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EGM Presents:
What We’re Playing This Weekend

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Posted on March 2, 2012 AT 06:10am

Here’s what the EGM staff will be playing this weekend—now we’d also like to know what you’ll be playing as well!

With the crushing walls of text that come with putting the finishing touches on the latest print edition of EGM, games are, ironically, just about the last thing on my mind at the moment.

Having said that, though, I’ve been playing through Mass Effect 3 for this issue…and found myself surprisingly addicted. It’s weird, because I always felt that if any BioWare RPG would grab me, it’d be Dragon Age, but that just didn’t do it for me. Instead, it’s the sci-fi trappings of Mass Effect that have me eager to play Commander Shepard as I see fit: a dickish, brutal, cold-hearted officer ostensibly modeled on Fox News’ Shepard Smith, but who ended up looking regrettably like Twilight’s Edward Cullen…

So after marathoning my way through Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning, a pair of very different but still awesome RPGs that had consumed my life up to this point, I will be moving into a completely different genre now for this weekend.

Like many folks, I had been waiting for the re-launch of SSX for a while and after playing various Deadly Descent levels at preview events leading up to the game’s launch, I can’t wait to finally sit down and conquer these nine different mountains now at home on my personal console. In the real world, you wouldn’t catch me dead on a board (I’m not the most athletic of people), but in the virtual world, I’ll be shredding with the best of them.

Should I conquer those mountains a little faster than anticipated though, I also have the futuristic shooter, Binary Domain to jump into. It’s squad mechanics may be Mass Effect-like in their implementation, but getting up close and personal with a lot more giant robots always sounds like a winning situation to me.

Having my dreams of playing Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 dashed upon the rocks after reading fellow reviewer Matthew Bennett’s review of the RPG, my heart leapt when Mass Effect 3 showed up. I’m hoping to spend at least a dozen hours getting reacquainted with Commander Shepard and the crew of the Normandy, and get well on my way to saving the Earth. Honestly, I should be grateful that the new Neptunia is sub-par, given the proliferation of amazing RPGs right now. I still haven’t completed Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and I would like to get back into Skyrim, but I’m guessing Mass Effect will side-track me for a good week.

Additionally, I’m still enjoying SSX quite a lot, and I’m sure I’ll spend some time trying to hide Geotags and make a little coin.

I suppose if I need a change, or if my wife claims the big TV for herself over the weekend, I’ll give the new Vita shooter, Unit 13 a go. I’ve been a little disappointed thus far by the Vita’s launch lineup, and I’m hoping Unit 13 supplies some of the thrills that have been lacking. One way or another it’s gonna be another packed weekend.

This weekend my time will be predominantly spent playing the second TERA closed beta test. This is one MMO that I’m incredibly excited for. Only one weekend to reach the level cap, which is 27 for this test—that’s a lot of random mob slaying ahead of me.

I absolutely love the more action oriented battle system which actually requires some skill as opposed to simply auto targeting enemies and smashing the keyboard until everything dies. It should be a lot of fun.

This weekend is going to be a little crazy for me, as I have to get loose ends tied up before I head off to GDC 2012. So, I’m not expecting to have the chance to get into anything intense—like, say, a certain game about mass and the effects it could have, which I’m absolutely dying to play more of (beyond the couple of hours I’ve gotten into it at this point). Let my jealousy about Andrew’s weekend gaming plans be known (and yes, his Shepard does bear a striking resemblance to a certain pop-culture vampire).

So, instead, I think any gaming time I do this weekend will still be spent with Street Fighter X Tekken. Even though the game officially hits on Tuesday, some folks are finding ways to get copies early, so I’m starting to find some competition online. That’s both good and bad—good because it means I have people to play against other than the computer, bad because I’m quickly learning that my still level isn’t anywhere near high enough yet! The game really does feel quit different than Street Fighter IV (the fighter I’m the most used to at this moment). It does so in a good way, but it also means a definite shift in how you mentally come at the game.

 

Now that you know what we’re playing—what are YOU going to be playing this weekend? We’d love to know, so post a comment below and tell us what games will be giving you joy (or frustration) this weekend!

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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