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Weekend Play: SimCity of Fallen Angels

Posted on March 8, 2013 AT 02:13pm

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!

Contrary to what some seem to think, I definitely enjoyed MLB 13: The Show. And I’ll spend the weekend trying to get my Paleolithic hurler, Unfrozen Caveman Ballplayer, back to the Big Leagues. Regrettably, he’s been shipped to the Seattle Mariners along with Brandon Belt for Kendrys Morales, his considerable talents relegated to triple-A Tacoma and the back of the bullpen. He’s currently fighting an addiction to Top Pot Doughnuts—he eats to combat his growing depression at the anti-Neanderthal prejudice he’s facing in the Emerald City (the hipsters of the Pacific Northwest don’t like prehistoric beards infringing on their modern whiskers)—but make no mistake: You can’t teach a 98-mile-per-hour fastball and pinpoint control. Unfrozen Caveman Ballplayer will have the last laugh—of that, you can be assured.

Originally I had wanted this piece to be about the new SimCity, but with all the problems people have had, myself included with a four hour wait one night and still not being able to access a server, I decided I’m going to wait a little longer and make sure EA has the time needed to get this fixed. Like they should have before the game launched.

Anyway, this weekend, against the advice of one Eric L. Patterson, I am going to try the new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.  I liked the lore started with the original Lords of Shadow and am curious to play as Simon Belmont for the first time in ages as one of the primary vampire hunters in a side-scrolling fashion. After Eric’s review, my hopes aren’t as high as they once were, but what can I say, whips and chains excite me so maybe I’ll get a bit more enjoyment out of it.

This weekend is very exciting for me, as I’ll be delving into the just-released Atelier Ayesha. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the series, and was excited when Gust hinted that Ayesha might have a bit more mature feel to it. Not “mature” as in sex, blood, and/or violence, to be clear—mature as in a 17-year-old protagonist instead of a 14-year-old one. Hey—progress is progress, right?

Beyond that, I know for sure I’ll be playing another fun game this weekend: Spring Cleaning ’13. It’s a long-running free-to-play suitable for all ages and types of players, and it’s one of those games where there’s a clear level of progression the more time you spend playing.

After a maddeningly frustrating week trying to review SimCity, I am loathe to mention that I am still looking forward to playing it this weekend. That is if I am able to get on to the servers. So far, I’ve only managed to spend about six hours with the game, and while I have enjoyed those, the constant difficulties have soured me a bit.

With luck, I will also be receiving the copy of LEGO City Undercover I was promised. The first high-profile, post-launch Wii U game, and one I’ve actually been looking forward to since the system was announced. While it may not be a based on a big, licensed property, this LEGO game looks like it actually has something new to offer.

Of course if I am not able to play either of these two, I do have a copy of Etrian Odyssey IV waiting for me. In fact maybe I will just start playing that now.

This weekend I’ll be diving into a game that I bought back in the Steam Christmas sale, To The Moon. It  was met with critical acclaim when it launched and is a simple little game that contains a very powerful story. This isn’t one of those games that you play for its gameplay features, far from it, this one is all about the story, which, from what I’ve heard, is one of the greatest ever told in video games. As an added note, the developer recently announced a spiritual sequel for the game called A Bird Story, so that’s one to keep an eye on.

I’ll also be spending some time messing around in Star Wars: The Old Republic, mainly focusing on raising my reputation levels and preparing for the massive 2.0 patch, which is still a few weeks away.

Like my colleagues Ray and Marc, I too would like to be playing SimCity this weekend, but that doesn’t seem likely. I still have the new Tomb Raider and Dead Space 3 on my plate, so not all is lost.

I’m roughly halfway through Tomb Raider. Unless SimCity magically becomes playable, the New Adventures of Lara Croft will occupy most of my free time this weekend (that, and situating myself out west after leaving my east coast life behind tomorrow morning). So far, I’m really, really diggin’ the Tomb Raider. It’s super solid, and a lot of fun. Crystal Dynamics has incorporateda lot of little things I’m really partial to—such as Lara’s scramble evade in the place of the self-generating inertia dodge rolls most games of this ilk feature. The story is interesting enough, and the characters don’t feel like terrible one-note stereotypes. I think Rhianna Pratchett’s touch has really gone a long way for this title (though not in such a way that I’d feel inclined to write home about).

I imagine some Crysis 3 multiplayer is also in my future. At least, I hope it is.

If I can coerce Josh into braving Tau Volantis with me, I’ll finally unwrap Dead Space 3. Yes, I know I can play it solo. But I don’t wanna!

A brief update on my Weekend Play entry from last week: most iOS games are not, in fact, as good Year Walk. But onward and upward, I always say, and this weekend I’m heading back to the big boy consoles for a double header of Heavy Rain and God of War: Ascension. The former is to tide me over until I can finally gaze upon Willem Dafoe’s digital visage in Beyond: Two Souls. The latter? Well, sometimes you just need to rip a satyr’s head off so you can remember what it means means to feel alive. I’m coming for you, Tumnus.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern) before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. You can follow his rants about storytelling on Twitter @manadrive.[Meet the rest of the crew]

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