Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (January 21-22)

It's time for the weekend! We've got plenty to be getting on with over the next few days, including three fantastic additions to Xbox Game Pass, a couple of impressive Free Play Days titles, and checking out the massive Xbox Lunar New Year Sale, along with all the other usual sales that are live this week.

Here's what we're playing this weekend:

Fraser Gilbert, Editor

I feel like Monster Hunter Rise is calling to me this weekend, especially as I never really managed to spend much time with Monster Hunter: World while it was part of Xbox Game Pass a couple of years ago. I don't really know all that much about the series, but our review here at Pure Xbox suggests it's definitely worth trying!

Elsewhere, I might play a bit of PGA Tour 2K23 in anticipation of EA Sports PGA Tour's release this March. All being well, we'll have two great golf games to enjoy this year, and I'll be spending plenty of time with both!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Craig Reid, Video Producer, Editor

After showing Fraser the cooking Palicos, I’d like to take full credit for his Monster Hunter Rise FOMO. That being said, I’m definitely going to give Monster Hunter Rise more of my time this weekend.

In addition to beast slaying, I’d say my main focus is to crack on with Cult Of The Lamb. After 100% completion of Death’s Door (which is fantastic by the way), I decided the satanic-woollen-cult experience would be my second game to fully achieve this year! Furthermore, I’m quite proud of the name I chose for my cult (“Ewe Flockers” - great innit?). If you think your cult’s name is better, I’d love to hear it.

Ben Kerry, Staff Writer

I've got a busy weekend of gaming coming up I reckon! Over on the PlayStation side of things, I'm trucking through Ghost of Tsushima right now, after firing up the PS5 again recently to play through that indie kitty game everyone was talking about six months ago.

In terms of Xbox, I think I might give Tiny Tina's Wonderlands a proper go over the weekend. Gearbox's Borderlands spin-off is part of Xbox Free Play Days this weekend, and I've got it installed and ready to go! Now, we'll see if I can get through it all over the course of about two days...

Have a great weekend, folks!

PJ O'Reilly, Staff Writer

This weekend, I'm planning to put my special Dead Space t-shirt and shorts and socks and limited edition underpants on to play the brand-new remake of Isaac Clarke's claustrophobic adventure until my eyes bleed and my hands fall o...what? Excuse me? It's not out yet? Damn.

Alright. I seem to have got a bit ahead of myself here, so eh...this weekend I'll just continue to tread water as I wait for Dead Space by getting on with my latest run of Elden Ring, a game I'm appreciating even more this time around - if that's even possible - and I'll also likely dip into Monster Hunter Rise to see what all the fuss is about. I mean, I've downloaded it already so it'd be a bit silly of me not to try it out, right? Man, I can't wait to rip the limbs off a bunch of necromorphs though, I'm really jonesing to shred some alien heads. Maybe I should play the original to tide me over.

Have a good weekend.

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