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Weekend Play: Let the Titanfall

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Posted on February 14, 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.

 

Unfortunately, I think I’ve hit another of those weekends where I can’t actually say what I’ll be playing. Or I could just do it an obnoxious way, like “I’m playing _______ for ________ by _________, and man that part where __________ fights _________ with the ________ is awesome!”

However, like my fellow EGM staff members below, I’ll no doubt also be playing something I shouldn’t be playing this weekend: the Titanfall open beta. I don’t have time to play you! Why did you come on a weekend when I’ll be so busy with work?! GRR!

As a soccer devotee and a fan of the sadly under-localized Japanese “sports-RPG” genre, I’ve been wanting to play Inazuma Eleven on the DS for quite a few years. Little did I know that, all this time, Level-5 was busy replacing all the “football” reference to “soccer” in preperation for a stealth North American release and that we’d get a chance to play it on the 3DS via the eShop this very day! Sure, the original game is nearly six years old at this point, but I’m as excited to play this as any of the so-called “big-name” releases coming this month.

I’m going to be getting a huge influx of potassium into my diet this weekend, as I’ll be chowing down on bananas left and right as Nintendo’s simian supreme, Donkey Kong. Yes, I will be partaking in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze over the next couple of days. While I’m looking forward to seeing the new mine cart and underwater levels, the idea of seeing how Cranky Kong handles with his first playable appearance in the series has me the most excited I’ve been for a Wii U game thus far in the system’s life. Here’s to hoping Retro can continue their stellar pedigree of reviving fallen by the wayside Nintendo franchises.

There’s any number of games I should be playing this weekend—work responsibilities and all that—but, honestly, only one game I can assure you I will play this weekend, and that’s Titanfall. The beta, mind you. Not the full game. But even with only two maps and access to one Titan class, Titanfall has already proven itself career-endingly addicting. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had this much complication-free fun while gaming.

Come Monday, I expect to find myself in Eric’s office being sternly lectured. But it’ll be worth it. Oh, it’ll be worth it.

Well, I guess my constitution for mediocrity just isn’t what it used to be. I think I made it about 45 minutes into Fable Anniversary before I gave up, probably forever. I seem to recall enjoying some the later entries in the series, but boy, do I not see what people got out of the original Fable. Any game where I can spend ten minutes slaughtering every innocent villager I come across and still be bored out of my skull is doing something wrong.

But enough about bad games. Like Chris, I’ll be spending this weekend getting neck deep in the Titanfall beta. Well, since Chris got a beta invite and I didn’t I guess it would more accurate to say that I’ll be staring longingly over Chris’ shoulder at the most amazing gift technology has given us since shiatsu massage chairs, begging him for a turn. He will say no and slap me, just like he always does.

Well, well, well, the weekend that I finally discover the ending to the Final Fantasy XIII saga is finally here. It seems like an age since I managed to 100 percent (Platinum Trophy included) Final Fantasy XIII-2. Despite the pain that it’s mess of a story caused me, the actual gameplay was fun and the whole time travel gimmick was a stroke of genius.

I just hope Lightning Returns builds on the groundwork that XIII-2 laid. However, if Square ever try and pull a cliffhanger ending stunt again I will not be responsible for my actions. My poor controller never recovered from its date with the wall following XIII-2‘s original ending.

On a lighter note, I’ve also managed to get my hands on a copy of the “absolutely awesome, perfect, ultimate, super-duper, look at how realistic Lara’s face looks” edition of Tomb Raider, otherwise known as the Definitive Edition, so I’ll be spending a few hours with that if Lightning Returns fails to impress.

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