Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Nineteen
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Keepin' it casual
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)
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil — Yes, I know the World Cup is over. Yes, I know England didn't even get out of the group stages. No, I don't care. I'll still be trying to get my plucky Faroe Islands team out of the European qualifying rounds and into the finals proper. I've only attempted it approximately 800,000 times so far without success.
Mega Drive Platformer — I don't know which one just yet and am open to suggestions, but I'm in the mood to go back and fire up a platform title or two from the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis. I'm thinking that the likes of Aladdin and Rocket Knight Adventures will at least make the shortlist...
Another World — I've got the review duties for this one, so I'll be diving in to see if its even possible for this HD remake to even think about reaching the heights of the Commodore Amiga version that I loved so much.
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
Since my relationship with Vita has been rekindled, I've been spending my free time doing a bit of trophy hunting. I've already 100%'d Guacamelee and its DLC, and I'm only an achievement or two away from earning the platinum in Sound Shapes, so I'll need to find a new game to keep me busy. I've been considering going back to Hotline Miami and tying up loose ends, but I'm worried that earning an A+ on every chapter may be much more time consuming than I'd like. For that same reason, I've been reluctant to chase the last couple trophies in Rayman Legends, which would require me to compete online daily. I have feeling I'll roll with Mutant Blobs Attack and Surge Deluxe. They're sounding like the right speed.
When I'm looking to shift my entertainment to a bigger screen, I'll be playing through Abyss Odyssey for review. With platforming, deep and quick combat, and RPG elements, I expect it will be right up my alley. What the developer has done with procedurally generated stage design, which is said to react to player skill levels, sounds genuinely interesting. So let's hope this one delivers!
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
Last week I know I said that I was going to finish all of The Wolf Among Us, but I did get a little bit sidetracked. The good news is that I just finished episode three and I intend to wrap it up THIS weekend. I do have to say that I'm immensely impressed so far with the storytelling and mystery Telltale has created. While I don't think it tops The Walking Dead, I'm still incredibly invested in every decision I make Bigby do, and there are some pretty BIG ones. I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything ends.
I love everything about the Arkham series, but I never found myself eager to play Batman: Arkham Origins — until now that is. I ended up picking it up for a pretty decent price and, with the delay of Batman: Arkham Knight into 2015, I'm thinking now is a good time to jump back into the bat suit. I'm not expecting Origins to top Asylum or City, but I'm ready to feel like Batman and take down some bad guys again.
When I'm not at home, I'm going to play Monument Valley on my iPhone. I've heard nothing but excellent things about this unique puzzler, and having played through a few levels now, it's already shaping up to be one of my favourite iOS games this year.
Eric Santana (@EricDS)
I, like most other gamers, have been waiting to get my hands on Destiny. The Beta starts this week on PlayStation platforms, and I can't wait to join some friends in some co-op missions. Still haven't decided what class I want to play as, though, but I've been leaning towards the Titan build. I will be playing on both consoles, but need to wait a bit more for the Xbox One/360 Beta.
Some of my fighting games have also had the dust blown off after being inspired by Evo this last week. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition was a Games With Gold download last month and it's getting some play. Since I'm pretty bad at Street Fighter, I plan to put lots of time into training mode so I can challenge my co-workers and participate in online matches.
Outside of those two titles, I'll be continuing to level my Dark Souls 2 character to prepare for the new DLC coming out later this month. With new bosses and equipment, I want to make sure I'm ready for the challenges to come.
Emma H. Pira (@PeTitosaurus)
Since I'm away on vacation at the moment, my game library is very much limited to iOS games played on my iPad or iPhone. So while flying back home this weekend, I'll be playing Monument Valley, which is currently on sale in the AppStore. It's a very pretty puzzle game seemingly influenced by the 2D pixel game Fez, as well as lending aesthetics from PlayStation 3 hit Journey.
I will probably also be aiming for total chaos and the pandemic apocalypse of Earth in Plague Inc. It's a game I've had for a very long time now and keep coming back to. Slightly morbid, yes, but still relaxing, and your inner evil mastermind will laugh when you succeed.
Other than that I'll continue to hunt high-scores in Threes! as per usual. I wouldn't say I'm addicted, but... yeah, maybe addicted is the right word after all. I'm completely addicted.
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.