Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Nine
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Titans, snakes, potty-mouthed kids and more!
Spring may have officially arrived yesterday, but that doesn't mean that the Earth has yet to thaw from an exceptionally cold and snowy winter. With many parts of the globe still enduring the seemingly never-ending effects of the fading season, it should come as no surprise that most of our staff is staying locked indoors this weekend with the latest and greatest games.
And wow, there are a bunch of them right now.
The big one, of course, is Titanfall. Grabbing tight hold of our attention with its frantic rock-em-sock-em-robot action, we've already spent many sleepless nights glued to the TV, and that's not likely going to change this weekend. Then how can we forget other great games like Dark Souls II, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, all fighting for deserved time in our Xbox disc drives — or HDD if that's how you roll.
So now that we've addressed a strong portion of the options currently available, it's time to settle in with our staff as we share the specifics of our upcoming gaming indulgences. As usual, be sure to stick around until the end and take to the comments, where you can tell us what games will be inhabiting your consoles this weekend.
Titanfall: I just cannot stop playing this. I'm absolute garbage at it and am often the worst player on whichever team I'm assigned to, but I don't care. My kill/death ratio is creeping up over time, and I'm fairly sure that with a few more three or four hour "quick" sessions of play, the numbers will balance out.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare: I picked this up on the same day as Titanfall, and haven't so much as even taken it out of the shrink-wrapping. An absolute crime, given what I'm being told about it by seemingly everyone.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes: From what I'm reading, this'll only taken about two cups of coffee to get through, so it would almost be rude not to see what all the fuss is about.
Like Ken and Anthony, I haven't been able to resist Titanfall. I'm halfway through my second generation and working hard with my 40mm and shotgun to complete the challenges needed to reach generation three. It's utterly addicting, and a total adrenaline rush. We've been so inspired by the game that we may even bring a couple fun Titanfall-related features to pX in the coming weeks — so stay tuned for that!
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is also on my radar, but I've yet to decide whether I want to get it now for full price, or wait until cheap used copies surfaces in the coming weeks. I have a feeling I'll end up waiting, to be honest. Other than that I may check out Pokemon: Battle Trozei and hunt down a reason to get more use out of my PS Vita, which has been unfairly neglected lately.
Oh Titanfall, you complete me. You had me at "Your titan is now ready," and now I just can't stop thinking about you. You're just so well balanced, easy to pick up and a total blast whether I'm enjoying your company for 10 minutes or 10 hours. Ahem...
Sorry, I tend to daydream about giant robots from time to time. All joking aside, Titanfall has sucked me in, and I'm someone that hardly plays online shooters anymore. It really must be experienced to fully understand the palm-sweating action of Titanfall and I'll be spending most of my weekend ripping it up on Xbox One.
Over on the aging Xbox 360, I'll be continuing my epic quest in South Park: The Stick of Truth. I've been taking my time exploring the town, wrapping up side quests, making friends, looting junk and laughing hysterically. I wish I was further along in the game but I also don't want to rush my way through it.
Now if you'll excuse me, Titanfall is beckoning me. It's true, I have a hard time saying no.
This weekend is dedicated to progressing further through Dark Souls II and beginning my playthrough of Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster (that is a mouthful). Dark Souls II has been a wonderful journey so far and I'm a huge fan of the FF games in general so I can't wait to see the improvements on the HD remaster and get to play the content never released here in the states. If I can pry myself away from those two I might give Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes a go and see what Kojima and his new engine can deliver.
Since I polished off South Park: Stick of Truth in one weekend and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is now thoroughly broken, I guess I'll finally be getting hands on withTitanfall. From what I played in the beta, it looks like this will be a heck of a game, featuring some of the most fluid movement I've seen in a shooter.
I've also been getting back in to Powerstar Golf (prompted by someone mentioning it in our forums) so, hopefully, I'll be unlocking a few more courses and abilities. I've still got Dead Rising 3 to complete as well, meaning I'm hoping for bad weather to give me the excuse to stay indoors as a sunny weekend will put a serious dent in my gaming time!
Now over to you, valued reader!
Is your weekend shaping up similar to ours, or are you facing an entirely different lineup of games? Maybe you're dusting off retro consoles and reliving classic adventures? What about you PlayStation 4 owners out there — will you be exploring Seattle in inFamous: Second Son? Whatever you plan on playing, we'd like to hear about it in the comments!