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It’s been another relatively quiet week here at GamesBeat – nothing quite as disastrous as the cancellation of E3, anyway. So I thought I’d talk to all of you about another game I’ve been playing lately that I couldn’t give a full review. I played a bit of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty when it first came out, but only picked it up again recently (thanks, Game Pass) after forcing myself to put Resident Evil 4 Remake aside. And I’m glad I did because while I wasn’t overly impressed with it, it was an enjoyable Soulslike title with fun mechanics.
There’s a slight dissonance between the way the in-game action looks and the way it’s meant to be played. The characters fight with exaggerated flips and stylish dodges, while throwing down lightning bolts and fire jets. So when I first started I rushed in, banged everything and expected results that I didn’t get, to say the least. After my company was destroyed by the first boss (who, to be honest, has a huge difficulty level), I switched my approach.
What Wo Long actually expects from you is to tear down your opponent’s defenses with quick strikes and precisely timed counters. This took some getting used to, but was not a deal breaker for me. The most annoying thing was the loot system. In short: too much loot with too many stats to keep track of is annoying. I haven’t finished Wo Long yet because it takes me the better part of an eternity to finish Soulslikes. I like and enjoy it – although I will note that it was played on a console, so I didn’t have the graphical issues that PC players had.
You won’t be hearing much from me for the next week as I’m going on a short trip with my husband. I’m also going to play some games on the weekend. That said, I’m most looking forward to one particular game during my week off: the remaster of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened. This was one of my favorite titles in the Frogwares Holmes series at the time, and I’m excited to replay it in all its icky, Lovecraftian glory.
What to play this week
- EA Sports PGA Tour
- Meet your maker
- Road 96: mile 0
- Raven watch
- Everspace 2
- Curse of the sea rats
New on subscription services:
- Loop Hero (Xbox Game Pass)
- Iron Brigade (Xbox Game Pass)
- Out of Space (Xbox games with gold)
- Iron Tails (PlayStation Plus Essential)
- Sackboy: A Great Adventure (PlayStation Plus Essential)
- Wolfenstein: The New Order (Prime Gaming)
- Ninja Commando (Prime Gaming)
- Martial Arts 3 (Prime Gaming)
- Batman: Arkham Knight (Amazon Luna+)
- LEGO DC Super Villains (Amazon Luna+)
- Batora: Lost Haven (Amazon Luna+)
- End Zone: A World Apart (Amazon Luna+)
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (Amazon Luna+)
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Luna Prime)
- Horizon Pursuit Turbo (Luna Prime)
- The Jackbox Games Party Pack 3 (Luna Prime)
- The Adventure Friends (Luna Prime)
- Supplice (GeForce Now)
- Teardown (GeForce Now)
- Doctor Who: An Unlikely Heist (Apple Arcade)
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