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Weekend Play: Trap Happy

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Posted on March 28, 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.

 

One thing I miss about the PS1 days is the wacky collection of under-the-radar, second-tier Japanese games (the rise of the indie scene in Japan might eventually remedy this problem, but we’re not there just yet). One of my favorites from this era was Tecmo’s Deception, a game that tasked the player with killing any and all intruders that dared set foot in a haunted castleall in the name of resurrecting the Devil. I’ve long since assumed the series was dead and buried six feet under, but last year, Tecmo Koei delivered shocking news: They were bringing back the series with Deception IV: Blood Ties. Can it possibly live up to the original games, or should it be sent back from whence it came with the fury of a red-hot poker? This weekend, I’ll find out.

I beat inFamous: Second Son on Tuesday and have no desire to do a second playthrough. I’ve prestiged once in Titanfall, a rarity for me due to all the games I typically have to play, and really don’t feel like grinding out another level of it. So, when I run out of new games to play, I always go back to the same pointless desire: to bring the New York Rangers a Stanley Cup, even if it’s just a virtual one. I will be looking to finish the third year of my franchise this weekend in NHL 14 and getting my GM contract renewed after orchestrating a three-peat (hopefully). I’m then trading Ryan Callahan in the off-season to mirror the real-life trade deadline move and free up some valuable cap space. I got some young guns in the AHL ready to go pro who can help replace him anyway.

In what must clearly be the product of a clerical error, I’ve been assigned a Japanese-developed game for review—and not one of those Japan-lite things like Dark Souls, either. This is Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, the real deal, full of giant anime eyes and pigtails and maid outfits and dialogue boxes cluttered with ellipses. I can’t promise you I’ll emerge on the other side of this weekend the same man that went into it. Come Monday, I may be wearing one of those Naruto headbands and cat ears and unironically saying things like “kawaii” and “waifu.” God help me, I might even play Final Fantasy VII. If this is goodbye, I just wanted to say that it’s been an honoring telling you about the games I’ve played over these last few months. No matter what happens, no one can take that away from us.

For the better part of a week now—maybe even more, I really don’t want to think about it—I’ve been chasing the dragon that is Titanfall‘s infamous Gen 5 “Gooser” challenge. Hours upon hours spent day in, day out trying to pick enemy Pilots out of the sky in Last Titan Standing after they’ve ejected from a doomed state. And what do I have to show for it? Thirty out of the 50 still required to shift from Gen 5 to Gen 6. It’s the only requirement I’ve left to meet. And I say “still required” because Respawn very quietly revealed that upon hearing the ever-growing grievances of other players like me stuck on Gen 5, they’ve decided to reduce the count from 50 to five in an upcoming update.

I should be grateful. I should be happy. But I’m not. I remain as miserable as ever, because for lack of anything else to pursue in the game (besides, y’know, just pure pleasure), I’m going to spend the weekend (if only that) trying to get the last 20 goosings I need. Not sure what I’m trying to prove, or who I’m trying to prove it to—I just can’t let it go at this point.

This may result in my screaming descent into madness.

I’m still busy plowing through Final Fantasy X HD—I’d honestly forgotten how big this game was. Luckily it has aged surprisingly well and is still just as captivating and fun as I remember it being over a decade ago. Auron has to be one of the most badass characters in Final Fantasy history.

“Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain, or live and fight your sorrow!” is by far my favorite FF quote.

Apart from that, I’ll also be feeling sorry for myself after realizing my gaming inadequacies this week. I failed to reach a 1500 PvP rating in Star Wars: The Old Republic for the Rancor mount and only managed to make rank five in Hearthstone. Hopefully with a little luck and determination I can fight through to reach legendary rank in Hearthstone this weekend before this test season ends on April 1.

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