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Weekend Play: The Killzone Funzone

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Posted on November 15, 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!

I know this may shock you, but this weekend I’ll probably be playing a heck of a lot on my shiny new PlayStation 4. I’ve already played bits and pieces of many of the launch games, but I really want to dig more into Killzone: Shadow Fall, and I also want to see how Battlefield 4 runs on the PS4 (versus the Xbox 360 version that I gave a go).

Really, though, the most gaming time I do this weekend could end up being on a totally different Sony system: the Vita. Why? Because I’m making my way through the upcoming Tearaway, and I’ve immensely enjoyed what I’ve played of it so far. While I can’t give any official opinions on the game just yet, let me say that this is feeling like a magical, unique experience, one that really brings validity to the platform in the way that Gravity Rush previously did.

Nintendo’s quickly amassing some of my favorite games this year: Fire Emblem: AwakeningPikmin 3The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds…and this weekend, I’ll likely add another name to that list: Super Mario 3D World. And as someone partial to felines, I’m intrigued by the possibility of using Mario and friends’ new Cat Suit and napping in the sun, ignoring commands, and stalking paper bags—there are paper bags in the game, right? I’m ready to go full-on Maru and sit in boxes all day long, son.

This weekend is all about new consoles! The PS4 officially arrives on Friday, and with it a couple of exclusive games: Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack. I plan on trying both of these, and despite some negative buzz for Knack, I am really hoping that it turns out to be a fun playthrough. I will also be trying a few other games on my PS4, in particular a few that I have already played on current-gen systems, including Battlefield 4 (64-player multiplayer!),Assassin’s Creed IVLEGO Marvel Superheroes, and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

As a member of the gaming press tasked with reviewing Xbox One, I would be remiss not to see what Forza 5,Ryse: Son of Rome, and Dead Rising 3 have to offer. Plus, there is every chance I will get sucked into Crimson Dragon the same way the Panzer Dragoon series captivated me in the past.

Looking at the above list, I’m pretty sure there will be no way to get through all of these, but I will at least be trying them all out. Once I find the ones I really want to play though, I expect to barricade myself in my game room with a case of Diet Coke and some beef jerky. Hope I don’t forget what the sun feels like.

With my new PS4 precariously hanging off the edge of an already cluttered entertainment center, I plan on playing more of Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition. Considering how much I loved it when it first came out on Xbox 360 and PS3, I figure that it’ll be a nice way to hold me over until something completely new comes out for the system (i.e. inFamous: Second Son). Besides my cat knocking the system over, my biggest concern is that it doesn’t brick like some have been reported to, continuing the long-standing PS3 tradition that Sony system updates end up being massive pains in our collective asses.

This weekend, I’m going to put my shiny new PS4 through its paces by playing through Killzone: Shadow Fall. While I don’t expect to be wowed by the game itself—I’m pretty sure there’s a reason I haven’t ever felt compelled to pick up a single mainline Killzone game—this is the one rare occasion I’ll be indulging my inner graphics whore. I want to spend a few hours looking at the weave on every fabric texture, shooting bullets into every surface to see the realistic cratering, and throwing grenades at empty fields just so I can marvel at the smoke. I suspect we’ll have to wait many more months for next-gen experiences that impress all around, but for now, I’ll settle for graphics that give me a taste of future delights.

Still waiting for that glorious piece of technology called the PlayStation 4 to arrive means another quiet weekend playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for me. The long-promised Lightning FATEs are now live, so I can finally fight alongside Final Fantasy XIII‘s heroine and earn her outfit, plus some cool weapons in the process. Sadly, they’re all level 13 and therefore completely useless, but they still look good.

I’ve also started getting back into Star Wars: The Old Republic. The launch of Galactic Starfighter is only a few weeks away, and I look forward to jumping onto the public test server to give it a whirl before release. How can you not be excited by the thought of 12 versus 12 free flight dogfights in space?

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