It’s the start of a new year and, we don’t know about you, but everything feels weird. It’s like, everything is different and yet still the same. The good news is that the weekend has arrived to rip you free from your existential crisis, so here are the games that we’re planning to play over the next couple of days.
Sammy Barker, Editor
As a veteran fan of the franchise, I feel I must point out that I’ve been on the Yakuza train since near the beginning, so the recent popularity of the series is making me feel like my favourite underground band just landed a chart-topping hit. Nevertheless, I’m already confident in saying Yakuza 0 is the best instalment yet – it’s the writing that’s the star this time, which is sharper than it’s ever been.
Robert Ramsey, Associate Editor
I'm delving into the depths of Bitterblack Isle this weekend – the brilliant endgame dungeon of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. The plan is to clear it out before review season starts, but it's no walk in the park...
Stephen Tailby, TBD
I remembered to download Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition just before it was removed from PS Plus, so I'll probably make a start on that. I haven't played either of the Darksiders games, so I'm really curious to finally try one out for myself.
Alex Stinton, Reviewer
After finally putting Yakuza 0 to bed, I’ll be starting to play NieR: Automata this weekend. So many people went on about how great it is during 2017 that I thought I better check it out myself. Despite having my gaming plate full, all of it will be put on hold at various points over the weekend so I can cheer on Obey Alliance in the finals of the SMITE World Championships.
Gabriella Petty, Reviewer
Finished up Deus Ex: Mankind Divided last night. Apart from a pesky bug that I encountered half way through the campaign, I had fun with it nonetheless. Up next is a game I’ve been meaning to play called Observer. I’ve made a habit of speed-running through a lot of games recently due to time constraints, but I’m planning on taking my time with this one.
Graham Banas, Reviewer
After letting it collect dust for a couple months, I've finally jumped back into Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. I liked it when I played the first couple hours at launch, but life sorta got in the way for my going back to it. But now it's time.
Jacob Hull, Reviewer
My partner and I are playing Final Fantasy XIV Online together right now: she on the PC, and me on the PS4. It’s the only numbered game in the series that I’ve never finished, so I’m making a concerted effort to get through the story, which I hear is excellent.
So that’s us out of gas, then, which means it’s over to you. What are you playing this weekend? You know the drill in the comments section below.