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Weekend Play: Meet Your Destiny

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Posted on July 18, 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.

 

Well, look—part of my weekend is definitely going to be dedicated to playing some of the games I have to get through for catching up with work, such as Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and EA Sports UFC. It’s going to be hard for me to fully concentrate on those, however, given that this weekend is also Destiny beta weekend on the PlayStation consoles, as well as a free weekend for Final Fantasy XIV.

How am I going to fit all of that into one singular weekend? I’m not, folks. I’m not.

The end of the World Cup has left a Luis Suarez–shaped hole in my heart that simply cannot be filled. Not for at least two years, at least, when the Euro 2016 tournament comes to France (hopefully complete with a Michel Ancel cameo!) and hits photogenic Gallic centers of culture with fun-to-pronounce names like Marseille, Lyon, Saint-Étienne, and Bordeaux. Until then, I’ll need to satisfy myself with videogame versions of jogo bonito, such as 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Of course, the real draw with this game is the presence of the newly minted ESPN stars known as the “Men in Blazers,” who’ll be there every step of the way during my campaign to provide pithy English quips in their own trademark, scarf-wearing style.

While most of my cohorts will likely be spending their time with the Destiny beta this weekend, I’d rather not have such a highly anticipated game spoiled in any way if I can avoid it and therefore will continue my seemingly endless wait for a new game to play and be heading back to my online Hockey Ultimate Team. Yes, even though the blazing July sun is high in the sky, I’ll still be dreaming of frozen ponds and bone-crunching checks into the boards as I keep one eye on the puck on my TV and one eye on the real-life free-agent tracker list and see if my New York Rangers make anymore interesting moves, like when they signed Dan Boyle at the start of the month.

Murdered: Soul Suspect wound up being about as much of a disappointment as you can imagine. It’s a technical mess, which you sort of expect and forgive to a certain degree with a niche game like that, but it’s also a total mess from a design standpoint. I’d stay away. My other planned game, Rogue Legacy, was ruined when my the index on my laptop’s hard drive and I lost my save game for a second time. At this point, I’m just going to wait for the PS4 version before I try to play again.

As for this weekend, it’s my 25th birthday, so I’ll be playing a little game I like to call “Get Drunk and Eat Three Pounds of Steak.” I expect to win.

Steak image used under Creative Commons license, courtesy of Robert S. Donovan.

Well, looks like I failed myself last week across the board. I suppose I did wind up playing something with mechs in it, but—shock and awe—it was Titanfall. The combined urge to shoot things, stomp about in a two-story tall bipedal tank, and finally reach Gen 10 overwhelmed all other interests short of finishing Hyperion by Dan Simmons (and that’s neither here nor there).

Where does that leave this weekend? I really don’t know. I want to tell you that I’ll finally get my B.J. blast on in Wolfenstein. I want to tell you that I’ll finally, after all the years, light up a cigarette and boot up L.A. Noire. I want to claim the will power to knock back whiskey in the western wilds of Read Dead Redemption.

But I suspect I’m going to just play Titanfall. Safe, reliable, digestible Titanfall. Maybe next weekend, single-player stuff. Maybe next weekend…

You’d think that I’d only be playing one thing this weekend—although stretching it out over a whole weekend may have been difficult anyway from what I’ve heard—but you would be wrong. Of course I’ll be spending several hours with Destiny, but I’ve also rekindled an old flame with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Yes, after having left with the release of patch 2.1 several months ago I decided to resubscribe this weekend to see what I’ve missed, and so far I haven’t been disappointed. I have three content patches to plow through, so I won’t be getting bored any time soon.

In terms of Destiny, I’ve only played through the opening mission of so far, but the combat seems fluid enough and the graphics are simply beautiful. It’s just a shame that the character creation isn’t a little more detailed.

So that’s my weekend in a nutshell. Oh, and if you wish to follow my lead and jump back into FFXIV there’s a free weekend for previous subscribers running from today until Monday.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern) before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. You can follow his rants about storytelling on Twitter @manadrive.[Meet the rest of the crew]

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