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Weekend Play: Going Back to The Island

Posted on April 19, 2013 AT 05:00pm

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing.

After reading what we’re playing, let us know what games you’ve been playing and what games, if any, you’ll be escaping to this weekend in the comments below!

Even though it was what I was playing some of last weekend, I’m not done. Admittedly, Injustice: Gods Among Us sidetracked me last weekend (be sure to check out my full review).  Therefore, I will continue to wade through the muck of dead bodies and flesh-eating monstrosities in Dead Island: Riptide.

My imported Sam B has fashioned a lovely new Liquid Fire Baseball Bat and has been smashing faces in for almost a dozen hours already. The feeling is that a dozen more, after a weekend solely dedicated to this game, should be enough to finally emerge on the other side of the horrors of Palanai victorious.

Now that my review of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is behind me—you did read my review, right?—I must return back to the world of more major releases.

Thus, this weekend it’ll be a decision between two games: Dead Island: Riptide and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. I’ve never played the original Dead Island before, but I’ve always wanted to. At this point, however, we’ve got copies of its follow-up in for review. So, hey, I might as well just jump in there—and then cry tears of sorrow later over the unopened copy of the first game that sits on my shelf, purchased yet unplayed.

What’ll probably happen, though, is I’ll spend the majority of my time checking out the new content in Dark Arisen. I’m still not a fan of the whole pawn system in Dragon’s Dogma, but I also still really dig the world that Capcom created for the game otherwise. For those who missed the game the first time, this’ll probably be the best place to start—but my full opinion on that still needs to be formed.

This weekend I intend on getting my superhero on! That’s right true believers (whoops, wrong comic publisher) I’m going to be playing Injustice: Gods Among Us! I love the world of comic books, where muscly dudes, and scantily-clad women kick each other’s asses with little to no regard for personal property! That and the use of exclamation points! They use so many exclamation points! It excites me!

I hear from my good friend, the Reviews Robot 3000, that this game is worthy of spandex it represents! Stretchy costumes! Superman gone wild! Somebody give me a Red Bull and get out of my way!!! Tune in again Monday, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel to see how this episode concludes!

I’ll be juggling Soul Sacrifice and Knife of Dunwall this weekend—mostly Knife of Dunwall. I’ve only played about an hour or so of the Dishonored DLC, but I must say it’s great to be back in scenic Dunwall City. I was a big fan of the full game, but I’d be a liar if I didn’t say the absence of Corvo as a character who verbally interacts with the rest of the cast wasn’t something that felt … outdated. So if nothing else, having Daud (voiced by Michael Madsen) as the protagonist helps Knife of Dunwall stand out noticeably. Hopefully Corvo gets his voice back in Dishonored 2—provided he’s even the main character. Or there is a Dishonored 2.

Until then, I’ve got Daud dancing to “Stuck in the Middle with You” as he carves the ear off a whale.

Now that they’ve added DLC to The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, I’m going to go back in for another round. I think a handful of new weapons and a wave-based survival mode (a la Gears of War‘s Horde) is exactly what the game needs to finally deliver on its premise. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this new and improved version of the game ends up on my personal 2013 Game of the Year list. It’s heartwarming to see the developers fighting off claims that the game was a quick and dirty attempt to cash in on the license by delivering real, substantive changes to the game so they can deliver on their… OK, this is physically painful to type. I don’t think I can keep up the charade any longer. I’ll actually be playing Monaco.

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