Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Twenty Two
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Fire Emblem, Road Not Taken, Tomb Raider and more!
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)
The Last of Us: Remastered (PS4) — I completed the game on PS3 in launch week, then traded it in for the PS4 version and am about halfway through. Work has put paid to me completing it this week, but the weekend isn't far away. I was truly surprised as to how much of the game's intro that I had entirely forgotten. Really gave me a kick in the heart the second time around, as much as it did on the PS3.
TRON Legacy Pinball (Arcade) — I will go straight out and admit that this is going to be running on my arcade cabinet in the excellent Future Pinball software, but I think I can get away with it being counted as a videogame, given that the table isn't a recreation. It's a brand new homebrew table that's been created by a very talented and dedicated guy, and is only available in game form. And...well...I'm the boss so...shush. Multiball!
WWE All Stars (Xbox 360)
I'm getting far more excited for WWE 2k15 on Xbox One than I ever really should be at the grand old age of 33, and I realised last week that I'd never really played this traditional fighting game/wrestling game hybrid before. I found it cheap at a local store and my first hour with it was really fun, so I'm looking forward to playing through it this weekend.
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
Oh man, I don't even know where to begin this week! Hmm... My wife brought home Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition last Friday, and I'm about halfway through that — my sights are set on 100% single-player completion. The PS Vita has remained a vital part of my daily routine, and with The Swapper, Proteus, Table Top Racing and a secret game that I can't mention (oops!), there's no shortage of handheld goodness to keep my eyes wide and fingers in constant pain. Steel Empire for 3DS is sure to prolong the hand cramping if the Vita needs to rest on the charger.
As you can see, an influx of games has found its way into my possession recently, and I'm trying to work through the stack diligently so it doesn't tempt and distract me throughout work days. Rogue Legacy interfered with productivity last week and this week it looks like The Swapper is the main culprit — I'm LOVING nearly everything about it so far. Who knows, maybe a game will release for the Xbox One soon enough and I'll be able to jump on some review duties. It could happen, right?
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
Okay, I'm serious this time. Batman: Arkham Origins will be wrapped up this weekend. As I've stated before, I've been immensely surprised how much I'm enjoying it, considering how many close friends of mine have disliked it. No, I don't think it tops its predecessors, but it still feels like an Arkham game through and through. I'm also enjoying the story quite a bit, and the stuff with Joker caught me by surprise. I probably won't toy around with multiplayer, but I may give it a try if I have some time.
Over on Vita, I'm currently playing Doki-Doki Universe which just so happens to be one of most "feel good" games I've played in a long while. The art style is wonderfully charming and the core gameplay has you fulfilling tasks for people on an alien planet to make them feel better. Sure, it may sound a little childish but it's a refreshing change from the usual mature games I've been surrounded with.
Thanks to Games with Gold, I'll boot up Crimson Dragon and give it a spin. I was always curious about it when I heard it was a launch title for the console, but after reading reviews, I refrained from buying it. I'm not expecting much from it but perhaps with lowered expectations, I may end up enjoying my time with it.
Eric Santana (@EricDS)
I'm heading to Florida for a family vacation this weekend, so mobile games are what will help pass the time during the drive down. That means that the 3DS and Vita are going to be getting more attention than usual. I'll be continuing my Fire Emblem: Awakening file that I started last weekend. I'm about 10 chapters in and just got to the point where I can recruit units from previous games in the series, which makes the fanboy in me very happy.
I also picked up some downloadable titles for Vita that I've wanted to play. Spelunky is one that I have seen played and been interested in, but never got around to purchasing. According to reviews it's a pretty difficult game with a ton of cool mechanics to help make every run feel different. The second game that I downloaded from PSN was Thomas Was Alone. When I learned that it won a BAFTA, I decided to look into it. It appears to be a pretty relaxed game in comparison to both Spelunky and Fire Emblem, and I think the change in pace will do me good.
Emma H. Pira (@PeTitosaurus)
I'll be grinding Titanfall — back into the old habits. The new maps that launched with the latest DLC are just my cup of tea, completely. I really like the fact that they seem to truly have taken pilot movements into consideration, creating pretty small maps with levels upwards rather than expanding outwards. The new maps are just pure parkour fun for me and (this will come back to bite me, I'm sure) I feel pro at times.
The Minecraft server I used to play on was scrapped and is getting a face-lift, so I'll most likely be getting into that again, as well. You'll find me in the jungle biomes scouting for ocelots — I'm serious about those cats. I am getting those cats!
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
At last! The elusive weekend without plans, a rare and fabulous beast indeed. To celebrate, I have made plans..to meet up with site regular emanouel for some Dead Rising 3 co-op action. Since he's the only person I know whose love of destroying zombies is greater than my own, I'm sure we'll have a blast!
I'll be delving into the adorable looking Road Not Taken on PS4 too as I sank an embarrassing amount of time into Triple Town by the same developer and this looks like a much more fulfilling puzzle experience. I didn't know much about this title other than 'oh my god-are those the Triple Town bears?!' (My cry as we scrolled through the PSN store), so I'm looking forward to giving it a go.
The usual suspects will be cropping up of course; Hearthstone, Plants vs Zombies and Don't Starve, but these titles have become such a constant in my life, I hardly consider them worthy of mention. Asking if I am planning to play these at the weekend would be as redundant as asking if I was planning to eat or breathe. Gaming, it has been too long, but rest assured, I am yours once more.
Justin Gieni (@Headestroyer4)
This weekend I become unstuck!
The new content in Titanfall update V5, as well as the vibrant and environmentally-hazardous maps of Frontier's Edge, have me back “chasing geese” in a renewed attempt to bypass GEN 5. It's great that my burn cards aren't gong to waste anymore as I squeeze through this bottleneck. Any tips on “goosing”, (taking down an ejecting pilot) for me from the community are more than welcome!
I'll also be tapping away frantically at my D-Pad in Guacamelee: STCE and Shovel Knight, since these two titles have reignited my love for difficult games. With higher difficulty and harsher penalty systems comes the inevitable choke point, that time when we cast our controllers recklessly out the window and proclaim “this *%$@ is hard!”. This weekend I will be symbolically climbing out the window, dusting off my poor gamepad and conquering these most challenging moments in the more difficult games on my roster… Then some Mario Golf: World Tour for stress relief!
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.