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.
I know a lot of you are probably sick of hearing me say this, but I’m finally back to making some good progress in Dragon Age: Inquisition. So, my biggest goal for this weekend is to hop into that and try even harder to complete more of the loose ends I still have. I mean, seriously?I’ve been playing this game off and on since last Christmas! It’s ridiculous! I don’t even remember how much I paid for it at this point, but I absolutely got my money’s worth.
And, since I feel like I should try to do something at least semi-patriotic in honor of the 4th of July, maybe I’ll exercise my right to bear arms by jumping into Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for a few rounds.
So, with Batman: Arkham Knight well in my rearview, and after having my fill of Splatoon during the week, I’ll be celebrating America’s independance by playing her national pastime. Yes, it’s time to go back to guiding my New York Yankees towards World Series Championship number 28. Although still a month away in real life, I’ve successfully steered through the murky waters of the trade deadline in my digital season and must now try to keep my team fresh through the dog days of summer in hopes of a deep October run. My pitching staff is getting healthy at the right time and because of my “win now” mentality shipping away half my farm system to bolster it when it was banged up, I now have seven legit powerhouse starting pitchers. Throw in all the speed I traded for on my bench, the power in the middle of my lineup, and Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances putting together seasons that could only be done in a video game, it will be a glorious weekend of baseball, indeed.
This weekend, I’ll be attempting to put in some extra time with Batman: Arkham Knight. Sure, I may have been dissuaded by Ray’s iffy review score. Sure, I may have been further off-put by my own experiences, which involved attempting to complete a Batmobile challenge only discover that I was trapped beneath the world and eventually that my entire console was frozen on the victory screen. Sure, I might not be thrilled about the storytelling contrivances and awkwardly jittery perspective shifts. Sure, i might not have any positive things to say to mitigate all of those negatives. But this is the Fourth of July weekend, and America is about nothing if not second chances. And I believe the Dark Knight deserves a second chance.
This weekend I will be doing the most patriotic thing I can imagine: ridding Gotham City from every manner of nefarious Bat-foe residing therein. I’m about a quarter of the way through Batman: Arkham Knight‘s campaign, and can’t help but marvel (cough, cough) at the number of different side-paths opening up before me. It’s really easy to distract yourself with finding Riddler trophies instead of saving the city. While I understand many of the complaints expressed by our local expert, Ray Carsillo, in his reasoned review, I can’t say I agree with all of them. Of course it helps that my game has crashed only once and that I figured out how to change the horrific default controls on the Batmobile so it didn’t control like a spastic brick. I’m not ready to pass judgement yet, but I anticipate a glorious three-day weekend pretending to be much richer, much more handsome, and much more physically fit than I am in real life. Man, I do love videogames!
Having a social life is really crippling my ability to play games. I honestly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Once again real life is calling, so my limited game time will be spent playing Final Fantasy XIV as I continue to level to its new cap of 60. Heavensward is the best MMO expansion I’ve ever played, the amount of content in it is ridiculous, and the addition of flying mounts just makes it even better. I’ve been playing since early access and I’m still only at level 57. Just as a comparison I completed everything that Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s Shadow of Revan expansion had to offer in about three days. Hopefully Square Enix can keep the ball rolling throughout the rest of the year and push on to topple World of Warcraft.
Happy 4th of July to all the Americans out there. Have a beer for me.