Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (January 15-16)

Welcome to the weekend! Next week is looking particularly tasty for Xbox Game Pass, but we've still had a couple of games added the service this week in Spelunky 2 and The Anacrusis, and we've also got another batch of Free Play Days titles to check out, along with the usual set of Deals with Gold and Spotlight offers.

Here's what we're checking out this weekend:

Fraser Gilbert, News Editor

I'm still hacking away at the same few games at the moment — the two I'm most focused on right now are Hades and Mass Effect Legendary Edition. I'm pleasantly surprised by just how good the latter still feels in 2022, and the ability to play it at 120 frames per-second on Xbox Series X is really nice. Plus, I never really played Mass Effect back in the Xbox 360 days, so it's pretty much all new to me.

You can never keep me away from sports games for too long either, and at the moment, my obsessions are the NHL series and PES 2021 (the less said about eFootball 2022, the better!). Plus, I just bought an old copy of LMA Manager 2007 for Xbox 360 — anyone remember that series?! It's been a long time since I last played LMA...

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Ben Kerry, Staff Writer

Since Serious Sam 4 was added to Game Pass out of nowhere, I've been meaning to give it a whirl. Well, it's now installed and I'm ready to give it a proper go this weekend. I've heard mixed things, but Serious Sam 3 was big dumb fun and that's what I'm after this weekend. Other than that, I'll probably keep chipping away at this month's Forza Horizon 5 festival playlist, that'll keep me busy.

Enjoy your gaming this weekend!

PJ O'Reilly, Staff Writer

This weekend I'll be continuing to blast through Scarlet Nexus and Tales of Arise, two games I should not have started playing at the same time, and I'll be complicating matters further by adding Yakuza: Like a Dragon to this heady mix. I had picked this one up at release and was loving it but got distracted by something or other and set it aside. I am now back in the mix though and thoroughly addicted, it's such a clever, well-written and engaging game, maybe even my favourite Yakuza in all honesty, and I 100% think the turn-based battles are a change for the better.

Have fun whatever you're up to or playing!

What Xbox games are you playing this weekend? Let us know down in the comments below.