What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Six
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Dang, it feels good to be a gamer.
A regular feature over at our sister site Nintendo Life, is their roundup of the staff's weekend gaming plans. Having absolutely no shame, we decided that we'd pinch the idea and find out what the Pure Xbox staff will be getting busy with at the end of the week. This isn't just about us telling you what we're playing though, as we want you to tell us what's tickling your gaming fancy!
Whether you're playing all of the hottest games, or visiting your backlog while patiently waiting for holiday gift-giving to commence, there's no question that it's a great time to be a gamer. Not only have the past few weeks been overloaded with quality releases, but this year in general has delivered quite an impressive lineup of games. 2013's resume is in, and it's safe to say that 2014 has a lot to live up to.
So with all that said, here's what the pX staff will be getting into this weekend.
I shall be spending the weekend playing with the lions in Zoo Tycoon. I haven't had a chance to get into it as much as I'd like yet, and there's plenty of habitats to create and animals to save. Aside from that, I'll probably be polishing off the last of the zombies in Dead Rising 3 - providing my weapon-comboing skills hold up to the task - and I'll be getting my FPS on with Battlefield 4 and hitting the top corner with FIFA 14. If there's time, I can see me leveling up my affinity to the Toyota brand a little in Forza Motorsport 5, too. Needless to say, I've cleared my schedule...
First off, I have to wrap up Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! for review. I won't spoil too much, but I will admit that I'm not finding it to be as mathematical as I hoped it would be. Once that is accomplished I'm going all Nintendo. Super Mario 3D World has been dominating my gaming schedule, and even though I've completed the main story, I have plenty of little things to do to reach that 100% mark — which I can't resist. Same thing with Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The main quest has been completed, but now I'm going back to collect all of Mother Maiamai's missing children and track down the couple hidden items I didn't find. It's such a special little game, I don't want it to be over.
If I can squeeze anything else in, it will most likely be The Wonderful 101. It's the last major Wii U game that I need to be familiarized with before heading into Game of the Year talks over at Nintendo Life.
Wow, what a week it has been for me. Now that my semester has come to an end, I can finally spend some quality time with my Xbox One. I had claimed one on launch day but have only had the opportunity to boot it up once! So this weekend, I'm devoting most of my time exploring everything the Xbox One has to offer. I'll be jumping into the first-party Microsoft exclusives Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome and may give Powerstar Golf and LocoCycle a quick go-around.
Some friends and I will be watching Spike TV's VGX broadcast (we'll mostly be heckling it on its absurdity) on Saturday over some drinks and then close the night with some four-player mayhem in the brilliant Super Mario 3D World. On the handheld front, I'm still making my way through Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destines (surprisingly lengthy) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Words. Although, I'm thinking of putting a pause on the latter and saving it for my Christmas break. There's just something about playing a new Zelda game during the holidays, huddled on the couch, with a cup of hot chocolate beside me that reminds me of my childhood.
As I will be recovering from the office Christmas party this weekend, I'll be keeping my gaming plans nice and mellow - nothing too challenging for this old lady! LEGO: Lord of the Rings is still sat, incomplete, next to my Xbox 360 and will be the perfect game to get me through Saturday morning. I'm looking forward to wrapping myself in a duvet and settling in for some LEGO goodness.
As always, Battlefield 4 will feature heavily in the evenings. The China Rising maps I've played so far have been really fun but nothing beats the delight/frustration (depending how the battle is going) of 64 player Metro which has led to more than one rage quit from me.
It’s been a particularly long and arduous working week, so the prospect of sitting down and relaxing or energising, laughing or crying, or perhaps conquering or failing within a video game is an alluring thing.
This weekend is likely to be dead-icated to Dead Rising 3. Nightmare mode still needs to be overcome and I have so many more zombies to slaughter if I ever want those precious achievements. And in preparation for Peggle 2’s release on Monday I may dip back into the original to dust off my ball bouncing skills.
Now it's your turn to share your weekend gaming agenda with us and the rest of the readers. Head down to the comments and type away! Don't be shy, we want all the spicy details.