April 13, 2024

sixteenth February 2024

Whats up! Welcome again to our common function the place we write just a little bit about among the video games we have been taking part in over the previous few days. This week: tombs, maps, and bats.

In the event you fancy catching up on among the older editions of What We have Been Enjoying, here is our archive.

Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered, Xbox Collection X

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like launching somebody you dearly love off of the facet of a cliff, which is precisely what I did. Earlier than you get all involved, my husband is ok; I’m in fact speaking in regards to the one and solely Lara Croft.

Ian offers his verdict on the remastered Tomb Raiders.Watch on YouTube

I spent my final couple of evenings with Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered, and I am loving it. Sure it has its points – I took a superb half an hour making an attempt to get onto a platform set over a pool of water, with Lara spending nearly all of the time swimming as a result of I couldn’t make the leap. It’s because the digicam would shoot upwards, leaving me wanting on the ceiling from inside Lara’s head, which made lining up the leap trickier than superb. The controller tutorial can also be kind of non-existent, so numerous my studying has been by means of trial and error. I solely found the digicam mode as a result of I bought a shock and by chance pushed within the two joysticks on my Xbox controller.

However quibbles apart, I’m having a lot enjoyable relishing within the nostalgia of it. I’ve liked heading to areas I keep in mind from my childhood, flipping between the extra fashionable graphics after which again to the unique once more. The 2 modes have come in useful when utilizing the marginally brighter unique look to spotlight levers and keys.

It is sometimes irritating, then, however principally good. Thanks for being my date this Valentine’s Day, Lara.


Canvas of Kings, PC

Canvas of Kings – A Mapmaking Device | Trailer

Ka-pwhoar. Canvas of Kings.

I am presently obsessing over maps, as a result of I am writing a function about them and their enduring enchantment. Donlan knew this and so, when he noticed photographs from Canvas of Kings flash by on TikTok, he despatched them to me. And that is how I ended up right here, tinkering with this tiny instrument that permits you to make your personal. They’re the sort of top-down fantasy maps you may see in a tabletop role-playing sport, wanting down on rooftops and timber and castles and the myriad sorts of belongings you discover in these worlds. And simply have a look at it for a second, have a look at the screenshots: is it doing issues to you the best way it does issues to me?

Possibly it is the sketched look of it and the paper canvas; possibly it is the best way all of the buildings shed a little bit of shadow in their very own distinct however right methods; possibly it is the hue of the entire thing; possibly it is the best way birds and clouds and timber are barely animated so the map appears gently alive while you’re it. I do not know precisely what it’s however – jelly legs – it speaks to me.

The double-clever half, in fact, is how easy all of it is. You possibly can, in half-hour, make a stunning map with none earlier expertise. There is a menu on the left which you could simply fling issues onto the canvas from, then you definitely transfer them round a bit and add some climate results, and tinker round till it is performed. Then, export it in no matter kind you need, overlaying a grid or not.

It amazes me that it has been made fully by one individual, Hannes Beueuer, whose cause for making it appears to be linked with a sport known as Would possibly of Retailers they’re making, which is a service provider buying and selling RPG that is “coming quickly”, in response to Steam. What a intelligent approach to attract consideration to the precise sport you are making.


Gotham Knights, Xbox Collection X

Cover image for YouTube videoLet’s Play Gotham Knights Co-op Gameplay! HOLY LIVE STREAMS, BATMAN!

Holy Spandex, Batman, it is Gotham Knights!

Gotham Knights has been on my ‘to play’ record for a very long time, however I solely managed to get round to it just lately. My sibling pestered me incessantly to play it with them and I ultimately caved, which I am now glad about, as a result of our Gotham night every week has turn into a treasured a part of my latest routine. Each of us love something Batman – I nonetheless have their Batman movie assortment on my shelf – so Gotham Knights is the proper sport for us.

You possibly can glide by means of Gotham by yourself, in fact, however the complete level of Gotham Knights is that life is best as a crew, which is precisely why I really feel the multiplayer component works so nicely: it is made so that you can be a crew. And in contrast to another multiplayer titles, your total crew right here will be one character if you want, which takes the stress off having to determine who might be who earlier than you begin.

Being Batgirl speaking to a different Batgirl was a bit surreal at first, however you get used to it. Plus, with the ability to import solo characters into another person’s sport means any solo play is just not in useless. Up to now, the characterisation of the Bat household has been as I would imagined, with a selected shout out to Alfred, who has at all times been the spine of it. His affect feels extra blatant right here than ever, because the Knights discover their toes.

We’re nonetheless within the first few hours however, like a superb e book, it is very onerous to place down.