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EGM Weekend Play: Of Marths and Marines

Posted on February 15, 2013 AT 03:05pm

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!

While many folks seem to think I spend my weekends adrift on a luxuriant bed of Doritos and dollars, the truth is the next 72 hours will be far less glamorous, as I hope to make another co-op run through Aliens: Colonial Marines with a few of our readers. Provided you’re not part of the horde convinced the game will reduce your console’s innards to a steaming heap of poundfail, my XBLA gamertag is Jackswastedlife.

Continuing my off-world adventures, I’m also plotting a daring dive back into Dead Space 3. I’m still not convinced the game’s more brotastic direction is the right fit for the series,  but f*** if the game isn’t pretty, and a I am always up for a true cooperative campaign. I’ll also be rocking this on XBLA, so again, drop me a line if you want to tag along.

Beyond that, there’s always room for SOCOM. Come hell or high water, I will unlock the specialty machine gun this weekend. Giddy up.

I know all of you were waiting with bated breath to find out which lovely lass I’d romance in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Eric and Ray had me pegged as a Tharja fanboy, but emo goth girls just don’t do it for me. No, it was the stuck-up noble Maribelle who won me over in the end. I can’t exactly explain why, but this parasol-toting tsundere just seemed like the best fit on and off the battlefield. Of course, soon after, I met ass-kicking merchant Anna and had buyer’s remorse… Maribelle must never know, though!

So, now that I’ve got a wife and kids ready to follow me into battle, I’m ready to spend this weekend finishing off one of the best strategy games I’ve played in years.

So, now that I have a little runway again, I’m going back to Ni No Kuni—because I still haven’t beaten it.

I just brought the Mornstar back to its former glory, and I’m at level 42 with Oliver, so according to some friends who have beaten it, I’m about three-quarters of the way through the game. I’m going to just try to marathon it on Saturday and finish it off—because, as much as I love it, I can’t afford to have this sitting in my backlog anymore. (Even with it being one of the shorter JRPGs I’ve played in recent memory, clocking in at about 35-40 hours right now.) I might actually beat this in less than 50 hours (not 100% mind you, just beating the story) and wouldn’t that be an accomplishment!

As I’ve decided that making plans in Weekend Play to dive into time-consuming games during my weekend only ensures that I won’t end up doing such things, this week I’m going to make more realistic plans.

Know what I’m going to play once I can put aside work-related thoughts? Resistance 3. Yes, the PlayStation 3 first-person shooter that never got anywhere near as much love as it deserved to get. I love Resistance 3‘s multiplayer. Team Deathmatch is a blast, the guns feel really good, and almost all of the maps are bright, colorful, and actually full of life—opposed to the dark, depressing, wasteland scenarios we’re typically presented in FPS multiplayer maps. I know a lot of people dig the more serious and strategic worlds of Call of Duty or Battlefield, but for me, I gravity far more toward the arcade-y style of titles like Resistance 3. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten in any good games of multiplayer, so really, it’s time to go back.

Beyond that—more marriage-plannin’ and baby-makin’ in Fire Emblem: Awakening!

This weekend, in addition to continuing my quest to completely dominate Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, I am going to be completely insane and start playing a second long and involved Japanese game, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Here’s the thing though, where strategy games are concerned I am a complete loser. Not good a chess, not good Starcraft (which I love), and definitely not good at Japanese strategy/RPGs. I enjoy them tremendously, having spent more than 125 hours playing through the original Final Fantasy Tactics, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit to using a strategy guide to get me through.

The Fire Emblem series has always been kryptonite to me. The series is notorious for being very difficult, and traditionally mistakes are punished with the permanent death of the characters. I was thrilled when I heard that Awakening sported a casual mode that allows players to turn this feature off. Yes, I know that makes me a wimp, but I don’t care. I can finally play a Fire Emblem game without having my heart broken by losing a character I get attached to, or having to replay the same level two dozen times to achieve victory without death.

With two long and involved games competing for my time I am sure to have a full weekend of gameplay ahead of me!

This weekend it’s all about Ni no Kuni. After playing last week and instantly falling in love with the Welsh-speaking Mr. Drippy, I honestly can’t wait to play more. The art style is beautiful, and while the actual combat may be slightly lacking the story is more than enough to carry it. It’s been a very long time since a game’s story truly engrossed me.

I’ll also be spending some time with Star Wars: The Old Republic now that update 1.7 is out and the new world event is live. Relics of the Gree has really brought Illum back to life, although I’m not a fan of the free-for-all PvP–it should really be faction-based because there’s just way too much griefing with only one pylon to activate on a minute cooldown.

I’ll be playing Urban Trials Freestyle and Move into a New Apartment in a Different Part of the City this weekend.

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