It's been a long and warm Summer week for this Associate Editor. Android-like boss Sammy abandoned his post to run away on a lovely country holiday, but we've somehow made it through without the site catching fire or exploding — and you know what that means. Indeed, it's time to set aside your worries and relax by playing some half-decent games over the weekend. Here's the deal: we'll show you ours as long as you promise to show us yours.
Robert Ramsey, Associate Editor
This weekend I'll be taking a trip to anime land as I smash my way through Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn and find my sea legs in One Piece: Unlimited World Red in order to bring you fine folks some reviews. The problem, however, is tearing myself away from giant robots and copious amounts of explosions in order to make some progress with Luffy and his crew. As if two very content heavy titles weren't enough, I'll also be adding a fair bit of gratuitous violence to the colourful mix with co-op component Killzone: Shadow Fall Intercept. Maybe I'll just pretend that the jetpacks are actually mobile suits or something.
Ben Potter, Video Editor
After a string of 4AM starts and late bed times, my emotional constitution is so weak that popping a balloon would probably make me cry and punch your face. With this vulnerability at its capacity, I believe I'm in a prime position to dive into heartbreaking despondent dog simulator, Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Hell, just thinking about that sad dog/sad music combo is enough to cause tears to come out of my face. Tissues at the ready, lads.
Jamie O'Neill, Retro Editor
I've been revisiting Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition, predominantly with an interest in this week's PlayStation 4 release, but I've also by digging through my old gaming magazines to reflect upon how the game was first received in the early nineties. I'm tempted to download it on my PlayStation Vita as an extra perk, because a portable version will be handy this weekend, and the Cross-Buy option is always appreciated.
Brett Young, News Reporter
The trailer for Valiant Hearts: The Great War at this year's E3 really struck a chord with me, so I'm eager to puzzle my way through Ubisoft's little opus this weekend. I'll also be tackling something far less poignant, as I take a break from restoring my old Commodore Amiga A600 to play the immensely fun platform-shooter Ruff 'n' Tumble.
Kell Andersen, News Reporter
I had originally planned to spend this year's summer drought attempting to get 100% completion in Watch Dogs. Unfortunately, that game is about as interesting as a casserole made entirely of cardboard and sand. So instead, I'll be attempting to finish the open world hackathon as quickly as possible in order to trade it in for Murdered: Soul Suspect. In this way, I'll be switching the iconic cap for the humble fedora, and restoring peace and balance to the universe.
Nicola Hayden, News Reporter
This weekend will be spent purely battling the backlog. My epic struggle towards obtaining Conception II's platinum in my first run is nearing its grand conclusion. It's a good thing too, as I'm quickly running out of names for all my children. Feel free to recommend any — especially twins — and I'll post your child on my Twitter. My Tales of Symphonia co-op run will also be slowly plodding along in the evenings, especially as the plot is hitting the fan.
Graham Banas, Reviewer
Having just finished Valiant Hearts, which I loved, I think it's time to play a couple of the games that I nabbed from the Steam Sale [Steam Sale? What's that? — Ed]. It's great to collect games on Steam, but I want to play some of them!
Joey Thurmond, Reviewer
I'm going on a cruise to several places in Europe starting next Friday [Lucky! — Ed], so before then, I've finally put in some good time dishing out justice with Batman: Arkham Origins and hope to finish it this weekend. I also rented Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and am very anxious to see if it will live up to High Moon Studios' epic, underrated games. However, I have a bad feeling that it won't...
Simon Fitzgerald, Reviewer
With exams done and dusted, I will be returning to full time gaming. This weekend I'll be playing Rayman Legends. Rayman is one of my favourite characters, and was also the star of one of the very first games I played on both the original PlayStation and Gameboy Advance. The second game I'll be enjoying is Fez, as it's currently discounted for all PS Plus members.
Well? What are you waiting for? Get into the comments section and rummage around for some friendly conversation. Whatever you plan on playing, let us know below.