Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Ten
Posted by Dave Letcavage
It's time to party...with games!
It's the double-digit birthday of WGAYPTW.
To celebrate we're going to do the same thing we do every other week; expose our weekend gaming plans to anyone who'll listen. But since a one-sided conversation is generally considered to be rude, we expect to hear from you about your plans, as well. That means, once you've digested what we've prepared for you, pour your heart out in the comments section below.
So now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's be on with it.
Project Gotham Racing 4: Inspired by a recent forum discussion, I went hunting for a used copy of PGR4 this last weekend and managed to find one for 99p at my local game store. Having played a fair portion of the game when it first came out, I probably still have a saved game for it somewhere...
Mercenary Kings: I've had this on my Steam wishlist seemingly forever, and was a few seconds away from buying it when it got a price drop earlier in the week. Fortunately, I held off, as on the following day it was announced as being this month's free PlayStation Plus title for PlayStation 4.
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag: I still haven't finished this, as much as I keep meaning to. Seemingly everyone at pX is an Assassin's Creed nut now, so I probably should try and find the time to get this one in the books.
Well, I'm downloading Rusty's Real Deal Baseball as I'm typing this, so I suspect a good deal of my weekend will be spent hitting home runs and fielding ground balls. This will of course be accompanied by Tigers and Dodgers on the television thanks to the recent release of the MLB TV app on Xbox One.
When I'm not indulging in all things baseball, I'll be back at Lego Marvel Superheroes. There are so many characters to unlock and things to collect, that I'm finding it hard to not be consumed by the experience. And I mean that in a good way. I'm not usually a fan of Lego games, but with the amount of fan service on show, it's hard to not be charmed by such a marvelous package.
Lastly, I need to get back to Titanfall. I think I can confidently say that it's my favorite online shooter outside of the Halo series. I just find the high-energy Titan-on-Titan action to be irresistible.
I couldn't let last week's digital sale off Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition pass me by. Even though I played through and enjoyed the PS3 edition last year, I couldn't get enough of Lara Croft and her weird island adventure. The improved visuals make the island of Yamatai and Lara all the more beautiful. In the end though, it's still the same game released last year with a few extra tombs and mindless Kinect features. For someone who played through it already, I'm still happy shelling out the extra dough on this excellent reboot of a classic series.
I've sort of been neglecting my 3DS lately for some unknown reason so I intend to rectify that with Bravely Default. School is just about ready to close out for the summer, and a meaty, robust JRPG sounds really appetizing. In addition to that, a few matches of Mario Kart 7 should fill my weekend gaming quota.
Don't Starve: After reading Ken's recommendation in his Wildcard Wednesday piece, I played it during every spare moment for around a month. I've not touched it for a while now but I'm planning on getting back to surviving and see if I can beat my record of 42 days. Don't Starve reminds me of Lost in Blue, which is another title that captured my imagination in a way that few games have.
Guacamelee!: What a game! I'm horrible at it and it makes me want to throw things but I keep coming back for more! Guacamelee! may be the most charming, likeable game I've played in the last few years. Fantastic music, great humour and Castlevania-esque gameplay all conspire to leave me hooked.
Gravity Rush: I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. The characters are kind of cool, the graphics are decent and it's interesting, but I'm still not sure whether I am actually enjoying the experience. This could be down to the fact that I suffer from a complete inability to identify where I am in normal gravity (let alone when all bets are off) or it might be that the Vita is just a little too large to rely so heavily on a shoulder button leading to some fairly horrendous cramp. We'll see - I'm going to give it another bash this weekend before I give up on it.
Now it's your turn. Leave the details of your weekend gaming endeavors in the comments below. Just try not to make us too jealous.