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Weekend Play: Land of the Rising Fun

Posted on October 4, 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!

One thing I’ve noticed is that when it rains, it pours. Sometimes there are few games that I’m interested in at any given moment; other times, there’s a flood of them, and I can’t keep up. That’s what has happened lately, and while I know it came out earlier this week, I’m just now trying to get caught up on Rune Factory 4. I’m a longtime fan of the Harvest Moon series, but I’ve rarely ventured into Rune Factory‘s mix of Harvest Moon-esque farming and social element and more action- and combat-based adventuring.

Head off into the wilds to battle terrible monsters, come home to tend to the crops, and then at night run off to woo a potential future mate. Sounds like a heck of a combination.

After witnessing one well-regarded niche RPG franchise go back to the past with Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, I’m all set to do it again with Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. Will series favorites Laharl, Etna, and Flonne still entertain 10 years after their original adventure, or should they have stayed six feet under in the Netherworld? As someone whose feelings on the Disgaea experience can go hot and cold, I’m curious to see whether the magic is back with this one.

I’m completely ready for the first snowy weekend in Denver—yes, winter comes early here—and I look forward to playing a lot of games. I have the new, remastered Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker loaded up on my Wii U, and Scribblenauts: Unmasked ready to go.

But my main project is to restart GTAV and not rush through it. I know that by powering through the storyline I missed a lot, and I’m hoping to have some time prior to the new system launches to enjoy myself in Los Santos.

As much as I’d love to try to keep playing GTAV, I’m afraid professional duties will call me away. So this weekend, I will be neck deep in Pokéballs. Yes, much like Chris last week, I will be working my way through the Kalos region, Froakie in tow, looking to see if Pokémon X and Y (I’m playing the X version) will continue the main series’ rather stagnant take on things, or offer a breath of fresh air and give the franchise a much needed shot in the arm. From everything I’ve seen, heard, and played, I’m leaning more towards the latter. The only question that remains now is what Pokémon will be in my party when I head to this game’s version of the Pokémon League.

In a perfect world, I’d be playing GTA Online, but I think we all know that’s just not going to be happening. Well, not unless restarting the game several hundred times in the hopes I’ll actually get into the first race without the game hanging up indefinitely counts as playing. Once I give up and weep some manly disappointment tears, I think I’ll try to play through the Minerva’s Den DLC for BioShock 2 on Chris’ recommendation. I hear the storytelling is quite good—a lot of the creative team went on to make Gone Home, which I loved—and it’s been far too long since I dipped my toes into the placid waters of Lake Single-Player First-Person Shooter.

Thanks to a combination of total shamelessness and an inexplicable (though slightly stereotypical) love of dancing, I’ve volunteered to review Just Dance 2014. That means I’ll be spending my weekend throwing myself around my apartment like a fool, swearing to the neighbors that it’s dancing. If only Just Dance 2014 didn’t record each session and show it to you at the end of the song—the damn thing generates embarrassment I wouldn’t otherwise have.

Beyond that, it’s more Pokémon Y for ol’ Chris and maybe, just maybe, some Wind Waker HD action. Reporting on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds so much has me itchin’ for some Hyrule adventure, and any excuse to play Wii U kind of feels good. Kind of.

I only have one title on my plate this weekend: Hearthstone. Following the beta wipe earlier this week, I’ll be sinking an awful lot of time into re-earning all of the cards that I lost—and this time I can play safe in the knowledge that I wont lose any of it again.

Blizzard has once again created something ridiculously addictive, and I plan on making the most of my head start. I also have over 8,000 gold to spend—refunded from the real-world money I spent  before the wipe—which I plan on spending on a lot of Arena tickets.

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