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Jez plays… Fall Guys!

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a 2020 platformer battle royale game developed by Mediatonic and published by Devolver Digital. It was announced at E3 in June 2019 and released on 4 August 2020 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4. The game draws inspiration from game shows like Takeshi’s Castle, It’s a Knockout and Total Wipeout, and children’s playground games like tag and British bulldog. Fall Guys received positive reviews from critics, who praised its chaotic gameplay and visual appearance.

Up to 60 players compete in matches with battle royale-style gameplay. Players, represented as jellybean-like figures, move around a three-dimensional playing field, with additional moves such as jumping, grabbing, or diving to assist gameplay. The aim is to qualify for subsequent rounds by successfully completing each of the randomly selected mini-games. Certain mini-games involve running towards a finish line at the end of the map, while others add elements of teamwork. On every mini-game, obstacles appear around the map for added complexity. Players who are too slow or who fail certain requirements for a mini-game are eliminated. On the final round, the remaining few players compete in a final match with a randomised mini-game designed for a smaller player size. The winner of the match is the last player standing.

Despite having played privately a fair amount prior, my first broadcast of Fall Guys was a brief one on September 4th, 2020:

A second, longer play took place on a casual afternoon stream on September 10th, 2020:

Moar kamikaze beans on September 15th, 2020. Still no wins.

Over a year after the game was first released, it’s time to get back on some Fall Guys. Joined by some wonderful members of my community, we take the Fall Guys world by storm… right until my PS4 decides to have a fit. It was nice while it lasted.

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Jez plays… Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly (PS2)

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly is a platformer video game, part of the Spyro series, developed by Check Six Studios and Equinoxe Digital Entertainment and published by Universal Interactive. It was released for PlayStation 2 and GameCube; ports for Xbox and Microsoft Windows were announced, but ultimately cancelled. While Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly sold well, it received poor reviews from critics, due to its short length, poor controls, lack of content, inconsistent framerate, long load times, and numerous bugs and glitches.

The story begins shortly after Year of the Dragon. The dragons are in celebration of a rite of passage for the young dragons and for the Grand Dragon Parade, with the arrival of new young dragonfly guardians for the baby dragons. However, during the party, Ripto teleports in via a portal along with his henchmen Crush and Gulp, disrupting the celebration, intent on capturing the new young dragonflies to weaken the baby dragons. However, his spell misfires and the dragonflies become scattered throughout the Dragon Realm. Spyro is tasked with recovering the realm’s new crop of dragonflies. Spyro eventually completes his mission and faces Ripto. Spyro wins the battle and Ripto runs for his life, swearing that he will be back. The game ends back at the party, with the celebration being continued.

I started a playthrough on August 18th, 2020 and, despite fighting with the backwards camera controls, progressed through the first few stages with the sassy purple dragon:

Play continued on October 1st, 2020 with, frankly, a confusing time trying to work out what I need to do and far too long spent on the Banzai Speedway time attack…

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Jez plays… Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PS3)

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is an action-adventure video game developed by Pandemic Studios and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It is the sequel to 2005’s Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction. The game is a third-person shooter with an open world, set in a fictionalised war-torn Venezuela. The game’s primary objective is to kill the President of Venezuela whose betrayal of the protagonist mercenary acted as a stepping stone to their current position.

I started a playthrough on August 20th, 2020 and, for the second time in a week, had a fight with the not-so-intuitive controls. This is a fun game, though, with lots of scope for exploration and wanton destruction. Enjoy the playthrough!

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Jez plays… Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction

Robot Wars: Arenas Of Destruction is a 2001 action game published by BBC Multimedia and released for the PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows, based on the BBC television series, Robot Wars. In this game, players can fight as their own created robots, or leading robots from the series, such as Razer, in arenas around the world in order to earn money to unlock new levels and buy better robots and parts.

I started a playthrough on August 13th, 2020 – creating my own robot, competing in UK competitions before moving onto competition on a North Sea oil rig.

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