Watch: Aoife and Chris ride chocobos and bully giraffes in Final Fantasy 15

Last month, you might have seen that Aoife and Chris went to play Final Fantasy 15, discovering to their delight that the game is . Aoife in particular was impressed by the changes made to the combat system, providing a more fluid and intuitive experience.

With Final Fantasy 15 now tantalisingly close to launch, Aoife and Chris were recently given the opportunity to pick up the adventures of Noctis and pals where they left off, thereby bringing you an hour of new gameplay footage.

In the video above you’ll see fishing, bird bothering, giraffe bullying and – of course – chocobo riding. You’ll also hear Aoife and Chris argue about whether or not they can afford a club sandwich, because why not. While we’re talking about the audio, actually, please be aware that Chris’ mic was playing up for the much of the recording, so he sounds a bit weird for the first half of this video. Sorry about that – do your best to ignore it as you soak in the lovely, leather clad atmosphere of Final Fantasy 15.

Watch: Aoife tries out the new Overwatch Halloween PvE mode

I love Halloween. Seriously, ask anyone from my wonderful former hometown of Derry and they’ll tell you: we take All Hallow’s Eve very, very seriously. Over there, you’ll feel left out if you aren’t in costume. I’m fully expecting to see one or two Overwatch costumes in the crowds this year, which is funny – given some Overwatch characters won’t exactly look themselves for the next 19 days.

Blizzard has launched a new limited-time event in the same spirit as its Summer Games, called Halloween Terror. For the next 3 weeks, you can see a new haunted Hollywood, grab over 100 themed costumes, voice lines and emotes from Jack O’Lantern Loot Boxes, and try out the game’s very first co-op PvE brawl Junkenstein’s revenge, which plays out pretty much like Horde mode but you’re limited to four heroes – Hanzo, Ana, McCree and Soldier: 76.

I’m going to dive into the new seasonal stuff from 3:30pm today – opening some new packs and fighting some zomnics. Come keep me company. I’m liable to scare the monsters otherwise.

Watch: Aoife learns how to play Beasts of Balance

What do you get when you cross a warthog with an octopus? Deeply unnerved, is the answer, if Aoife’s time spent playing Beasts of Balance is anything to go by.

Beasts of Balance – which formerly went by the name Fabulous Beasts – has been on our radar for some time now and it’s finally nearing completion. Intrigued by how one combines plastic pieces with a tablet-based game based around keeping all the animals in your kingdom beautiful and happy, Aoife sat down to learn how to play with the game’s head of communications, Alex Wiltshire.

“The butt is where you find all the good stuff.” I’m not sure I could have put it better myself. Anyway, hopefully you found the above video instructive even if – like Aoife – you found all the tentacles a bit disturbing.

Watch: Aoife plays Morrowind for the first time, upsets Chris

The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind is widely regarded as one of the best, most ambitious RPGs of all time. That still didn’t stop Aoife naming her character Butts in the newest episode of Late to the Party, mind you.

Aoife’s first foray into Morrowind was probably less upsetting for Chris than that time he , but not by much. Watch the video below for purloined plates, misappropriated scrolls and some highly questionable clothing choices.

Alright, so perhaps the character models in Morrowind don’t look quite as good as they used to, but it’s still clearly an RPG crafted with a lot of care and attention. If you have any particularly fond memories of Morrowind – or suggestions for future episodes of Late to the Party, for that matter – have at it in the comments below.

Watch: Aoife plays Abzu live

Beautiful deep-sea diving game Abzû set sail today; reviewer Martin Gaston and he’s lovely so that’s good enough for me.

Aoife was also rather taken with Abzû when she played it , so she’s going to be having a bit of an underwater adventure live this afternoon at 5:30pm.

Tuna in via the video above if you fancy seeing why Abzû is making a splash; apparently it’s not a long game, so Aoife’s going to do her best to complete the whole thing. I will be steering clear, however, on account of my well documented fear of whales.

Watch: Aoife swats some Locusts for the first time in Gears of War

Gears of War, as a series, has just never appealed to me. Nothing personal Marcus Fenix, but although I can totally get behind a gun that can also be used to fell a tree, I just always thought those games looked kind of…grey. But hey, different strokes for different folks and all, and I do recognise and respect that the first Gears of War game was, for its time, a highly-polished cover-based shooter.

Johnny was probably the last person I’d expect to have fond memories of the original game, to be honest, but he was very keen to take me though it for an episode of Late to the Party. I made my feelings about it perfectly clear, and then begrudgingly acquiesced. So whatever happened afterwards is all his fault, is what I’m trying to say.

Watch: Aoife and Johnny return to Rapture for a Bioshock Let’s Play

Yeah alright, cards on the table. We couldn’t find anyone in the office who hadn’t played the original Bioshock. Which is hardly surprising when you’re talking about a group of games journalists (incidentally, what would the collective noun for that be? A thinkpiece? A scribble? An ornery of games journos? Anyway.) The problem with that is it kind of scuppered my plans for recording a spectacularly well-timed episode of Late to the Party, to celebrate the shocking-but-not-really announcement that Bioshock: The Collection, a remastered edition of Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock: Infinite, is heading to Xbox One, PC and PS4.

So I’m sorry, we went and did it anyway. Let’s just call it Back to the Party and be done with it, alright? I swear it won’t happen again. Probably.

Watch: Aoife plays Theme Hospital for the first time, gets very angry

Theme Hospital holds a very special place in my heart – it’s one of the first video games I remember playing with my father (apart from Pac Man on the 2600, but nobody could get near my mum’s high score). When I found out Aoife had never tried her hand at being a virtual hospital administrator, I vowed to cure her terrible affliction.

She did not respond well to treatment.

Watch the video below for vomit, empty coke cans and an alarming number of P45s. Aoife also happens to curse like a sailor in this one, so viewer discretion is advised…