Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 23
Posted by Katy Ellis
It's evident from the Push Square staff blurbs below that now is definitely a good time to be a PlayStation gamer. Whether you're an RPG, shooter, puzzle, visual novel, or action-adventure fan, there's something for everyone this weekend. Of course, this isn't a one way street, so don't forget to let us know which titles you'll be sinking your teeth into, too.
Sammy Barker, Editor
I’ve developed an unhealthy addiction to the Real Madrid table in Zen Pinball 2. This cheap and cheerful digital download reminds me of Soccer Pinball on the Commodore 64. Similarly to the Codemasters classic, you need to hit ramps to take out defenders and then get your shot away in a second elevated playfield. My Cristiano Ronaldo rarely misses a chance on goal, so it’s clearly realistic, too.
Katy Ellis, Assistant Editor
I’ve been kidnapped, but there’s no need to call the cops. Indeed, I’m actually quite enjoying my imprisonment at Hope's Peak Academy with the Ultimate students – aside from all the murders, anyway. That's right, I'm playing the wonderfully unsettling Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and boy am I enjoying it. Well, apart from the fact that all of the new friends I'm making are dying – that bit kinda sucks.
Ben Potter, Video Editor
Following a hands-on session with a new title that features a certain eye patch-wearing operative, I'll be crawling, sneaking, and scratching my head through the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on the PlayStation 3. It doesn't matter how efficiently I complete Snake's various missions, however, as the meaty cut-scenes will surely see this venture last much longer than the weekend.
Jamie O’Neill, Retro Editor
Hopefully I'll find the time to tie together some loose ends in two recent PlayStation 4 titles, as I aim to finish the final two missions of Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition and discover if I eradicated 10,000 zombies. Also, after completing Strider, I declined to save my progress, because Double Helix didn't include a New Game Plus option, so I'll vacuum up any remaining upgrades.
Brett Young, News Reporter
After having a great time with the fast paced action of Strider last week – so much so that I stuck in to get the Platinum – I'll be blasting away at the not so shambling hordes in Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition. It'll be interesting to see what's been improved since its PS3 incarnation, and give me a chance to double up on Trophies. And in case I run out of things to fire at, I'll be giving the classic shoot-em-up Project X a run out.
Kell Anderson, News Reporter
I recently started playing Persona 4: Golden for the first time, which I'm absolutely loving. Unfortunately, I also recently restarted university, which I'm slightly less taken with. This leaves me with a tough choice: do I spend my weekend tirelessly studying Aristotle's four causes, or do I focus my efforts on helping the sleepy village of Inaba? I think the answer's pretty obvious.
Nicola Hayden, News Reporter
With the fate of the Stick of Truth settled and order returned to the land, I'll set off on my annual alchemy binge with Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky. Basking in JRPG goodness, my true quest is to pummel the most powerful foes across the land, continuing the plot only when absolutely necessary.
Alex Stinton, Reviewer
This weekend I'm finally going to make a start on Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc after putting Ys: Memories of Celceta to bed. When the battery eventually dies on my Vita, I'll also be partaking in the quirky madness of Rayman: Legends, as well as the crude madness of South Park: Stick of Truth. Hopefully I'll keep my sanity intact.
Graham Banas, Reviewer
I'm going to be spending most of my time thinking about what I did or didn't do right in the latest episode of The Walking Dead, and then I'll probably succumb to giving the episode another go. I've also still got to play the second episode of The Wolf Among Us, so it's going to be a very Telltale kind of weekend.
Joey Thurmond, Reviewer
It's the last stretch of my university's spring break, so while I wait to return to classes and for Dark Souls II this coming Tuesday, I'll be playing a hodgepodge of games like Dead Space 3, Dark Souls, and Vessel. I might even take Outlast for a spin to see if it's as horrifying as everyone says it is.
Marcello Apostolico, Reviewer
This weekend I'll be focusing on a variety of games. I'll still be clocking in a ton of time racing through Redview County in Need for Speed: Rivals, but will finally start up Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and will also try out Putty Squad. Oh, and when I'm not playing any of those, I'll be doing some serious work on my favourite PSN exclusive of all time, Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition.
Nathan Michalik, Reviewer
I had planned to start my second playthrough of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, but after the ending, I'm not sure I want to spoil the experience yet. Instead, I'll be playing Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition to hold me off until Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD.
Simon Fitzgerald, Reviewer
This weekend I will be raiding tombs and blasting zombies with the latest PlayStation Plus freebies. With Tomb Raider on PS3 and Dead Nation on PS4, there is no room for cluster migraines. Sadly, that's exactly what I have been diagnosed with recently. [Get better soon, Simon! - Ed]
That's it for us, so now it's time for you to share your weekend gaming plans. Will you be booting up your handheld or home console? Let us know in the comments section below.