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Weekend Play: Gone Home to the Batcave

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Posted on October 25, 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!

While it seems like everyone else in our office has pumped a plentiful amount of hours into it already, I myself am just finally getting around to Grand Theft Auto V. Or, I guess I should say, GTA Online. I’ll play the single-player portion of the game eventually, but what’s got all of my attention for now is jumping into an open world filled with other human beings.

When not killing (or being killed), I’ll be at the complete opposite end of the gaming spectrum thanks to Natsume’s Hometown Story. As a longtime fan of Harvest Moon, I’m really anxious to see what the game’s original creator—Yasuhiro Wada—has put into this new project of his. Plus, what can I say—I love games where I get to run and manage stores. Virtual customers are always so much more pleasant to deal with versus the real thing.

After battles on the mean streets of Los Santos and in the cutthroat courtroom of Phoenix Wright, I’m ready for a different kind of gaming experience. I’ve heard all about The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home, but I don’t actually know what it’s about—and that’s by design on my part. Is it a survival-horror epic? An M. Night Shyamalan–style twistfest? A Japanese high-school simulation? I’ll know for sure after this weekend!

The only way to describe this weekend is Batman-centric. Even without Rocksteady on the job, Batman: Arkham Origins looks like a ton of fun. It will be interesting to see the direction that Warner Bros. Montreal takes with the characters, gadgets, and fighting engine. They had a fine line to walk by making a prequel (you don’t want to introduce a bunch of nifty stuff Batman can’t do in the other games, which are set later) and the designers may have had to get really creative to overcome those obstacles.

When not playing Batman, I will continue to move forward on Pokémon Y. It’s been a number of years since I have really gotten into a Pokémon game, but I’m really enjoying this one. The basics are as I remember them, but there is a lot of depth here, and the online capabilities are fantastic. I’m guessing these two games will swallow all of my playing time, and possibly a bunch of my sleep, making for a tired, but happy, editor come Monday morning.

In honor of one of the biggest PPVs of the year for the WWE, Hell in a Cell—which is also taking place this weekend—I will be spending my days off in a virtual cage of my own construction when I make one of my infamous self-created wrestlers for WWE2K14. I will once more climb the ranks of the WWE roster for the most prestigious belt in the game, the WWE Championship Belt, all while taking on the best wrestlers of today and yesterday. Mostly, though, I’ll probably be working on the new 30 Years of Wrestlemania mode or helping the Undertaker defend his incomparable Wrestlemania undefeated run in the new The Streak mode in my down time.

This weekend, you will find me…only in Battlefield 4. I will be shooting, flying, and, most importantly, levolving everything in sight. Things will be so levolved when I’m done with them that they will have to add some new parts to Charles Darwin’s theory of levolution. I will turn a monkey into a man, a man into a skyscraper, and a skyscraper into a pile of rubble. Checkmate, Kirk Cameron.

I don’t really consider myself a fan of the Batman. I liked the first to Nolan flicks well enough, and I grew up on Batman: The Animated Series, but I’ve never picked up a Batman comic or graphic novel or whatever in my life. Batman himself—Bruce Wayne—I find to be really, really boring. I am, however, a fan of The Joker. I’ve enjoyed the Arkham series, at least in terms of gameplay, so between that—and because it’s my job as a secondary reviewer—I’ll be tearing through Batman: Arkham Origins all weekend.

My adventures in a wintry, snow-blanketed Gotham will be punctuated with Rocksmith 2014 sessions as I continue my exploration into its viability as a learning tool. Everything I know about playing guitar I taught myself, so I assume it’s wrong. Or bad. Or poor form, at the very least, so I’m interested to see if what is ostensibly a videogame can iron out the wrinkles and get my fingers effortlessly dancing across the fret board.

I remember when I used to read books.

Only one game on my plate this weekend: Final Fantasy XIV. My free trial has come to an end, and instead of walking away and accepting the fun I’d had, I’ve decided to throw more money at Square Enix by signing up for six months. This game just has too much more to offer to walk away now—I know if I do, I’ll just come back in a few weeks and be behind the curve. I recently managed to get my Bard to level 50, and am now in the process of finishing up the last few story dungeons. If there’s one thing I’m not a fan of in this game it’s the fact that you are forced to do dungeons as part of the story, leading to a lot of time wasted sitting in queues as a DPS.

Once the story is finished up I need to rank up with my Grand Company and begin my Relic weapon quest—which, from what I’ve heard, takes a very long time. I must be a real sucker for punishment to keep throwing myself into these MMOs. Maybe I should learn to “just say no!”

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