Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Eleven
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Fairy tales, time travel, and FORE!
For those of you new to the site, WGAYPTW is a laid-back feature that allows us to share our upcoming weekend gaming plans with all of you. By providing a little window into our personal lives, you can learn what makes us tick as gamers and learn which writer's gaming tastes may align with yours. But this doesn’t only work one way. Once you’ve read through the words we’ve prepared, we’d love if you would head to the comments and tell us about your weekend agenda, as well. Trust us, it's the right thing to do.
Also, keep your eyes out for a Mario Golf: World Tour tournament code below. We're going to be participating in couple rounds of golf this weekend, and we're openly welcoming all challengers. We aren't very good, so be sure to take it easy on us, okay?
With that, it's time to tee off and get this weekend started!
Ken Barnes (@SuperKMx)
Mario Golf: World Tour — I've played Everybody's Golf on the PS Vita to absolute death, and I needed a new cartoony-golf fix. I've only played a bit of MG:WT so far, but it seems like it'll fit the bill. I might even venture online and play a tourney or two!
Child of Light — After our streaming exploits with Child of Light a day or two before the game came out, I haven't had a chance to pick it up again. This weekend seems like as good a time as any to step back in to Lemuria.
Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition — Having played through a stack of top-down shooters of late on my latest contraption, I spotted this kicking around on my shelf and fired it up earlier in the week. Three hours later, I realised that I may have become a bit hooked. It doesn't matter how many times I play through it, I can always use less continues or get a higher score.
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
It's going to be a "little bit of this, little bit of that" kind of weekend. While I fully expect review duties to intervene at some point, I mostly plan to kick back in my retro game room, dabbling in a bit of nostalgia. Metal Slug: Anthology, Kirby's: Return to Dream Land, and Twisted Metal II all sound like plausible indulgences. I might even cozy up with my Dreamcast if the mood strikes me.
Also, like Ken, I plan to spend lots of time kicking up chunks of dirt and grass in Mario Golf: World Tour. In fact, I've even created a tournament if any of you would like to play with us:
pX Open Tourney Code: 32-8264-3516-7616
I've been SO hooked on this game that it's already my 5th most-played 3DS game (3rd if you don't count the eShop or Colors 3D as games). In two weeks I've already logged more hours than I did with games I was wrapped up in for months. That's nuts!
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
Super Time Force is one of the craziest, coolest games I've played in recent memory, but it also makes me want to throw my controller half-way across the room. This weekend, I'll be finishing the game in it's entirety and then if I'm brave enough — tackle Super Hard Mode. Wish me luck!
Of course, a weekend wouldn't be complete without a few matches of Titanfall. With the release of the Expedition DLC this week, that means I can extend my mech-fighting skills to three all-new maps. I'm all geared up and ready to go!
After I'm done spraying bullets left and right with both of those games, I'll be jumping into Child of Light. It really is an incredible and beautiful game so far with just the right amount of RPG elements that don't overwhelm the player. Next up, I'll put down the Xbox controller and boot up Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze on WiiU. I'm enjoying the awesome level design so far and the brutal challenge is very welcoming. It's going to take me and my girlfriend quite some time to collect all the KONG letters, jigsaw pieces and to unlock all the hidden levels.
I sure hope there's enough time this weekend for me to play all of these games. Oh Dr. Repeatski, why can't your time-travelling ability be real?
Wayne Davies (@WayneDavies89)
This weekend I'm going to play some games I have neglected over the last few months.
I've always enjoyed TCG's (Trading Card Games) and Hearthstone is one of the best I have played in a while. I've played it ever since the closed beta and built some insane decks along the way. Unfortunately, since its official release I have let the game slip away from me, and the game is now full of fresh meat... I mean, new players to go up against. So with a new expansion also coming out soon, I think it's time to dust off my decks and get playing again.
Battlefield 4 has really collected some dust on my shelf recently. Last time I played it was when the Navel Strike DLC first launched, and that was only for an hour. I have a collection of new assignments to unlock and I'd possibly like to get a Megalodon shark to drop its big self on my head. I also just realized that the second I log on it will feel like Christmas, with at least a dozen new Premium Battlepacks waiting to be opened.
Eric Santana (@EricDS)
I've had a backlog that I need to catch up with so I have a good mix of recent classics and new releases to play through. Child of Light has been a blast to play through co-op and I plan to finish my adventures in Lemuria with my brother this weekend. The battle system, great characters, and wonderful exploration are something that has grasped the attention of my whole family. Fairy tales have never been this fun.
Child of Light started to scratch the RPG itch so I also began a replay of Persona 4. The Shin Megami Tensei series is a little bit of a guilty pleasure for me, especially the more recent Persona 3 and 4 games. The game is a mix of turn-based battles and monster fusion with a high school sim added. It is as crazy as it sounds, and with anime-like character design, it's right up my alley of game types.
Last but certainly not least, I was given a copy of Kirby: Triple Deluxe to play so I could battle friends as a cute pink puff. It is the most improved Kirby game I've played since the Wii and is my game on-the-go till I get the newest Theatrhythm Final Fantasy or Super Smash Bros to fill that spot.
Anthony Cadogan (@Ubiquitous_Doom)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist — Spies vs Mercs is one of my favourite multiplayer game modes. I played it originally in Splinter Cell Double Agent and was immediately hooked. This great component was missing from the previous game, Conviction, so I was very excited to play the newest version in Blacklist. I played it non-stop when it came out originally, and I've recently decided that I'd like to go back to it with some friends. There's nothing quite like outsmarting a team of mercs with high-tech gadgets, stealth and coordination, which allows you to successfully hack the data terminals. I do remember why we stopped playing it so much previously. There were a limited number of spawns available on each map, which meant you used to get spawn-killed like crazy no matter if you were a spy or merc. That killed the fun very fast. When that didn't happen, though, the modes were great fun. My favourites being Blacklist and Extraction.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag — AC MP tends to be my main multiplayer. I have been part of the Xbox Assassin's Creed multiplayer community since it was introduced in ACB. In particular, I am part of the "competitive" or tournament section which is made up of several thousand players. I like AC MP because it was so vastly different from typical stuff, which usually revolves around endless shooting — but don't get me wrong, I am a fan of shooters like Halo or the more recent and excellent Titanfall. I love playing the Artifact Assault mode (which is the most popular mode). It shares similarities with Capture The Flag but is interesting because of the AC MP style which adds lots of free-running and abilities. This makes the whole thing close and personal.
Titanfall — Titanfall is such a breath of fresh air when it comes to shooters. Any session always ends up being lots of fun and keeps me coming back for more. The Last Titan Standing mode can be very tactical and intense. What I love about experiencing this on the Xbox One is that, the dedicated servers make for the most stable and smooth online gaming experiences that I have ever had. I can't wait for more games to get these high quality servers on the Xbox One.
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition — Or, when I'm playing, Tomb Raider: The Many Gruesome Deaths of Lara Croft. I mean really, in my hands, Lara is having the WORST day of her existence. Last night I spent twenty minutes repeatedly impaling her on various spikes. Not intentionally, I'm just terrible at this game. Despite my ineptitude, however, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience. The graphics are stunning, the gameplay is fantastic, I can't get enough of hunting and I'm really looking forward to unlocking all my upgrades so I can replay the game and collect all the hidden flotsam which appears to be scattered throughout the map. This is definitely worth playing up if you haven't already - and that's coming from someone who has never been a Tomb Raider fan.
Peggle 2 — I just picked up the Windy the Fairy DLC so I'm going to have another crack at completing all the challenges or at least getting the 50% achievement. Peggle 2 reduces me to childlike hissy fits at times though, so it's only to be 'enjoyed' in small doses.
So you made it this far, huh? That means it's your turn! What games are YOU playing this weekend? Spill the beans in the comments below.