Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? -- Issue Twelve
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Games. Other games. More games.
Welcome to What Games Are You Playing This Weekend, also known by the uber-popular acronym WGAYPTW. This 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 it 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.
With the introduction out of the way, it's time to let the weekend fun begin...don't you think?
(yeah, we really do think)
Ken Barnes (@SuperKMx)
Wolfenstein: The New Order — I was a fan of the last game in the series, and am looking for a new shooter fix, so this couldn't have come at a better time. Die, Nazi scum!
Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer — I LOVE horse racing, and having played the Neo Geo AES edition of Stakes Winner 2 recently and feeling that I could really get into something with a bit more depth than that simple arcade-like experience, I picked this up for another go round. Utterly addicted once again.
Mario Golf: World Tour — The love affair is waning, it has to be said, but I figure that if I at least keep trying to play Mario Golf, it'll make the wait for Mario Kart 8 seem shorter. Not long to go!
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
With Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 so close to invading my world, I think this weekend will be dedicated to tying up loose ends. For some reason, there are a handful of games that I’ve neglected to finish — even though I’m only a stage or boss away from victory – and I need to scratch them from the proverbial list before starting anything new. Here’s what I’m looking to conquer: Strider, Cave Story 3D, Earth Defense Force, Scram Kitty, and Mortal Kombat. If I can clear three of those from the back of my mind, I’ll be pleased.
Once the finishing touches have been put on my Wolfenstein: The New Order review and I've completed a couple of the other games, Mario Golf: World Tour will be sure to get a good deal of attention. I want to thank everyone that participated in last week's pX Open, which ended up seeing Ken and I getting our butts absolutely kicked. Because I'm not a huge fan of losing at my own tourney, how about we have another go this week?
pX Open Part Two. Speed Golf. Mountain Course. Let's GO: 48-8767-2800-3615
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
Just like most people here, Wolfenstein: The New Order is my go-to game this weekend. I've had an Xbox One since launch and realized I don't own a single FPS for it. For the first time, I can put the new Xbox One controller through its paces with a twitchy, fast-paced shooter and so far, it feels great. I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying the story and stealth gameplay so far. Let's hope it keeps me engaged throughout.
I'm also replaying Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, but this time on the Xbox 360. I enjoyed my first playthrough on Xbox One earlier this year but wanted to give it another go. I'll have a review soon enough up on the site, so make sure to come back later if you have yet to plunk down the cash.
Lastly, in anticipation of Mario Kart 8 next week, I'm refreshing my kart racing skills with Mario Kart 7 on my 3DS. Anyone else use the Download Play feature on their 3DS's? A few of my friends don't own the game (I know, right?) but it sure is convenient to play multiplayer with them with only one copy of the game. Hopefully they come to their senses and pick it up for themselves!
Wayne Davies (@WayneDavies89)
I finally decided to buy DayZ Standalone last week. I've played it for about 5 hours already, but that's what I will be playing all weekend.
I really enjoyed playing the DayZ Mod for Arma II, but after a while it got stale because of hackers and the limitation of being built on top of a military shooter/simulator. It doesn't matter if the game is still in Alpha, there isn't anything more satisfying in DayZ Standalone then taking a bandit hostage after he has killed a group of new players, and force-feeding him rotten fruit and bleach. Slightly psychotic I know, but that's the world of DayZ Standalone!
Eric Santana (@EricDS)
This weekend is a little busy as I prepare for the Watch Dogs launch next week, so not too much gaming is going on. Gonna spend some time playing on my PC in some ranked matches on League of Legends, trying to get a bit better at the MOBA.
I did also re-download all the DLC for Dragon Age: Origins for my eventual replay while I wait for Dragon Age: Inquisition to launch this fall. That is a ton of content so I'm positive that this is going to take more then one weekend. Go elf or go home.
Anthony Cadogan (@Ubiquitous_Doom)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag — My AC Clan has a big Artefact Assault tournament on Saturday, so most of my gaming time shall be spent practicing and training there. This is the biggest one on the Xbox side of the year so all of my focus will be there; but after Saturday things will have calmed down tournament-wise, so I'll be free to play other things. At this stage of each of the AC multiplayers, everyone tends to lose their enthusiasm and so they move on. Then the wait for the next multiplayer begins...
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — Skyrim is the biggest game on my back catalog of Xbox 360 games (I've given myself until the end of the year to finish all my old 360 games, then after that, I'll be giving all my attention to my X1). On Skyrim I have to finish up some key DLC missions, and then I will be content with what I have accomplished. I've heard good things about the whole Dawnguard DLC. I love to slay Vampires on these types of games so I can't wait to dig in!
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
This week has left me at a bit of a dead end unfortunately. I bought Wolfenstein: The New Order on Tuesday, hoping to relive the joys of Wolfenstein 3D (my first FPS). Alas, it gives me such motion sickness, that I won't be able to play. From what I saw, the graphics looked great and the gameplay was frantic, just beware if you suffer from motion sickness like I do.
In lieu of Wolfenstein, I've decided to pick up Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, a title that has been sat in my queue since launch. I've heard nothing but good things and I love pirates, so it's about time I gave this a whirl. Luckily, digital distribution means that I can grab this without leaving the comfort of my sofa. Hurrah!
So you made it this far, huh? That means it's your turn! What games are YOU playing this weekend? Spill the details in the comments below.