Well, it’s the first weekend in August, which means most students have less than a month before heading back to college. But this week’s big release, Two Point Campus, delivers the thrill of the quad right now, for college age and college age at heart. And given that the superior-themed management sim is on Xbox Game Pass, it’s significantly cheaper than the real thing.
Two Point Campus has TheGamer staff members taking a trip down memory lane, while others stay away from their alma maters with MultiVersus, Judgment, Into the Breach, and God of War 3 Remastered.
Andrew King, Features Editor
I’m heading back to my home state of Michigan this weekend for my niece’s first birthday. So when I’m not eating cake and pinching baby cheeks, I’ll be playing portable stuff. That means Into the Breach on my phone, OlliOlli World on Switch, and (I really mean it this time) a good few hours in Triangle Strategy.
Justin Reeve, editor
As an archaeologist by trade and training, I’ve spent most of the last decades on college campuses, which means that whenever I have a bit of free time, you’d think I’d want to spend it pretty much anywhere else. Well, you would be wrong. This weekend, I’m going to dive into Two Point Campus. I’ve never really liked management games, but I did like the previous entry in the franchise, Two Point Hospital. Something about the silliness of it all really sold the experience for me. Having only taken the quickest of looks, I’m not quite ready to say for sure, but I can say that Two Point Campus will click with me. Anyway, I can’t wait to wander around the quads after recreating my alma mater, the University of Chicago. Time for class.
James Troughton, News/Pictures Editor
I started using these weekly columns to document my journey through the Yakuza series. When I started saving 0 after a long hiatus thanks to its return to Xbox Game Pass, I never expected to go through game after game, week after week, but I can’t put it down. Now I’m in Judgment, the private detective spin-off that sees you unmask the serial killer plaguing Kamurocho. It’s my favorite so far, tied with 0, with a lead stud and intriguing mystery that stays strong at every turn. Let’s just hope the landing sticks.
Jade King, Features Editor
I’m still browsing a few games that I can’t talk about because I’m a super cool games journalist – but other than that I’ve been diving into a few older titles alongside all the sleek modern stuff. Instead of replaying the reboot before Ragnarok, I jumped into God of War 3 Remastered and was floored by its gorgeous visuals and massive amounts of cleavage. This series was so different, but it’s still so much fun to play. Along with that, I delved deeper into Xenoblade Chronicles 3 clarifying the side quests and starting to dent the endgame. They’re all super tough bosses and side missions for this girl, and I’m having a blast.
Stacey Henley, Editor-in-Chief
I’m on MultiVersus, baby. I became what I hated the most – I think I like IP now. I want Warner Bros. ruins the sanctity of all his films just to briefly entertain me with a fighting game. The Matrix is one of the most profound experiences I’ve ever had watching a movie, so obviously I’m desperate for Neo to get punched in the face by Bugs Bunny. I want Casablanca in MultiVersus. I’m desperately looking for the Marilyn Monroe characters WB has so I can pair Marilyn and Harley Quinn. I might even buy a MultiVersus pin.
Amanda Hurych, Evergreen Content Manager
Seriously, something is happening in PowerWash Simulator. Yes, I could spend this week’s entry here bragging about how satisfying the game is. still feels over 80 hours. But damn it, the plot thickened. Apparently, it’s not just the mayor’s cat that’s missing. All Muckingham’s cats are gone. And the mayor is supposed to be in cahoots with this eccentric billionaire who not only owns a massive drill for dubious tunneling purposes, but also a jet plane. with a laser attached. Oh, and the gnomes still follow me. As I washed the mayor’s yacht, no less than five stared at me from behind some trees. I’m just a simple PowerWasher! What do they want from me?!
Rhiannon Bevan, Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Feeling a little sorry, I recently pulled out my PS4 to browse some older games that I left behind when I got my Xbox Series S. And damn it, it’s hard to believe that Mass Effect Legendary Edition came out on the last generation. Playing Mass Effect 2 in silky smooth 60 FPS is such a treat, so much so that I’ve been binging it non-stop and already getting closer to the suicide mission. I managed to forget all the good options, so wish me (and my very unfortunate crew) good luck!
Harry Alston, Editor-in-Chief
It’s time to go back to the sea of thieves with my little brother. He works hard now that school is out and he’s almost 100% better than me, or ever will be. It’s a terrifying thought, as I watch him single-handedly slice through a team of four. What did I create? Who is this sea demon child? SoT is an awesome game and I can’t wait to spend a rainy Sunday playing music on the waves.
Helen Ashcroft, Editor of Evergreen
I just finished the Two Point Campus exam, which usually means I would like to rest. However, despite playing for more than a week straight, alongside a few other titles, I still want to play more. I have knights to train, wizards to control and clowns to laugh at. There are also many more sandbox campuses calling out to me. That should occupy me for a while.
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