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Weekend Play: Fightin’ Words

Posted on July 11, 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.

So, check out what we’re playing below, and then chime in with your own choices for the weekend in the comments section.


My Xbox One will be on for many, many hours this weekend, but the game it’ll be playing is the Twitch app—as I watch Evolution 2014. Yes, it’s time one again for the yearly fighting game tournament to end fighting game tournaments, filled with endless hours of Street Fighter IV, King of Fighters XIII, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Smash Bros., Injustice, and Killer Instinct competition. This, for me, is videogaming’s World Cup.

When not watching EVO 2K14, I’ll probably be playing Ultra Street Fighter IV, pretending like I’m actually good enough to be part of the tournament. And then, somewhere among all of that, I suppose I should make time to actually play the games I’m supposed to be playing for work.

While the big game this weekend is the seemingly unstoppable Teutonic talent of Die Mannschaft going toe-to-toe with Lionel Messi and Argentina, of course, it’s not the only thing that’ll have my attention. I’m also looking forward to all the wacky adventures I’ll be having with some of my EGM coworkers and a few special celebrity guests in Nintendo’s goofy life sim, Tomodachi Life. Will Ray Carsillo and Samus Aran find a love connection on this tripped-out island? I say this: How could they not?

It’s a slow time of the year for games, so I always go back to my old standby: NHL 14. Now that I’ve achieved Legendary GM status, it’s time to go back into Be a Pro mode, where I’ve created a Gretzky-esque forward to work on the handful of achievements left. My favorite part of Be a Pro is the reaction I get from people who watch me play, because my last name, Carsillo, is actually in the announcer vocabulary due to New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo (same pronunciation as my last name). There is nothing I enjoy more than hearing “Carsillo shoots and scores” two or three times a game from play-by-play man Gary Throne. And if I tire of Be a Pro at any point, I can always tweak my Hockey Ultimate Team a bit more.

This weekend, I’ll be taking a bite out of ghost crime in Murdered: Soul Suspect. I’m not exactly sure whether I’ll like it or not—Chris says probably not, but there’s another person staff who’s a big fan. On the one hand, I’m intrigued by a game where actually linking clues together is the primary gameplay mechanic. On the other hand, it’s hard to have faith in a game that only garnered a Metacritic rating of 60 and killed the studio that made it.

I’ll also be supplementing the next few days with my latest addiction, Rogue Legacy. I picked it up for pocket change during the Steam Summer Sale, and I’ve gotten a stupid amount of playtime out of it. It’s rare that a game delete my save file (and 24 hours of progress along with it), only for me to immediately start from the beginning again.

Having finally tumbled out from a a serious thing with the Wii U’s Virtual Console after a misguided playthrough of Golden Sun petered out, I’ve decided to return to modern times and play things build from polygons instead of pixels. A lot of sci-fi I’ve been tearing through has me jonesing for a shooter. My first instinct was to replay Crysis 2, but I’m starting to feel bad about the lack of forward progress I’m making on my ever-growing backlog, so I think I’ll finally start work on that.

Unfortunately, I’m still not down for L.A. Noire or Red Dead Redemption—the notion of navigating an open world exhausts me at the moment. Instead, I think I’ll ease into things by being a blunt instrument in Wolfenstein: The New Order. Didn’t quite take, my first attempt at TNO, but a lot of excellent articles and assertions by Josh suggest that it’s universally agreed that the part I have played is the game at its worst.

Something tells me I’ll just wind up popping in Lost Planet 3 ’cause mechs.

I finally have a spare moment to properly settle down and catch up on some games I missed over the last few months, and to start I’ll be diving into Watch Dogs. Having heard mixed reviews about the game I’ve decided to go in with eyes wide open to ensure that I get maximum enjoyment. I mean, what doesn’t sound enjoyable about hacking a set of traffic lights and causing a massive pile up? OK, I admit out of context that sounds a little odd.

Then there’s the ever continuing grind that is Star Wars: The Old Republic. With a double commendations event going on, I’ll be getting in lots of PvP time to ensure that I finally get to fill out a complete set of top-end PvP gear.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern) before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. You can follow his rants about storytelling on Twitter @manadrive.[Meet the rest of the crew]

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