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Weekend Play: Come Sail Away with Ray

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Posted on November 1, 2013 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.

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!

I hate to be one of those people, but I can’t actually talk about the main game I’ll be playing this weekend. It’s an upcoming game! It’s an anticipated title! Socks will be blown off!

Other than that, I think I want to start getting as much of my outstanding current-gen game-playing out of the way as possible. Those new systems are going to be here lickety-split, and once they really kick into gear, I may not be as easer as I once was to finish up (or finally play) those titles I’ve missed over the last eight years. I still haven’t opened games I’ve picked up such as Heavy Rain, Vanquish, or Red Dead Redemption, so maybe it’s time that I finally did.

Ah, adventure on the high seas. Who wouldn’t want to become their very own dashing Capt. Jack Sparrow and climb aboard a vessel bound for a swashbuckling sojourn in the heart of the Caribbean? Actually, to be honest, I’ve been a bit skeptical when it comes to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. In the first few games, Ubisoft took risks—setting a game in Crusades-era Jerusalem, the Italian Renaissance, and Ottoman Constantinople takes some guts. Pirates? Not so much. Still, since I’m a history nerd, I’m curious to experience that portion of the game—and hoping that, unlike Assassin’s Creed III, the gameplay can actually fully support the concept this time around.

This weekend, while recovering from Halloween, I must dig into a couple of the titles cluttering my shelves that I want to make an impact in before the next-gen systems arrive. First is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. I’ve been getting reports that this is an amazing pirate game, something I have yearned for since I was a young scallywag. The inclusion of such iconic characters as Blackbeard just make me more excited for it. Having been a little disappointed in Batman: Arkham Origins last week, I’m hoping Assassin’s Creed redeems it.

And then there’s LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. This has been sitting on the shelf a couple of weeks, and for some reason I have been passing it by. No longer, true believer! I really want to dig into it and see how many characters I can unlock. I know it won’t include as many as Scribblenauts Unmasked did (don’t believe me, type in Brother Power the Geek), but if Modok is as cool as he looks, that’s fine. Between these two I should be fully occupied. Of course, the copy of Battlefield 4 under my TV might disagree. We’ll just have to see.

After trying and failing to learn the guitar around six or seven times, I’m excited to start some intensive training this weekend with Bandfuse: Rock Legends. Either the gamier approach to music education (with tutorials by Slash, no less) will finally get me to commit to a regular practice regimen, or I’ll give up and forever live in shame knowing I was unable to get a high score on The Strokes’ “Reptilia.”

This weekend will be interesting, because it is the first one in a long time where I will simply be focusing on whittling away at my backlog before the new consoles launch in a couple of weeks. First up will be Rayman Legends. It’s actually the first Rayman game I’ve ever played, and I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I’m enjoying it. I have a little over 400 of the 700 Teensies you’re supposed to collect, and have unlocked most of the levels at this point. I’m not sure if I’ll 100% this one, though—there’s just so many games left for me to go finish before we start talking about our end of the year awards. Man, 2013 flew by!

After spending several hours of my life playing Final Fantasy XIV over the last week I’m going to take a step back and get back into The Stanley Parable. There’s still a ton of secrets and endings to be found in that game. It seems that every time I think I’ve seen everything, something new comes and smacks me in the face, or that damn narrator restarts the game on me! The thought that someone other than me can choose to restart the game is both fantastic and infuriating at the same time. At no point do you ever feel in control while playing. Whether you listen to the narrator’s instructions or not, it always seems that he’s leading you.

So if you’ve yet to download it, why the hell not?! For its price I highly recommend that you throw the money down, especially if you’re after something that breaks away from the gaming norm. You won’t be disappointed. Sales pitch over.

Because skipping sessions with Rocksmith 2014 Edition feels an awful lot like skipping class, I’ll no doubt be spending several hours over the weekend in Rocksmith‘s Lessons mode and playing the same songs over and over and over until I have them down pat. The things we do to assuage guilt. I’ll probably be writing some impressions of Rocksmith 2014  soon, since I’m approaching it as a learning too to (properly) learn how to play guitar in two months time. We’ll see how that goes.

When the delicate tips of my fingers need a rest, I’ll return to Batman: Arkham Origins, which I haven’t yet completed. I can’t imagine it’ll take more more than a few hours Saturday and a few more Sunday to wrap up this Arkham Universe semi-origin story.

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