Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Fifteen
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Spikes, Knights, Stryders, & Tykes
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 get this party started.
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
I need to confess that I'm madly in love with 1001 Spikes. I've already completed the story mode in full and collected all of the skulls, but there are also three arcade modes that I'm looking to milk for all they're worth. It's surprising how well the game plays both in single player and multiplayer, and I can't get enough of its tricks, traps, and challenges. If you can vividly recall the 8-bit days and love yourself a retro excursion here and there, 1001 Spikes gets my highest recommendation. Just make sure that you're ready to bleed a bit, because it will kick your butt up and down the block with zero intention of ever delivering an apology.
Since I've been fortunate enough to get an early look at Shovel Knight, I plan to dig away at that a bit this weekend too. I can't say much at this point because of embargoes and whatnot, but I will say that between Shovel Knight and 1001 Spikes, I feel like the world's happiest child all over again. This is a game to get hyped for, and one that's assuredly going to cause a big stir in the retro-gaming community when it launches next week.
Lastly, taking care of my Mii community in Tomodachi Life has become a regular part of my daily routine. Sure, the game is actually pretty shallow and almost criminally repetitive, but I'm finding it to be such a relaxing experience that I'm hardly bothered by these shortcomings. Plus, it's quite the comical piece of entertainment. When the city is populated with your real-life friends, celebrities, and various cartoon characters, witnessing them enter into unlikely relationships is surreal....and equally hilarious.
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
Thanks to an unexpected stealth release, I'll be spending some quality time with Outlast this weekend on Xbox One. I love survival horror games and I've been itching to play this one since I first laid eyes on it through various Let's Plays on YouTube. Some people may call me crazy, but I'm going to dim the lights and don my headphones before exploring the mental asylum in Outlast. Wish me luck!
When I need something cheery, I'll get back to burning some rubber in Mario Kart 8. I think this might be the strongest and best Mario Kart I've ever played. And man is it gorgeous. I'm digging the small additions to the kart formula and the remixed retro tracks are all fantastic. I'm thrilled the game is getting the attention and sales it so deserves.
If I have some time, I'll get back to cleaning up some side activities in Watch Dogs. I keep scratching away at it hoping I'll make a dent in my progression wheel. Slowly and surely, I'll make it happen.
Eric Santana (@EricDS)
My home has been bombarded with World Cup activities, so the games I'll be playing this weekend are to entertain others while the festivities are being watched. A favorite of my family and friends is Rock Band 3, and with the ability for 5 of us to play at the same time, it will definitely see some play. (Bass guitar is my position of choice)
Mario Kart 8 will also have more hours and laughs thrown its way. I'm still amazed at how well it plays and how pretty it looks. I'm only missing a 3 more stamps until I have them all, so maybe we can get those out of the way this weekend, too. I've yet to venture much into the online outside of private lobbies, but I'm at the point where I'd like to test my racing skills with other drivers around the world.
If I can find time outside of football and company, the single player of Witcher 2 is primed for a replay. With Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming out soon, reliving some old adventures of Geralt of Rivia doesn't sound like a bad idea. The alchemy and combat systems are among my personal favorites. If you haven't given it a go, now is as good a time as ever.
Anthony Cadogan (@Ubiquitous_Doom)
Titanfall — I plan to head back to Titanfall this weekend to dig into the new content. As our very own Emma recently reported, Respawn has added Titan Burn Cards, some new aesthetics, and audio customizations for our Titans. The biggest additions of all, though, are the two new game modes—these are 2 vs. 2 Last Titan Standing and Marked For Death. I am a big fan of normal Last Titan Standing, so a smaller version could make it even more tactical, and the V.I.P-style Marked For Death seems to be very interesting. It will also be cool to be able to add a personal touch to our Titans!
Worms: Battlegrounds — I have recently completed the main story, defeated the evil Lord Crowley-Mesmer, and saved the Wormverse (I know — yes, thank you), so now I think I am ready to take my worm warfare online and cause "ultimate mayhem." (it's funny because that's what the last Worms 3D game was called )
Emma H. Pira (@PeTitosaurus)
As always, I'll be playing Titanfall. I could probably make Titanpilot my second name and no one would raise an eyebrow. I'm so hyped for the update and to get to play it with friends. They don't know it yet, but they'll be playing it with me.
Then I'll be "playing" Xbox Fitness. I've got some sets to catch up on as I had a dip on Tuesday with headaches and a fever. I'm really starting to get into it though. I've been warned about some of the pitfalls and encouraged to try some things I may not have tried otherwise. And it's also made me want to play some more Just Dance 2014. I've only tried that once and I love dancing, so it doesn't make sense why I haven't played it more. Also I need to practice so that I can beat my niece once she visits.
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
I'll be sticking with the house favorites this week by playing Battlefield 4 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. I bought the season pass for BF4 but I haven't played it in months, so I really must get back to it — especially since there'll be loads of new maps to try out!
When I'm not shooting zombies with peas, spikes or sunshine, I'll be bludgeoning them with a baseball bat wrapped in razor wire in the fantastically ridiculous Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX plus Alpha. I was so excited that I started downloading this before they got to the end of the trailer in the Microsoft E3 conference - my Dead Rising obsession is getting out of hand!
Brittany Vincent (@MolotovCupcake)
This weekend is my time to take a brief respite from E3's taxing crunch period, even if I only get Sundays off to relax with my work schedule. Yeah, I work and write full-time — it's difficult! But when I get five minutes to myself here and there you can bet I'll be taking in some Tomodachi Life on my trusty 3DS to see if my star couple may finally be ready for a baby. After spending some time as soul mates, I think they're ready. Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes and Daria are dating. The ensuing drama should be absolutely hilarious.
If time permits, I may get back into Killer is Dead for Xbox 360. I've got some Gigolo Missions to complete, and I don't care who knows it. Now, if only I could get my hands on Suda's next project right about now. That would make my weekend complete.
So you made it this far, huh? That means it's your turn! What games are YOU playing this weekend? Share your plans with us in the comments.