Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 4th May 2022

Screenshot of the Joker from Batman: The Enemy Within
I wonder who this chap is?

The following post is part of a series of posts that are published every Wednesday to update readers on what I've been playing during the week (this also includes games on my "Pile of Shame"). The games to target are picked by Choicest Games contributors Choona, Luke and myself. As I'll be talking about my progress through these games, there may be spoilers ahead, especially for games containing a narrative. Consider yourself warned.

The Oil Blue

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 69%

I'm slowly making progress in this game, if the ultimate goal is to reach the highest rank of Level 1. I'm now at Level 5. The game is definitely not as stressful as it was originally. I guess that's what happens when you're used to the minigames and muscle memory takes over. I can upgrade almost all machines now (I need to be Level 2 in order to upgrade the final machine fully). It's just a matter of time.


  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 16%

After visiting the Virtual Realms exhibit at Boola Bardip, I noticed one of the "realms" was based on David OReilly's game Everything. Consequently, I thought it was only fitting I finally give the actual game a go. It's very strange and has a lot in common with a walking simulator except you're able to take control of everything on the planet (hence the name), including trees, flowers, pebbles, frogs and seals. Haven't played it too much yet but it seems intriguing.

Batman: The Enemy Within

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

Wow. I managed to finish another game in under a week but that tends to be the case with Telltale games. I finished the first Batman game by Telltale and reviewed it back in 2018 (it received a respectable 8 out of 10).

Thankfully, I was able to import the save game I had through my Telltale account and it was a relatively seamless process but it would've been nice if I was able to get a recap of the choices I originally made too. Gameplay is quite similar in this sequel to Batman - The Telltale Series but it also suffers from some similar engine issues such as the occasionally janky framerate which occurred in many Telltale Tool games.

I love the recaps you receive at the end of each episode, summarising how the relationships with major characters are going. I also love the soundtrack by Jared Emerson-Johnson: it seems to have reincorporated themes heard in the 2016 Batman game.

Overall, this Batman is an interesting one as I've never played one so gory or one where you manage to piss off so many people. There really is no right or wrong in this game and there will be plenty of moral dilemmas for you to tackle. You'll start wondering if you're really a hero anymore and whether vigilantes are not too dissimilar to villains. You'll start questioning whether the ends justify the means and you'll also feel very vulnerable at times as especially when you're infiltrating as Bruce Wayne: you'll feel almost naked without your bat-gadgets.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 30%

The original Halo is an FPS of its time but despite it being released in 2001 on the original Xbox console, it's still quite enjoyable especially when experiencing the co-op mode with remastered visuals. In fact, it's crazy how much better the visuals are and they have a cool feature where pressing the TAB key switches the original graphics with the remastered graphics instantaneously. I've seen similar features to this in other games such as Command & Conquer Remastered as well as remastered point 'n' click adventures like The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition but never so dramatic as what you get to see in this game.

The only annoying issue I've found with the game is the automatic teleporting to catch up with your teammate is a bit jarring and often you'll be spending a few seconds trying to get your bearings leaving you vulnerable to attack.

Transformers: Devastation

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 5%

This game sadly doesn't appear to be sold on Steam anymore. Although it's weird because not only is the game not available on the Store, you also can't earn Steam Achievements in it anymore. It's bizarre.

Anyway, the game is basically a brawler that relies on combos. It has some cool cel-shaded art that mimics the G1 Transformers cartoon that came out in the 80s and they even have some of the same voice actors reprising their roles!

Unfortunately, I'm not very good at brawlers so I'm not sure if I'll end up having that much fun with it, despite the fact it's based on one of my favourite childhood cartoons.

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]