Weekend Spent Sept. 8-9 - What are you playing?

Justin: Believe it or not, I missed Batman: Arkham City the first time round, despite having finished and loved Arkham Asylum. Go figure. But I went halves on a £20 copy with my girlfriend last week, so I'll be playing that this weekend. That and our joint playthrough of Resident Evil: Code Veronica on Dreamcast. Classic Resi FTW.

Matt: Viva Pinata with my darling daughters. It's a great game to play with the younglings as it teaches them lots of important lessons about life and nature and the delicate balance of symbiosis and how hitting things with a shovel can solve a great many problems.

David: After a couple of weeks of light gaming interspersed with a lot of Breaking Bad, this weekend is basically a train-smash of all the games. I’ve been hammering away at Resident Evil 6 at home for the last couple of weeks for a pretty intensive preview coming soon, so there’ll be more of that. I’m also reviewing the gloriously ludicrous rabbit vs. bear combat simulator Tokyo Jungle for one of our darling sister mags. And I also want to squeeze a delicious slice of Joe Danger 2 somewhere between those two hefty slabs of game. All that and I’m going to be poking around Georgian swimming pools and underground Roman things for historical gratification. Me on Monday = wreck.

Tom: Last weekend, when I said I’d be diving into Magic: The Gathering? Yeah, that didn’t quite pan out, as instead I continued to play Guild Wars 2. During the week, when I was hoping to get to Sound Shapes or Madden 13? Didn’t pan out, just played Guild Wars 2. This weekend? Whatever I say here isn’t going to pan out. I’m going to be playing Guild Wars 2.

Sterling: Review season is unofficially upon us. I've just gotten Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. I already know for a fact that I'll be spending at least two hours on Friday night tweaking and updating transfers, and downloading user-generated PES 2012 kits to import into the new game for that extra touch of authenticity for Premier League clubs. I mean, I probably don't have to do this, but, yeah, I do. Look for that review a few days before launch!

Henry: To take advantage of my last weekend in the states before flying off to Japan for the Tokyo Game Show, I‘m going to get started on my copies of Darksiders II and/or Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. I'm tempted to play some Persona 4: Arena too, but for the next week I‘m trying to limit my exposure to Japanese culture as much as I can. That’ll make my time in Tokyo all the sweeter.

Hollander: More Guild Wars 2. Yes. Be surprised. I'm hoping to hit level cap this weekend so I can write my review early next week, so stay tuned for that! Also I'll be playing a super secret game I can't talk about--wheee!

Sophia: I want to play Telltale’s Walking Dead game again. It’s that good! And because Episode 4 and 5 aren’t out yet, I think I’ll just replay the first three episodes. Other than that, I may try the Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta because I’m getting a little rusty.

Lorenzo: I’ll be spending the weekend in Guild Wars 2, toiling the mines for copper ore. My warrior’s armor crafting skill is pathetically low and I think dedicating some time to creating some brand-new gear will be time well spent. I also want to spend some time in the War of the Roses beta before it ends on September 10. WOTR is amazing and everyone should try it. Oh wait, you can! Get a beta code right here.

Lucas: This weekend, it's all about Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I'm determined to get my Steve Fox play to godlike levels, ducking, weaving, and swaying past all incoming attacks to land killer punches to the chin. Hopefully, I'll be able find some time to sink into Guild Wars 2 as well--I'm being mercilessly out-leveled by Tom, and that is simply unacceptable.


  • alexcurcic - September 10, 2012 5:02 a.m.

    Playing Kingdom Hearts 3DS and Brain Age II. Managed to construct a simulator for GT5, which enhances the physics engine. Also watching some of breaking bad on NetFlix.
  • avantguardian - September 10, 2012 2:30 a.m.

    like many others, i'll be tying a bow on the original borderlands, and finish off claptrap's robolution. looking back on the first game, i'm kinda sad that i didn't play more 4p co-op. it would be cool to get a bunch of gr posters to form up and play BL2 online. i'll be on 360 for this one. no loot-whores, pls...
  • patbateman17 - September 10, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    Did you mostly play Borderlands single? I haven't played the first one but am semi-intrigued by the sequel...I just hate playing co-op or online, I'm single-player only. Would you recommend the first or maybe skip to the second if the reviews are good? I actually skipped Darksiders 1 and bought Darksiders 2 which I'm loving, so I'm not sure if skipping the original for the higher reviewed sequels is a good strategy :) Also - I'm conflicted by loot games since I hate hoarding.
  • BladedFalcon - September 10, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    Heh... I actually am on a similar situation as patbateman. I also ignored borderlands and darksiders when they came out, but both sequels intrigued me. And yeah, I was turned off by borderlands mainly because people praised it more as a co-op game, or for the looting more than the actual story or experience. And pat, can't fully say yet since I haven't started darksiders II yet, (and probably won't anytime soon either, since I have my plate full with Dragon's Dogma and then sleeping dogs.) but I did play the first darksiders very recently, and while the visuals do look a tad dated, the game was pretty fun, even if it was an obvious mish-mash of Zelda, god of War and Portal, it was still a pretty well done mish-mash. Though you shouldn't play it for the story, because there's barely any.
  • patbateman17 - September 10, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    Thanks, good to know. Yeah I've just NEVER been into multi-player or co-op games. I also don't like group-work or team-sports with people I don't know haha. Darksiders 2 is pretty fun, I'm about 8 hours in and the story is ok, the missions are pretty fun, I hate button mashing but don't mind the combat since the "magic" keeps it interesting, I feel like it's getting a little samey but I just needed a cool-down from Dark Souls, which I was playing the hell out of. Tempted to pick up Dragon's Dogma but something about it feels so cheesy...maybe it's bc I've played nothing but Dark Souls for months. Sleeping Dogs any good? I hated GTA IV and get bored easily with open world games (like Just Cause 2) - so I was on the fence, loved the demo though. Jesus I'm picky haha.
  • BladedFalcon - September 10, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    Well, I can't say about Sleeping Dogs just yet because even though I do own it now, I haven't started it yet since I like to focus on a single game at a time. But it certainly looks fun, specially with the combat. And well, I'm 80+ hours into Dragon's Dogma, and while there are a small couple of cheesy things about it. (the intro music, the silly human animations, some of the story plots.) The game itself is so very damn fun to play. I love Demon and Dark Souls as well, and while this game's combat system isn't exactly the same, and it's not as polished or as brutal, it's still extremely fun, and the different classes and the ability to swap between them at any time after you reach a certain point of the game, makes it so combat always feels fresh since every class has a different way to approach it. And there's a nice variety of enemies as well, so even if the story isn't that great, the combat alone is worth the entire price of admission, at least for me.
  • patbateman17 - September 13, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Whew, I normally play one game at a time, but since I was on Dark Souls, I'd be playing just that for the next 6 months solid (I don't get many hours to game a week anymore) - so I needed a break and went to Darksiders 2. It's pretty good, I'd give it a solid 8/10 - it's starting to get a bit samey right now at about 17 hrs in. Will have to reconsider Dragon's Dogma, the two demos didn't really sell me but I'm willing to give it a shot :) Thanks! Whew 80 hours in? I can easily see myself poring that many hours into Dark Souls, I think I'm already at 30 or something and I just got the Lordvessel O___O
  • avantguardian - September 10, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    i too play mostly single-player, as my friends are either "too old" or "too cool" to play vidya games. there's no need to play BL1 to play BL2, as the "story" in BL1 was really just a vehicle to push you around the world, nothing more (kinda like dragon's dogma). if you do end up playing BL2 solo, i suggest using the blonde dude with the support turret, as it becomes invaluable due to its ability to shield you, shoot bad guys, heal you, and refill your ammo. pretty much created w/ the solo player in mind. i used the similar class in the first game, and made alternate, more specialized characters for playing online. also, in regards dragon's dogma, it's VERY japanese. not so much in a silly perverted anime way (;)), but in a questionable game mechanics sort of way. it really is just a game of attrition, where you're slowly building yourself up to handle what the world throws at you. that's probably the thing it has most in common w/ dark/demon's souls. that said, i've pumped an easy 150 hours into it, so there's definitely something going on there, and bladed falcon sums it up pretty well.
  • patbateman17 - September 13, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    Thanks - yeah when I've been reading everything possible on BL2 I've been focusing on the Commando character for that reason. Also the fact that there are a HUGE number of character skin customizations was (for some reason) a big plus for me - so I'm definitely interested, not to mention the reviews that have come out so far have been incredibly high. I know Gameinformer gave 9.75, GameMasters gave 9 (whoever that mag is), IGN's goes live at midnight...annnnd I'm a nerd... Hahah so Dragon's Dogma is super Japanese minus the tentacle rape? Good. Yeah the animations and characters and semi-floaty combat felt Japanese to me if that makes sense. 150 hours into Dragon's Dogma? What on Earth can you do for that amount of time? Doesn't it get same-y??
  • avantguardian - September 15, 2012 2:02 a.m.

    yeah, it's funny that putting over 100 hours into a game is no big deal for me anymore. it's ironic considering i actually have less time to play than i used to. i remember passing 100 on ff8 (in 1999), and i couldn't believe it. as far as 150 in dd is concerned, well, i suppose i'm what one would call a "completionist". that's kind nerd speak for "anal retentive, ocd-riddled perfectionist". strangely enough, if the carrot dangled is appealing enough i'll chase it. i put about 15-20 hrs into the first darksiders, and the "sameyness" of it caused me to put it down about 2/3 in. i never even got my horse. :(
  • zombi3grim - September 8, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 with some Sims 3 Supernatural on the side. My werewolf is a hopeless romantic. He just wants to screw someone during the full moon. But the human girl hes with is worthless. She's always ditching him. Fuck that ho.
  • LordZarlon - September 8, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    I'm still playing Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. Great game and I'm moving up to the higher difficulty settings. Doing some Starcraft 2 on Battlenet too.
  • godisanarc - September 8, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Only been playing NHL 2013 this weekend. Going to boot up some Just Cause 2 MP this weekend too.
  • ObliqueZombie - September 8, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    More World of Warcraft for me. My warrior is 4 levels away from 60, so I'll finally have my first, true PvPer. Having a great time, still, no matter what anyone says otherwise. Also, I hope to beat Sleeping Dogs this weekend. In two weeks, though... Borderlands 2, man. Borderlands 2.
  • KnowYourPokemon - September 8, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    Guild Wars 2, might play an episode or two of the walking dead, picked it up during the summer sale and just never got around to playing it.
  • ultimatepunchrod - September 8, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    Dust 514 beta (thanks again GR), the legend of dragoon, medievil, sound shapes, sonic generations, and red faction guerrilla.
  • Hig1134 - September 8, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    I picked up the God of War: Origins collection a while back and haven't touched it yet(for shame), so I'm gonna try to tear through those two this weekend. Probably start the Ratchet and Clank Collection as well. Round that out with some Gravity Rush on Vita, and probably some classic Megaman/MegamanX on my Wii. Gonna be stellar!!
  • Meleedragon27 - September 8, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    Well, with the release of Hearthfire, I'm back in Skyrim, building houses and finishing a few quests I never got around to dealing with (I recently finished up the Dawnguard quests) - hopefully I'll finish most of them before I get bored of the game again. I also want to say that the prospect of building fictional houses and fictional furniture has left me more excited than I probably should be.
  • BaraChat - September 8, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    I'm actually starting Mass Effect 3 now. Other than that, I've spent the past few days going through Borderlands yet again (lost my former chars when my PS3 had YLOD). After I'll go through the 3 DLCs (didn't care for Underdome Riot) to be finally ready for Borderlands 2.

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