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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.

So, check out what we’re playing below, and then chime in with your own choices for weekend gaming in the comments.

For one of the first weekends in as long as I can remember, I might actually be free from the responsibility of playing something for the purposes of work. So now, here I sit, not sure what to do with myself. What will my life be like this weekend? What new roads or possibilities may open up when I?m released from the shackles of having to sit on my couch all Saturday and Sunday, trying desperately to get through a game I?ve been tasked with defeating?

Wait, hold on? this weekend is my birthday. So I think I?ll go out, loved one in tow, and enjoy life a little. And then, maybe, when not celebrating the fact that I?m yet one year closer to my inevitable doom, I?m try to get in some more Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Enter laughter here about how that will never, ever happen.

I told you I’d be busy with Etrian Mystery Dungeon for a month, but you didn’t want to believe me. And yet here we are, where another weekend will be spent exploring the innocent-looking, overwhelmingly dangerous corridors in the latest roguelike from Spike Chunsoft. And the best part? Since it’s a 3DS game, I can follow the March Madness games on TV without any problem as I play.

Based partly on Eric’s review from earlier in the week, and my own enjoyment of the first Revelations game, I will be jumping into Capcom’s initial foray into episodic content this weekend and start playing Resident Evil Revelations 2. The first Revelations was a pleasant surprise for me, and I hope it’s sequel will continue to remind me why I enjoy this series after yet another awful main series chapter in Resident Evil 6. I also hope to get the next recipe in Barry Burton’s human cookbook after his delightful “Jill sandwich” left me wanting more after the original Resident Evil. Maybe a Claire salad?

While Battlefield Hardline‘s single-player campaign proved to be a slight disappointment?at some point, I realized this wasn’t a cop game so much as a Mission Impossible game with a few misleadingly low-key levels?I’ve found myself coming back to the multiplayer again and again. Of course, that’s not by choice. Some evil genius at Visceral decided to make every achievement/trophy in the game stupidly easy to earn in a few hours of playtime, except for one that requires a stupidly long commitment to the multiplayer progression system. Seriously, you see “get 25 kills with the double barrel shotgun” and think it’s no big. Then you discover that unlocking that gun requires completing one of the hardest challenges in the game and putting in a solid 30 hours before you can even attempt it.

I realize that what I’m doing right now is pointing out how stupid and manipulative this trophy is, and there’s absolutely no good reason I should still be falling victim to it if I can see how transparently evil it is. Doesn’t matter. I want that platinum.

Despite total confidence that Final Fantasy XV will inevitably disappoint?not just because it’s been in development for far too long not to be a mess, but also because I have no faith in Square Enix as storytellers anymore?I’ll be trying out the “Episode Duscae” demo because I’ll never learn my lesson with this franchise. To be fair, I don’t think that Square or Enix were ever particularly good at it, but before voice acting came to plague JRPGs, they seemed less terrible at it. Having recently replayed Xenogears, I can assure that while the story is fascinating in its complexity, the characters and their dialogue are dogbutts.

And unfortunately, Square Enix is billing FFXV as a character-centric, more intimate, grounded take on the typically globe-trotting “epic” sci-fantasy series. I’m down with that. I’m down with a road trip story. I’m down with all the math involved in Final Fantasy XV, but I just don’t think it’ll add up. At least, however, as an action-RPG, it ought to be mercifully fun to play. That’s more than any of the three Final Fantasy XIII‘s can say.

After months of waiting, Battlefield Hardline is finally here. I know I shouldn’t be that excited about another, seemingly mediocre, entry in the franchise, but I honestly am. I missed the train with Battlefield 4?although some would say I was pretty lucky?so this time round I’m really looking forward to be there on day one ready to earn some XP and some fancy weapon loot. Having played both betas I can safely say that the game has come along leaps and bounds between the first and second test. The weapon handling felt good in the second beta, however, it was a tad unrealistic with how well the M16 handled, but Visceral already addressed that.

Of course, as usual, I’ll also be spending some time with Final Fantasy XIV, as I continue the old Relic grind and try to make as much Gil as possible before the expansion launches in June. An MMO player’s work is never done.

Weekend Play: Hard Revelations

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.

By EGM Staff | 03/20/2015 07:00 PM PT

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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.

So, check out what we’re playing below, and then chime in with your own choices for weekend gaming in the comments.

For one of the first weekends in as long as I can remember, I might actually be free from the responsibility of playing something for the purposes of work. So now, here I sit, not sure what to do with myself. What will my life be like this weekend? What new roads or possibilities may open up when I?m released from the shackles of having to sit on my couch all Saturday and Sunday, trying desperately to get through a game I?ve been tasked with defeating?

Wait, hold on? this weekend is my birthday. So I think I?ll go out, loved one in tow, and enjoy life a little. And then, maybe, when not celebrating the fact that I?m yet one year closer to my inevitable doom, I?m try to get in some more Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Enter laughter here about how that will never, ever happen.

I told you I’d be busy with Etrian Mystery Dungeon for a month, but you didn’t want to believe me. And yet here we are, where another weekend will be spent exploring the innocent-looking, overwhelmingly dangerous corridors in the latest roguelike from Spike Chunsoft. And the best part? Since it’s a 3DS game, I can follow the March Madness games on TV without any problem as I play.

Based partly on Eric’s review from earlier in the week, and my own enjoyment of the first Revelations game, I will be jumping into Capcom’s initial foray into episodic content this weekend and start playing Resident Evil Revelations 2. The first Revelations was a pleasant surprise for me, and I hope it’s sequel will continue to remind me why I enjoy this series after yet another awful main series chapter in Resident Evil 6. I also hope to get the next recipe in Barry Burton’s human cookbook after his delightful “Jill sandwich” left me wanting more after the original Resident Evil. Maybe a Claire salad?

While Battlefield Hardline‘s single-player campaign proved to be a slight disappointment?at some point, I realized this wasn’t a cop game so much as a Mission Impossible game with a few misleadingly low-key levels?I’ve found myself coming back to the multiplayer again and again. Of course, that’s not by choice. Some evil genius at Visceral decided to make every achievement/trophy in the game stupidly easy to earn in a few hours of playtime, except for one that requires a stupidly long commitment to the multiplayer progression system. Seriously, you see “get 25 kills with the double barrel shotgun” and think it’s no big. Then you discover that unlocking that gun requires completing one of the hardest challenges in the game and putting in a solid 30 hours before you can even attempt it.

I realize that what I’m doing right now is pointing out how stupid and manipulative this trophy is, and there’s absolutely no good reason I should still be falling victim to it if I can see how transparently evil it is. Doesn’t matter. I want that platinum.

Despite total confidence that Final Fantasy XV will inevitably disappoint?not just because it’s been in development for far too long not to be a mess, but also because I have no faith in Square Enix as storytellers anymore?I’ll be trying out the “Episode Duscae” demo because I’ll never learn my lesson with this franchise. To be fair, I don’t think that Square or Enix were ever particularly good at it, but before voice acting came to plague JRPGs, they seemed less terrible at it. Having recently replayed Xenogears, I can assure that while the story is fascinating in its complexity, the characters and their dialogue are dogbutts.

And unfortunately, Square Enix is billing FFXV as a character-centric, more intimate, grounded take on the typically globe-trotting “epic” sci-fantasy series. I’m down with that. I’m down with a road trip story. I’m down with all the math involved in Final Fantasy XV, but I just don’t think it’ll add up. At least, however, as an action-RPG, it ought to be mercifully fun to play. That’s more than any of the three Final Fantasy XIII‘s can say.

After months of waiting, Battlefield Hardline is finally here. I know I shouldn’t be that excited about another, seemingly mediocre, entry in the franchise, but I honestly am. I missed the train with Battlefield 4?although some would say I was pretty lucky?so this time round I’m really looking forward to be there on day one ready to earn some XP and some fancy weapon loot. Having played both betas I can safely say that the game has come along leaps and bounds between the first and second test. The weapon handling felt good in the second beta, however, it was a tad unrealistic with how well the M16 handled, but Visceral already addressed that.

Of course, as usual, I’ll also be spending some time with Final Fantasy XIV, as I continue the old Relic grind and try to make as much Gil as possible before the expansion launches in June. An MMO player’s work is never done.

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