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Weekend Play: Revengeance of the Nerds

Posted on March 1, 2013 AT 03:32pm


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!

After spending the past month marrying off nubile warriors in Fire Emblem: Awakening and traversing deadly labyrinths in Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan, it’s time for me to get back to reality. Well, to an extent, since I’ll be playing MLB 13: The Show, a game that, for reasons unknown, has my beloved World Series champion San Francisco Giants ranked in the bottom half of the National League. But that’s OK—when I’m in control, Tim Lincecum and his now non-flowing locks will dominate all comers regardless!

This weekend I’m going to be playing…NI NO KUNI! No, no, I’m just kidding. I did, finally, finish it a couple weekends ago after getting Oliver to level 58, thus this weekend I can branch out and play other games. So, after playing one of the longer games I’ve delved into quite a while, it’s time to jump into something I can get through in a quick clip supposedly to maybe cleanse my palette.

Therefore, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be keeping my Xbox 360 warm this weekend. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Metal Gear fan in the world, at least compared to some of the guys on staff, but I do find some enjoyment from it and the demos I’ve played of Revengenace at various events over the course of the past year have piqued my interest. So I’m looking forward to sharpening my sword skills and pushing Raiden’s cyborg body to its limits this weekend.

I haven’t spent a huge amount of time with my 3DS over the past week or two, but that’ll be changing this weekend as I play Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate.

I don’t envy the position this game is in, really. Castlevania on Nintendo handhelds became the place where fans of the franchise could go for that tried-and-true 2D Castlevania experience, and now Mirror of Fate comes along to break that tradition.

Will the game be on the same level as that classic Koji Igarashi style of portable Castlevania? No, of course not—but to be fair, it’s been an interesting experience from what I’ve played so far. It certainly attempts to  feel like more of an old-school Castlevania, and there are some gameplay elements that I’ve already come across which give it a sense of uniqueness.

So, in order to get my review for the game up for next week, I’ll be finishing that up this weekend. Beyond that, if I have any other free time, I might jump into some Uncharted 3 multiplayer. Now that that portion of the game has gone free-to-play, I’m curious to see how the online community will have changed.

This are really starting to heat up, even while the snow continues to pile outside. This weekend I hope to spend most of my time playing the Tomb Raider reboot. I have heard nothing but good things, and love the game’s art direction and character design.

All of this could be derailed, however, if I manage to receive my review copy of SimCity. Easily one of my most anticipated games of the Spring, I am anxious to see how the change in the game’s overall design affects the fun. For those who haven’t heard, this SimCity is more about creating connected cities that benefit each other than one giant city that does it all. This also adds plays into the multiplayer aspect of it, with players controlling their own cities that, in turn, complement (or compete against?) each other.

I have no doubt that should SimCity show up my weekend is doomed. But hey, who needs to worry about personal hygiene anyway?

My time this weekend is going to be dominated by my all-time favourite MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. I’m preparing for the launch of 2.0 by grinding some reputation and attempting to collect a few million credits to pay for some Cartel items that I really want. Some of my time will also be spent trying out a few new specs on my Assassin In preparation for the upcoming class changes in 2.0. On top of this I’ll also be attempting to level up my cooking skill in real life which should be fun—and incredibly dangerous.

I want to say that I’ll be playing either Dead Space 3 or Crysis 3 this weekend—both of which I recently acquired. And perhaps I will find the time to squeeze in a little Crysis 3 multiplayer. Josh owes me a few rounds of buddy-buddy mayhem in the C3 multiplayer. But the truth is, I’ll be playing Dollar Dash for review this weekend. Sorry, y’all. One of these weeks I’ll have something more interesting to gush about.

After playing through the stellar Year Walk on my iPhone this week, I have to admit that my skepticism about the device’s potential to deliver worthwhile gaming experiences might—might—be unfounded. This weekend, I’m going to put it to the test by playing through as many games from the App Store charts as I can cram into one 48-hour period. I suspect I’m in for a cavalcade of disappointments, but who knows? Maybe Glam Fever is the next Half-Life 2.

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