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Weekend Play: Into the Nexus of Digital Battlefields

Posted on November 8, 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!

With Burial at Sea just four days away, it’s time to take one last bathysphere trip to Rapture before I join hard-boiled Booker DeWitt and femme fatale Elizabeth in their noir-tinged trip through Andrew Ryan’s Randian paradise. Thankfully, my PS3 version of BioShock Infinite came with the original game, so I don’t need to venture 350 miles north to my parents’ place and dig out the copy I bought five years ago from storage. I’ve been waiting half a decade to see Rapture before the fall, and Ken Levine and co. will finally grant my wish next Tuesday.

This weekend is all about the shooters. Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts are in the house, and I’m looking forward to hours of frantic action! While I will poke into the single-player campaigns in both, everyone knows that multiplayer is what these games are all about. With Battlefield 4, I’m excited to see how the much touted “Levolution” affects battles. While we’ve certainly seen destructible environments before, it will be interesting to see if this new implementation will have the impact the good designers at DICE say it will.

On the other side of the coin is Call of Duty: Ghosts. Always a favorite in the multiplayer arena, this year’s CoD should offer a few interesting upgrades. Whether or not it will be revelatory remains to be seen. Either way, I’m looking forward to my climb up the ladder on PS3, and continuing this when my PS4 arrives next week. So if you’re playing one of these games and get repeatedly fragged online by a player that seems to have superhuman senses, that’s some other guy. You’ll find me repeatedly respawning, trying to find a good place to hide and snipe. Hey, I said I was looking forward to playing these games—I never said I was great at them.

After finishing with about 620 Teensies in Rayman Legends last weekendI feel I can put that game on the shelf and move it out of my backlog. Plus, the 8-bit levels—the only stages left for me to beat—were starting to make me physically ill with their weird visual effects. Moving on, I plan to finally beat GTAV. Honestly, since I’ve had so many games to play in the month since I last touched GTA (Arkham Origins and Arkham Origins: Blackgate, Call of Duty, WWE, Assassin’s Creed IV, LEGO Marvel, Rayman Legends and Rayman Fiesta Run) I can’t even remember where I am in the story. I hope, though, that one really solid day of playing will be enough to polish it off for good before the next-gen systems start to hit next week. Plus, since last I’ve played it, a bunch of patches have been released that have hopefully fixed the online so I can finally check it out.

The honest truth is, I’m not going to be playing any videogames this weekend. This is probably the last spell before the big holiday release schedule kicks off in earnest, so I’m going to indulge myself in one last game-free weekend before I have to spend every waking hour guzzling polygons and bloom lighting from the bountiful teats of the Next Gen. I might go for a walk. I might read a book. I might drive out to a national park and take in the beauty of nature. Games are my job, games are my hobby, but games are not my life. I think that’s important to remember.

Seeing as I’m holding off on many recently released titles until I get my PlayStation 4, this week is going to be pretty quiet. My time will mainly be spent in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I have one aim this weekend, and that’s to finally get my damn relic weapon! It seems to be taking forever and a day, but I still have the insanely scary Titan to get down before I can obtain it.

After I finally get that out of the way I’ll simply be leveling crafting classes and grinding out Tomestones to try and improve my gear. I’ll also probably spend a couple of hours with Hearthstone. I still have over 6,000 gold to spend following the beta wipe, so I have plenty of Arena runs ahead of me before that’s all gone.

This weekend is all about Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus—for both business (I’m reviewing Insomniac’s epilogue to the Future series) and pleasure. I’m a big fan of R&C, and was particularly fond of A Crack in Time. Any excuse for more of Insomniac’s quirky brand is welcome. Obviously, I won’t be saying a whole lot about it here—you’ll have to wait until my review goes up next week—but I will say that as a the fun factor’s bell rung within moments of bypassing the initial menu screen. Felt like comin’ home.

Beyond that, I’ll be continuing my time with Rocksmith 2014. Almost have two songs down. Tips of my fret hand’s fingers are toughening up thick, and I like it.

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