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Weekend Play: A Kart Attack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack

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Posted on June 6, 2014 AT 05:00pm

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 the weekend in the comments section.

After seeing the new trailer for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt yesterday and anticipating getting another look at CD Projekt Red’s spectacular-looking open-world action-RPG at E3, I’ve decided to start another playthrough on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. While the game is sadly missing the soothing tones of one Charles Dance—who’ll play Emperor Emhyr var Emreis in Wild Hunt—it’ll be good to immerse myself in Geralt of Rivia’s adventures once again as I anticipate what’s to come in February of next year

Everyone else seems to have taken a turn having a weekend off, so I’ll be doing the same. It’s only fair, since it’s the weekend before the biggest trade show in the gaming industry. This way, I can cleanse my palate before I gorge myself on all the Halo, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Battlefield, and Call of Duty news I can stand. Therefore, this weekend will be spent watching movies (I’ve heard Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow is actually very good) and, after my girlfriend turned me onto it, marathoning through the Matt Smith years of Doctor Who on Netflix so that I’m all caught up for when Peter Capaldi takes his turn as The Doctor.

After spending hours wandering aimlessly around the streets of Chicago this weekend, I was tailed by a grand total of zero people in Watch Dogs. Looks like I’ll never be getting that platinum trophy, because no one in the world feels like helping me out. (Though I suppose there’s a solid chance the matchmaking is just still busted, too.) Either way, I’m giving up for the time being, because having absolutely jack-all to do while I’m waiting on other people to give me that last trophy makes for a pretty mind-numbingly stupid grind. Way to design, Ubisoft. Way to design.

This weekend, I find myself in possession of the office Wii U, so I’ll be diving into Mario Kart 8 online in earnest. I’ve played a few matches so far, and I’ve come to two conclusions: One, I hate every second of it. Two, I’m having a lot of fun. The hate comes from the fact that, well, it doesn’t feel like I’m really playing the game so much as making vague suggestions as to how far out of first place I should finish. At the end of the day, the mystical arbiter of red shells and boost mushrooms gets to make the final call. I’ve never played a racing game where I so regularly finish in second place one race and twelfth the next. But I’m still entertained, if only because I know everyone else is suffering the exact same roller coaster of emotion. I still say Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a better game, though.

Through what I can only describe as the same sort of unwavering hometown pride suffered by most sports fans, Crytek’s recently revealed Homefront 2 and its Philadelphia-centered setting compels an obligatory playthrough for me—if not the irrational demand to be lead reviewer. And while this more sandbox-y sequel is still a ways away, I never played THQ and the now defunct Kaos Studios’ original Homefront. A cursory glance at review aggregates indicates an experience that seems like it’ll be average at best, but hey—I need something to play, and I ought to do my research.

Beyond that, exhausting as it may be for you to hear, I’ll probably jump back into Titanfall so’s to cleanse my palate on a superior shooter that requires no longterm investment. Though Homefront, I hear, is quite short as far as single-player campaigns go. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however. I’m quite content with shooters clocking in at four to six hours.

“It’s murder on the dance floor.” Well not quite on the dance floor, more like in a dark, rain-soaked ally. This weekend I’m stepping into the shoes of detective Ronan O’Connor as I attempt to solve my own murder in Murdered: Soul Suspect. This game has been on my radar ever since it was first announced—I love supernatural thriller games, and especially ones that put story first. A welcome break from constant shootouts and insane set pieces is always appreciated.

I’ll also be continuing my rather pathetic and soul crushing trek up the rankings in Hearthstone. There’s not much worse than spending hours playing only to realize I’m further down the rankings than when I started.

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