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Weekend Play: All Aboard the Gaming Train

Posted on June 29, 2013 AT 01:59pm

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!

Well, so, it turns out that RPGs are kind of long—who knew? Thus, I still have a ways to go in Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei IV. The game feels like a console-worthy adventure on a portable screen, mixing old-school MegaTen gameplay with new-era concepts.

When my 3DS isn’t playing host to fighting demons, I’ll be knee-deep in the continuing saga of my little Animal Crossing: New Leaf village. There’s also another game I’ll be playing this weekend: Resistance 3. What? It’s old? I know that! But it’s also still tons of fun, and one of my favorite FPS titles of the generation. I get trounced six ways to Sunday in games like Call of Duty or Battlefield, but the more arcade-y feel of R3 is right up my alley.

This week, I’ve been playing through Project X Zone, Namco Bandai’s 3DS crossover strategy-RPG spectacular featuring characters like Ryu, Ken, Tron Bonne, KOS-MOS, Yuri Lowell, and Frank West coming together to battle a global calamity. (The reason? Because the plot demands it, of course!) I’d hoped to have the review up by now, but there’s just one problem: The game is as lengthy as a Tales villain’s long-winded, mustache-twirling monologue! I plan to polish off the game this weekend, though, so stay tuned for my review on Monday.

I’ll be dusting off the old cleats this weekend and heading back to my home state of New Jersey. You see, I look to continue the work Greg Schiano started before heading to the NFL and will finish bringing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights the rest of the way out of college football obscurity in NCAA Football 14.

I admit, like most people who grew up in the New York Metropolitan tri-state area, college sports have always been secondary to the pros. Mostly because there isn’t a good collegiate program within 500 miles of us. But a revamped Dynasty Mode and a new tackling system highlight what looks to be the last game in the franchise solely on this console generation, so I’ll be trying to micromanage my recruits in the hopes of pulling Rutgers up the Top 25 and establishing the team my home state deserves and has never had!

After a laid back weekend doing real-life things, it’s time to get back into some hardcore gaming. I have two games earmarked for this weekend’s marathon session: Magic 2014 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers has become an annual staple in my gaming line-up, and Magic 2014 is no exception. The UI is as smooth as ever, there’s ten new decks, and a brand new campaign—this time with an actual story—to work through. Add to this hundreds of cards to unlock and several challenges/achievements to complete and I’ve got a very busy weekend on my hands.

This weekend also marks the beginning of SWTOR‘s second double XP event and I intend to make the most of it having missed the majority of last weekend’s. I have an Operative that needs to break that dreaded slow-going 30-40 mark and a low-level Consular that I feel like spending some time with.

Also if there’s any spare time this weekend, I’m going to jump into RIFT and continue leveling my Mage. It just offers so many options to level that it doesn’t really feel like a chore, which is what I love about it. If you’re an MMO fan and are yet to give it a go since its switch over to free-to-play then I highly suggest you take some time this weekend to try it.

Quite a bit on my plate this weekend—probably more than I can realistically get to. Chief among them is Muramasa Rebirth, the PlayStation Vita port of Vanillaware’s once Wii exclusive Muramasa: The Demon Blade, which I’ve been assigned to review (much to my delight). Never did finish the original, so now’s my chance—and on a console I don’t outright hate.

Time permitting, I’ve also got a whole mess of research replays lined up. I’m midway through Battlefield 3, which I’m playing in preparation for Battlefield 4 (something I might find myself taking point on come this fall). I’ll also be returning to scenic six years ago with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This, of course, is Titanfall research. Did play it all those years ago, but I honestly remember very little about Infinity Ward’s runaway hit beyond its most defining narrative moments. Anyway, I want a touchstone for comparison if/when I get my hands on Titanfall (which is just about the only thing keeping me remotely interested in the Xbox One, so kudos, Respawn).

Oh, and after completing The Minish Cap, my Zelda high continues with Spirit Tracks, the only installment of the franchise I haven’t played. I love me some Link, and I love me some trains. Win-win, baby.

This weekend, with E3 well in my rearview mirror, I am finally going to sit down and play a couple of games I’ve been itching for! First and foremost I will finally get my grubby little paws on The Last of Us. I have heard nothing but good things about this game, and it’s been a real pain to avoid all of the spoilers that are floating around out there. It will be nice when I don’t have to pass by conversations in fear of overhearing something I’d rather find out for myself.

If I need a break from the plague-infested contents of The Last of Us, I will turn to New Super Luigi Bros. I really like that Nintendo has given the occasionally overlooked brother his own levels and some long overdue recognition. After all, when Mario is off saving Princess Peach, who do you think keeps the plumbing business running? And does he ever get anything except leftover mushrooms? Nope. It’s about time he received his own adventure not involving ghosts.

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