Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 15th March 2023

Screenshot of flying around on the broom in Hogwarts Legacy
Getting strong Skyrim vibes while flying around the valley

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%

A recent update has brought in some nerfs such as repairing being not as effective as it was before. I have mixed feelings about this since I do enjoy repairing vehicles and it's nice to be rewarded with points for helping out teammates, but if you have a full helicopter with two engineers that know what they're doing, it can be nigh on impossible to take it down. In fact, recently I noticed that the Stinger missiles are missing the choppers entirely even after achieving lock (and without the chopper popping out flares). I'm assuming it's a bug and I hope it's not related to the below the radar changes they have brought in recently, where aircraft below 30m can't be locked on to anymore.

Also, is it just me or has the recent Crawford skin make him look even more like a parody of Homer Simpson from the LA-Z Rider couch gag?

Hogwarts Legacy

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 60%

The more I play this the more it feels like a Far Cry game except with a school for young wizards and witches. Many of the sidequests keep you busy for the sake of being busy and have parallels to challenges you'd find in Far Cry. For example, in the Far Cry games, you'd often have challenges where you had to beat a best course time when driving a vehicle. Replace the vehicle with a broom and you're suddenly in Hogwarts Legacy. Hunting animals in order to extract components to craft things? You hunt for animals in Hogwarts Legacy too but instead you're rescuing them, not killing them: the end result is the same though, you collect them in order to use their fur to craft things. I mean, you can get away with it somewhat as they can be given under the guise of extra lessons (you are a Hogwarts student after all) but it seems quite at odds with the fact you're going about the countryside outside of Hogwarts racking up a body count that would give Rambo a run for his money. I'm pretty sure this amount of killing doesn't happen in the books (but I've never read them, so I cannot say if there's a Hogwarts equivalent of Batman).

Also, some quests seem rather rushed and characters you're meant to sympathise with don't seem authentic at all. For example, one side quest involves discovering what happened to a merchant's brother. If you decide to deliver the bad news that you were responsible for his death (he had already turned into a zombie) she will be distraught for literally three seconds and then it's back to normal when you want to go back to trading with her. It might've been better if they didn't associate quests that are meant to pull at the heart strings with merchants to avoid this kind of stuff from happening.

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]