HITC's Weekend playlist

The team at HITC share what they've been playing again this week, and into the weekend.

It's Saturday, time for celebration, the working week is done for most, and now we can kick back and play some of those games we've been meaning to finish, or even get stuck into that new one we picked up this week. We didn't have a Weekend Playlist last week, so apologies for that if you missed it. Last time the team at HITC talked about Mario Kart 8, the SNES classic U.N. Squadron , and more. This week we've got some different titles to tell you about.

Adam - Dota 2

A slight mixture of games played for me this week. After playing Hyrule Warriors non-stop last week to get my review out, I've had a slight change of pace with Forza Horizon 2 and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - my reviews for those titles will be on the site in the coming weeks.

To break up the time between reviews and farming loot caves in Destiny, I've actually managed a few games of Dota 2. It's my go-to-game if I don't feel like playing anything else, or I have 45 minutes to an hour to kill. However, lately I haven't had chance to get on and play, I've just been too busy. Thankfully, now I've been finding some time to play the odd match here and there, and with the new patch going live it's brought a whole bunch of changes that'll switch the game up. Plus I've been attempting to work through the Hero Challenge, which has been OK so far.

I've talked about why you shouldn't play Dota 2 before, but I do highly recommend it, it's super-strategic and will test your will to no end. There's over 100 characters to choose from, so you're bound to find one that suits your play style, and every match is different; the sheer combination of varied outcomes seems infinite. You may see me playing it here and there if you're in the HITC Steam Group, so give me a shout if you want a match.

Ian - Daytona USA

This weekend, rather than staying in playing games, I'll be dropping in at my local arcade for a few goes on my all time favourite arcade racer - Daytona USA. Even though its 20 years old it still plays like a dream, and in my opinion nothing beats it for the sheer fun it still exudes by the bucket-load. The three completely different courses, multiple viewpoints, the ability to pull off awesome power slides that are aided by the accurate force feedback steering, and the chunky four speed gearbox, it all still feels fresh. And in multiplayer there is nothing better than slamming your opponent into the wall on the final sharp corner of the beginner track, or by finishing in first place in single player whilst being watched by a crowd of onlookers.

Daytona USA turned 20 years old this year, and it's still going strong.

Matt - Chaos – The Battle Of Wizards

This weekend I'm on holiday, meaning my gaming habits will radically change. Mostly being limited to the plane journey and lying in bed at night, I'll be playing something quick and not too time consuming, needing as little concentration as possible. It's for this reason that I've downloaded Chaos – The Battle Of Wizards from Play Store.

For those unaware of Chaos – The Battle Of Wizards, allow me to enlighten you. This game is actually an emulation of one of my all time favourite games. Originally released in 1985 the game was created by legendary British games designer Julian Gallop and published by Games Workshop for the ZX Spectrum. The game itself is seriously addictive. You control a wizard and can play up to 7 opponents who, in classic retro mode, will have to use your device. The aim is simple, cast spells, such as Snake, Zombie or Dragon, and then move them across a black board toward your opponent, and the last wizard standing wins. One of the triumphs of this game is that you can also cast Illusions, essentially fake versions of your chosen creatures, which will always materialize, as casting real spells can sometime fail. You also have an option to ‘Disbelieve’ opponent’s spells, if they are illusions then that’s it, they're removed from play.

This is one of the all time classics and I’m really happy to say that the App is a true representation of the original, and it’s completely free so there’s no excuse not to download it immediately.

And that's it, our week and weekend playlist of games. There's been quite a few new releases lately, so have you picked any of them up? Or are you working your way through a backlog of games you've been meaning to play? Drop us a comment and let us know!

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