Wow! We’ve actually reached Issue 200 of WAYP, and we’ve still managed to maintain a flawless weekly record. That’s some feat because it means this feature has been running for roughly four years – in fact, it’s longer because the series started life as a bi-weekly article helmed by our very own Katy Ellis. She’s climbing the platinum PR stairway to success these days, so never let it be said that WAYP isn’t a great way to kickstart one’s career.
Sammy Barker, Editor
It felt like a marathon sprint, but I’ve finally polished off Persona 5. It means that like Mel Gibson in Braveheart, I’ve finally found my freedom. I’m eager to get started with Yakuza 0 next, but I’m not sure I can stomach more Japanese storytelling just yet. I’ll be filling my weekend with Star Wars: Battlefront 2 instead, which is mindlessly entertaining.
Robert Ramsey, Associate Editor
I started Watch Dogs 2 during the holidays and I've been left impressed by its open world. I've already spent a couple of hours just messing around, taking in the sights and stopping to flirt with people on the streets. It's great dumb fun.
Gabriella Petty, Reviewer
Making the most of this week by revisiting some titles I missed out on throughout the year, starting with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Funnily enough I’ve had this game sitting on my "to play" shelf for a while now, and lo and behold it becomes one of our PS Plus free games for this month – must be a sign. I never had the chance to play the first entry to this franchise, but I’m finding my feet and making good process. After that, I’ll be moving onto Prey. Played the demo a few months back and was never particularly blown away by it, but I’m just curious to see how it’ll hold up. If it’s to replace my love of the BioShock saga I’ll certainly be putting it through its paces, that’s for sure.
Graham Banas, Reviewer
I've got a couple small VR titles to finish up – Mortal Blitz is an absolute blast, DOOM VFR less so – but I'm also in the process of writing up a piece covering the best soundtracks of the year, so even if I'm not playing a lot of games, I'll be listening to them almost constantly.
Jacob Hull, Reviewer
I’m all in on VR right now. Time just slips away when that headset is on and it’s a completely absorbing experience. On the agenda this weekend is Mortal Blitz, SUPERHOT VR, and Resident Evil 7. We’ll see if I’m up that last one in virtual reality, otherwise I might just wimp out and play it on the TV.
Joey Thurmond, Reviewer
It's going to be a random weekend for me. I'll be in Virginia hanging with some friends, so we're bound to play an assortment of titles ranging from Call of Duty: WWII to Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. And if I can sneak in a bit of Horizon: Zero Dawn here and there, I'll do my best to keep Aloy moving.
Ken Talbot, Reviewer
I've just about shed enough Xmas poundage to be able to reach over and change discs. Resident Evil 7 DLC Not a Hero and Horizon: Zero Dawn expansion Frozen Wilds are my post Christmas tasks. Also, I finally plan on finishing Persona 5 before 2018 hits.
Liam Croft, Reviewer
As 2018 approaches, I'm trying to clear out my backlog before another avalanche of incredible games lands on our doorsteps. L.A. Noire is first up, a title I've always been interested in playing but didn't get around to last generation.
Stephen Tailby, Reviewer
At some point this weekend, I'd really like to squeeze in a play through of What Remains of Edith Finch, which I finally picked up in the January sale. It's been on my to-play list for a long time, and I'd really like to play it before 2018 rears its ugly head. I'll also be firing up my 3DS and getting started on Pokémon Ultra Moon, which my Mum got me for Christmas (I'm an adult, I promise).
Victor Nowogurski, Moderator
I will be starting Skyrim on the Switch this weekend. I have previously tried Skyrim before but never could get into it. I think having it on the go will change that. I won't be abandoning the PS4 though as I will be playing Call of Duty: WWII.
Which games will you be playing to welcome in the New Year? Don't drink too much in the comments section below.