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Weekend Play: Grand Theft Odysseys

Posted on September 20, 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’ve loved Etrian Odyssey, Atlus’ throwback dungeon-crawling series, ever since its 2007 debut on the DS, when I gave it an 8.0 in EGM Issue 216 (what possessed my fellow reviewers to give it a 4.0 and 6.0, I’ll never know—but I’d say that time’s been kind to my opinion).

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, however, has made me a bit apprehensive ever since it was announced earlier this year. It’s supposed to be an enhanced remake of the first game, but with extensive plot and characters now part of the proceedings. Can Etrian Odyssey really work with yapping Japanese talking heads and voice acting, or will it break the experience? I’ll find out this weekend.

You might think that after marathoning through Grand Theft Auto V‘s campaign to bang out a review, I’d be sick to death of exploring Los Santos. You’d be wrong. How could I leave Trevor, Michael, and Franklin to their own devices when there are still spaceship parts to hunt, murders to solve, jets to steal, cults to join, tennis matches to win, skies to dive…

OK, I think you get the picture. Point being, Grand Theft Auto V still has me firmly in my clutches, and I expect I’ll spend way too many hours this weekend goofing off and finishing up some of the side content I didn’t have the leisure of exploring on my playthrough. If the time I spent with San Andreas is any indication, GTA V‘s going to be in my regular rotation for a long time to come—and that’s not even taking into account the fact that Grand Theft Auto Online launches in just 11 days. If you guys hear anything about me losing my job with EGM or starving to death in front of my television at any point in the next month or so, that’ll probably the be cause.

While I’ve finished far fewer open-world games than I’ve played, it remains a genre I’m attracted to. I just oftentimes find myself paralyzed by the sheer size and scope of the worlds. Because the several hours of Grand Theft Auto V I’ve played thus far have been so engrossing, I’m going to make a concentrated effort to tear through the game’s main narrative thread this weekend, despite my aforementioned open-world game induced paralysis. Yes, I’m aware I’m playing it wrong. But better GTAV some way than no way, right? Like Josh, I may return to it upon completion here and there and noodle through Rockstar’s staggeringly huge sandbox.

And while I have several other backlog titles lined up to play as well, including the rest of Black Ops 2Lost Planet 3Rayman Legends, and another playthrough of Splinter Cell: Blacklist‘s single-player campaign, I feel I’m fighting a losing battle against this overwhelming urge to play Rogue Legacy, which I picked up last week for like $9 during a Steam sale. I really want to wait until the PS4 version, but that’s like a month and a half away. Patience was never one of my strong suits.

I don’t really need to say what I’m playing this weekend, but Chris is forcing me to, so here goes: GRAND THEFT AUTO V! I’ve been away from my Xbox since Tuesday, so my copy has been sitting on the shelf—still in the cellophane—waiting to be played. I can’t wait to get back and spend several hours in front of the television with little to no sleep as I make up for lost time. I’m also quite looking forward to getting online with a few mates and finding as many hilarious ways to murder each other as possible in the coming weeks.

I’ll also be downloading my early Season Ticket copy of FIFA 14, which is set to become available on Saturday. Andif I find time, I’ll pick up a copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, now that it’s back on digital sale—though that’s a pretty big if!

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