Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty One
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Weekdays? We're so oooover those!
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)
Titanfall — Recently picked this up again thanks to some of Team pX having regular-ish Titanfall matches, and found that I'm still pretty terrible at it. I need practice, as well as some skill or natural talent or whatever the heck else it is that prevents you from being picked off easily because you've dropped the controller in your coffee like I did at least twice this past Tuesday.
International Superstar Soccer Deluxe (SNES) — During the one free period of time that I had that lasted more than three minutes this week, I stumbled across a video about the history of football games. It reminded me that when I was about 13, I promised myself that I would beat all of the challenges that the super-sweet ISS Deluxe provided. I never did. Time to fix that, I reckon.
WWF: No Mercy (Nintendo 64) — I used to be a huge fan of "sports entertainment" back when I was a nipper, and having finally managed to beat the arcade version of WWF Wrestlefest this week - and on a single credit, thank you very much - I thought I'd give this classic a bit of a dusting off. Doubtless, I'll find myself getting thrown off ladders by Edge and Christian, smashed in the head with chairs by Mankind, and being checked into the Smackdown Hotel by The Rock. Given that I can barely remember the controls, I'll probably be bested by Prince Albert. But what I do remember suggests that it'll be good fun. I'll be playing in order to pen a retro review for Nintendo Life, so look out for that.
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
I downloaded Rogue Legacy on my Vita this week, and I've already been losing hours upon hours to it. I was skeptical about whether or not I'd be warm to the rogue-like structure, but that concern is a thing of the past — it helps make the game so dangerously addicting. I'm actually playing through the adventure at a very leisurely pace, trying to earn as much money as possible to level up and buy new gear before advancing beyond the castle. I'll be pressing forth very soon, though, since I'm thirsting for another boss battle. If anyone has any suggestions regarding the order I should tackle the bosses, please, do share.
I was planning to spend much time with Pinball FX2 on Xbox One this weekend, but since the release date has been pushed until later this month — thankfully for positive reasons — I'll have to find replacement entertainment. In comes Games With Gold. I've been waiting for Crimson Dragon to soar at a lower price point since I bought my console, and it seems I'm finally getting my wish. While I'm frothing at the mouth for The Swapper to release, I'll probably spend more time with Vessel on PS3. It was part of July's PS+ lineup, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. It's not great, but the puzzle action can make for good fun.
Eric Santana (@EricDS)
Because there aren't many new releases throughout the summer, I tend to revisit some of my favorites when looking to game. If you know me personally, you know that the Kingdom Hearts series is one I hold near and dear. Sure, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix is a mouthful, but, quite honestly, it's my guilty pleasure. A Square RPG with Disney characters? That's my happy place. This version is the Final Mix, which was a Japanese exclusive until the remake, so it's awesome that I'm doing new things in a 12 year old game.
The other game that I've restarted is Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS. It's still weird to think that I can download DLC for my 3DS, but new scenarios and missions have been added, so I'll jump back in and begin another adventure with Chrom and company. The game has a fantastic world and great characters who, for the most part, can all be used in battle — which is a big plus. It's a great on-the-road game too, as you can pause or save during your fights.
Since Shovel Knight was gifted to me, I've promised to give it a try. It looks like an 8-bit classic, but has some crazy mechanics and cool powers. You are a Knight with a shovel, so it already has started off on the right foot for me. My platforming skills are going to be put to the test, but Rouge Legacy has brought back that confidence I once had.
Anthony Cadogan (@Ubiquitous_Doom)
Titanfall (Xbox One) — Now that the Destiny Beta has ended (I'm trying not to cry) and Titanfall has just received some new map DLC along with the Black Market update, I'll be going back to that as my main game until something else catches my attention — which will probably be Destiny in September. I'm excited to play the new maps from Respawn, as I caught a glimpse of them during Twitch Livestream a week ago. I'm interested and very hopeful for another set of great maps. One of the cool things this update adds is the ability to trade-in your Burn Cards for currency that has, thankfully, nothing to do with micro-transactions! Now a player can buy a pack of cards with a larger chance to receive something they like and would use. I can't wait to try everything the update has to offer!
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
This weekend I will be playing real life games as it is time for GISHWHES and I'll be performing random acts for the next seven days! When I'm not building dinosaurs from sanitary products, going to prom with a car in a tuxedo or driving a school bus into a live volcano, I will most likely be playing the newly opened second wing in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramus on iPad.
I also have the 'Reign of Giants' expansion for Don't Starve on the PS4 so I'd like to get to grips with some of the new recipes and raw materials (and ways to die obviously). I really can't get enough of this title, thanks to Ken for the recommendation! That's probably all for me this week due to my social commitments and the, frankly unacceptable, lack of Diablo 3 on the Xbox One .
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.