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Weekend Play: Blood, Sweat, and Tentacles

Posted on January 31, 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.

For the next few months, leading up to the launch of Titanfall on the Xbox One and inFamous: Second Son on the PlayStation 4, the EGM Crew will be attempting to play some of the very best PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii games they never got around to and chronicling their adventures here. So join us, if you will, on exploring Last Gen’s Best and share your own progress in the comments section.

As we gear up to finish the next print issue of EGM, we’re starting to get into one of the big hooks of the EGM Review Crew: three-person reviews.

I love the chance to provide different takes from three different EGM editors on the same game, but—of course—that means our game-playing workload is far bigger than it would normally be. So, this weekend I’ll be devoting time to getting into two titles I’ll be providing second opinions on: Bravely Default and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. I’m looking forward to both, but especially Bravely Default—I’ve loved the game’s style and design ever since I first saw it and have been waiting impatiently for it to finally receive an English-language release.

After that, maybe I’ll jump into some multiplayer in Resistance 2 and Resistance 3—before, you know, those modes die forever when Sony shuts down their servers soon.

Bravely Default is long. But that’s OK, because it’s good. Unlike with most previous recent RPGs from Square Enix, I’m finding myself compelled to keep playingnot specifically for work or because of some obligation to finish what I started, but because I’m simply having fun. Plus, come Super Sunday, I can watch Peyton Manning shriek the name of Eric L. Patterson’s hometown approximately 5,287 times while I cast Firaga four successive times on some unsuspecting beastie. Such is the magic of today’s portable gaming.

It’s time for the Super Bowl, so much of my usual gaming time will be taken up by drinking beer, eating chili, and watching football. It’s been 15 years since the Broncos have been to the big game, so those of us here in Denver are ready to party big time should Manning do the town proud and bring the Lombardi trophy back to the Mile High city.

To warm up for the game, I plan on spending most of my game time on Madden NFL 25. I’ve only played a little over the last couple of months, but I’m determined to replay the entire epic Broncos season this weekend, trying to see if I can match Manning’s epic numbers with my meager skills.

I am also going to try to finish the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition this weekend. I don’t have much further to go, and I’d really like to wrap it up before the spate of February and March games start piling up.

I’ve never been a big anime guy, but the closest I’ve ever come was in late middle school/early high school when my friends opened me up to the world of Dragon Ball Z. It is one of the slowest developing, most poorly written things I’ve ever seen, but you’ve got to appreciate someone who can throw a fireball capable of destroying a planet. Every now and then, I like revisiting that short phase of my life, and so this weekend I’ll be playing Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. Let’s see how much more Namco can milk out of the same story they’ve been retelling through nearly identical games for as far back as I can remember.

Guess who didn’t play any of the games he said he was going to in the last Weekend Play? This guy.

Listen, I could drum up some excuses as to why I goofed and swear up and down that I’m actually going to get in some time with Dark Souls and the OG Thiefs, but we both know I’d be lying through my teeth.

Instead, I’ll just cut the crap and come clean. I’m going to be replaying the same silly game I’ve already beaten six times (and reviewed) in the past week, Octodad: Dadliest Catch. There’s no good reason for me to be spending so much time with an wiggly-woo octopus in a business suit. It’s unhealthy, I know. But I don’t care.

I fear most of my weekend will be consumed with review work—Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD, and, if time permits, more Final Fantasy XIII-2. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for this many JRPGs on one boy’s plate.

What I’d like to be playing, however, is Dark Souls. I’m in the mood for something decidedly different than my usual games beat. But in all likelihood, given my workload, I’ll probably just turn to more Crysis 3 multiplayer and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive when I need a short reprieve from whackadoo Japanese storytelling or, in Castlevania‘s case, overacted melodrama. Seriously, go watch a trailer. Every line is ham-tastic.

Another weekend, another trip on the Tales of Xillia train. That’s right, I’m now into my third weekend of attempting to finish a game I started months ago. It’s not through a lack of enjoyment though—the story and characters are more than interesting enough to see me through. It’s just that pesky MMO Guild Wars 2 that keeps pulling me away.

After deciding to work toward my Legendary weapon (Sunrise), I started reading guide after guide on how to actually go about crafting it, and I’m still none the wiser. There’s just so much you need to do and collect before you can even begin crafting the parts for it. The major stumbling block is getting a Precurser (an Exotic-grade weapon used as a base for a Legendary) and completing my map exploration for the “Gift of Exploration.” At the rate its, going I should have my Legendary by 2017.

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