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Weekend Play: Definitive Edition

Posted on January 24, 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.

There I was, telling myself that I should sit down and play Tomb Raider again, and BLAM: Square Enix announces a “Definitive Edition” for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now that we’re on the eve of the game’s official release—well, if you don’t count a certain retailer who has been breaking the street date—I’ve got a copy of Tomb Raider in my hands and I’m already well into revisiting Lara’s new origins story.

When I’m not trying to survive the unwanted advances of burly bearded men on a mystical Japanese island, I’ll probably be putting some more time into attempting to figure out Don’t Starve. While it’s in no way grabbing me on the same level as something like Minecraft does/did, it’s an intriguing adventure filled with a great many things that still remain a mystery to me.

While my 16-year-old self would’ve railed against the costume “censorship” in Square Enix’s most anticipated RPG not named Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, my responsible, adult self just wants to play a damn good role-playing game by the former undisputed king of Japanese RPGs. I’ll get that chance this weekend with Bravely Default, and as someone who counts Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy Tactics among my favorite games of all time, I’m looking forward to an experience that reportedly takes huge influences from both. But that’s not all. While football season may be winding down, it’s not quite over yet, son. Come Sunday, it’s a Pro Bowl party, suckas!

Finally! After nearly two months with nothing new to play, a few games are starting to trickle in. My weekend will be occupied by two games: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Bravely Default.

Tomb Raider is an easy choice. Although I played through it on Xbox 360, it’s been nearly a year. Plus, I never tackled the DLC. Plus, I plan on spending more time exploring this go-round to find all of the journals.

As for Bravely Default, I really have no idea what to expect. I’ve heard good things, and as a fan of JRPGs in general I didn’t need much convincing to play it, but I have purposely not looked for any further information. Its fun going into a game reasonably blind once in a while, not knowing quite what to expect.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade, but here we are celebrating a major anniversary for the original Fable. So, like all good chicken chasers, I will return to Albion and once again play the story of The Hero of Oakvale. After so many years, I admit the aspect I’m most curious about with this re-release is to see how much the game stands the test of time. Sure, there’s been a major graphical overhaul, which should be nice, but nothing has really been added to the gameplay or story. Will this feel like a step backward, then, after everything we’ve seen in the series since? Maybe, and no amount of achievements are going to suddenly make this experience feel new again if it does, but here’s to hoping Fable Anniversary is just as enjoyable now as it was back in 2004.

I actually managed to finish both of the games I said I would be during my last Weekend Play on time, which I think is a first for me. To the Moon: I cried a lot. OlliOlli: I died a lot. Onward and upward.

This weekend, I’ll be trying to squeeze in some time with both Dark Souls and the first three Thief games. I don’t expect to actually beat either one by Monday—I’m not a complete lunatic—but I need to make a serious effort to absorb as much as I can before their impending sequels are released. How will I be able to enjoy the Thief reboot if I don’t have an appreciation for its innovative heritage? How will I be able to immerse myself in the world of Dark Souls II unless I’ve spent a few days in Lordran getting my ass kicked and crying about it?

Despite JRPG fatigue from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, as part of my due diligence as lead review on the game I’ll be playing Final Fantasy XIII-2 primarily this weekend. I played it two years ago, but honestly remember nothing about it, and since Lightning Returns is such a direct follow-up, I feel compelled to have a fresh impression of both titles before I sit down and tap out 650-plus words on the conclusion to Final Fantasy‘s first full-fledged trilogy.

When I need a break from killing giant cactaurs, I’ll be juggling Counter-Strike: GO and Crysis 3, two games I’m playing to hone my shooter skills in preparation for Titanfall. Gotta keep that Kill-Death ratio above one, son!

Addiction is always a worrying word to use, but it’s something I fear I may have developed after spending a couple of weeks with Guild Wars 2. I’ve recently found myself wrapped up in a race to get the world’s first kill on the new Triple Trouble “Jungle Wurm.” It’s between the server I’m on, Desolation, and a guild called TTS by the looks of things. We’ve come so close several times, problem is it only spawns every two hours, and if you leave the area you can never get back in due to the amount of people trying to enter. So, my last two evenings have been spent chatting and laughing with what I can only describe as one of the best MMO communities I’ve ever encountered. This looks to continue well into the weekend, as we’re yet to get enough DPS to down the final phase.

Continuing with our last-gen round up, I’ll also be spending a few hours carrying on with my Tales of Xillia playthrough. Following the advice of several people, I opted to continue pushing through the story, and as promised it has finally started to pick up. Quite how much time I can dedicate to the game outside of my Wurm-slaying attempt, though, I’m not sure. I think I may need to seek professional help.

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