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Weekend Play: Tales Mix

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Posted on August 29, 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.

 

With it being the calm before the storm right now in regards to game review season, I’ll be indulging my closet JRPG fan with a little Tales of Xillia 2. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and look forward to seeing how things have changed now a year later on Rieze Maxia and Elympios. While you play as a new protagonist, it’s nice to see all our returning favorites from the first game’s cast will be part of our party again, as I’ll try my best to bring piece between the two nations that were once separated by an inter-dimensional rift.

I had a decent amount of fun getting the platinum trophy in inFAMOUS: First Light (though thanks to those mean haxxorz I wasn’t technically able to do it over the weekend like I promised). If you’d like to hear more about my thoughts on the game, you can check out the review. Shameless self promotion!

Given that we’re reaching the tail end of the summer game drought, I figure this weekend is probably as good a time as any to polish off an older game I’ve been wanting to play but haven’t found the time for. Along those lines, I think I’m going to dust off my now neglected PS3 and try out the HD remaster of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Have I said I was going to play that before? I feel like I have. Well, I mean it this time.

Despite a personal rule against reading videogame novelizations and canon-expanding novels (partly based off terrible experiences wading through the wastelands of poor prose that constituted Deus Ex: Icarus Effect and Mass Effect: Revelation, and partly because it’s all so much fan fiction as far as I’m concerned), I picked up and plowed through Crysis: Legion by Peter Watts this past week. There is, of course, a lot of bias at play here. As I’ve well established in past issues of EGM and, no doubt, the website as well, I’m a huge, huge fan of Crysis 2. In no small part because it was penned by my favorite author, Richard K. Morgan, but also because it’s a really strong shooter that eschews so many of the exhausting tropes that still plague the genre. But I’m also a fan of Peter Watts’ work. My understanding is that the two are friends in real life, or at least friendly, and I suspect Morgan did Watts (whom he consulted with, somewhat, while working on Crysis 2) a solid by getting EA and Del Rey to have Mr. Watts write Legion. I’m sure it was a very nice paycheck. Point is, I was curious to see what a Hugo Award-winning author and one whose prose and general writing I find enviably strong could do working with the restrictions imposed by adapting a videogame. They’re self-evident, to say the least, but the book is not without its worth—value exclusively owed to Watts’ skill at sentence construction.

OK, that last graph got away from me a bit. Long story short: I thought it might be fun to play Crysis 2 while reading it. Didn’t quite work out that way, of course—it’s a short read and I’ll be on the other side of the front cover before the day is done—but I’ve still got a strong desire to shoot up Ceph, so I’ll be replaying it all the same this weekend. For the umpteenth time.

Beyond post-human distractions, I’m coming to a close on Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions as well. I’m a ways into Chapter 4, the final chapter, slowing only to see if I have the patience in me to make Ramza a Dark Knight. I’m so close I can’t really justify not going the distance. But man is its legwork a grind.

I’m planning another easy going MMO-themed weekend while I wait for the big releases to start flowing in a few weeks time. With the second week of Conquests underway in Star Wars: The Old Republic, I’ll be busy completing all sorts of tasks, from PvP to Starfighter, in order to rack up points for my guild so that we can once again be crowned conquers. As I said last week, introducing the Conquest system was one of the best things BioWare’s done for the game. Since the system went live tons of players have returned, and it doesn’t show any sign of them leaving anytime soon. Once again, bravo BioWare, bravo!

I’ll also be spending a little time in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, continuing my quest to collect all 12 Atma needed for my Relic weapon upgrade. The last two still elude me.

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, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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