What We’re Playing: Hollow Knight, Duck Game, Dust An Elysian Tale


Matthew Butler

My 8 and 7 year old sons love nothing more than to frenetically brawl it out with me on an almost nightly basis with this one. I don’t know where it came from, but I don’t care! It drives a wonderfully silly yet endearing competitive side from each of my boys: and I love it! They are overjoyed when the grenade they tossed is perfectly timed, when the box they drop clobbers someone below, and there are several old school references for dad as well (read: Earthworm Jim’s blaster). It is incredibly fast paced, zany, and despite the E10+ rating, I haven’t found anything in the multiplayer game that would deter allowing my boys to play.

Sometimes we will play 2 against 1, sometimes every man for himself, but no matter how we play, it gets loud and rowdy and makes mom remind us to keep the noise down from time to time. That fact alone, for me, is how I know it is a winner of a game in my boys eyes (not to mention you can quack and stick the duck’s tongue out and they find that hilarious). If you have a Nintendo Switch and a few controllers as well as a fighting spirit: Duck Game. I get it, it’s about ducks but: Duck Game.


Samuru

Every gamer has something in common, and that’s called a backlog! We all have a list of games either gathering dust (or digital dust) that we haven’t even taken out of the plastic yet, so for myself I’ve been wanting to shrink that list as much as possible this year. Two games I went back to playing were Hollow Knight and Dust: An Elysian Tale, both great indie games but very different. I was stuck in Hollow Knight not being able to beat the last boss, but after trying around 4 or 5 more times, beat him pretty easily! I was actually surprised how quick I did, since I hadn’t played it in a while. I’m not going back to play the DLC since I have the Voidheart edition.

Next is Dust: An Elysian Tale, which I wrote an article on quite a while back. It has great animation but the gameplay can be difficult. I feel that some areas are much harder than others, and the dialogue is a little silly but it’s a fun game. I’m halfway through it so I would like to wrap it up and move onto some other games I have on PS4, as well as Steam. This will be my year of catching up on my backlog, for sure! I have so many other games I am eager to play, so I’m sort of making myself to get through these before I start on the others.


Andrea (Hope, Play, Love)

This month, I’ve begun playing the newest God of War for the PlayStation 4. It’s my first foray into Kratos’ saga, and with little to no familiarity on the lore and trials of the past games, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. I wasn’t even sure if this game would win me over to the franchise, as I played its competitor Red Dead Redemption 2 last year, and have seen that title as one of the best video games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.

That being said, I am beginning to see why many players fawned over this latest release in the God of War saga. I still have a long way to go, and I am still getting used to the battle mechanics and puzzles that I come across that I need to solve. I do enjoy seeing the dynamic and struggle for mutual respect and affection that Kratos and his son Atreus have for each other. I am fascinated by the parallels that Norse and Greek mythology have with one another, yet seeing how different they are makes me want to read up and familiarize myself with those characters and lore again. Time will only tell how my feelings for this adventure will end, but for now, I am enjoying it with each progressive play through.


Let us know what games you have been playing recently! Also, all these games can be found online or physically, feel free to look them up and give them a try!

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Samuru is a Christian, husband, teacher, anime fan, and a life long gamer. He was born in NYC and lives in Miami, FL. He also speaks Spanish and is of Cuban descent. When not conquering distant worlds via console or PC, he can be found reading, watching anime or Netflix, writing, exercising, or just enjoying life as a geek in the city.

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