Guess what? There are only 305 days until Christmas! More importantly, though, there are only ten days until everyone's favourite time of the year – Pancake Day. Here at Push Square, we're all about forward-thinking, and that's exactly why we're letting you in on our gaming plans for the weekend. But in between your sudden rush to buy eggs, milk, and flour, do let us know which wonderful titles you'll be booting up this weekend, too.
Sammy Barker, Editor
I’ve got so much that I want to play this weekend that I don’t really know where to start. I suspect that I’ll probably be cuddling up with my plushy EyePet and polishing off Outlast on the PlayStation 4, but I’d also like to give Strider a go, too. As for the PlayStation Vita, my backlog has now become so big that I’m spending more time trying to decide what to play than actually, y’know, playing anything at the moment. I should probably stop doing that.
Robert Ramsey, Associate Editor
I'll be finishing up my Oni slaying duties in Toukiden: The Age of Demons this weekend. Getting those rarer raw materials can really start to suck away your time, meaning that getting the most badass armour sets possible is an exercise in extreme patience. Thankfully, jumping online with strangers usually provides a nice, friendly way of murdering monsters, especially when you're all running around performing ridiculous gestures at each other.
Katy Ellis, Assistant Editor
While – shock horror – I'm still level grinding my way through a rather lewd Persona 4 Golden dungeon in order to beef my team up enough to defeat Shadow Boss No. 6, I've also been doing a spot of PC gaming this week, building a strong Shaman deck in Hearthstone and stamping countless entry tickets at Grestin Border Checkpoint in Papers, Please. Glory to Arstotzka!
Jamie O’Neill, Retro Editor
The original Strider has a guaranteed place in my top ten games of all time list, as the Mega Drive conversion was a technical showpiece in 1990. Consequentially, I'm eager to enjoy a Strider marathon, as I'm close to beating the new Strider, and while appreciation of Strider 2 may have become stifled by the sands of time, it deserves my attention this weekend.
Brett Young, News Reporter
Despite having a huge pile of shame to work through, especially on my Vita, I'll be pulling out the original Strider this weekend before downloading the reboot from Double Helix. I'll also be taking some big strides on the Amiga after recently acquiring The Carl Lewis Challenge. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the section on the use of certain, ahem, cough medicines in the manual.
Edwin Garcia, News Reporter
This weekend I will be spending a lot of time with some Ultimate students, as I delve deeper into the hallways of Hope's Peak Academy in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. I am also trying to figure out if I should love or hate that crazy teddy bear and all his beary great puns. Seriously, though, that teddy bear is wicked.
Kell Anderson, News Reporter
My recent completion of the Metal Gear Solid franchise has left a hole in my heart that only a manically murderous teddy bear can fill. That's right, I'll be spending most of my weekend digging into Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. If I get the time, I might get a start on Toukiden as well. As the old saying goes, a Vita owner's work is never done.
Alex Stinton, Reviewer
In an attempt to fill a Mech-shaped hole left in my life left by the end of the Titanfall beta, I'll be polishing off Ys: Memories of Celceta. If I manage to finish my romp through the forest, I've also got Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc waiting in the wings to keep my Vita in action.
Ben Tarrant, Reviewer
I've spent this week depressingly distant from my beloved PS4 due to work. I aim to make amends by settling down for an emotional evening with Ellie and Riley in The Last of Us: Left Behind. However, noting the brief three hour runtime, I'll more than likely end up shifting back to The Last Of Us' fantastic multiplayer action – mostly to mop up some of those hard-to-get Trophies, but also because it's just so damn good. [Wait a minute, that's a PS3 game? - Ed]
Graham Banas, Reviewer
I've been dipping onto Battlefield 4 at various times every day this month. I can't say no to free battle packs, plus the next map pack came out, so I definitely want to spend some time with that. I might also take a stab at the Final Fantasy XIV beta, and I'm considering picking up Strider as well.
Joey Thurmond, Reviewer
After returning to The Last of Us to play Left Behind earlier this week, I would like to play Dark Souls this weekend if I have the time. It's brutal and unforgiving, but the pay-off for achieving victory is so worth the time and patience. Time to die and praise the sun!
Marcello Apostolico, Reviewer
This weekend isn't about focusing on one game, but rather three games. My girlfriend got me Need for Speed: Rivals for Valentine's Day, and then surprised me a few days ago with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. If racing through Redview County or swashbuckling across the Caribbean Sea wasn't enough, I'll be slicing and dicing my way through Double Helix's superb Strider reboot, which I intend to Platinum by the end of the weekend. Cars, pirates, and ninjas – sounds like a great gaming weekend combination.
Simon Fitzgerald, Reviewer
This weekend I will be returning to the front lines in Battlefield 4. I will be joining the second assault on maps like Operation Metro and Operation Firestorm in epic 64-player matches.
Will you be praising the sun like Joey this weekend? Whatever you're up to, we'd truly love to hear about it, so make sure that you leave us a comment in the interactive space below.