Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Three
Posted by Ken Barnes
Back once again....
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)
This weekend - inspired by Blake Harris' great book Console Wars (which has just hit the bookstores in the UK) - I'm going to be revisiting the Mega Drive/Genesis Sonic The Hedgehog titles. I seem to remember that to this day, I never completed Sonic 3, so my goal is to beat all of them...and maybe even Knuckles Chaotix on the 32X. I'm going to blast through the Battlefield 4 single-player campaign with my shiny new EA Access subscription on Xbox One too, and I think there might even be time for a little visit to the pool hall for a bit of Pure Pool on PlayStation 4, given that it hasn't reached the Xbox One yet for some apparently unexplainable reason.
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
I don't anticipate spending much time at home this weekend, so Vita and 3DS will be my primary gaming devices. Gravity Crash Ultra, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, and Dragon's Crown are at the top of the Vita list, while my unfinished business with Siesta Fiesta and Steel Empire should keep me busy with my 3DS. If I do find the time to kick back on the couch at home, finishing my current playthrough of Strider and spending more time with Pinball FX2 are what I'm most looking forward to.
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
I'm pretty swamped this weekend with work and getting preparations made for my return to school in a few weeks, but there's no way I'm going to let a weekend fly by without some form of controller in my hands. As recommended by my fellow Pure Xbox staff, I'm finally going to give Pinball FX 2 a try. This series never caught my interest the first time but it seems like everyone I talk to about the game seems to rave about it excessively. I guess we'll just have to see what the fuss is all about.
I also snagged Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes this week because of Deals with Gold. I swore to myself that I wouldn't spend full price on what I think is a fairly shallow experience but it seems that the 50% cut was enough to persuade me. Plus, with all the impressive Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain gameplay footage revealed at Gamescom this past week, it's hard not to be tempted by this prologue.
I won't risk trying to squeeze in a third game this weekend, but I do want to talk about my experience this week playing the Silent Hills playable teaser, or P.T. (aka the coolest game announcement ever!) on PS4. I wouldn't quite call it a game but rather a terrifying slice of horror entertainment. Admittedly, I jumped way more than I should have for a 2-hour teaser and some of the "puzzles" in the "loops" range from creative to downright frustrating. I still recommend everyone to try it out for themselves and to go in with as little information as possible. You won't regret it.
Emma H. Pira (@PeTitosaurus)
This weekend will be dedicated to nostalgia. First up Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. I just finished a re-run with a party constellation I've never tried before and had so much fun with it I might just try another run with a completely new group of merry adventurers. I find it incredible that they still do updates and working on the game; even now, 16 years after initial release! But it is, hands down, one of my absolute favourite games of all times and genres so I'm not complaining. Would love to see a game like that released on console — I've yet to experience that kind of attachment to a console game.
I will also most likely be playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag multiplayer as a friend of mine just got it for next-gen and we've been having some good fun while totally wrecking lobbies of high levelled players. Being a pirate is too much fun and the multiplayer ladies are just gorgeously designed.
I might sniff a little bit at the EA Access app. The whole idea is very forward-thinking and appealing, but I'm still a bit hesitant to hop on it now as the games available aren't really crying out to me yet. But a trial run would suit me just fine at this stage.
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
I have only seven achievements left to get on Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, so I'll be spending my weekend playing my least favourite game type: Gnome Bomb. I love PvZ, it's replaced Battlefield as my favourite shooter, but Gnome Bomb is easily the weakest mode and I would rather be spending my time on the new Suburbination map. I'll also be playing some Diablo III in preparation for Tuesday's release of the Ultimate Evil Edition. I've held off playing Reaper of Souls on the PC as I enjoyed the console version of Diablo III so much more and I wanted to experience it as a complete game rather than as a port of the PC version. I'm hoping I'll still be able to import my character from the Xbox 360 version but it doesn't look likely (I sold my Xbox 360 but I saved to the cloud so this may be possible through some MacGyvering). Birthday celebrations will call for some real life, actual physical tabletop gaming so I have Cards Against Humanity, Zombies! and a poker set on hand for the more social aspects of my weekend.
Justin Gieni (@Headestroyer4)
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - I will be backtracking into the island to wrap my mind around the optional tombs before (hopefully) reaching the finale. I love this new Lara, possibly to much?
Shovel Knight - After finally finishing the game and acquiring all feats, I shall now engage the infamous “Butt mode”, and be laughing all the way.
Titanfall - As my goose chase continues (I got one pilot by mistake using the new environmental traps last weekend and that was my only "goose") I am finding more and more new friends online that are providing me with a wealth of tips and strategies to GET THESE GEESE!
Goat Simulator - After hearing this was coming our way in the ID@XBOX program I must whip out my sticky goat tongue and mess with innocent civilians. Fear the goat!
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.