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!
After several months, my body is finally ready for a little more Wii U action. I just got done reviewing Game & Wario—which I’ll be playing some more this weekend—but the majority of my time will be spent with the highly challenging New Super Luigi U. Will I be celebrating the Year of Luigi come Monday, or will I curse the very existence of the color green? Find out next week!
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a sucker for comic book-inspired videogames. So when I heard the guys over at High Moon Studios were making a Deadpool game last year, I grabbed the nearest chimichanga I could find, sharpened up my katanas, and then waited for a very long time. Because it doesn’t take 11 months to eat a chimichanga.
Well, my wait is over because IT IS HERE AND I AM GOING TO PLAY THIS GAME INTO OBLIVION THIS WEEKEND! Just in time for some alone time, Deadpool arrived on the EGM doorsteps today, and therefore I finally get to push Wade Wilson’s healing factor to its breaking point while screaming BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! There’ll be explosions. Death. Destruction. And most importantly, things that bounce, as I get to channel my inner “Merc with a Mouth” and rain havoc upon the Marvel Universe. I…am…so…happy. Unless the game sucks. THEN THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY (in the form of a really scathing review next week).
Sadly, I don’t have a lot of gaming time set aside this weekend thanks to a wedding and my birthday celebrations. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t devote some time. This weekend my time is going to be split between two MMOs: RIFT and Star Wars: The Old Republic, which has taken up way too much of my life already.
I recently decided to get back into RIFT following its switch to free-to-play to see what had changed since I played it over a year ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a lot more fun than I remembered. The PvP is fast-paced and seems fairly well balanced and there’s so much to do while leveling—I’m already up to level 40 and I’ve only completed around 10 quests.
Of course, a weekend can’t go by without me spending at least a couple of hours in Star Wars: The Old Republic. There’s a double XP weekend happening from now until Monday morning so I’m going to be busy leveling a few Republic characters and, if there’s time, get my last Empire character up to 55.
This weekend, I’ll hopefully be finishing up my solo playthrough of Halo: Reach on Legendary. I know what you’re thinking. Reach? Wasn’t that like 20 Halos ago? Does anyone even wear a cloak and cloth booties over the top of their power armor in that one? No, no they do not. Truth is, I got a free copy of the game ages ago and forgot all about it until I embarked on my recent achievement binge and found it buried under seven copies of Avatar: The Burning Earth. I have to say, so far, I’m enjoying it quite a bit more than anything Master Chief has starred in. Crucify me, public.
I’ve been trying to sit down with Dead Space 3 since February. Unfortunately, between my workload, the whirlwind move to Southern California from Philadelphia in March, the hustle and bustle of print deadlines in April and May, and all the other games that piled on in the process, wrapping up Isaac Clarke’s space odyssey got lost in the shuffle. I’ve not yet landed on Tau Volantis, but before the weekend’s out I’ll have severed my last Necromorph limb.
Hold on, Ray’s calling me…
Apparently there’s DLC. @$#& me.
Okay, well, when I need a break from Dead Space 3, I’ll be giving the office’s shiny new Ouya a spin. Should play some of its original titles, but let’s be honest here: I’ll probably just find me a GBA emulator and get my Minish Cap on. No, no—it’s cool. I own it. Just. Don’t own a GBA no mo’.
This weekend—depending on how things go—I may be playing that age old game called Stay in Bed: The Sickening.
Of course, there are only so many hours in the day that one can sleep (I simply can’t sleep for 24 hours straight—trust me, I’ve tried). So, when I’m up and around and not knocked out from the knock-off NyQuil that I got from my local superstore, I’ll no doubt be plugging away at Shin Megami Tensei IV. I had the chance to play about a half-hour or so of the game before, and I’m now raring to go on getting deeper into the adventure (as well as getting closer to finding out what in the world is going on story-wise).
When not chatting up demons and exploring ruined Japanese cities, my 3DS will otherwise be doing what it’s been doing for weeks now: running Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Being the mayor of a village full of needy humanoid animals can be fun, but it’s also a lot of work. As the infamous Notorious K.K. once said, “Mo Bells Mo Problems.”
This week, seeing how I’m on the review, I’ll be tackling the opposition—quite literally—in NCAA Football 14. As you can imagine, there’ll be plenty of screaming, stiff arming, and showboating—and when that’s done, I’ll actually sit down and play the game. Also on my plate: The Last of Us. I’ve already acquainted myself with Joel and Ellie, though I feel we’ve barely scratched the surface. I plan on getting to know them more intimately. How? By throwing a few bricks, poppin’ off some headshots, and maybe even a little hide-and-go-seek—you know, standard fare. When all is said and done we’ll be the best of friends…or die trying.