When it comes to sucking up vast swathes of time in a vaguely constructive manner, nothing beats video gaming. Our PS4 is having, as we say round here, heavy hammer. And as it also doubles as the DVD player, is probably pulling a full 8 hour daily shift. Here’s our run down of the Moseley Towers gaming world:
Ace Combat 7 – myself and jazzhead son have just finished this uber-Japanese flight combat sim (though it’s pretty arcadey). I played Ace Combat 2 on the original PS and have been hooked since. The story, as always, is bonkers and incomprehensible but that’s not why we’re here. Pulling an immelman turn in a F-14 then sticking two missiles up the tailpipe of a Mig-29. Yes please. The graphics are georgeous, and the learning curve dadfriendly enough for me to finish the game on easy. 20 missions and my only gripe is that as there is no ground-targets only mission I had no excuse to fly the A-10 Warthog.
COD Modern Warfare : Mrs Moles is playing through – very deliberately – this total and utter classic FPS. The ghillie suit! The Chernobyl level, the container ship.
No Man’s Sky. Heavy metal daughter and myself are working our way again through this oh-so controversial open world galaxy explorer following numerous updates that have transformed its playability. You can now: build a base, find your way to your base wherever you go, ride around in vehicles, co-operate with other players and so on. Its chilled endless vibe and complete escapism to the world of Chris Foss covers is exactly what is needed in these times.
Even more chilled is the currently-free on PS store Journey. As much art project as game, it has no words and you can’t die. You are an acolyte on some sort of pilgrimage in search of enlightenment. For fans of Monument Valley.
I haven’t played but the Nathan Drake Uncharted games are also free on the ps store this month. Indiana Jones in game form. Daughter swears by them.
In the wings is the Kojima bonkerspiece Death Stranding – you play a post-apocalypse delivery driver. On trend. And fun Falloutish Outer Worlds open world RPG.
What are you grooving?