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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.

This weekend, I?m going to be playing the first two episodes of Life is Strange. After a week filled with gigantic game announcements and over-indulging on ?epic next-generation experiences,? I just want to sit down with something small, sincere, and emotionally compelling. I know it?d make way more sense to just wait until all five episodes are out and play them in one big go, but Dontnod?s latest tale just seems like exactly what I need right now.

And then, if I?m able to connect back with a more down-to-earth reality at that point, maybe I?ll jump into another game and kill some zombies.

While I anxiously await Geralt of Rivia’s debauched open-world adventures to arrive on my PS4, I’ve got some time to kill. I’ll spend part of it on Sunday watching Furious 7 and pouring out a 40 on the pavement for my fallen homeslice Paul Walker, followed by a Game of Thrones chaser (let’s hope for more Varys this week!).

But when I’m not immersed in the worlds of street-racing heists or scheming fantasy eunuchs, I’ll be spending the weekend extending my record with a sixth week on Etrian Mystery Dungeon. Special shoutout to veteran Atlus localizer Nich Maragos, by the way, who’s leaving the niche Japanese publisher today. His work on the Etrian franchise (along with Persona) has been invaluable in crafting an engrossing, engaging dungeon-crawling experience, and he’ll be missed.

Somehow, I’ve rediscovered Cookie Clicker, that terrible, worthless browser based game that more or less plays itself. Somehow, despite knowing how worthless it is, I’m still getting sucked back into it. Since I’m planning on having a fairly busy weekend, I guess it’ll have to be my stand-in for this week?even though I won’t really be playing it so much as leaving a Chrome window open on my computer with the mouse button taped down. Close enough.

Thoroughly exhausted by this week’s non-stop hype train, I’ll be escaping to some interactive sci-fi that’s actually good (as opposed to a dressed up fantasy franchise that, statistically, has twice as many bad entries as “good” ones). Crysis 2, as I often tout at EGM, is a phenomenal first-person shooter that is both super-fun to play and, as far as video games go, smartly written.

This weekend is another one of those real life verseus gaming ones, so I won’t have much time to really sink my teeth into anything. As a result, I’ll be continuing my leveling progress in Diablo III on Xbox One in the small amount of time I’ll have. My slog to level 70 is still ongoing, but there’s something relaxing about mindlessly plowing through enemies in hunt of the next shiny. I doubt I’ll make it to 70 this weekend, but at least I’ll have fun trying.

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Weekend Play: Hype Trainspotting

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 | 04/17/2015 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.

This weekend, I?m going to be playing the first two episodes of Life is Strange. After a week filled with gigantic game announcements and over-indulging on ?epic next-generation experiences,? I just want to sit down with something small, sincere, and emotionally compelling. I know it?d make way more sense to just wait until all five episodes are out and play them in one big go, but Dontnod?s latest tale just seems like exactly what I need right now.

And then, if I?m able to connect back with a more down-to-earth reality at that point, maybe I?ll jump into another game and kill some zombies.

While I anxiously await Geralt of Rivia’s debauched open-world adventures to arrive on my PS4, I’ve got some time to kill. I’ll spend part of it on Sunday watching Furious 7 and pouring out a 40 on the pavement for my fallen homeslice Paul Walker, followed by a Game of Thrones chaser (let’s hope for more Varys this week!).

But when I’m not immersed in the worlds of street-racing heists or scheming fantasy eunuchs, I’ll be spending the weekend extending my record with a sixth week on Etrian Mystery Dungeon. Special shoutout to veteran Atlus localizer Nich Maragos, by the way, who’s leaving the niche Japanese publisher today. His work on the Etrian franchise (along with Persona) has been invaluable in crafting an engrossing, engaging dungeon-crawling experience, and he’ll be missed.

Somehow, I’ve rediscovered Cookie Clicker, that terrible, worthless browser based game that more or less plays itself. Somehow, despite knowing how worthless it is, I’m still getting sucked back into it. Since I’m planning on having a fairly busy weekend, I guess it’ll have to be my stand-in for this week?even though I won’t really be playing it so much as leaving a Chrome window open on my computer with the mouse button taped down. Close enough.

Thoroughly exhausted by this week’s non-stop hype train, I’ll be escaping to some interactive sci-fi that’s actually good (as opposed to a dressed up fantasy franchise that, statistically, has twice as many bad entries as “good” ones). Crysis 2, as I often tout at EGM, is a phenomenal first-person shooter that is both super-fun to play and, as far as video games go, smartly written.

This weekend is another one of those real life verseus gaming ones, so I won’t have much time to really sink my teeth into anything. As a result, I’ll be continuing my leveling progress in Diablo III on Xbox One in the small amount of time I’ll have. My slog to level 70 is still ongoing, but there’s something relaxing about mindlessly plowing through enemies in hunt of the next shiny. I doubt I’ll make it to 70 this weekend, but at least I’ll have fun trying.

Read More