Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue One
Posted by Sammy Barker
Games, games, games
In a move that’s absolutely not inspired by our friends over at Nintendo Life, we’ve decided to run a bi-weekly feature dedicated to what we’re playing over the weekend. In the acres of white space beneath this hastily penned introduction, you’ll find recaps of what we're doing over the next two days. But this isn’t all about us – we want to know what you’re up to, as well. Let us know what titles you're hoping to play this weekend in the comments section.
Sammy Barker, Associate Editor
I may or may not be flirting with sea monsters in a game that I can’t really talk about this weekend. When I’m not doing that, I’m probably going to try and wrap my head around Lumines again. The most recent release for Vita was one of last month’s PlayStation Plus giveaways, and I’m probably going to give it a shot in the car on Sunday afternoon. Obviously, I won’t be the one driving – that would be a bit daft, wouldn’t it?
Trying to understand why everyone loves Lumines is a yearly occurrence for me. I just don’t get it. I tend to play it for an hour, scratch my head, and then repeat the cycle 12 months later. I’ve no doubt that tomorrow’s backseat session will be no different, but you never know – it just might click on this occasion. Maybe. Nah.
Mike Mason, Assistant Editor
I've been giving PlayStation Plus – and my hard drive – a bit of a work out recently, and I've become rather enamoured with Just Cause 2. I'll probably squeeze in some grapple hooking during the weekend. I'm especially overjoyed now that I've discovered the jets.
I've also been dipping into the past with Shadow of the Colossus – the HD version to be precise. I'm playing through in 3D and, even though the PS2-level assets are fairly obvious outside of the battles, it looks pretty stunning. Eight colossi down, eight to go.
Greg Giddens, Reviews Editor
I want to finally get around to playing Ni Nu Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch but I'm a slave to Dead Space 3 at the moment. I’m really enjoying the tense spooky atmosphere, as well as the action and exploration. The co-op’s surprisingly good, too – I’m utterly hooked. I’ve just got a few more Trophies to grab, so I’m probably going to stick with that.
Katy Ellis, Events Correspondent
I'm currently still slowly taking over enemy bases, hunting sharks, and exploring the jungle in Far Cry 3. Not to mention having a blast with the online multiplayer. Plus, I’ve just started my adventure in Dishonored, and I’m really enjoying it. The different gameplay methods and stealthy tactics are awesome. Controlling sewers rats has never felt this good.
Ben Potter, Staff Writer
The beautifully dangerous dunes of Spec Ops: The Line will be my obsession this weekend. My addiction to Trophies is well documented, and I'm man enough to admit that I played Hannah Montana: The Movie twice for the Platinum Trophy. Ever since I completed the campaign nearly a year ago, Spec Ops has been a game placed on the Trophy-backburner, earmarked as 'doable'. I had a quick 'clean up run' a couple of weeks ago, so all that remains is completing it on 'FUBAR' difficulty. A quick Google informs me that it's one of the most relentlessly merciless and frustrating difficulty levels of modern gaming, so some nice, relaxing Jack Johnson should aid me in resisting the urge to hurl my precious DualShock at my equally precious TV.
Robert Ramsey, Staff Writer
I’ve been extremely busy with Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires. I rampaged through the game in order to bring you a review on this very site, and I enjoyed every minute of it. In a feeble attempt to pad out the carnage, I’ve been jumping in and out of Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, following the release of the new Reckoning DLC. My attempts at trying to unlock the insanely badass war hammer wielding Krogan have gone badly – and after each failure I’m usually back on Empires smashing people up with war hammers that I’ve actually managed to obtain.
Other than that, Persona 4 Golden finally arrived in the post. I’m honestly intimidated by its presence – Persona 3 absorbed a ridiculous amount of my time both on the PS2 and the PSP, and now Atlus are once again close to forcing an iron grip on my free time. It really shouldn’t be called a portable game, because once I start it I know that I won’t be able to peel my face from the screen for days.
Simon Thornton, Staff Writer
I am the deadliest person to grace the seas since Sponge Bob. I am a butcher in an antique diver suit, toting a bolt gun and a fist full of fire. Yep, that’s me in BioShock 2. In an attempt to get hyped for BioShock: Infinite’s imminent release, I have plunged feet-first into the Atlantic Ocean on a quest to rid Rapture of evil and seek revenge on someone who left me for dead. In reality though, I have more in common with a wet sponge than you might assume: my weekend gaming is most likely to consist of dying repeatedly and getting incredibly annoyed at my lack of prowess – my corpse being riddled with holes and left to soak in the water of a leaky Rapture. However, at least when I turn off my console and return home from the sea, I won’t be living in a pineapple.
Simon Waldron, Staff Writer
What am I playing? Well, I've got a baby at home so I've been playing a lot of handheld games lately. I had to replay Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus again (I've probably beaten this silly game about 20 times now on various consoles) in anticipation for the sequel. I've also been enjoying Dynasty Warriors Next on the Vita – it’s a button mashing good time, even if the plot is practically nonexistent. If I can get on my PS3 this weekend (not likely, but here's hoping) I'm going to try and whittle away at Far Cry 3 a little more, and maybe play some Dead Space 3 co-op.
So, what PS3 and Vita games are vying for your attention this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below.