We're back with another issue of Now Playing at SUPERJUMP! We've asked our global team of writers and editors to chime in with what they're currently playing, obsessing over, thinking about, and looking forward to in the coming weeks. Click each author's name to see their entire portfolio, and the links in the text will let you find out even more about them. So enjoy, and we'll see you back here each week for more recommendations and odes to the games our team loves!
I spent the last week going through some vintage Game Boy platformer-type games, namely Mario Land 1 and 2, Kirby's Dream Land, Adventure Island II, and Operation C. It's interesting to note that despite the reputation for old games being difficult, these were very easy, and are only hard due to technical limitations. One more reminder that I was very bad at video games when I was 6.
Brandon R. Chinn
Boku No Natsuyasumi 2 was fan-translated into English for the first time this year, and I just started playing it on my Steam Deck. I also played through Amnesia: The Bunker this week, which is an extremely good horror immersive sim.
I finally found some time to try out Hollow Ponds' Flock demo and it's delightful. If you're into Pokemon (Snap) and meditative exploration games like Abzu, give this one a try! I'm also trying to finish Chants of Sennaar before giving my verdict if it's my actual GOTY. I'm also on Red Dead Redemption 2 - not because I still haven't completed it, but because the realization that Alan Wake 2, The Last of Us Part I, COCOON, and Elden Ring are the only four games I actually managed to finish this year is making me feel a tad guilty.
Edit - I remembered I also finished American Arcadia this week! Although it says something about me not remembering about it.
I spent some time playing the Valhalla DLC for God of War Ragnarok. It’s an interesting roguelike mode with a layered story focusing on Kratos’s past where you can choose your upgrades and attacks as you go through waves of enemies with bosses that give you useful rewards in a given run. While I haven’t beaten the story for it, I’m intrigued by it nonetheless.
I've been trying to downsize my physical Switch collection but I ended up snagging the physical release of World of Horror anyway. Some of these limited editions of indie games are too good to pass up, and you can always sell them later too. World of Horror was a game I'd been meaning to try, and it's impressive how unsettling it is using just 1-bit pixel artwork. A must for Japanese text-adventure enthusiasts.
I've been spending every moment of free gaming time with Cyberpunk 2077 and loving every second. The story and characters are so well written, and the voice acting just takes it all to another level. Combat is fun but I'm still getting my head handed to me when I get in a crowd of more than two or three, so I need more practice. I'll probably spend a few hours doing side quests and picking fights just so I can improve. I'm getting a feel for how I want my build to go, the sheer number of perks and granular options for doing exactly what you want is overwhelming but also the best I've ever seen in an RPG. Looking forward to playing through the story and then losing a hundred hours or so just being in the world.
That's a wrap for this week's Now Playing at SUPERJUMP!
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