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EGM Weekend Play: The Fire Still Burns

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Posted on February 1, 2013 AT 06:51pm

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.

After reading what we’re playing, let us know what games you’ve been playing and what games, if any, you’ll be escaping to this weekend in the comments below!

 

I’ve already played through Level-5’s spectacular Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, but my girlfriend—a big Studio Ghibli fan—has yet to discover the joys of what may well be the Japanese RPG of this console generation. I’m looking forward to experiencing the game again through her eyes and seeing whether she’s as amused by Mr. Drippy’s excitable Welsh brogue as I think she will be!

While I may spend most of time with FPS games (and secretly JRPGs), I also appreciate a good ol’ fashioned strategy game every now and again. And one of my favorite series, that also scratches my Japanese itch, is Fire Emblem. Unfortunately, as many of you know, most of the Fire Emblem games are exclusive to Japan. We’ve had a few come here to the States and most of them have done well enough for Nintendo to occasional perform the localization necessary to keep a trickle down effect going west.

Lucky for us, one of those games now is Fire Emblem: Awakening. I played this for review and beat it once already. But I loved it so much, and there were several choice branches that I noticed in my first playthrough, that I want to go through it again and see how the story would change if I made certain decisions. Not to mention, I want to try to have my character marry a different person. I liked Tharja’s unbridled obsession with me and us flinging fireballs at Risen while we were standing back-to-back was the stuff that true love is made of, but I think I’d like to go after Cherche, the Wyvern Rider this time.

Look, I’ll be honest with you here: After the crazy amount of game-playing I’ve been doing lately for work, part of me is thinking that no videogames over the next two days would be the better option.

That probably won’t happen, though. Instead, I feel like I maybe want to go back and get more time in on games I haven’t played in a while, or which I didn’t fully finish. For some reason, I’ve suddenly gotten the urge to go back and play Dragon’s Dogma again. I don’t say that in a bad way, because I had a lot of nice things to say about the game—it’s just a bit odd, because I hadn’t at all been thinking about the game lately until a few days ago.

What I really should do, though, is spend more time with Fire Emblem: Awakening. This has been my first Fire Emblem, and I’m definitely enjoying it and its cast of characters. So, maybe instead of going back to Dragon’s Dogma, I should be vigilant and finish Awakening first. Maybe

Since it is Super Bowl weekend, my game time is going to be limited by drinking and eating chicken wings. Oh, and watching football. Gotta remember to do that. Still, I hope to squeeze some time to play Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Those of you unfamiliar to this brilliant new JRPG should check out our official review here [insert link], but to give a quick rundown, it’s a collaboration from Level-5 (Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest VII, Professor Layton series) and Studio Ghibli (animated features like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away) that combines creature collection and standard JRPG exploration. It’s anything but a standard game though, with stunning visuals, a fantastic story and deep, addictive gameplay. At nearly 20 hours in I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.

On second though, beer and hot wings go with video games too. Maybe I’ll skip the game and just play Ni No Kuni. I’m sure my family won’t mind…

In preparation for the positively gorgeous Crysis 3, I’m going to spend my weekend marathoning through the first three games in the series. Yes, I know the Super Bowl is this Sunday, but as far as I’m concerned, a Crysis marathon is the best way for a nerd like me to celebrate the spirit of the Big Game. I mean, I’ll still be spending the weekend with hulking dudes who may or may not get performance enhancing substances injected into their bloodstream to make them stronger, faster, and more resilient than any human being has a right to be.

Now that I’ve made myself sick on DmC Devil May Cry (I’ve returned to several the missions three, four times to while collecting all the keys, finding all the secret doors, and finishing all the secret missions), I’ll be jumping back into Far Cry 3 this weekend. Mostly ’cause, like Josh, I’m gearing up for Crysis 3, so I want to play something with a bow in it. While sadly lacking in posthuman warriors, Far Cry 3 should help prepare me for Crysis 3 by honing m’ shootin’ skills and m’ hunter mentality.

Provided I don’t keep getting lost in the Jungles of Rook Island.

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