patterns. This will encourage you to learn the track to perfect that combo.

Music Racer Racing
Everything is flashy and flies at you at quite a pace. It can be very disorienting!

My biggest issue is that’s the game. If you master one track and just keep playing it, you will eventually unlock all of the vehicles and earn a platinum trophy. I was hoping for a novel Beat Saber like experience sans VR, but that isn’t Music Racer.

Even the amusing collection of vehicles isn’t enough to keep me playing this one. I did unlock the Light Cycle – who would refuse the chance to ride the iconic vehicle? But all Music Racer accomplished was make me miss Beat Saber.

Music Racer Light Cycle
Some might choose to unlock THE DeLorean first, but Tron is an old fave of mine

Maneater – PS4

So this came out last Friday, and the idea has been growing on me. You play as a shark looking for revenge on the hunter that killed your mother. Not precisely an original premise.

There is a quirky charm to Maneater though. Just swimming through the water is a serene experience. Finding some of the ridiculous landmarks makes me laugh, and the combat is surprisingly similar to dogfighting in flight simulators.

I am glad the game is only AUD$55. If this were a full price outing, I would already be bored and annoyed. I am about a third of the way through the game, and I can see the grind cycle. But to pick up and put down in little chunks (haha) makes Maneater a fun little experience.

Maneater Landmarks
Of course a statue to the old ones can be found in the Bayou!

There is a lot of potential here. If Maneater takes off, I can see a lot more being added to the formulae. Ray Tracing (yes, that dreaded term) effects of light coming through the water would make swimming gorgeous.

Some variety in the missions would also be helpful. It’s hard to see this happening without possibly leaning towards Saints Row silly. Still, the game is already this side of the ‘reality’ fence, so it may work for it.

Maneater Swimming
You can see the potential in Maneater. Swimming is very pretty, but it could look better

Think of Maneater as testing the waters (so many puns today), and I think it can find a loyal audience. For the moment, I am enjoying it. Let’s see what I believe in a couple of weeks – I think I will have finished it by then.

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