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Weekend Play: Light Board Operators

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Posted on April 25, 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.

 

I have, at this point, sworn to quit Hearthstone forever at least four times now. I’ll get on a losing street, fall into a hopeless funk, curse over how “cheap” the game is, and threaten to delete it from my iPad. And then, house later, I’m giving it “just one more go.”

Hearthstone, you are my friend, and my enemy.

To be frank, I haven’t really been a fan of some of Ubisoft’s work the past few years. Sam Fisher somehow turned into Generic Canadian-Accented Action Hero in Blacklist, and everyone knows about the problem with the assembly-line versions of Assassin’s Creed we’ve seen recently. But I love what Michel Ancel’s done with the Rayman series with the company’s UbiArt Framework engine, and Patrick Plourde, after heading a bombastic, bro-filled shooter with Far Cry 3, is going in a smaller, smarter, and much prettier direction with his UbiArt platformer-RPG, Child of Light. This feels like a very personal journey for him, and I’m excited to see if the same Rayman magic is present here.

While I do have plenty of console games to play at home, I’m afraid most of this weekend will be spent traveling from LA back to New Jersey for my 10-year high school reunion. Due to all the miles I’ll be logging at 35,000 feet, I’ll be spending most of my gaming time this weekend going the mobile route. One title I’ve particularly been interested in is the new board game–inspired Hitman GO from Square Enix. It’ll be nice to see Agent 47′s bald head again, even if it’s in plastic game piece, since this may be the freshest Hitman experience we’re going to get for a while.

Man, that Bastion game sure was good. My favorite parts were when the guy went to the Bastion. Or maybe when he shot a gun at something. The narrator part was cool too. All right, so I didn’t get around to playing Bastion last weekend. I’m sorry. More important things came up (Titanfall Gen 10 wut wut). But I promise I will get around to it eventually.

It’ll have to wait past this weekend, though, because like pretty much everyone else employed here, I’ll be getting my French on with Child of Light. I’m surprised at how much I’ve taken a shine to turn-based games recently, given the little exposure I had to them as a kid and how much I remember disliking them during my brief attempts to see the appeal. Maybe this will be the tipping point, and I’ll return on Monday ready to play through all the Final Fantasies in order.

Like most of the EGM Crew this weekend, I’ll be playing Child of Light—though it’s more business than pleasure, for me, since I’m reviewing it. That isn’t to say there’s no pleasure. My interest in Patrick Plourde’s anti-Far Cry 3 was a love-at-first-sight sort of deal. And while Josh avoided turn-based role-playing games most of his youth, mine was defined by them. So for a game to function similarly to the JRPGs that spurred me to become a writer while possessing a storyline scripted with Western sensibilities is, well, a dream come true.

If and when any breaks are needed (I find an uncomplicated, solidly paced turn-based RPG to be one of the more relaxing variants of videogames), there’ll for suresies be more Titanfall this weekend. While I was off grinding my feet to pulp at PAX East, Josh pulled ahead of me and done Gen 10′d. It’s taken me all the time since returning from my native coastline to wrap up Gen 8 and cross into Gen 9, and from what Josh has told me Gen 9 is a beast.

Hopefully next weekend I can return to Shining Force II, maybe even up Wild Arms (an internal discussion about game worlds reminded me how much that title influenced my fiction, stirred in me the desire to replay it—the classic, not Altered Code Go F Yourself).

A relatively quiet weekend for me, sorry to say. I have a lot of real-life things on my plate at the moment (currently looking for a flat [editor's note: that's British for "apartment"]), so my game time is going to be severely limited. I’ll basically just be carrying on with my playthrough of inFamous: Second Son, and I must admit that what I’ve been hearing is true: this is the first next-gen title that really shows what these new consoles can do. Everything looks absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.

I’ll also be jumping into both Star Wars: The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2, as my ongoing battle with MMO addiction continues. Don’t really have anything major left to do in either, I’ll pretty much just be grinding to earn that game’s flavor of currency. A little tip: you can never have too much in-game money.

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