The Codec Moments’ Week Spot

Codec Moments Week Spot

Ever wondered what the Codec Moments team play on a weekly basis?  No?  Well, we’re going to tell you anyway!  It’s our regular Week Spot.

 

Roger – Vacation Time!

Roger’s spending time in Colorado this week and the only contact we’ve had is when he’s sent us pictures to show off the views he’s getting.  We try to be polite about it…

Andy – Hohokum (PS Vita), Pixel Junk Shooter Ultimate (PS Vita)

With a babe in arms I’ve not even been able to turn on the PS4, which sits in the corner of the lounge like a very expensive paperweight.  That does mean however that my PS Vita has seen a resurgence… turns out that it’s the perfect device for playing whilst a baby sleeps on your chest, or whilst you’re waiting 3 hours for your car to be serviced at a Ford dealership; screw the PS4’s ‘For The Players’ campaign, the Vita needs a ‘for busy Dads’ tag line.

I picked up Hohokum with the store update yesterday, taking advantage of the PS+ discount for this cross-play title which will work on Vita, PS3 and PS4.  I’ve only played the Vita iteration so far, but it looks good and sounds great.  It’s like a cross between LocoRoco and Snake, off of Nokia phones in the 90s.  There’s no tutorial and the story is subtly introduced, so subtly in fact that I might be making it up.  Snake hooks up with mates, mates f*%! off, snake goes to find them; a bit like ‘Love Actually’ with floating sky snakes.  I digress, it’s a puzzle game at heart, but you have to identify and work out the puzzles all on your own and if that’s too much like hard work, you can just fly about and explore.  It’s a great game to chill out with and I imagine playing it with friends to riff ideas off for the puzzles would be pleasant fun!

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PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate on the Vita is a really responsive twin stick shooter with a planet negotiating puzzle aspect and it’s almost as smooth as it is in the PS4 in my opinion.  It’s one of those games that keeps giving as you collect all the gems, scientists and suits that the game offers.  It kept me entertained for a few hours as I waited for a service at the Ford garage… not long enough though clearly, as I pick up my new car on Saturday :-)

Highlights: Hohokum’s pleasant charm and a new car to fit all the stuff that a new baby seems to need.

Lowlights: Poor neglected, lonely PS4…

 

Cev – Skyrim (PC)

This week I have been playing Skyrim.  A heavily modded Skyrim.  I’m not the Dragonborn, courtesy of Skyrim Unbound.  I’m a dual-wielding Dawnbreaker with it’s user created counterpart, Duskfall, courtesy of… Duskfall.  My horse is armoured courtesy of Armored Horses and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I can see myself investing a lot of time in Skyrim and it’s many mods, due in no small part to my recent acquisition of Dragonborn, Dawnguard and Hearthfire, until I get my hands on the fantasy game I really, really, want.  That being The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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God’s honest truth, other than another week off waffling on about League of Legends (which I’m naturally still habitually playing) that’s pretty much the lot for this week spot, guys.  I’ve been working on some personal stuff, official paperwork stuff and preparing for a trip in the coming days.  So that’s unfortunately all I’ve got to go on.  Enjoy a picture of my horse, if you will.  His name is Buttplug.

Highlights: Finally got the Skyrim expansions!

Lowlights: Conflicting mods suuuuck!

 

Graham – LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (PS Vita), The LEGO Movie Video Game (PS3)

Ok, it is the summer holidays and this means the kids are in control of the PS3, in fact the boy child is now insisting the PS3 is his as I am greedy having a PS3, PS4 and a PS Vita.  I have declined his requested which means I am now mean and a bad daddy, I may follow his logic and ask Warren Buffet for one of his billions as he has lots!

I have now had the pleasure of sitting through the LEGO Movie and as such I thought I’d have a quick blast of the game once again.  The film is aimed at kids, but it is endearing and is very clever the way it is done.  The film makes the game better, the game helps the film appeal to me more.  Got to hand it to the LEGO marketing people they have it sussed for now and will continue to milk it whilst they can.

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I have been also playing and completing LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids, I probably wouldn’t have picked this game up unless I had to review it, but I am glad I did.  As you can see from my review it has the same charm albeit in a very similar format to the other LEGO games.  Maybe it was the first LEGO game I could take with me on the train that made me view it through yellow tinted glasses, but I don’t care it was a blast.

Highlight – New phone time, LG G3 will be my companion for the next 24 months.

Lowlight – My son hates me.

 

Matt – Pure Pool (PS4), P.T. (PS4), The Last Of Us Remastered (PS4), Gravity Crash Ultra (PS Vita)

Having a lengthy train journey is always a great excuse to get the Vita out, and I took full advantage of 7 hours of cramped carriage travel to play Gravity Crash Ultra.  I’m woeful at it, but it’s quite good fun and forgiving of impatient players like me.  It’s also a bargain on the PSN (with PS+ discount!), so there’s no excuse.

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Pure Pool and The Last Of Us had a bit of play, particularly the photo mode from the latter.  Still struggling to get walk too far without taking a snap.  Really though I’ve spent more time with P.T. after its surprise release on Wednesday for the UK.  It is easily the most unnerving thing I’ve played in a very long time, and I’m in two minds on whether I could manage to play a full game if that’s what the tension is like.  It joins my list of “Games Not To Play On Project Morpheus” with Alien Isolation.  If you’ve not finished it yet and don’t know what it’s a teaser for, I won’t spoil it here.

Oh, and how could I forget!  Origin gave away Wing Commander III this week, a game I’ve not played in 20 years.  It looks rubbish now, but still love the movie scenes blended with the gameplay, makes me think of Babylon 5.  Major thing though, it needs a joystick to play!  Trackpad on the laptop just does not cut it.

Hightlight – Promotion at work.

Lowlight – Double the workload now means less gaming time.

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Matt

Co-founder & Editor at Codec Moments

Gamer, F1 fanatic, amateur DJ (out of practice), MGS obsessed, tech geek.

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