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Weekend Play: Tales and Legends Gone Home

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Posted on September 13, 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!

Really, I probably shouldn’t even be on this list, as I will more than likely be playing next to no videogames this weekend. Why? Because I’m going to be spending a nice chunk of my days off on a plane flying to Japan for Tokyo Game Show. (Or sitting in airports waiting to fly on a plane.)

Now, I know what you might say in response to that: play games on the plane! The problem is, I tend to get motion sickness pretty easy when flying if I’m doing anything beyond relaxing and listening to music. Trying to stare at the small screen of a portable handheld device? It typically only ends in tears.

am going to try to get some gaming time in during my downtimes at airports or once I get to the hotel, however, as I’m right in the middle of playing through Sweet Fuse. Sure, Mr. Inafune might be off trying to Kickstart his new Mega Ma…er, I mean Mighty No. 9, but I’m busy trying to save his amusement park from being blown up as his spunky niece Saki!

For a decade, we’ve heard a familiar mantra from Zelda fans: The Wind Waker‘s visuals will never age! Now, that may be true, but how about the gameplay? Does Link’s turn as the Vasco da Gama of Hyrule still stand up 10 years later? That’s what I’m going to spend this weekend finding out—and I’ve dug out my special Tingle spandex for the occasion!

I was hoping beyond hope that this week would bring him a copy of GTAV to immerse himself in over the weekend, but alas, it appears this is not meant to be. Instead I will be dipping into the pile of new games starting to accumulate next to my television.

First off, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U should swallow quite a lot of my weekend. (No, I do not have a physical copy of this, only a download code, so it technically wasn’t part of the pile, but I’m counting it anyway.) I’m quite interested to see what changes have been made and how the game has been improved.

I’m also anxious to dip into Diablo III on the Xbox 360. I have been hearing that Blizzard did an excellent job porting this to consoles, particularly with making the controls work with a pad instead of a mouse and keyboard. I’ve always loved this series, and am excited to play it on my 55-inch TV rather than my 17-inch computer monitor. With any luck the blood will jump off the screen and coat me in its glorious viscera.

Finally, I must devote a bit of time to NHL 14, particularly the NHL 94 Anniversary Mode. This was absolutely my favorite game when I was a young reviewer, with many late nights wasted in competition in the original EGM offices (shout out to Illinois!). I’m hoping this mode can rekindle some of these memories.

To get in the mood before Eric and I invade Japan next week at Tokyo Game Show, I figured now would be a good time to try my best to finally finish Tales of Xillia. It’s not that I haven’t been enjoying it, but like most JRPGs, it’s much longer than your standard videogame fare, and I’ve had a few other games to play for work purposes. I picked Jude at the start of the game, because even though I relate to the strong will and general demeanor of Milla, Jude is the character with all the personality and that hits a bit closer to home. So hopefully I get to finish that over my truncated weekend, otherwise that’ll have to wait until I get back from Tokyo.

This weekend, I’m going to be diving into my latest Steam purchase, Gone Home. I’ve heard a lot of things—both good and bad—but I’ve done my best to steer clear of any and all spoilers, beyond the basic premise. After being a bit underwhelmed by Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Dear Esther, I’m quite interested to see if the debut effort from The Fullbright Company can finally sell me on a non-traditional, gameplay-light, story-driven first-person experience. On a conceptual level, I’ve always wanted to like those sorts of games—and I’ve certainly be able to appreciate parts of the experience—but they always come up just a bit too short in the end. Here’s to hoping this time will be different.

Playing off Josh somewhat, I’m going to finally check out BioShock 2‘s critically acclaimed DLC “Minerva’s Den,” which was developed by members of the Fullbright Company before they left 2K Marin to go indie and create Gone Home. Truth be told, I’ve still got a little BioShock on the brain from having replayed Infinite a month or two ago, so I’m looking forward to this return to Rapture. No doubt it will lead directly into a Gone Home playthrough of my own.

I’ll also be starting Call of Duty: Black Ops 2‘s single-player campaign in anticipation of Ghosts. Despite being an avid fan of first-person shooters, Call of Duty has never really grabbed me beyond the original Modern Warfare. But I’m all about the premise of Ghosts, so I thought it might behoove me to play Black Ops 2 as research/a warm-up.

I’ve also been seriously jonesing to get back into Clash of Heroes, which I think Eric has expressed interest in. Eric? ERIC, COME PLAY PUZZLE GAMES WITH ME!

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