Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 20
Posted by Katy Ellis
Issue 20? Wow, time flies – it feels like only yesterday that we began this feature. Nevertheless, things haven't really changed much since then, as the majority of us here at Push Square towers will be once again using our weekends to start new adventures, continue old quests, and shoot stuff. Except one of our writers, who has decided to put himself through gaming torture for no rhyme or reason. We're looking at you, Ben.
Sammy Barker, Editor
I purchased Mexican-themed Metroidvania Guacamelee on launch day last year, but it’s shamefully been part of my backlog since then. Fortunately, I’ve finally delved into the World of the Dead, and I’m having an absolute blast. This game’s vibrant art-style, tight mechanics, and light-hearted narrative provides the perfect palate cleanser for Grand Theft Auto V, which, try as I might, I just can’t seem to enjoy.
Robert Ramsey, Associate Editor
After finishing the highly enjoyable story of Sleeping Dogs earlier in the week, I'll be donning my Bruce Lee inspired yellow jumpsuit once again as I scour Hong Kong for collectibles that I missed. I just wished that Wei Shen's buttocks weren't so prominent when wearing the iconic costume.
Katy Ellis, Assistant Editor
Persona 4 Golden is still firmly lodged in my PlayStation Vita, and it's not looking like I'll take it out any time soon. I'm a few dungeons in now, my party is slowly coming together, and I'm finally getting the hang of this fusing business. The game may be gradually taking over every second of my life, but when day-to-day business in Inaba is this good, who cares?
Ben Potter, Video Editor
This weekend I'll be subjecting myself to some of the worst games that the PlayStation 3 has to offer. I do this about once a month with a friend, and having just returned from a 'successful' trip to GAME, we'll be struggling through Lair, Mindjack, Shellshock 2, and the Beijing 2008 Olympics video game tie-in. Have fun with your mainstream games, you posers!
Jamie O’Neill, Retro Editor
Two Killzone games released within three months was generous of Guerrilla Games, between Cambridge and Amsterdam studios, so Sony's sci-fi franchise has been fresh in my mind recently. Killzone: Shadow Fall has demanded most of my gaming time, but I’ll return to Killzone: Mercenary this weekend.
Simon Fitzgerald, Reviewer
This weekend I will be frolicking in fields full of flowery fragrances. I am, of course, talking about the highly rated Flower. With a drought of software on the PlayStation 4 recently, I thought that I would give this title a try.
Nathan Michalik, Reviewer
I just reached the level cap on my Dragoon in Final Fantasy XIV, so, as always, I'll be spending a lot of time gearing up and getting ready for the next big batch of content in the 2.2 update. Reaching day 100 in Don't Starve is another weekend goal, but winter is coming and I'm not prepared.
Graham Banas, Reviewer
I'll be hanging on in the driver's seat in Need for Speed Rivals. I've played it more than anything else on my PS4, and I'm almost at Racer Level 60. I'll also be playing Twisted Lands: Shadow Town, the likes of which I have a review lined up for in the coming days. Oh, and Netflix. Lots of Netflix.
Kell Anderson, News Reporter
Since there isn't a great deal happening in the next few weeks, I've decided to fill out the empty time by replaying all of the console Metal Gear Solid games. I'm trying to justify this by saying that it's in preparation for Ground Zeroes, but I'm really not fooling anyone. If I get sick of Raiden and Rose's endless codec calls, though, I might indulge in a bit more of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Alex Stinton, Reviewer
This weekend will be spent continuing my first adventure with Adol Christin in Ys: Memories of Celceta. I've heard so many good things about the series over the years that I thought that it was about time that I found out for myself. Since I also love a swords-and-sandals epic, I'll be checking out Ryse: Son of Rome [Traitor - Ed], which surely can't be as bad as people say. Can it? Finally, ruining my plan to only play games with colons in their titles, I'll be sneaking in a crafty game or two of Battlefield 4.
Joey Thurmond, Reviewer
After recently finishing Assassin's Creed III, I can finally move on to the other games in my backlog. Beginning the Crysis 3 campaign sounds fitting to tackle next, and some Dead Space 3 co-op is definitely in order – lots of "threequel" games here. But if I've really got some time to burn, I'd also like to start playing Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus. From what I've seen and heard, I think it's going to be another stellar title from Insomniac Games.
Brett Young, News Reporter
This weekend will be mainly dedicated to plundering and pillaging the last few sequences of Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag. Once I've gorged myself on rum and shark meat, the rest of the weekend will be dedicated to a crash diet in Don't Starve. I'll need to be fit for all the running away I'll be doing in Outlast next month anyway.
Mat Growcott, Reviewer
After finishing the story in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I'll probably start working towards that Platinum, and the Double XP weekend will help with that long free run to Level 55. Ah, who am I kidding? I'll sail around for eight hours straight, joining in with the sea shanties and hoarding rum and sugar. ARRR!
Nicola Hayden, News Reporter
Having been without my trusty Internet for most of the week, I plan to make up for lost time on Soul Sacrifice. I could have played solo but there's a level of co-operation, self-sacrifice, and backstabbing that good old artificial intelligence just can't deliver. While I'm not slaying Archfiends, I'll be slaying Templars in Assassin's Creed III instead. I love the Assassin's series, but I also like shiny chests, feathers, and optional side quests, which is why I'm not sailing the seven seas just yet.
Job done. We've told you our plans, now it's your turn. Let us know what you'll be playing this weekend in the comments section below. What are you waiting for? Off you go, then.