Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Team pX is on a date with Destiny
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)
Like many others, I expect to spend a fair amount of time exploring whatever I can within the Destiny beta. One of my buddies finally got around to getting an Xbox One, so he'll be adventuring with me. From what I've played so far, I can say that I'm definitely intrigued by the game. I'm having an issue with how much unused space and isolation there seems to be within the worlds, but this could just be because I haven't ventured all that deep into the beta yet. I can't wait to get back into the boots of my Hunter and kick some Fallen butt!
As I was debating last week, I've came to terms with chasing the platinum trophies in Rayman Legends and Hotline Miami. Those are both going to take a bit of time, but I'm chipping away at them daily. Also, if the wife is up for it, I'm hoping to get caught up with The Walking Dead: Season Two. The first episode didn't quite grab us the way the Season One did, so we haven't felt much of an urge to return for the rest...until now.
Because of the glowing review that it earned over at Nintendo Life, there's no way I'll be able to resist downloading Siesta Fiesta at some point this weekend. I haven't played a block breaker game in ages, and from the sound of it, this one does cool things to distinguish itself from its predecessors. I'm very excited to try it out.
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
I'm completely enamoured with the Destiny beta right now, and I'll be playing it until the servers go offline this weekend. I had some skepticism about the game before, and I still do to an extent, but the beta has alleviated many of my concerns. First and foremost, the gunplay feels incredibly tight. It reminds me of Halo but far more refined. I'm also enjoying the huge amounts of customization options for my female awoken huntress. I'll have a lot more to say about Destiny coming soon, but as of now, it's definitely won me over.
I'm about halfway through Batman: Arkham Origins, and you know what? I'm actually having an awesome time with it. Sure, it may not reach the highs of its predecessors, but this is still an Arkham game through and through. The boss encounters are intense and memorable, especially against Deathstroke and Copperhead, and the story has taken me by surprise many times already. I probably won't be finishing it this weekend, but I'll be getting pretty close.
I'll wind down the nights with some Peggle 2 when I need something a little more cheerful before bed. I love Peggle and the sequel is everything I want it to be. Even better, it's a game that my girlfriend has no problem picking up and playing. Dare I say, she may even be better than I am at it. Just don't tell her I said that, alright?
Wayne Davies (@WayneDavies89)
This weekend there will be a lot of Hearthstone and Battlefield 4. Blizzard recently released the first part of their Curse of Naxxramas adventure pack, and it made Hearthstone unplayable from the amount of players trying to participate all at once. Now that it has died down a bit and normality is resorted, I will be playing to unlock the new cards and see what silly gimmick decks I can build around them. I haven't had a chance to play the latest Battlefield 4 expansion pack yet either, so I plan on spending some time with that to see how the new Ballistic Shield from Battlefield: Hardline plays in BF4.
Anthony Cadogan (@Ubiquitous_Doom)
I shall be continuing to play the Destiny Beta on Xbox One. I feel like seeing it in videos doesn't do the game justice. I was quite skeptical about it until I had played for myself, and now that I have, I feel like I am sold on the overall premise and style of the game. It seems to be a nice mix of Halo, Mass Effect, and Borderlands, which are all games that I happen to love! Even though it would have been nice to have an extra area to explore, there is enough content to give you a good feeling of what's to come in the retail release. I will definitely be playing until the Beta ends as Bungie have said that if you play on Saturday you receive items or rewards that will carry over to the full game.
One of the really nice things about Destiny is that you have MMO-style "Emotes" on the D-Pad, so you can only do positive or neutral actions, such as sitting on the floor, dancing, pointing, and waving. In my experience, every time I traveled back to the Guardian's Tower, I was greeted by players waving or dancing. This also happens when in the open spaces of Old Russia. You and your teammates can be struggling in an intense fight when, out of nowhere, another Fireteam appears, helps you out, and then you all dance together to celebrate. It's just cool and relaxed.
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
I've had to have a few weeks off gaming unfortunately as my workload at my job has become overwhelming, but I won't stand for it any longer. I am back! I picked a pretty good time to return too, with the Destiny Beta in full swing demonstrating that shooters really can be visually beautiful without losing any of their edge.
Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramus has me pulling my hair out in frustration at the heroic difficulty, but has delighted me with new cards and challenges. I still haven't won more than four keys in arena, but my priest is coming along nicely in ranked mode.
World of Warcraft. I've started listening to the Rooster Teeth podcast from episode 1. There is a lot of Warcraft talk. I am also playing Hearthstone...I'm just going to give in now and assume that by the end of the weekend I will have resubscribed to WOW as this is what always happens. I imagine that until Diablo III gets its Xbox One release, WOW will be on this list weekly.
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.