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Weekend Play: Snake-Shaped Box

Posted on March 21, 2014 AT 05:15pm

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.


With its launch coming next Tuesday, I am set to spend my weekend playing Deception IV for the benefit of writing its review. While I never played the latest game in the series—Trapt on the PS2—I definitely dug the Deception iterations on the original PlayStation. Typically I go the good/light/paragon route in games, but sometimes, you just need to be a little nasty.

When not spending my time with that, I’m guessing I’ll be playing more of World of Tanks on the Xbox 360. Seriously, I was not ready for how much fun I’d be having with that game. I don’t like war games! I don’t care about tanks! And yet, here I am, eager to get back onto the battlefield.

After a couple of intense magazine deadlines, I’m looking forward to gaming for fun on a weekend for the first time in a while. It’s no secret that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes underwhelmed me, so in order to wash that taste out—and get prepared for The Phantom Pain, which I’m still anticipating—I’m going back to replay a full-fledged Metal Gear game: the HD version of Peace Walker on the PS3.

Last weekend unexpectedly changed directions with the arrival of inFamous: Second Son on my doorstep. As much as I wanted to play Titanfall, I’ve been looking forward to the new inFamous since last E3. Plus, I had the privilege of reviewing it, so it ended up pretty much an inFamous-exclusive weekend. This one, however, I plan to get things back on track with a whole lot of Titanfall! Of course, I’m not completely finished with Second Son, either. For my review, I did everything I could to finish with good Karma, but today I started again with increased difficulty and the plan to be as evil as possible. Guy suffering on the street? Kill him! See a dude with a guitar, just trying to provide some enjoyment to the downtrodden population? Headshot! Even though I’ve played through it once, I’m still really enjoying the game, so it will take a bit of effort to draw myself away for Titanfall, but I figure I must, lest everyone I know leave me way behind.

It’s all about Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for me. Nah, just kiddin’—that’s like, a lunch break or something. Certainly don’t need to invest the whole weekend for that paltry offering of Kojima-crazy tactical espionage. I mean, I will be playing it—I’m curious, and once upon a time was to be a secondary reviewer—but again, I imagine that’ll be what I tackle over my morning coffee.

Instead, because I have no outstanding review assignments for the first time in weeks, and now that we’ve closed the book on our most recent issue, I’m going to clean up some more backlog. First up? Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, a little gem from DmC developer Ninja Theory that I’ve heard nothing but great things about. If memory serves, I meant to tackle this game during a previous Weekend Play entry, but things didn’t shake out that way. This weekend, however, will be different.

Supposing, of course, I don’t instead spend all my time playing Titanfall. I’m so close to Gen 5, and once there why not just…Push for Gen 6? Don’t look at me like that.

It’s finally here. Almost 12 years after I played the game on PS2, I finally have a chance to relive those memories with Final Fantasy X HD (11 years for Final Fantasy X-2 HD). FFX was the first game that I bought for my PS2—it was actually the game that convinced me to buy one—and after anxiously waiting since its announcement my weekend will be spent once again journeying with Tidus and his crew. I can’t even begin to recall just how many hours I spent with X and X-2 combined, and I doubt I will spend half as long with their HD counterparts, but every minute that I do spend will be well worth it.

This weekend also marks the release of another game that I’ve been waiting for: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. While most of my time this weekend will be spent in the realm of Final Fantasy, I still plan on devoting at least a few hours to Big Boss (Naked Snake). Although, based on what I’ve heard, I’ll be lucky to get a few hours worth of gameplay out of it, which is pretty disappointing considering how long I’ve been waiting.

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