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Weekend Play: Xbox, Snap Zombie Apocalypse

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Posted on November 22, 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’m not sure I’ve ever hated the question “what are you going to be playing this weekend” more than I do right now. After two utterly insane weeks of jumping headfirst into the launch libraries of two next-gen consoles, I don’t want to plan what I’m going to be playing. I don’t want to schedule time for certain titles, and I don’t want to commit to spending X hours with Y experience.

Really, I just want to play games—whatever that means. I want to spend time with my new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One without wondering “how am I going to turn this into written content?” I want to play these new next-gen games without giving any thought to the progress that I’m making. I want to see what my friends are playing, and maybe join in. I want to just kick back and watch other people playing games. Hell, I might even go back and play old games on old systems that I haven’t gotten to yet!

So, that’s what I’ll be playing this weekend. Games. And for no other reason than to have fun.

After going old-school with Mario and Zelda the last couple of weeks, I’m ready to continue that trend with Ys: Memories of Celceta, starring everyone’s favorite red-haired adventurer from the ’80s, Adol Christin. Yes, while countless other classic protagonists from Japanese gaming have vanished over the years (come back, Master Higgins!), Nihon Falcom’s icon just keeps on truckin’, and I’m excited to see what his latest adventure brings on the Vita.

This weekend has been reserved for exploring the Xbox One. While I’ve already played and reviewed Ryse: Son of Rome, I still have copies of Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3 just begging to be broken in. I don’t know that I have ever seen a prettier racing game than Forza, and I loves me some zombie killin’, so I anticipate a lot of fun this weekend.

That’s not all, though. I have copies of FIFA 14, Madden 25, and Need for Speed: Rivals, all waiting to be cracked open. So I anticipate a sporty weekend with a lot of racing. Now, if only I can keep my mind on the games and off the deep fried turkey I just ordered for Thursday, life will be good.

With next-gen system launches finally behind us, I’ll be sitting down to play Dead Rising 3 on my Xbox One this weekend. I honestly bought my Xbox 360 just for the release of the original Dead Rising and even got a nifty “Chop ‘til you drop” t-shirt with it. I played it 24 hours straight with my college buddy Julian and applauded what it was able to do at the time. Then came Dead Rising 2, which wasn’t nearly as innovative or entertaining for me, but I loved its Case Zero and Case West DLC. So here we are, on the precipice of another zombie hunt, and the series has undergone some huge changes again, conjuring up memories of when I rushed out to buy the first one. Hopefully it can deliver the goods more like Frank West than Chuck Greene.

I may have already beaten (and reviewed) Dead Rising 3, but I think I’ll be heading back into Los Perdidos this weekend to do a little cleanup work. For starters, I want to give Nightmare Mode a full playthrough to see if it offers any more of a challenge. More importantly, though, I want to hop into other player’s games and harass them with kindness, following them around like a sick puppy and dumping the unlockable X-Buster at their feet until they pick it up. TAKE MY CHARITY, PUBLIC. TAKE IT.

Sadly, I still have a week to wait until my PlayStation 4 arrives. Damn you, Sony, and your staggered releases! So once again this week is going to be relatively quiet for me. I’ve gotten back into playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, so I plan on jumping onto the Public Test Server for several hours so I can try out the new Galactic Starfighter content. I honestly believe that it’s going to revitalize the game and bring a lot of older players back to try it out—whether they will actually stay after they come back remains to be seen.

Apart from that, I have some grinding to do in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I need to reach my tombstone max for the week so I can upgrade my Relic weapon to its “plus one” version. It’s all very exciting isn’t it? I may even re-download World of Warcraft after two years to see what’s changed–if I have the time. That expansion announcement has really got me interested in the aging MMO once again.

This weekend it’s Adventure Time! Seriously, I’ll be playing Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! partially for review, but mostly for pleasure. I don’t share my colleagues’ collective love for things with zombies, but I do love the Adventure Time show, and what little s’plorin’ I’ve done so far in the Diablo-inspired dungeon crawler has proved to be rewarding for fans of the Land of Ooo (and even anyone unfamiliar with Pendleton Ward’s work—Josh joined me for some co-op and I don’t think he’d deny it was fun and amusing).

Despite keeping one foot firmly planted in what I guess is now then-gen, last-gen, old-gen, or whatever term use, I’ll probably dip the other’s toes into PS4 and Xbone waters. I started Assassin’s Creed IV finally last week. Should probably dive back into that before I lose the momentum I need to keep at an open-world game.

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