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Weekend Play: Killer Tales of Steelport

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Posted on August 9, 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!

So… Killer is Dead. There’s been a lot of talk and controversy out there about certain aspects of the game, and I really want to see the newest, hottest Suda 51 joint—that’s the hip thing to say these days right? “Joint?”—for myself.

My opinions of Goichi Suda’s work in gaming are certainly mixed. I absolutely adored Flower, Sun, and Rain when I played it on the DS. Not because it was a great game, mind you, but because it was a thoroughly interesting experience. Meanwhile, I was so looking forward to Lollipop Chainsaw that it wasn’t funny, only to be completely disappointed in what I found.

Then, of course, there’s the fact that I’m very big on how gaming represents female and minority characters. And yet, that comes with a catch: while I can be super-sensitive about the topic, I’m also, at times, able to forgive a game for its sloppy handling of a subject if I think it had its heart in the right place.

Does Killer is Dead have its heart in the right place? That’s the big question—one I hope to find out by giving it a go.

Solid Snake will always be my No. 1 stealth-action mancrush, but I’ve had my flings with the graying, gruff-voiced Sam Fisher over the years, too. Here’s the question, though: With Michael Ironside no longer providing his unmistakable voice to Fisher’s various stabbings, shootings, and sneakings, will I even recognize the character in Blacklist? I’ll find out this weekend.

This weekend I plan on digging into Saints Row IV. These games have progressively gotten better as they have weirder. What started as a pretty straight forward GTA knock-off has turned into one of the most fun open-world series just because they go off in fun, funny, inappropriate, and downright bizarre directions. I have purposely avoided as much of the advance publicity as possible so I can be surprised.

I also had a big box of Disney Infinity gear arrive today—the starter set and 10 extra characters, as well as 10 of the power discs. Now, I haven’t been overly impressed with the story modes, or “Play Sets,” I’ve tried, but the Toy Box mode looks fantastic. I will gladly play through the stories just to unlock cool gear to make my own wild Disney Games.

And in case anyone was wondering, yes, I am still playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf every day. My town has grown nicely, as has my bank account. I am amazed that after more than two months I keep encountering new stuff! My villagers are always surprising me, and it seems I still have a long way to go to impress the HHA and to get the town to a point where my residents are really happy. If anyone wants to check out my town of Westy, just put in the Dream Address 4400-2389-5874, come on by, and take a look around. While you’re there, grab a copy of my Denver Broncos’ “D” pattern. And if you put your Dream Address in the comments below I will be sure to stop by and take a look at your town too!

I’ve got a fair amount on my plate, but I think this weekend will be spent in the good city of Steelport handing out tentacle bat beatdowns, blasting aliens into randomly generated black holes, and dub-stepping the night away in Saints Row IV. And as much as I’d like to try the Nolan North voice pack, I think I’m going to just download my Saints Row: The Third character and keep Troy Baker as my go-to guy. Whereas I dressed him up in some slick duds last game, though, I’m feeling a bit rowdy and may go with the Roddy Piper outfit this go around. Just when you think you know the answers, I change the questions.

You know what’s always fun? Deadlines. Nothing makes a weekend feel like it’s yours than having a whole mess of long games to soldier through before its close. Sleep is for the weak. In its place, I’ll be playing Tales of Xillia, Pikmin 3, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches—in no particular order.

Now, don’t get me wrong—I’m looking forward to all these games. After listening to Andrew sing Xillia‘s praises, I’m excited to jump back into the JRPG scene, a scene that once defined my gamer habits and kickstarted my games journo career. I’m about six or seven hours into the latest Tales so far, and while I’m not into JRPG writing (read: dialogue) like I once was, I’m diggin’ Milla and Jude’s adventure.

What I’m most excited to get my hands on, however, is The Brigmore Witches. Finally time to close the book on Daud’s story, which Knife of Dunwall proved is infinitely more interesting than Dishonored proper—a great game itself, but its DLC is just better.

Still, I think after we close out issue #261 I’m going to take a break from games, maybe read a book or something.

OK, I know that my gameplay habits have been a bit predictable over the last few weeks, but I swear that I can change! This weekend I have a new title that just arrived through my letterbox this morning, Tales of Xillia.

Now I’ve never been a massive Tales of fan—I always leaned on the Final Fantasy side of the fence—but that doesn’t mean that I’ll ignore a good JRPG. Let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to ignore any of them with how few are released in the west nowadays. So over the next few days, I’m going to forgo social interaction and throw myself headfirst into this new adventure. Wish me luck!

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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