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Welcome to Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the EGM editors 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.

Look, I’m just going to be honest with you: I probably won’t be doing a lot of gaming this weekend. I have too much to finish before E3 kicks off, especially now that companies have decided things need to be starting on Sunday instead of the usual Monday beginning of festivities.

Plus, after getting my hands on Street Fighter V last week, that’s all I want to play now! I mean, sure, I could go back and play more Street Fighter IV, get better at Poison or finally put the proper time into C. Viper that I’ve been wanting to, but it’s just not the same, you know? Though, I never did actually get the chance to play Pac-Man Championship Edition last weekend, and that’s not a game that requires a lot of time or dedication. So, maybe that’ll be what I play if I can play.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ? Geralt of Rivia Slow-Jams Edition continues this weekend, and a little Saturday slowdown is definitely necessary. Next week, once the hustle and bustle of E3 starts, there won’t be any time to reflect on the swamps of Velen or the “ladies of the evening” in Novigrad. Plus, this weekend’s play will serve as some necessary training for the treacherous halls of the LA Convention Center, too. Much like Geralt of Rivia makes his way from village to village and slays monsters, I will make my way from appointment to appointment and…turn down swag bags.

Well, I did what I set out to do last weekend and finished The Witcher 3! I was also able to knock out Adventures of Pip on the Wii U during the week. So, even though my game playing will be severely limited this weekend due to all the E3 shenanigans, such as the Bethesda press briefing Sunday night (which inconveniently airs at the exact same time as WWE’s Money in the Bank PPV, by the way!), and with my Wii U still warmed up from Pip, the little bit of gaming time I do find this weekend will see me finally giving Splatoon a playthrough. Yes, the cutesy nature of the game may not seem like my thing, but I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous demos I’ve played, so I’m curious to finally see how it all came together in the end.

This weekend, I?ll be performing my standard pre-E3 ritual game cleanse. It doesn?t actually involve playing any games, but instead revolves around locking myself in a room where images of every game I have ever played flash rapidly before my eyes, forcing me to become desensitized to anything in gaming with which I am familiar. I feel this prepares me mentally, physically, and emotionally to accept whatever is announced during the coming E3 with an open heart and a clear head. It also has the unfortunate side effect of permanently causing severe nosebleeds and nausea whenever I see an image of Crash Bandicoot or Tawna.


It’s time for me to venture back to the land of Tamriel as I embark on my quest in The Elder Scrolls Online. I skipped the game on PC last year, but I just couldn’t resist taking it for a spin now that it’s on consoles. It feels like the game was originally designed with consoles in mind, because the control scheme is excellent due to the small amount of active abilities you can have. My only issues so far? The lack of a chat box and the use of gamertags instead of actual character names. However, ZeniMax Online has explained the reasoning for both decisions, and I can understand. That doesn’t mean I’m happy, though.
Sadly, my time with The Elder Scrolls Online will be short-lived due to Final Fantasy XIV‘s Heavensward expansion entering early access on Friday. I honestly can’t wait to see where the story goes and to jump on my fat chocobo and take to the skies.

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Weekend Play: The calm before the (E3) storm

By EGM Staff | 06/13/2015 12:00 AM PT

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Welcome to Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the EGM editors 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.

Look, I’m just going to be honest with you: I probably won’t be doing a lot of gaming this weekend. I have too much to finish before E3 kicks off, especially now that companies have decided things need to be starting on Sunday instead of the usual Monday beginning of festivities.

Plus, after getting my hands on Street Fighter V last week, that’s all I want to play now! I mean, sure, I could go back and play more Street Fighter IV, get better at Poison or finally put the proper time into C. Viper that I’ve been wanting to, but it’s just not the same, you know? Though, I never did actually get the chance to play Pac-Man Championship Edition last weekend, and that’s not a game that requires a lot of time or dedication. So, maybe that’ll be what I play if I can play.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ? Geralt of Rivia Slow-Jams Edition continues this weekend, and a little Saturday slowdown is definitely necessary. Next week, once the hustle and bustle of E3 starts, there won’t be any time to reflect on the swamps of Velen or the “ladies of the evening” in Novigrad. Plus, this weekend’s play will serve as some necessary training for the treacherous halls of the LA Convention Center, too. Much like Geralt of Rivia makes his way from village to village and slays monsters, I will make my way from appointment to appointment and…turn down swag bags.

Well, I did what I set out to do last weekend and finished The Witcher 3! I was also able to knock out Adventures of Pip on the Wii U during the week. So, even though my game playing will be severely limited this weekend due to all the E3 shenanigans, such as the Bethesda press briefing Sunday night (which inconveniently airs at the exact same time as WWE’s Money in the Bank PPV, by the way!), and with my Wii U still warmed up from Pip, the little bit of gaming time I do find this weekend will see me finally giving Splatoon a playthrough. Yes, the cutesy nature of the game may not seem like my thing, but I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous demos I’ve played, so I’m curious to finally see how it all came together in the end.

This weekend, I?ll be performing my standard pre-E3 ritual game cleanse. It doesn?t actually involve playing any games, but instead revolves around locking myself in a room where images of every game I have ever played flash rapidly before my eyes, forcing me to become desensitized to anything in gaming with which I am familiar. I feel this prepares me mentally, physically, and emotionally to accept whatever is announced during the coming E3 with an open heart and a clear head. It also has the unfortunate side effect of permanently causing severe nosebleeds and nausea whenever I see an image of Crash Bandicoot or Tawna.


It’s time for me to venture back to the land of Tamriel as I embark on my quest in The Elder Scrolls Online. I skipped the game on PC last year, but I just couldn’t resist taking it for a spin now that it’s on consoles. It feels like the game was originally designed with consoles in mind, because the control scheme is excellent due to the small amount of active abilities you can have. My only issues so far? The lack of a chat box and the use of gamertags instead of actual character names. However, ZeniMax Online has explained the reasoning for both decisions, and I can understand. That doesn’t mean I’m happy, though.
Sadly, my time with The Elder Scrolls Online will be short-lived due to Final Fantasy XIV‘s Heavensward expansion entering early access on Friday. I honestly can’t wait to see where the story goes and to jump on my fat chocobo and take to the skies.

Read More