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.
I started this week by buying my very first* amiibo: Pac-Man. I couldn’t help it. I’ve been a Pac-fan since I was a young child, and there’s just something about the way he appeared in Super Smash Bros that perfectly captured that old-school, more retro look and feel for Namco’s most famous creation. So, when I saw how awesome his amiibo self was, I couldn’t resist.
Today, I was reminded of Pac-Man again, thanks to the Ray’s news story about the first batch of games to be introduced into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. With so much Pac on the brain this week, it’s been decided: I’m going to go back to something Pac-related this weekend during my free gaming time. Probably the original Pac-Man Championship Edition, which still holds a special place in my heart to this day. I’m sure I’ve dropped a way from my previously high placement on the Xbox Live leaderboards, so maybe it’s time I try to brush up on my skills again.
With my review done and a new patch promising to enhance the experience, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
? Geralt of Rivia Slow-Jams Edition
continues this weekend.
For those of you who don’t know (and if you don’t, Geralt would like a word with you?he’ll wave his hand in front of your face if need be!), this is my second playthrough of the game, and as the name implies, it’s all about taking things slow and taking in everything The Witcher 3 has to offer. In this playthrough, Geralt will stop to pick the daisies?literally! He won’t just ride by as the game’s seemingly unlimited supply of drunken braggarts shout slurs at him from the side of the road. He’ll actively seek out specters and succubi. And he’ll even take the time to go diving off the coast of Skellige and take in the undersea sights?assuming harpies don’t interfere with the plan.
I’m aiming for a 300-hour playthrough. Wish me luck.
So I didn’t get nearly as much time as I wanted to devote to The Witcher 3 last weekend because I had some house guests, and ended up being far busier than I thought I would be. This weekend, however, I’m expecting no distractions. Since I easily put another 20 hours in over the course of the work week towards beating this game, I legitimately think this will be the weekend I bring everything to a close. Now in the game’s third major region?and with so many side quests behind me?I think it’s time to bear down and focus on just playing the story missions and finish up the narrative?especially since the game may have already peaked after I had sex with the sorceress Yennefer on a unicorn. You read that right. Man, I love RPGs.
Still on that Witcher 3 grind whenever I find the time. I’ve actually started making minor progress on the story now, though I’m mostly sticking to side missions, picking wildflowers, and incinerating deer. I recently completed my first Witcher contract, where I had to perform a full-on investigation to figure out the backstory behind a ghost before I banished it, and I was really impressed with the overall design of the quest. It felt much more like a little self-contained story in a procedural TV show like Supernatural than a standard “go to point A, kill enemy” chore in a video game. If the rest of the game keeps up that level of thoughtful detail, I think I understand why it’s been so acclaimed.
Surprisingly, I’ve once again become addicted to Destiny. After making the switch to PlayStation 4, I’ve been slowly working may way back through the content. I’ve almost made it to light level 32 now, so hopefully over the next couple of days I’ll get those last few Vanguard reputation points. Once I have the two pieces of Vanguard gear that I’m missing, I’ll finally be able to get into the House of Wolves content and enter the Prison of Elders.
I’ll also be jumping back into Final Fantasy XIV to prepare for the release of Heavensward, which is just two weeks away now.