State of Play: Sept. 9, 2017

Amidst teaching and graduate classes, I managed to get a few hours of gaming time in these last two weeks. I finally gave in and bought Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and, with the arrival of the beautiful Glacier White PS4 Pro, I now own Destiny 2.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle


While I’ve only played a few hours of M+R, I was rather surprised by the game. It looks great on the Switch in both docked and handheld–the colors are pleasingly bright, the animations are solid, and the cut scenes are impressive. The time I spent playing M+R really made me think about the Switch’s potential and makes me hopeful that Nintendo will consider more collaborative projects. I want to see that third-party AAA stuff!

The gameplay is easy to grasp, fun, and addictive. In addition to how well the game looks, I am also happy with the music and the humor the Rabbids bring to the title. This is no review by any means, but so far, M+R has been a delightful game to play. The Switch might even make its way to the office with me next week…heh.

Destiny 2


When I ordered the Glacier White PS4 Pro, I did so because of the Pro and not because of Destiny 2. The game would just be a bonus or I’d sell it. Or so I thought. I’ve never tried Destiny and thought, at the time, there was little point if I didn’t have a dedicated group to game with. With Destiny 2 I decided to give the game a go after watching some Twitch streamers play. It looked fun, and I like a solid shooter.

Again, I’ve only had a few hours to play and I know little about Destiny 2‘s subtleties, but I think I made the right decision in trying it. Fans might hate the comparisons I’m about to make, but Destiny 2 reminds me in some ways of Halo and The Division (both games claimed many hours of my life). Maybe it was the combination of the week I had and the lack of a PlayStation for the past month, but it was fun blasting through aliens last night. As with The Division, grinding is integral, but I’ve always been drawn to that kind of game experience so it works for me.

And that about wraps up my recent gaming. I’m still impatiently waiting for Stardew Valley to release on the Switch. I can feel it! Other than that, it’s been a slight struggle to strike a balance between my academic work and that of “me” time, but the two games above serve as distraction and release when I need it. 🙂

I’d like to hear from you! What are you playing? Have you purchased any games lately?

14 thoughts on “State of Play: Sept. 9, 2017

  1. I’ve been playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy; it’s pretty interesting so far. I’m hoping the Metroid game coming out next week ends up being good.

  2. Also currently playing Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

    I recently bought the Switch, but didn’t manage to get M+R before leaving the UK. This is, like, the billionth thing I’ve read saying how cool it is, so I’m genuinely a bit gutted about that now.

      1. Well, I just did a big old piece about it the other day, but the short version is “meh”!

        I mean, I think I will come to really like it, but right now it’s not particularly blowing me away. A lot of that’s the games (or lack thereof), I think – hence me being a bit gutted about not picking up M+R, because that’s sounding a lot like it might’ve got me into the Switch a bit more.

    1. I played some of Abzu when it first released but got distracted by something else at the time and didn’t finish it. It’s a cool game though. Peaceful.

      Thanks for the comment!

  3. I’ve been playing both of those games myself and liking them both. The comparison of Destiny to Halo is quite apt, and I think even more so now because Bungie seemed to return to a lot of what they did right with the Halo series in Destiny 2. There is even a driving/escape level at one point right out of their Halo games. As for M+R, I really like it as well, I’m glad I got it and it’s another fine addition to the Switch.

    1. Destiny has been a lot of fun so far. But I’ve reached the point where I’d like to find a group to participate in more of the activities.

      It really is making me nostalgic for Halo. Those were the days. 🙂

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