Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Sixteen
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Indulging in a bit of indoor summertainment
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.
Ken Barnes (@SuperKMx)
GRID Autosport (Xbox 360) — As a massive fan of the GRID series, I'm interested to see what Codemasters have done to improve upon GRID 2. So, I'm heading back to the track to take on what I'm told is a much more well-rounded and challenging experience. Can't wait!
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) — After picking this up for cheap, I dived right back into it last week and found that I'm enjoying it more than the first time around on Xbox 360. Atmospheric and gritty, the game is everything I hoped it would be when I first saw the trailer for it a couple of E3's ago.
EA Sports UFC (Xbox One) — My created fighter - which I created with default attributes as I'm not a cheat - is getting pretty much weaved into the canvas in every fight. It's taking six or seven attempts to get past each stage of The Ultimate Fighter in career mode, but two knockout victories in the quarters and the semis (one with a lucky knee to the face) means I've got reason to hope. No nasty glitches found yet, either!
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
As of this exact moment in time my weekend gaming schedule is a bit too undefined for my taste. What I'm hoping to do is brawl my way through Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition if it arrives for review. I've played through the original version of the game multiple times before on PS3 and Vita, and I can't believe how excited I am to play it once again. Maybe I can even get my wife to suit up and join me for a little co-op butt-kickery.
Even though I've already beat Shovel Knight once on Wii U and once on 3DS, I expect to be playing it for a while to come. I'm majority of the way through my New Game Plus file on 3DS, and completing that will be first priority in the coming days. If you have either of Nintendo's current consoles or do any Steam gaming, you have to check this game out. It's somehow lived up to all of my lofty expectations and is currently battling for top honors on my GOTY list.
It's been a month since Tomodachi Life entered my 3DS XL, and it still remains part of my daily routine. To be completely honest, I didn't anticipate to be invested for longer than a couple weeks, so I'm pretty shocked by my urge to continue playing. To keep things interesting, every few days or so I like to add a couple new Miis to my town. So far this week I've added Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Wayne & Garth (from Wayne's World), and my good buddy Morgan Sleeper from Nintendo Life. I can't wait to see what ridiculous situations they find themselves in over the weekend!
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
My vacation begins today and I've chosen to spend it with my close family and friends away from home. And while it's hard being away from my Xbox One, my 3DS and Vita will be my primary source for gaming for the time being. Since most of my time will be taken up entertaining my family, I'll have to keep my gaming sessions short but plentiful.
I'm going to start playing Spelunky on Vita, a game I've heard is perfect for short bursts. I've had it in my backlog for quite some time but never found the time to give it a try, until now.
I'm also excited to get back to Mario Golf: World Tour and playing competitively with my sister, who's been an avid Mario Golf fan for years. I've only just scratched the surface of the game, so I'll need to practice on the green a few more times unless I want to get schooled.
Lastly, Trials Frontier on iOS will round out my week of portable gaming. I like the transition to mobile, but I'm honestly disappointed in how it essentially forces people to spend real money to progress in the game. I probably won't be spending much time (or any more money) on it, but there's still some fun to be had with this mini stunt racer.
Emma H. Pira (@PeTitosaurus)
This weekend I won't be playing Titanfall. Yes, you read that right - I will not play Titanfall. Despite the new update being out and everything. I'm not ill, I'm just having my sister flying over from Sweden and since I haven't seen her in months I'm feeding my titans in advance so that they may last all weekend on their own while I'm out showing the little sister the sights of Annecy.
However, I might challenge my sister to a dance off in Just Dance 2014. She's not a gamer per se, but she does like the "party games" genre. I'm trying to hand her my old copies of games I liked playing, so one day she'll hopefully play online with me. It's one mighty project, but I'm working on it."
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
This week I have picked up quite a few titles to be consumed over Saturday and Sunday. The first is Don't Starve on the PC - because being murdered by bees, spiders, the cold, the giant deerclops, a walrus or shadows on the PS4 just wasn't enough for me. Now I will have the pleasure of cursing myself for doing something stupid or pushing my character that little bit too far in multiple rooms of my house!
I'll also be finishing the wonderfully woven story of Valiant Hearts on the Xbox one. I'm a cryer at the best of times and this one has had me close to tears twice already. The music and ambiance is lovely and I'm really digging the art style. Finally, to round the weekend off, I have Zombie Driver for a bit of brainless killing (see what happened there? Brainless? Zombie? Guys...guys! Where are you going?).
Brittany Vincent (@MolotovCupcake)
Once again I find myself playing a boatload of Tomodachi Life, but aside from review games such as 1001 Spikes, I've been investing quite a bit of time in Commander Blood, one of my favorite games from the "golden days" of PC gaming. It's gloriously bizarre and surreal beyond belief, so that already puts it right up my alley. It's been some time since I was able to revisit it, so going back to it is quite satisfying after all this time. Unfortunately, I simply haven't had much time for much else. Between looking for an apartment and working on the other assignments currently, I'm lucky to get in a few rounds of Bubble Witch Saga 2. But I do, because I'm ridiculously addicted. I'm thinking of revisiting Lost Odyssey, but we'll see how things go.
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.