The holidays are coming, and that can only mean one thing – it's time to grab your favourite Christmas sweater (you know, the one that your Nan knitted for you), hold a yummy mince pie in one hand, and pick up your DualShock with the other. This weekend, here at Push Square towers, we'll be busy Trophy hunting and roasting chestnuts by the fire. It doesn't get any better than this.
Sammy Barker, Editor
I’ll be taking my new Lotus Elise for a test drive around Brands Hatch this weekend. Sadly, I’m too young for a midlife crisis, so my shiny red sports car is a digital representation only. Still, the brilliant Gran Turismo 6 is so authentic that it may as well be real thing. Do any nice ladies need a lift?
Robert Ramsey, Associate Editor
There are only eleven days left until Christmas, so before I get enveloped by Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Tales of Xillia – two huge games – I plan on resolving some unfinished PS3 business. This means diving back into Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen and tackling its New Game Plus mode, and grinding my way to Level 99 in Dragon's Crown's Super Hard mode. I suppose it's all about scales and fire-breathing this weekend, then – perfect for keeping the cold at bay.
Katy Ellis, Assistant Editor
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but my PS3 is so delightful. And since we've no place to go, let's play Ni No Kuni, Ni No Kuni, Ni No Kuni! It's been some time since I last ventured to Ding Dong Dell, so I think it's about time that I snuggled up with a hot-water bottle and finished off those extra-quest beasties with my mates Drippy, Swaine, and Ollie-boy. No, not you Esther – you suck.
Jamie O'Neill, Retro Editor
I'm still careening around Redview County in Need for Speed: Rivals. It's addictive returning to upgrade your car's performance, even after you've completed both the cop and racer careers. There's an epic twelve minute long Hot Pursuit called Grand Tour, which treks across all the diverse locations on the map. I race in a maxed out red Ferrari 458 Spider and Enzo, so I can pretend to myself that I'm actually playing OutRun 3.
Alex Stinton, Reviewer
Having put off playing it until the PS4 launch, I'll be continuing to plunder my way through Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, or as I like to call it, Assassins Creed IV: Collection Fest 2013. If I overcome my OCD long enough to tear myself away from the PS4, I'm also planning on returning to Virtue's Last Reward on the Vita. It's a game that I've been playing for so long, that I'm starting to believe it to be the longest game ever made. Does anyone have the number for Guinness World Records?
Graham Banas, Reviewer
I started going back to The Last of Us. It's just too good to not want to play again and again! I'm also counting down the days until Episode 1 of the new season of The Walking Dead starts. I can't wait for Telltale to make me sad all over again. And I've also been playing some of my PS4 games, mostly Battlefield 4 – even though it's still unfortunately pretty broken – and Sound Shapes.
Katie Rose, Reviewer
This weekend I'll be burning rubber with Need for Speed: Rivals and making the odd pit-stop in Mario Kart 7. I also, as ever, will be wishing for the existence of Mario Kart 8: Police Career. [Who is this Mario guy, anyway? - Ed].
Joey Thurmond, Reviewer
I'm looking to play Battlefield 4, Knack, and The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning. Yep, that's the PS2 Spyro reboot – it's actually pretty decent. [Consider yourself demoted, Joey - Ed]. Assassin's Creed III is on my list as well, which I bought over a year ago and never finished. Curse that lame three-hour introduction.
Why brave the cold winter winds when you can sit under the Christmas tree and play Tearaway on your Vita? Share your gaming itinerary in the comments section down below.