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EGM Presents:
What We’re Playing This Weekend

Posted on February 3, 2012 AT 04:42pm

The weekend has officially arrived—so what will the EGM crew be playing during our precious free time? We’re glad you asked!

So, most of my Sunday is already spoken for as I will wear my lucky Giants t-shirt, my lucky Giants jeans, my lucky Giants socks, and my lucky Giants boxer shorts (that’s right ladies, boxers, not briefs) as I hopefully watch what will be an awesome Super Bowl (meaning hopefully the Giants trouncing the Patriots). But as for the rest of my weekend, here is what I will be playing.

So with the release of Soul Calibur V this week, I will be picking up where some of my workmates left off and feed my fighting game addiction. Disappointed that some of my favorite characters are not making an appearance, I look forward to using Ezio Auditore and seeing how well his assassin’s hidden blades will handle going against Maxi’s nunchaku.

After honing my blade, I’m eagerly anticipating a blast to my arcade dwelling past as Konami finally has given us an XBLA version of The Simpsons Arcade Game. My childhood was button mashed away to this game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, and The X-Men Arcade Game for the most part and so I can’t wait to pick up Bart’s skateboard, Marge’s vacuum cleaner, Lisa’s jump rope, and Homer’s fists and feet for a good old fashion nostalgia-fest.

It’s been about three-and-a-half years since I’ve gotten my hands on a localized Tales game—far too long for my liking, but also a sign of these tough economic times where some of the best Japanese gaming experiences no longer see Western shores due to prohibitive localization costs.

We just got in our review copy of Tales of Graces f—a PS3 port of a 2009 Japan-only Wii release—so I’m happy to say that drought’s come to an end at long last. Better late than never, and based on my three hours or so with it so far, Graces is definitely picking up where the excellent Tales of Vesperia left off when it comes to quality. Yes, it’s filled with huge anime eyes, cliches, and candy-coated visuals and storytelling—but that’s all part of the charm.

Oh, and there’s some game or something on Sunday, too. I might watch it. Maybe. We’ll see. I might have to clean my carpet then, though.

While Sunday is a bit of a lost cause, the weekend will still be a game-laden tour de force due to pending reviews that must meet completion, so I expect to have my hands full with a few games tomorrow as I prep for the Super Bowl.

Twisted Metal

Having snagged a copy at last night’s multiplayer event, I am bound and determined to get my game up prior to the official launch so that I can lay waste to y’all when we finally meet online. I’m also pretty pumped about exploring the host of structural changes to the core game, so it should be one helluva ride.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

I’m still knee-deep in Amalur, and am really starting to dig the game’s robust combat offerings, even if the visual style is a bit more cartoony than I typically enjoy in a traditional fantasy RPG…


Review code just hit the office, and considering my love for all things Starbreeze, I fully expect to spend at least a few hours with this sci-fi shooter before all is said and done this weekend. Can’t wait to see how it stacks up to Riddick and Deus Ex!

Having just finished my massive review of Star Wars: The Old Republic, I was ready to play another type of game. ANY other type of game. And then Kingdom’s of Amalur: The Reckoning showed up. Since I’ve been waiting for this game to release for the last few years, I have no choice but to suck it up and get back in RPG mode. The game seems to have an amazing backstory from one of my favorite fantasy authors, R. A. Salvatore, who made up 10,000 years of lore before the writing even began. It seems like the crew at 38 Studios aims to make this the beginning of a major RPG franchise.

But I’m not stuck only playing Reckoning. Also arriving this week was a shiny new copy of The Darkness II. I was one of the few critics who truly loved the original, enough that I actually went back and purchased some of the graphics novels to get a feeling for characters behind the story. Given the first game’s reception, I never held much hope for a sequel, but here we are! With the ability to quad-wield and more over-the-top violence than ever before, I expect to have a bloody good time with this one.

Lastly, I heard there was some sort of football game on TV Sunday. Not sure what all that is about, but it seems like a good excuse to make a pot of chili and drink some beer, so I’m in.

I’m like a kid in a candy store this week with three new games ready to go. First up I’ve got Final Fantasy XIII-2 to enjoy, which will probably take up the majority of my weekend – been looking forward to this one ever since it was first announced. Hopefully Square-Enix won’t let me down and this will deliver everything I hoped for from the original Final Fantasy XIII, but was left sadly disappointed.

Next up is the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection which has finally made it’s way over to the UK, Metal gear Solid 2 and 3 were in my top games from the PlayStation 2 era so a lot of nostalgia in this one. I’m excited to see what Blue Point has done with these classics, will they still hold the same weight as they did years ago? Also included is Metal gear Solid: Peace Walker, a PSP title which I chose to pass by due to it not being part of the main series, I’ll give it a try, but I don’t expect to be spending too long with it.

Then there’s Soul Calibur V, been looking forward to this one ever since I got a chance to try it last year. Even though I suck at fighting games and have never played any of the previous Soul Calibur titles I expect to have a lot of fun and frustration with some friendly online competition. Although if I’m being honest most of my time will be spent in the insanely detailed character creator.

So, now that you know what we’re playing—what are YOU going to be playing this weekend? We’d love to know, so post a comment below and tell us what games will be giving you joy (or frustration) this weekend!

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