Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-03-27

I did the thing.

It took a while, but I did it. No, not just complete a Breath of the Wild (that “just” took 70-odd hours) – I mean any 3D Zelda at all.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
As I said, I completed it. Sure, I didn’t get all the memories (not yet, anyway), but I did all the bosses and stuff and really rather enjoyed it. It isn’t Zelda, and that works in its favour for me. Looks lovely, has plenty to do, nice mechanics, and only a few small problems that don’t really hinder it. Except weapons breaking all the time, of course.

Neo Turf Masters (Switch)
One of the best golf games of all time, and I’m terrible at it. Well, I’m fine for the first 8-10 holes, managing to stay at the top of the table, and then something goes wrong and I get double and triple bogeys all over the shop and before you know it I’m in 27th place and it’s all over.

Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Not the full game, of course – just the Test Fire preview server hamming test thing. Unsurprisingly, it’s more of the first game. Some different weapons, new levels (only two were available it seems), and no always-there map screen, but essentially, it’s the same game. Again. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind.


All the same things. As opposed to all the small things, I suppose. Top of the list, is probably Sonic Mania (Switch). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Lego City Undercover (both Switch) too, but less so as I already technically own them on the Wii U. Like that matters.


Fingers, still. They’re not really any worse, but they’re also not better.


Neo Turf Masters (Switch) – £5.03

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-03-20

Still no Linkle.

That Zelda game, eh? Blimey.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
Some 60 hours in now. I downed the third big beastie, but then went off somewhere else and haven’t gone back. Instead, I’ve been finding shrines and towers and stuff, (52 of the former completed, all bar one of the latter) have explored a lot, found some more memories, and reached Rito Village. I’m still enjoying it. A lot, now. But it’s still no HYRULE WARRIORS.

The Battle Cats POP! (3DS)
Completed! I’ve unlocked a new chapter too, but not sure if I can be bothered to play any further.

Thirty Flights of Loving (Mac)
I completed this too. It was hard not to, actually, since it was only about 20 minutes long. It’s a narrative discovery game, with a disjointed story and everyone in it looks like they’ve been ripped out of Minecraft. Maybe that’s intentional. Had a few technical issues (it crashed), and afterwards I did think “is that it?”. Seems, yes, that is it.

Potatoman Seeks the Troof (Mac)
A side scrolling platform dodge-em-up. Apparently it’s very short, but I still didn’t complete it because the level on a mountain is too hard. It looks like an Atari 2600 game, which I like. I may try again.


Same as last week. Sonic Mania, in particular. Lego City Undercover is out soon (again) as well, so I’ll be needing that. Both Switch, of course.


This finger pain. Still no known cause of it. At least I can mostly keep a lid on it at the moment, even if it does mean keeping so warm I melt.


Thankfully, nothing. Phew!

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-03-13

Retool Warriors

All of the Zelda, all of the time.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
I said a lot about this last week, and now, some 35+ hours in, I stand by what I said. I’ve “released” two divine beasts now, and boarded a third, but it still feels like Assassin’s Creed. I’m not enjoying the crafting or the constantly breaking weapons, but I am still enjoying the game as a whole. So there’s that, I suppose.

The Battle Cats POP! (3DS)
The only thing other than Zelda I’ve played all week, pretty much. Imagine a simplified Swords and Soldiers, only with various cats as your soldiers, and you’ve pretty much got it. It’s great too, but there’s a massive, massive flaw. It’s built like a mobile game with IAPs. After a while, you can’t play any more levels because you’ve no energy and have to wait for it to regenerate. Or, as you’d expect for a mobile game with IAPs, buy something with real money (cat food, in this case) to hurry things along. Except… there’s no way of buying IAPs in the game. All the “fun” of an IAP game, with none of the “benefits”. So now I have to wait 90 minutes to continue playing for no actual reason. Amazing.


Lots of Switch indie stuff like Shovel Knight, Stardew Valley and WarGroove, but no point buying anything until Zelda is complete. Not that they’re all out yet anyway. Some new Sonic Mania videos came out this week and it looks bloody awesome. Just look at this:


Whatever the hell I have wrong with my nervous system. Cold/hot/tingling/painful skin. Mainly my fingers and toes, but also my arms and legs to a lesser degree.


Nothing this week. Which, considering last week, is probably for the best.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-03-06

Link! He come to town!

It’s March already. Blimey. That means the Nintendo Switch is out! Good job I got one of them then, eh?


BioShock: Burial at Sea (PC)
Both Episode 1, which I completed, and Episode 2 which I’m less than an hour into. It’s confusing. I don’t understand which DeWitt/Comstock I am, or rather, was, and now into Episode 2 I have my concerns about who Elizabeth is as well. I’m pretty sure she’s a Little Sister, but who knows? I’ve been enjoying it but it doesn’t quite mesh the two BioShock eras together.

And then of course, I got a Switch. You can read more about that in my previous post, which includes some bits about the games I’ve played on it too. The main one, of course, is:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
I wrote a big bit here, but to summarise: It isn’t Zelda, it’s Assassin’s Creed. It isn’t bad, but HYRULE WARRIORS is far, far better. It looks nice. It has a jerky framerate. I’m enjoying it though, which isn’t what I expected.


Sonic and Mario Switch games, but they’re a waaaaaay off right now. I think I want Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on the Switch, as I loved the original but never played much of the DLC. Blaster Master Zero and Pocket Rumble this week too, and I want both of them.

Further away, Stardew Valley, Lego City Undercover, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Snake Pass, Yooka Laylee, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, SteamWorld Dig 2, WarGroove, Hollow Knight, ToeJam and Earl 4 and Dragon Quest Heroes I&II.

That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.


Carpal tunnel. Or whatever the hell it is that’s causing me to have cold fingertips.


Oh no. Oh no.

Nintendo Switch – £271.45
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition – £56.46
Neon Joy-Con Pair – £77.45
Pro Controller – £58.60
Snipperclips – £15.60
Fast RMX – £12.74



Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-02-27

Is it out yet? Is it out yet?

This time next week, my weekly roundup post should hopefully include some Nintendo Switch! Until then, I have to make do with some old stuff.


doshin the giantDoshin the Giant (GC)
The best of games. I really hope Nintendo make a sequel for the Switch. They won’t, of course, but it’d be nice. Even if it was just a slightly tarted up version of this. Some people would tell you that spending several hours moving trees from one place to another is tedious busywork. Those people are Wrong people.

Ribbit King (GC)
Only a little though. It’s great, but I’m playing this (and Doshin) emulated with a 360 controller and I’d not configured the deadzone on the sticks. Done that now, so next time the targeting reticle won’t move by itself and prevent me from taking shots. I did manage two games against my daughter, despite the Frog Drift, though.

Monster Loves You! (PC)
Something I picked up in a Humble Bundle. I completed it, but it was a bit weird.

Lumo (PS4)
I enjoyed this. And I wrote a review of it. Go and read that review.

Blimey. Is that all this week? Surely not?


SWIIIIIITCH. My extra power cables have arrived. Just need something to plug them into.


Having to wait for a Switch to arrive.


Bioshock Infinite Season Pass (Mac/PC) £7.68

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-02-20

War! What is it good for? About £8.97, it seems.

Did you know? The Nintendo Switch is out soon! All these games will be completely defunct then!


Bioshock Infinite (PC)
Well that was a thing, wasn’t it? I completed it, and wrote a reasonably big thing about it, and you can find that here. With spoilers. In essence, though: “Bioshock Infinite is a great story punctuated with pointless, annoying combat sections.”.

Grow Up (PS4)
I completed this too. It was fun, and definitely a break from Bioshock. It’s more of the same game that Grow Home was, only slightly less good.

Pokémon Go (iOS)
They put new pokeymen in it! Well, new old pokeymen. I caught a lot of them.

Pokémon Sun (3DS)
I tried to play this, but the PokéPelego stepped in every time and defeated me. It takes so long harvesting your berries and swapping your pokeys about in the training isle, and collecting all of the pokébeans, that “a quick go” means busywork and no actual game. Sigh.

total war: warhammerTotal War: Warhammer (PC)
It’s my first Total War game, and I am not a fan of Warhammer. However, I am a fan of unit management and real-time strategy, and this is just great. I can just ignore the Warhammeryness of it anyway. Only about five battles in so far, and I’m playing as the humans (Empire? I think?). There’s a lot to take in, but it seems to be doing a good job of telling me how to play without lecturing.


A Nintendo Switch. It’s out soon, I hear.




Ruh roh…

I bought a single month’s Humble Monthly in order to get Total War: Warhammer stupidly cheap. It’ll be a few days before I find out what else I got in the bundle. That was £8.97.

I also got, thanks to Sega’s Make War Not Love giveaways, Steam copies of Shining Force, Alien Storm and Golden Axe II. Free!

And finally, £24.99 went on the incredible Humble Freedom Bundle. Worth it just for The Witness, which I already had. So gave it away. Um.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-02-13

You know your stripper from your paint.

I got my Steam Link working properly! With a wireless controller and everything! That means it’s almost a new console! Woo!


Lego Dimensions (PS4)
Specifically, the Portal 2 expansion level for it, and the associated hub world that goes with it. It’s pretty good, although very easy to skip large bits of it. Funny though. And I completed it.

roundaboutRoundabout (PC)
It’s Kuru Kuru Kururin, that Game Boy Advance game with a spinning stick in it, only with a rotating limousine driving round a city instead. And FMW video sections at the start and end of each “mission”. And it’s set in 1977. It’s very odd, and the acting is mostly terrible, but somehow it’s also excellent.

Pokémon Sun (3DS)
I completed this just after posting about it last week! I was really that close to the end. The final “boss”, such that it is, almost beat me, but I managed to narrowly defeat them. Since then, I’ve not really played it very much, although I really should.

SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
What I did play some more of, is this. Finished a couple of optional missions, and redid a handful of missions I’d not got all the stars on previously. Still have a few to go from early on in the game, but not many.

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (PS4)
I completed this in the week too. It is fantastic. Terrible production values, as expected, and completely over the top, but EDF is always like this. The final level was nuts.

Grow UpGrow Up (PS4)
This is excellent. It’s basically just the first game, Grow Home, only with a bit less going up into the sky and a bit more horizontality. Yes, that’s a word now. Not sure how far into it I am, as I’m mainly just enjoying climbing and exploring and sometimes stumbling across things to collect, unlock, or play with.

Bioshock Infinite (PC)
The main thing I’m playing via Steam Link right now. It looks incredible – especially since I bumped the graphics up to “ultra”, who knew my iMac could manage that? – but isn’t especially interesting besides that. Yet, anyway. Dishonoured is a better Bioshock Infinite than Bioshock Infinite is so far.


A NINTENDO SWITCH ARE YOU DEAF? Having second thoughts about Zelda though – it’s a 3D Zelda. I don’t like them.


Nothing! Doing well at this positivity lark.


Also nothing! Well, £3.50 on an Xbox 360 controller wireless adaptor thing. Does that count? Probably.

£3.50 then.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-02-06

Radiator Shoe

Yes, yes. One day I will write about something other than games again. But that day is not today!


steamworld heistSteamWorld Heist (3DS)
Which I have now completed! I will be returning though – it is so very good and I need more hats. And there’s a New Game + of course, and I missed a few stars, so there’s that to rectify too.

Pokémon Sun (3DS)
Which I have reached almost the end of. Solgaleo is mine, the Professor in the Shorts has built his Pokémon League, and I’m about to go in and take them on. Actually, I’m not: I think I’m woefully underpowered so I’ll be levelling up a bit then giving it a go instead. Aiming for a team of varied 65-70 level creatures, and I’ve only two in that region at the moment.

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
Because of course you go to a wedding to play this. I came second.

Powerstone 2 (DC)
Also at the wedding. I had no idea what was happening but I seemed to win? I think? No, I hadn’t played it before.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (GC)
I got my Steam Link playing GameCube and Dreamcast games last week, so of course I would play this at some point. It is still excellent. I still love it. I still wish Activision would make a THPS1-4 compilation for the 3DS. But they won’t.

Some PSVR Titles (PS4)
Tried two different PSVRs in the same day. They’re like busses or something. Games played included Driveclub VR, Battlezone, and some thing with cute little animals in it that you can’t seem to kick or punch or kill.

NSFW ~ Not A Simulator For Working (PC)
It’s alright I suppose. It’s basically a Boss Key Simulator.

Decksplash (PC)
I played the beta! I wrote all about it on Disposable Media!


Switch now please.


Not much!


Nothing at all this week. At least, not on games, anyway.