Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 15th February 2023

Screenshot from Hogwarts Legacy
I'm liking the amount of detail with respect to the characters in Hogwarts Legacy

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.

Battlefield 2042

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

Season 3 is almost over and I'm eagerly awaiting to hear more about Season 4 later this month. I don't really have much else to say as I haven't unlocked anything further but the game is running reasonably well on my new PC provided there's enough players in the servers. Numbers have been slowly dropping again to around 9,000 players (at least on Steam). I guess a lot of people (like me) have already unlocked everything there is to unlock this season and are just waiting for new content.

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 67%

I failed a mission for the first time in a long time. I was just overwhelmed with how many ships I had to take out and even my Durston couldn't take the punishment. Mind you, it wasn't maxed out in terms of power plant and shield generator but in just about every other department, it was. So, I decided to purchase the Coyote which means making money is actually quite a bit more difficult now that I don't have the ability to haul lots of cargo but I'm trying to make the most of being a mercenary now. The Coyote still struggles in some engagements since it's going to be expensive to max everything out but at least speed and maneuverability is now on my side and I also have a couple of extra hardpoints too.

I've also completed a side quest which had me going round the sector playing dice poker and attracting players to visit Bountiful Vista. It cost me thousands of credits in the end but hey, Bountiful Vista is starting to feel very much like a home now.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 13%

The game is as addictive as previous titles but the fact you have robots that can help automatically serve customers lulls you into a false sense of security, since without them, this game would be nigh on impossible. The "rush hours" in this game (which is basically anytime you stop the van) seem to be much more difficult than the previous games as I'm not that far into the game and already finding it difficult to attain gold medals, whereas the difficulty curve in the previous games seemed more manageable. Also, while you can decorate the food truck, I kind of miss the ability to decorate your own restaurant.

I also noticed despite some weird vocals in the latest soundtrack of the game, there are actually remixes of classic tunes from the previous games such as "Rush Hour 2013" which is a personal favourite of mine, and if you listen closely to the Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! soundtrack, you'll realise it's based off "One Last Table".

Hogwarts Legacy

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 9%

I'm nowhere near as big a fan of "The Wizarding World" as my wife and children but I have at least seen the movies so that's my level of knowledge when it comes to the lore. Compared to other open world RPGs everything seems like standard fare so far, although it's good to know that the game thinks I belong in Hufflepuff (since that also happens to be the house I was assigned when I tried the Sorting Hat quiz a few years back). Music is similar to the movies and the amount of detail that has gone into bringing Hogwarts to life is impressive. You even get limited conversation choices although I'm not sure how much this will affect the story or your relationship with characters down the line. I'm quite enjoying the game so far but I don't know if it's because the game is genuinely good or it's because I miss having the time to play a AAA open world fantasy RPG (the last one I played was probably Skyrim).

In terms of criticisms, I've noticed some graphical glitches and issues while playing the game but they're not showstoppers. Also, frequent loading screens are annoying and when you first boot in the game, it takes 1-2 minutes to wait for the shaders to load.

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]