What Are You Playing This Weekend?

A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club Film Editor

The A.V. Club’s film editor is returning to Gotham.

By Matt Gerardi • November 15, 2013

This week we’re joined by The A.V. Club’s film editor, A.A. Dowd. Unlike the subject of last week’s intreview, he did not divulge what he’ll be wearing while playing this weekend, but we now know that he’s hoping to spend some time in the snowy, thug-infested streets of Batman: Arkham Origins. Now, it’s your turn. Let us know what you’re playing this weekend in the comments.

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  • Drew Toal

    I’M BATTLING THE ENEMY WITHIN ALL OF US!

    • The_Helmaroc_King

      Is it doubt? Oh! Oh! I bet it’s hate. It’s the path to the Dark Side!

      • Aurora Boreanaz

        “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate…leads to suffering!”

        “Fear doesn’t always lead to anger…sometimes it leads to courage or desensitization.”

        “Shut up, you will! The teacher here, I am!”

        • NakedSnake

          ‘Will’ totally looks like an insult in this formulation. Funnily enough, in Scots the name ‘Billy’ is, I’m fact, insulting. E.g. “shut yer hole ya wee billie”. It means wimp.

    • NakedSnake

      Thanks!

    • Newton Gimmick

      Worms?

    • Chum Joely

      Full-length review or it didn’t happen.

    • quadrapture

      So, Parasite Eve?

    • http://rantocracy.blogspot.com MC

      Ah playing with those Devil’s toys I see. As am I.

    • Cathy

      Is it doubt? Oh! Oh! I bet it’s hate. That’s the path to the Dark Side!

  • Newton Gimmick

    I picked up NES classic Crystalis at Hal-Con last Saturday, so I’ll be playing that.

    I also picked up a print of this cute Mr. Saturn illustration by Faith Erin Hicks: http://damnskippy.deviantart.com/art/Earthbound-200710301

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

      Both of those are great choices. Also good work on not getting the bowderlized Game Boy Color iteration.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andy.tuttle.79 Andy Tuttle

        What’s wrong with the GBC version? I bought it a billion years ago and never played it. Whoops.

        • Newton Gimmick

          They make a few minor changes to dungeons/bosses, and the new translation was weak.

    • NakedSnake

      I played Crystalis recently and it was pretty fun. It’s a great hybrid of RPG and Zelda style adventure. There aren’t many games like it (Final Fantasy Adventure is the only I can think of). Have fun.

      • beema

        I remember playing it at my friend’s house as a kid. Was it really for NES? Didn’t seem THAT old. dang

  • The_Helmaroc_King

    I bet he gives Arkham City a B-minus. Ah, I’m just playing, Dowd; I like your reviews! You don’t look or sound like I thought you would, though.

    This weekend, I’ll be wrapping up the last of Lollipop Chainsaw and (hopefully) starting on the delightfully-non-idiomatic Killer is Dead. The former plays much better after getting all of the combos and upgrades; the latter could afford to add an article or two, but why would they?

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

      I donated to the Fantagraphics Kickstarter, so I’m apparently going to the offices in June 2014. If you all make a list of people and what I should do to them, I’ll try to prioritize them in a way that gets the most done before I’m thrown out.

      Teti: hug for an uncomfortable period of time
      Dowd: firm handshake of respect that quickly grows painful.
      ?: ?

      • The_Helmaroc_King

        Oh, that’s cool. Will any of the Gameological writers be there, or did Teti strand them all in New York?

        I don’t have any specific crushes and/or grudges (other than Teti), so I’ll suggest handing out a few far-too-enthusiastic high-fives.

    • fieldafar

      B-minus? Nah.

      Definitely a C-plus.

      • The_Helmaroc_King

        That’s bullshit!

        *Flips table, leaves room.*

      • Aurora Boreanaz

        I swear someone referred to him as C.+. Dowd on the AVC at one point.

        It might have been me, but probably not. I’m rarely that clever.

        Also, for the record, I only intend to mildly rib him for his reviews, I don’t actually get annoyed at him or anything.

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

      I think most commenters expect Dowd to look and sound like Droopy Dog. The amount of crap that guy gets still kind of baffles me.

      • Crusty Old Dean

        Really? I think the “Dowd never writes raving reviews”-shtick is pretty benign as far as commenter hang-ups go. Other A.V. Club contributors fare… worse.

        • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

          Well, yeah, he’s not a woman, so he doesn’t have to deal with the alternating leering creepitude and Ghostbusters anger that, say, Koski would get. But every Dowd review I’ve read typically includes a thread of people raking him over the coals for making cromulent but unpopular assertions.

          • Roswulf

            If it was just a single thread, I wouldn’t mind it so much.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons

            Didn’t know anyone took misogynistic shit at the A.V. Club. That disappoints me.

            The one I can never figure is the SIIIIIIMs thing. Is that playful teasing or genuine cruelty? It seems like the former to me, but then I’m kind of an asshole.

            But people are real pricks to Dowd. You don’t have to agree with his reviews, but their beef is always how he deviates from other critics. It’s not his job to toe the line, guys!

          • Newton Gimmick

            “SIIIIIIMS!” started in his Seinfeld Classic reviews. Because he had less enthusiasm for the last two seasons than many in the commentariat, he took some shit for it.

            So it began as a “legitimate” beef, but it was eventually adopted as an affectionate tease by those commenters who sincerely love David Sims, even when they disagree.

          • Electric Dragon

            Also there was a feeling he took plot and character development way too seriously for “a show about nothing” with “no hugging, no learning”.

          • snazzlenuts

            Are you actually AA Dowd?

          • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

            Nope, but I’m sympathetic to a guy who catches unnecessary shit for taking a critical perspective on widely adored sacred cows.

          • Electric Dragon

            I will defend the Ghostbusters anger – although it got out of hand when it became a running gag/full blown meme on the AVC. If the article in question had merely been about Ms Koski coming to Ghostbusters late and not liking it (in a well reasoned article) I wouldn’t have had a problem. But the line that got my back up (and many commenters) was “It isn’t as good as you remember. And if it is as good as you remember, that’s because you’re viewing it with nostalgic blinders on.” Because I’ve seen it again since and it is as good as I remember. Even refusing to see it with nostalgic blinders – in fact watching it as an adult I got jokes/references that sailed over my head as a kid. I strongly object to people telling me that I don’t really enjoy things that I do in fact enjoy.

            Even today it’s one of those films, where, if I happen on it while channel-surfing (and it’s not too far in), I will watch the whole thing.

          • Newton Gimmick

            Telling your audience how they feel or how they should feel is never a good idea for any writer, especially not a critic.

            Now let us never speak of it again.

      • CrabNaga

        In his defense, most films just feel like a B-, you know?

    • Ack_Ack

      I’ll be attempting to finish up Arkham Origins this weekend, and then moving onto finishing off GTA V. I’ve been delaying finishing them, because I didn’t want to buy anything before I get my Xbox One next week, but now I’m scrambling to get them done. I’ll probably be playing a bit of Pinball FX as well – I can’t seem to put that game down.

      • duwease

        Is it bad that Pinball FX 3 is one of the next gen titles I’m looking forward to most?

        • Ack_Ack

          That makes you the sanest person I know.

  • Citric

    I won’t be playing anything new. So still trudging along Pokemon Ying, or Chrono Triggering or Last of Ussing.

    I find CT’s battle animations really annoying, I’m probably alone in that.

    • zhirzzh

      I honestly find everything about CT’s combat annoying. The story is worth it though, and Cross’s is more interesting.

      • Crusty Old Dean

        Yeah, everyone is always praising CT:s battle system but I don’t really get why (except that they were ahead of their time in getting rid of random encounters).

        • Steve McCoy

          *constantly tightens his gloves*

          Also, aside from very early in the game with the couple that heal the whole party, double- and triple-techs are never better than simply having each individual act.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons

            I never thought so; the damage output on some of them is crazy. There’s more than one boss that requires you to use them to avoid getting steamrolled, though, with Magus probably being the worst offender.

          • Steve McCoy

            I dunno, the damage boost always seems too low to me to justify losing the versatility of three distinct ATB meters. And later on, they get things like quadraslash that can easily do more than 9999, while none of the doubles or triples can do that.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons

            I don’t know if I ever got that ability; who gets it?

            All I know is that the multi-techs let me beat the game without having to do much, if any, grinding. It was refreshing.

          • Steve McCoy

            Oops, it’s called Confuse. Quadraslash must be in some other game. Anyhow, it’s Crono’s move that hits four times. I usually get it around the time of the underwater palace, sans grinding. By Lavos and with the best equipment, it usually does over 10k. But yeah, I’m just min/maxing here; it’s not a big deal.

  • Citric

    Dowd could be the older brother of a coworker of mine holy crap.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      That’s a fairly removed relationship for such a dramatic response.

      • Citric

        Dowd could also be that person from the future, but that’s not particularly plausible.

    • Aurora Boreanaz

      He could be the younger brother of a coworker of mine. If he were Ukrainian. (Is his real name Alexei Dowdaschuk?)

  • http://caspiancomic.com/gametheory caspiancomic

    BREAKING: The first “A” in “A.A. Dowd” stands for Alex. Mystery 50% solved.

    This weekend I’m finally putting Pokemon aside and playing Rogue Legacy, a game I’ve been making bedroom eyes at since it was first released, but which only recently became available for Mac users. So far I’m enjoying it a great deal. This game is scratching a lot of my itches- it has a great skill tree that’s fun to tinker with, it focuses heavily on exploration, it’s funny, classes feel meaningfully different from each other, you can feel the strength of your upgrades as soon as you purchase them so you always feel like you’re growing stronger, etc.

    I might also have to do some background reading on Kentucky Route Zero and Analogue: A Hate Story since I’m volunteering at an event on Saturday that the developers of those games are going to be attending. Hopefully I’ll have something really incisive to say. Analogue was on of the Steam group’s Game Club discussion thingies, right? I might do a bit of covert plagiarism this weekend. Apologies in advance.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

      You’re meeting Christine Love and Cardboard Computer? I’m mad jealous. I hope you enjoy the event!

      If I recall correctly, Patricia Hernandez has some interesting write-ups about Analogue: A Hate Story on Kotaku and possibly also Nightmare Mode. Some creative Googling should help you find them. As for KRZ, I haven’t seen too much writing about it. At the risk of tooting my own horn – aw, who am I kidding? I love tooting my own horn – I’ve written a bit about it here and here. That should give you somewhat of a sense of the kinds of concepts and themes these games are playing with.

      • http://caspiancomic.com/gametheory caspiancomic

        Oooh hey, this is really helpful, thanks man.

      • http://caspiancomic.com/gametheory caspiancomic

        Actually, you’re local, aren’t you? Localish? You ought to consider checking out the event if you’re near town. (This offer is also extended to any other Toronto residents reading this!)

        • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

          Well damn, how am I only hearing about this now? But come to think of it, I haven’t played any of the games being discussed, though most of them are actually on my to-play list. Well, I’ll drop by if I’m downtown-ish on Saturday.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

          Actually, I’m originally from Ottawa, but now I’m in NYC. I’d love to have been able to attend, though!

    • Drew Toal

      I’m gonna get into that Mac Rogue Legacy pretty soon myself.

    • Juan_Carlo

      I always just assumed Dowd is a huge Winnie the Pooh fan. That’s the only thing that can explain the silly abbreviation now that we now his first name is perfectly normal and not anything embarrassing.

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

      There are a couple of great essays/analyses on the game, titled ‘Kentucky Fried Zero,’ which were originally written in German but have been translated:

      Act 1

      Act 2

    • duwease

      Rogue Legacy deserves plenty of love. I’m really enjoying the emergence of so many well-tuned procedurally generated games lately — it seems like an awful lot of the fresh ideas nowadays are coming from that area. Works for me.. between Rogue Legacy, Spelunky, Binding of Isaac, and Desktop Dungeons, I’ve been a happy camper.

      • boardgameguy

        Don’t forget FTL

        • Fluka

          Never forget FTL.

        • http://www.facebook.com/andy.tuttle.79 Andy Tuttle

          I fucking love FTL. I usually have it running on another monitor while I’m at work.

          • boardgameguy

            I’ll admit that towards the end of the week on a slow afternoon I’ve done the same.

    • Chum Joely

      Yeah, Analogue was like the zero-th Game Revue game, just when we were getting started. A few people loved it for what it was trying to do (hi Merve), I personally appreciated the historical references but not so much the actual game… and certain players, who shall remain nameless, sought only to nuke the game’s creators from orbit at the first available opportunity.

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

        Was it Eff? I’ll bet it was Eff.

    • boardgameguy

      Did you buy Rogue Legacy at the new Humble Indie Store? How do people feel about that?

      I was tempted to purchase when I saw it there.

      • Fluka

        So far it seems pretty much like GoG, but with a much bigger focus on indie games. Which I’m very much in favor of. I occasionally want to introduce family members to newer, experimental games, but I usually don’t want to make them install Steam. This does the trick nicely in that regard. Plus DRM free w00t 1337 blah blah etc.

        • boardgameguy

          Good point. That really does fit the “find an indie game but don’t install a whole delivery platform” niche.

    • Fluka

      Ooo…that’s on Mac now? I’m looking for something to fill the holidays when I’m traveling, and that might just fit the bill. That, or Half Life 2. Must work on a MacBook Air (which loved FTL but spun its fans like crazy while playing Sim City 2000).

  • Chewbacca Abercrombie

    More Dark Souls. Possibly Lego Batman if it arrives in the mail. I needed something that wasn’t so soul crushing to take breaks from Dark Souls. I like Legos. I like Batman. I’m hoping I like the game.

    • https://twitter.com/Gerardi Matt Gerardi

      Um um um…I’ll be playing Tearaway (spoilers: I’m reviewing Tearaway) on my Vita. If I can find the time for it or can talk my girlfriend into playing it with me, I’d love to finally get around to The Stanley Parable. I just keep putting it off for some reason.

      Edit: I put this in the wrong place, and here it shall stand.

      • rvb1023

        A combination of Tearaway, Gravity, and Soul Sacrifice might finally make me cave and pick up a Vita. Tearaway looks absolutely delightful.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia

        Tearaway looks just fucking dandy. I hope that is indeed the case. Also, the Stealing Sheep song they use in the ad is awesome.

      • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

        As someone who spent more time in college designing, printing, cutting and folding tiny paper objects than drinking and going to parties, Tearaway excites me a whole lot. Expect a great deal more papercraft from me after I get my copy.

  • Fluka

    “I’m gonna try to spend some time with Batman.” I’m going to choose to ignore the rest of the sentence. Enjoy your weekend hanging out in Wayne Manor, Mr. Alex! (Also, we know your True Name now. We can wield dark power against you.)

    I’m going to try to finish Awakening and the rest of the Dragon Age: Origins DLC this weekend, because Christ it’s about time already. I’m burnt out and it’s damn well time for something new. I’m out of relevant powers to level into and I’m considering having my two-handed warrior take up archery out of sheer boredom. Also, the runecrafting system is the very definition of grindy, in terms of going back and forth between merchants and button clicking (SO WHY DID I SPEND AN HOUR ON IT TONIGHT). Also, Velanna is just kind of a jerk all around (maybe because I keep calling her Valenna by mistake but ugh I don’t care!). At least Anders has a kitty. That part is A+.

    • ProfFarnsworth

      Good Luck with finishing the DLC. I had a long time with it due to the fact that I kept putting it off and had more important things come up.

      • Fluka

        Yeah, I suddenly remember why I never actually got around to playing it the first time. Origins seems complete already, and is a good 60 hours on its own. I’m ready for something new (even if that new thing is DA2).

    • Newton Gimmick

      *SPOILERPLATE*

      I just have Orzammar left to complete before the Landsmeet. Even at level 16, I’m running out of useful talents for my archery-centric rogue. I was planning on doing Awakening and DA2 again, but I might let them be for a while.

      Also, this time I just let Connor die. The game REALLY doesn’t want you to do that. How many times can I say I’m sure?

      • Fluka

        With the two specializations, there were juuuuust enough powers for my two-handed warrior in the main game. I’ve finally hit the wall in Awakening. It’s much easier being a Mage in this regard, in that you can just randomly decide to start specializing in new schools of magic (“Spell Wisp? Yeah, why the fuck not!”).

        I also killed off Connor, and you’re right: they really really don’t want you to do it. In my case, my anti-magic dwarf had already casually slaughtered Jowan and the entire Circle of Magi, so when they were all “Are you SUUUUURE there’s no other option?” I had to run around doing some dialogue before Isolde finally agreed to off the poor little guy herself. Alistair was grumpy when I got back to camp, but then I gave him a little statue of a dragon and he was happy again. Games!

        Also, in the Epilogue, Arl Eamon asked me if I something was wrong with Connor, because he’d been acting strange recently. “Yup. That’s a common side effect of being dead.”

        • Newton Gimmick

          I like to imagine that Isolde kidnapped some poor child from Redcliffe, and was trying to pass him off as Connor.

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons

      You know, I never really bothered much with the runes; they didn’t make enough of a difference to justify the pain in the ass of getting them.

      Archery is friggin’ sweet in Awakening thanks to that area of effect rain of arrows ability.

      • Fluka

        I had massive amounts of gold, and a bunch of empty armor rune spots, so I decided to give it a try. Very much not worth it. Though we’ll see what happens with the ultra-mega-paralyze rune I just added to my hammer.

        Nathaniel Howe is a friendly young man and he opens every chest and his archery abilities are fantastically overpowered. He will remain in the party.

        • Drinking_with_Skeletons

          Everyone talks about Anders, but Nathaniel is the stealth MVP of Awakenings.

          • Fluka

            One of my friends once played through Origins as a Male Rogue Noble Warden named Nathaniel. Then he got to Awakening and things got…awkward.

    • Master Prudent

      Did you pick up Sigrun though? That cheerily fatalistic dwarf is possibly my favourite dragon age thing ever.

      • Fluka

        Oh yes, and she is super. Good character, and also ridiculously powerful – I have her dual-wielding a massive longsword and battleaxe right now, and she seems to be having a good time with it. Current party of choice: Nathaniel, Sigrun, Anders.

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

    This weekend, I plan to finish up the Burial at Sea DLC for BioShock Infinite, which I’m enjoying quite a bit so far. If I manage to make a lot of time for games, I’ll take a chunk out of this week’s new release, Contrast. The Burlesque/Noir setting has me intrigued.

    • Chewbacca Abercrombie

      I already forgot about that. I guess if I remember I’ll probably play that Bioshock DLC as well.

  • rvb1023

    Killzone: Shadowfall and Resogun for me, putting Dragon’s Dogma on the back burner once again though probably only temporarily.

    Also picked up some decent stuff in that weird gog.com sale, including Ultima 7, which gives me an excuse to pick up the rest of them and dive in headfirst.

    Also, a new Atlus teaser seems to be teasing Persona 5, or so we can hope.

    http://www.atlus.com/res/_testenvironment/1119/sc_c2.swf

    • PaganPoet

      What a weird teaser. *raises eyebrow*

      • rvb1023

        I’m hoping that “Gold 4″ right below “Persist 5″ is a good sign. We can only hope.

        • stuartsaysstop

          Oh how I wish they would release Persona 4 Golden for PS3. I can’t picture any scenario that results in me getting a Vita, though I might be tempted if there’s a PS4/Vita bundle next year.

  • Spacemonkey Mafia

    Dishonoured.
    I’ve been charged with assassinating the extraneous ‘U’ in the title.

    • Raging Bear

      Remember, when you do an assassination, you only ass-ass I and…the nation.

    • SamPlays

      Apparently it has already been taken care of…

      http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/227232-wwwe.jpg

      I picked up this one recently and have it in the queue.

    • Electric Dragon

      DAMN YOU @Spacemonkey_Mafia:disqus AFTER I SPENT ALL THAT TIME FIGHTING TO PUT THE MISSING ‘U’ BACK IN.

    • Fluka

      NO U

      • Electric Dragon

        I HAVE DOWNVOTED YOU FOR THAT

        • Fluka

          I deserve that.

  • JonieUnderwood

    Batman is Playing a good role to fight against enemy.

    http://maxburncambogiamexicosite.com/

  • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

    Dragon’s Dogma this weekend. I doubt too many of you read my blog, so here’s my after action report: the combat so far reminds me of Dynasty Warriors. There are special moves but mostly I’m hacking and slashing over and over. Possibly I should try out the rogue or the mage.

    For my first God of War fight against a gigantic beast I was mostly wondering what the hell was going on, after which I won. Fights don’t seem especially difficult on Normal so I’ve restarted on Hard mode and I’m actually dying now, which I like. On a scale of one to ten, ten being Tekken’s online mode, I would rate the combat difficulty as a three.

    However, the game is still pretty damn fun. I’m a sucker for RPGs, especially the open world type, and this really hits the spot. It’s not a game for playing for short periods, though, you need several hours to properly get into the groove.

    And the pawn system is great, at least in theory. Pawns only level up when their creator plays so you’re forced to keep replacing your employees. However, most players either half-ass the design of their pawns or they should be arrested for crimes against fashion. I was up until 1 AM one night looking for pawns to hire and I freely admit I was entirely superficial in my hiring criteria. “Too fat. Too short. Name has numbers in it. Outfit looks like shit.”

    Speaking of which, who else out there just got Dragon’s Dogma on PS+? Because I hereby propose a pawn exchange. Someone hire my pawn, I spent a long time customizing her to get the right look. She’s a Strider with only the basic gear so far, but I love her like my own daughter. I release her into your care.

    PSN: Armacen

    PS
    Oh yeah, I guess I’ll also be working on that Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! story I kind of committed to doing for that Worlds of Power fan anthology. There’s talk of a Kickstarter for a self-published physical book. Who else is submitting?

    • NameJobBye

      I so want to do a Kid Icarus story, maybe told from the Eggplant Wizard’s perspective. And I just barely got Dragon’s Dogma, too!

      • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

        Awesome, glad to know it’s not just me. I think I’ve finished a page by now just because there’s nothing else to do on the subway.

    • Steve McCoy

      Every female pawn on the market has the same voice. Every male pawn has one of three voices.

      • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

        Yeah, that’s why I add to favourites any pawn with a different voice. That tells me the player actually bothered to pick something besides the default. The default voice is especially annoying when I want to hire a hulking man-mountain and he sounds like a supercilious butler.

        There was this pawn I hired who looked and sounded great but he disappeared when I restarted and all I remember was his name, Stone. He’s not in my history, either. Any suggestions for tracking him down?

        • Steve McCoy

          If he’s not in your history, I don’t know what you can do… I believe that there’s a rifstone search that’ll bring up old pawns. Maybe that keeps a longer history?

          • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

            Thanks, I’ll give it a try.

    • doyourealize

      This was a weird game, but I eventually ended up loving it. The constant backtracking was a bit much, and I wanted to strangle the chatty pawns pointing out landmarks we had just visited 5 minutes ago. There’s a lot to complain about, actually, but it’s absolutely beautiful nonetheless.
      I haven’t been on in a while, but you’re more than welcome to my pawn if you can find her. She’s a warrior I believe. PSN: doyourealize

      • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

        There’s fast travelling now, apparently. I’ll summon your pawn later when I’m back. I also found this giant pawn exchange on GameFAQs but they always rate their hires 5 stars and I’m not sure I want this flagrant grade inflation. Ratings mean something, dang it.

        • doyourealize

          Huh. So there’s fast travel right from the start? Originally, you didn’t get the option until really late in the game.
          Let me know if you can find her!

          • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

            You have to buy some magic rock or something. But yeah, you can fast travel. I found your pawn but she’s way higher level than me so it’ll be a while before I can afford her. I’ll give her a spin when I do.

  • feisto

    Apparently, I completely missed that I would be getting the first Wasteland free with my Wasteland 2 Kickstarter contribution. And now it’s here, so I might give that a whirl if I have time this weekend. Anybody ever played it before?

    • Aurora Boreanaz

      Yes, yes I have. I played it first in 1990 and it was too hard, so I set it aside for several months. Started playing it again and was totally hooked.

      It’s a very unforgiving game, but awesome. I recommend backing up the game files regularly as a “save” system, as otherwise everything that happens is permanent, including mass party deaths.

      • Aurora Boreanaz

        SPOILERS FOR 25-YEAR OLD GAME:

        Once you find the cloning facility, you can be a bit more reckless. Near the end of my game, I had a party consisting of four clones of my best PC and a few NPCs.

      • feisto

        Thanks! For some reason I thought there was both an autosave and a manual save system. I was looking for something a bit challenging, so I’m looking forward to ti!

  • NameJobBye

    Just picked up The Saboteur and Dragon’s Dogma used. I’m looking forward to sandbox 1940s Paris, Nazi beatdowns, blowing shit up, and climbing buildings.

    • djsubversive

      Saboteur is great fun. Sean is fookin’ IRISH, and he never lets you forget it. Donkey-punching “jackbooted Nazi fucks” in the back of the head never gets old. Enjoy it!

    • huge_jacked_man

      Hope you got a Nvidia GPU…

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

    Priority 1: Praying that an interview comes through. Long story short, the man who runs 12k had an error with a shop order of mine. We got to talking and I brought up a collaborator of his, Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra and L.O.L.: Lack Of Love fame. He said he’d see if Sakamoto would answer a few e-mail questions about the game.

    Priority 2: I finished (American titles) The Guided Fate Paradox, so now I’ll blow through 2 minor graphic adventures. Secret Files 4 and Goodbye, Deponia are the pretty good games that keep the genre alive while others innovate.

    Priority 3: start burning through this year’s video game music. Any favorites, people?

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

      The Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon soundtrack is a must-listen.

    • Kyle O’Reilly

      There’s some sick-ass choir gospel in Bioshock Infinite as well as those old timey renditions of modern songs, and the usual swirling strings to represent tension deals.

      Also, I don’t know if GTA V counts since it’s soundtrack was all licensed or incidental but they did play “I wouldn’t wanna be like you” by the Alan Parsons Project so yeah…

      • CrabNaga

        The “action” music is actually quite good, and seems to be dynamic to what’s happening on screen (unless I’m mistaken). They really went all out with GTAV, since the previous GTAs never had a soundtrack outside of the radio stations.

        • Kyle O’Reilly

          For GTA V, I really want to hear the uncut soundtracks. From what I’ve read (there’s an article out there somewhere that covers a panel all the composers were on at the New york Film Festival, My Google-fu isn’t findin it) they eached recorded loads of material and then traded it back and forth, which means that there is an entire “desert rock album” out there that we hear in bits in pieces whenever we’re on the run outside Sandy Shores, but I’d love to hear the whole thing.

          The incidental music that made it into the game does a perfect job of setting the mood and not drawing too much attention to itself but at the same time, Oh No, Flying Lotus, Tangerine Dream and the guy who did Red Dead Redemption all recorded probably an albums worth of stuff by themselves. Please give me that uncut Rockstar.

  • ProfFarnsworth

    I will probably play Pokemon Y and maybe continue on my Dragon Age. Most of this weekend is taken up with studying for my Quantum Mechanics exam though…

    • stakkalee

      Unrelated to video games, but is this your work, my good jerkwad?

      • ProfFarnsworth

        I did invent the smelloscope years ago. Those are smelloculars with a built in range finder. I have been busy with other things, but you will see. I will have my robot with freeway ramps for arms and a heart as black as coal soon enough!

    • ZTO

      Thanks for adding my friend code, even though I never updated! I’ve been exploiting your strategic Phantump reserves for my super-secret Trevenant project.

      • Drinking_with_Skeletons

        Ooh, what’re your thoughts on Trevenant? I keep meaning to take one out for a whirl.

        • ZTO

          I’m going to build a stall variant. He’s a bit too slow to really abuse his high attack, so I’m going to go with a Harvest ability, sitrus berry, careful nature, max HP and spdef EVs, protect+substitute+will-o-wisp/curse+leech seed set. Not sure if I like WoW or curse better since I haven’t battle tested him. It’s similar to the stall Gliscor set I guess but possibly more obnoxious. He can switch in pretty easily vs. Mega Kanga as long as she runs sucker instead of crunch, which she usually does.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons

            Man, Gameological needs to have you do like a beginner’s guide to advanced pokemon or something. I barely understood any of that. I’m guessing ‘stall’ means that he’s more about dragging the fight along to slowly bleed the opponent, but the ability, berr, and nature stuff go right over my head.

          • ZTO

            There’s like 16 natures I think, most of which do +10% to one stat and -10% to another, though some do nothing. The game tells you which stats are affected by a ‘mon’s nature on the summary page. Red = up, blue = down. Careful nature is a +Sp.Def, -sp.attack. Harvest is his hidden ability, which gives him a 50% chance to grow back whatever berry he is holding at the end of every turn, once it is consumed. Sitrus berry heals for 25% of your health if health is below 50%. And yes, stall teams usually carry a number of defensive pokemon and aim to win through walling what they can and countering what they can’t. So, for example, Kanga is normally a huge threat with high damage, good bulk, and awesome coverage, but she can’t even hit Trevenant. Trev can come in and set up a substitute for pretty much free, and if Kanga refuses to leave, he can burn her and leech seed her until they dies or switches out. Then trev can continue to spread burns or rack up leech seed damage over the entire enemy team, until he’s countered. If the enemy team gets softened enough, then I can send in something fast and strong, glass-cannon-y, like Talonflame and 1shot everything they have left. That’s the idea anyway.

  • Juan_Carlo

    I’m playing Avadon 2. Almost done (Spiderweb RPGs are like crack to me). Also, I’ll try to finish “Winter Voices” now that they finally released a patch to fix all the bugs.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

      What’s your favorite of those games, and which would be a good entry point?

      • Juan_Carlo

        I’d start with the Geneforge series, which is probably in my top 5 RPG series ever. It’s kind of like a combination of Pokemon, in that it takes place in a universe where people have the power to create life (so gameplay involves creating and maintaining armies of monsters), and Fallout, in that most of the gameplay involves the political aspects of allying with or opposing different factions with varying beliefs concerning the rights and personhood of creations.

        The earlier games in the series are more primitive in terms of interface and the writing doesn’t pick up until the 3rd (and it gets really good in the 4th and 5th), but it’s worth starting with the first and playing them all in order if you have the time as plot and characters carry over from game to game. If not, Geneforge 5 is probably the best in the entire series so it’d be fine to start there and just play that on its own, as while plot carries over, they are also designed as stand alone games.

        As to the other Spiderweb series, the Avernums are pretty good, bread and butter, Ultima clones. Nothing spectacular or genre defining or anything, but they are like comfortable old shoes if you like that sort of thing.

        The Avadons are more based on Bioware RPGs in that they tend to be more linear and be more focused on companion quests and stuff. They are worth playing and probably the most accessible of all their RPGs, but not as good as the Genforges or Avernums.

        • Aurora Boreanaz

          I think I’ve only played a couple of the Avernums, but they were pretty fun. I don’t think I’ve seen one in 10 or 15 years though!

  • evanwaters

    Hooked on Mass Effect for now. Relatively early in the game’s story, still (I think), but it’s very addictive. They really capture that space opera feel so damn well.

    Also on a whim fired up the old Gamecube for a new save of Wind Waker. There’s just so much stuff to love in it even with that lengthy fetch quest at the end.

    • Newton Gimmick

      *SPOILERPLATE*

      Mass Effect is one of those games you can burn through pretty quickly if you skip the optional side quests.

      • Electric Dragon

        *SPOILER ALERT*
        Don’t skip the side mission on the Moon (“UNC:Rogue VI”) as soon it’s available because completing it unlocks the choice of class specialisation.

        • CrabNaga

          *SPOILERS except I don’t know why it’s spoilers*
          The class specialization thing in the original Mass Effect is one of the weirdest rewards. You do a bunch of other side missions and as a reward you get: experience, guns, armor, mods, money. You go do this random side mission (I guess it’s not completely random since it is on the Moon after all), and as a reward you get: the ability to get more powerful abilities! It’s just so out of the blue (and so awesome), but the game makes no effort to suggest that this side mission might be more important than the others.

          • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

            I liked just driving around the Moon pretending I was Neil Armstrong.

          • Electric Dragon

            The rovers were only used on Apollos 15-17 so Armstrong never drove one. Mind you, I suspect the lunar rover handled better than the Mako.

          • DL

            Maybe he could be Gene Cernan, but then it just doesn’t have that ring (save a few of us)…

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons

            The best joke in Mass Effect 2 is when you go to the crash site and the Mako is still in one piece.

        • Newton Gimmick

          Of course, if you’re skipping every other side quest, you’re unlikely to attain the level required to unlock the mission, let alone a high enough level to make a class specialization worthwhile.

        • Fluka

          I ultimately gave up on the Luna mission the first time I played, because I’d skipped most of the other sidequests and was a squishy under-leveled Adept. Stupid rocket drones. Went fine the second time when I was prepared.

          Other important reason to do Luna, though: SPOILERY LORE REASONS. That evil Rogue AI is just misunderstood! It can’t help it if it happens to enjoy the sight of humans on their knees.

  • NakedSnake

    I just finished up Mega Man 6 on the DS, and I’m also playing a lot of Dark Souls . Playing them both at the same time has been really interesting. I’m really struck by the parallels between them. For both games, I die quickly the first time I try a level, but I keep at it until I memorize where each enemy is and how I should deal with them. Now I breeze through the levels. It’s the same thing with bosses. First you get nowhere. Then there’s encouraging signs. Then you almost beat him. Then regression. And then finally, you emerge triumphant. Dun-dun, dun-dun, dunna-dunt-deeeeeeeeee! Bweuuup, bweuuup, bweuup. That’s right, Tomahawk Man. This Silver Tomohawk shot? It’s mine now. It’s mine now, I keep it.

    • Kyle O’Reilly

      Dark Souls is definitely a game built on teh same foundation of those “Hope you like dying” old school gems. For me it will always be most closely tied to Ghosts n Goblins due to that games unforgivable nature and the thematic similarities between the two. In fact, if Capcom wants to finally start making some money they should make a 3D Ghosts n Goblins that borrow from Dark Souls and uh… Just ape Dark Souls Capcom, I’m not picky.

      • NakedSnake

        Wait, is Capcom not making money? I’m doing my best to support them with my retro game purchases. I even bought Dead Rising 1 + 2 and Resident Evil 6. IS THAT NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU CAPCOM? HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH???

      • NakedSnake

        I should also mention that I totally thought that Dark Souls *was* by Capcom until you mentioned it. It just seems totally like something they would produce.

  • huge_jacked_man

    Probably finish Dual Destinies and continue my Far Cry 3 playthrough.

    • Kyle O’Reilly

      How far are you into Far Cry 3? Because so far off the totally anecdotal list of people I know who’ve played the game has a 50% abandon rate once you hit the second island.

      • huge_jacked_man

        I beat it earlier this year. Far Cry 2 had that problem too with people stopping playing once they reached the second part of the map. FC3 is a bit better about it since you don’t actually need to take over the second island if you don’t want to (enemies don’t attack you on sight there) so you can just blast through the story missions.

        I’m replaying it because I feel like I missed out on a lot the first time through as the game is ridiculously easy… You effectively have x-ray vision from the very start of the game and sniper rifles make conquering the island a joke. It’s a shame because the game is very open and there’s a lot of tools to play with allowing different approaches. So I’m playing on master difficulty and staying away from sniper rifles setting little challenges for myself. Like FC2 this game rewards those who can make their own fun.

  • IntotheNightSky

    I’ll probably be investing a few more hours in Long Live the Queen. I managed to survive until my first coronation by simply throwing myself headfirst into the study of the arcane arts, but it wasn’t quite the victory I was really hoping for. I would have much preferred winning on the merit of my intellect, but so far it doesn’t seem like making Elodie a big, old nerd really helps you much. I’ll probably set it aside here pretty soon; the run time’s a bit short and I’m not finding that the storylines I’ve played so far have drastically diverged from one another. In spite of that though, I have to say, I’ve enjoyed the experience so far.

    • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

      How is it as a Princess Maker update?

  • Staggering Stew Bum

    I’m kinda addicted to Super Meat Boy at the moment. It sat there for two years in my Steam with a couple of hours play time, stuck on the second level of the Hospital that I was convinced couldn’t be beaten. But then I dusted it off earlier in the week, beat that level and have been hooked ever since. I happened to take the last two days off work and instead of doing something productive as planned have actually spent 14 hours of that time playing this game. My hands feel like they’ve been run through industrial machinery then mashed with a half-brick for good measure. Every time I shut my eyes I see a little red cube bouncing off figments of my imagination.

    The level design in Super Meat Boy is awe inspiring, I can’t fathom how the hell (and why, oh god why) they came up with some of them (this one made me want to punch a puppy). The level design along with the amazing music is what keeps bringing me back for more punishment. Am up to World 6 The End but still a shitload of Dark World levels to be unlocked and given up on after much frustration. I don’t want to even see the Dark World versions of The Rapture levels.

    • CrabNaga

      About the difficulty, all I have to say on the matter is wait until you get to World 7.

      • huge_jacked_man

        I beat the light world and I think up to dark world 4 but that’s apparently still not good enough to breeze through light world 7.

    • boardgameguy

      I really enjoyed Super Meat Boy. As I didn’t have a controller at the time, I played with my keyboard and actually managed to beat the light world levels. No luck yet with the dark world levels but may go back at some point.

      Have you tried playing as some of the other characters?

    • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

      The constant Disqus updating also kills my phone battery.

    • aklab

      I make really, really slow progress in Super Meat Boy. I’ll get stuck on a level for days, give up, then come back a month later and breeze through 1 or 2 levels, then get stuck again, repeat. At this rate maybe I’ll finish it before crippling arthritis sets in?

  • alrighthearthis

    I started playing Ocarina of Time on my 3DS in anticipation of A Link Between Two Worlds. Since I had a week off from work I’ve managed to put roughly 19 hours in collecting almost all of the secondary items (heart pieces, ammo upgrades, etc.) and I am currently ready to start the young Link portion of the Spirit Temple. I should be finishing the game sometime later this afternoon or evening.

    After that I may try Assassin’s Creed III again and see if I can get over my general apathy I have for the franchise right now. More likely than not I’ll abandon that pretty quickly and see if I can convince my friend to get off of Battlefield 4 long enough to let me check out his PS4.

  • Raging Bear

    Playstation 4! With Knack, which is allegedly crap, and a rental of Killzone, which is allegedly Killzone, so probably mainly Assassin’s Creed 4.

    • Newton Gimmick

      I was disappointed to hear that Knack’s early reviews were mostly negative, especially considering that launch games tend to be over-rated in the first place.

      • Crusty Old Dean

        Oh no, Knack isn’t any good? But then I won’t have an excuse to get the PS4 until, like, MSG5.

        Get it together, Sony.

      • Raging Bear

        Resistance spoiled all launch games for me, because not only did I love it by launch game standards, I also hated all of its sequels. Really, I was decently happy with my PS3 (and Wii, even) in early ’07.

    • Kyle O’Reilly

      You also get Resogun for free though which is apparently the Geometry Wars of the PS4 (that’s a good thing obviously).

      • Raging Bear

        I do keep forgetting about that, but I’ll certainly try it out as well, plus Contrast, which Polygon referred to in their general launch review as “the disastrous Contrast.” I have not sought out elaboration on this.

  • Smilner

    With D&D4e on hold for the weekend with my daughter at her mom’s, I guess I’ll be finishing up odds and ends on <Arkham Origins. Maybe I’ll try my hand at New Game Plus. I don’t know. I’m going to get on the handle with Sony Customer Support later today and see if I can finally get my PSN account issues resolved, and if I can, I might put in some hours with GTA 5 Online. My PS4 should be arriving any time now from Amazon, but it is a Christmas present, so we’ll see how strong my willpower is to resist Knack. The willpower thing will be more difficult if I can get the aforementioned PSN thing cleared up though, since that would pave the way for me cashing in a BOGO deal and getting AC4 (and Let’s Dance.)

    • Smilner

      Aaaaaaaand it looks like my PSN suspension will *not* be resolved before my BOGO deal expires. Stonewalled at every turn by support. This means my kids will get the PS4 goodness, and I’ll cling to my PS3 games until some AAA comes out that I’ll feel comfortable shelling out full tag on, i.e. FFXV or Second Son.

  • stakkalee

    As expected, last weekend I got bored of the tedious storyline in GTA V and moved on to Saints Row 4, and I have to say Goddamn, why did I wait? SR4 is everything I want in a video game – a snarky, madcap superhero adventure, sort of Mark Millar meets Mike Allred, with goofy-ass monsters and attitude oozing out of every pore. It doesn’t take itself seriously and demands that you don’t either. It turned the Ridiculous dial up to Eleven and then ripped the knob off. Los Santos felt too big – it seemed like every other mission was on the opposite end of the island and driving there just took too damn long. But Steelport feels like it’s sized just right, not too big just for the sake of being big, but just big enough to include everything you’d need for a game like this. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go superspeed powerbomb another alien.

    • Chum Joely

      Still haven’t got much past the skydiving/”Power” level in SR3 for various reasons, but I may push that to the top of my backlog in order to speed up my eventual access to SR4. Everyone who ever mentions it ever seems to start out by saying, “Holy shit, why didn’t I play this the very second it came out?!”

      • stakkalee

        Heck, why wait? Although there IS a story connection between the 2 games it’s cardboard-flimsy and you don’t really need it to enjoy the storyline in 4. And very few video games have left me feeling quite as giddy as SR4 does. Seriously, give it some love this weekend – you’ll be well-rewarded..

      • Master Prudent

        I’m playing SR3 at the moment. I’ve gotten a little way in but not too far because I’ve been doing a lot of city takeover stuff and playing dress-ups. I’m pretty sure that, despite its pretensions to being an open world crime game, it was actually created to let heterosexual men play dress-ups without challenging their masculine identity.

        • djsubversive

          This is correct. Violence and shopping are the core elements of the series.

      • djsubversive

        Have I mentioned that there’s a QTE to eat pancakes?

    • Fluka

      SR4 is unironically my game of the year. It made me smile.

      (EDIT: Oh, great, and now I’ve got “What is Love?” stuck in my head for the next week again.)

      • djsubversive

        “Oh shit, this is my jam!”

        I’ve mentioned it before (in reply to Fluka, even!), but Jane Valderama as Juliet and Zinyak as Romeo is some classic Saint-y goodness.

        also, there’s a pancake-eating QTE.

  • http://disqus.com/Dikachu Dikachu

    I got Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus on Tuesday and have already beaten it twice and have like 87% of the trophies, and I will most likely spend the weekend finishing up the trophy list. The game is goddamn short… depressingly so. Yeah, it’s $30 instead of the usual $60 but it was still a letdown.

    Content-wise, it’s not bad, but the story is about as hackneyed and predictable as it’s ever been, which makes me think the upcoming movie is going to be an even bigger bomb than I thought. The colors are too oversaturated and there’s way too many bloom effects and other various particles flying around onscreen to really see what’s going on during big battles. Worst of all, though, is that they use a different control layout so I had to re-learn the controls yet again — I have no idea why the perfectly good control layout they’ve been using from the very first game through Crack in Time was so bad that they had to change it up in different ways for all of the last 3 games. All considered, the game looks and feels a lot more like a single-player sequel to All 4 One than for the Future series.

    On the plus side, the new weapon upgrade system is much more interesting than in any other recent game, other than maybe Tools of Destruction, and it’s nice to see gold bolts being used to upgrade weapons (a callback to the very first PS2 game) instead of buying useless character skins. Also, the jetpack is a ton of fun (an expanded version of the one from Going Commando).

    It’s worth playing if you’re a fan of Ratchet & Clank, but don’t get your hopes up that it holds even a dim candle to the greatness that the series once had.

    • Anthony D.

      I loved the weapon upgrade system and the jetpack sequences as well. The jetpack battles in the arena were so fun and hectic, blasting people while having to keep an eye on your fuel and landing on that small platform to get more. I hope in the next game they use the jetpack again.

  • ocelotfox

    A friend of mine got a PS4, so I feel I may be spending most of the weekend over at his place, playing Battlefield 4 or Resogun. But in the non-PS4 time, I’ve almost finished Fire Emblem: Awakening, which has been really great…but the story really suffers from a lack of pacing, especially compared to the Tellius games.

    • mizerock

      Don’t you need a 2nd PS4 to play Battlefield 4 “together”? Or will you just take turns passing the remote?

      • ocelotfox

        Turns probably, that’s how we typically play multiplayer shooters. Neither of us are that concerned with our own stats, so we just switch in and out.

  • Principal Blackman

    I’m playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 and I’m not sure why. This game is probably as good as a game as we are going to get with a name like Euro Truck Simulator 2. I got it on sale from the humble store for about 6 dollars which is a pretty fair price. It is really relaxing just driving in the rain and listening to music or podcasts and a good way to unwind after I get home or after a particularly bad game of dota 2.

    • Kyle O’Reilly

      So do you actually have to press an acceleration button in those games or can you just put it on cruse control and make slight steering adjustments? I’m still very confused about what you actually do in those games.

      • Aurora Boreanaz

        I’m curious too. I got that game in a Bundle a few weeks back, but it sounds just weird…I have a very hard time staying awake on my 15 minute drive home from work, I can’t imagine not driving off the road if the truck routes are longer than that.

        • Principal Blackman

          It’s actually pretty difficult not to crash/make horrible mistakes every once in a while due to a combination of not always paying attention and having that added weight behind you which makes it more difficult to make evasive maneuvers and stop. The mistakes are kind of hilarious though. The only way which they are overly unforgiving is if you are driving your own truck as the repair bills can become really high but if you are driivng someone elses truck for a quick job (where you don’t make as much money) at most you have lower pay for it. Also you can easilly call and be transported to a repair store if you ever do really get messed up.

          The enjoyment of driving in this game as compared to real life is that it’s basically the best parts of it with non of the worry or stress. You also have more liberty to act like a complete jerk or do things which might be considered pretty risky (like passing someone in a very cramped two way tunnel at high speeds). At worst mistakes will put you in debt but usually they are good for a laugh.

          • Aurora Boreanaz

            And I assume that the travel times are reasonable? I’m not going to actually have to drive 15 hours to get from Germany to England, or something?

          • Principal Blackman

            Driving is pretty reasonable. I was concerned at first becuase when i tried the demo there was something in the corner which said ETA: 11 hours but it really takes about on average 20-40 minutes for a delivery and I imagine it would take several hours to go from one end of the map to the other. Also thankfully it will save wherever you are when you quit (not even a checkpoint/resting system). Of course this could lead to awkwardly starting your engine on the middle of a busy highway but thankfully you aren’t required to marathon.

          • Aurora Boreanaz

            Cool, thanks for the info. I’ll have to check this out sometime, maybe three months from now!

      • Principal Blackman

        You can map your controls to a controller any way you want (you can’t map all of them but 80% of the buttons you will never need to use anyways) but you can also use cruise control if you want to.

        Basically you make deliveries, build up a trucking empire, upgrade your trucks, listen to live European radio (they have hundreds of channels pre-loaded), all while driving through pretty countryside. The game looks pretty great for what it is. Not a phenomenal game but addicting in it’s own way and pretty fun and relaxing.

    • DL

      On a related note, Desert Bus for Hope is this weekend! It’s a sadistic precursor of Euro Truck Simulator from an old Penn & Teller Sega CD game…and they’re raising money for kids stuck in hospitals.

      If you think truck driving is relaxing, try Densha de GO!, or any train simulator…I hear the Shinkansen (bullet train) is very relaxing, to the point that some call boring.

  • doyourealize

    More Guild Wars 2, and if I can get my hands on a copy of AC4 for my shiny new PS4, I’ll get into that. Otherwise, I’ll just look at how pretty the new system is.
    Keeping up the golf this weekend, too, despite the weather getting a bit chilly.

  • dmikester

    Well, beyond playing the game of trying to survive visiting three cities in five days next week (and speaking at a conference one of those days), absolutely nothing besides what’s on my iPad. Today I’m going to beat Assassin’s Creed 4 100%, and my opinion of it could not be more different than it was last week. The gameplay is probably the most fun and smooth of any of the games in the series, and the narrative issue of Kenway having a magic suit that gives him special Assassin powers does end up getting addressed. Not going to go into a crazy long review here or anything, but big thumbs up.

    • Carniverous Ruminant

      I’m playing through AssCreed IV right now, and I love almost everything about the game, except for these godawful Tail/Eavesdrop missions that are apparently a staple of the main storyline missions. If you’re hellbent on giving me an exposition dump, at least have the courtesy to put it in a skippable cutscene. Those goddamn things are scattered throughout the game like wet dog turds in an otherwise pristine meadow.

      • dmikester

        Yup, exactly; it’s such a glaring design flaw in an otherwise excellent game. The exposition is the worst, since who’s paying attention to what they’re saying when you’re focused on not getting spotted? But I’m also a little torn with hating them since they aren’t all THAT annoying in this particular game because of how much smoother the controls and difficulty level is compared to other AC’s, and they certainly fit the idea of a stealthy assassin well. But there are just so many of them that it smacks of a lack of imagination rather than trying to do something that fits the characters.

  • indy2003

    Trying to finish up Hotline Miami (I’m in the post-credits stages), but these last levels are punishingly difficult. Don’t know if me and my meat cleaver are gonna make it.

    On the lighter side, I’m playing Ocarina of Time – for the very first time! – on the 3DS. Just picked up the third spiritual stone, so I’m getting ready to head back to Princess Zelda and she what she thinks about that. Having a wonderful time so far, though I’ll confess to being forced to seek help online once or twice – solutions to certain problems aren’t particularly intuitive.

    I’m also hoping that I’ll be playing Resogun and Contrast on the PS4 within the next few days. I wasn’t able to pre-order one months ago, so I had given up hope on getting one until after the holidays. However, I decided to try my luck on Amazon last night. Everything was sold out, but once midnight rolled around, I hit refresh and was surprised to see the PS4 suddenly available. I quickly placed an order – it’s supposed to ship today. Crossing my fingers and hoping that Amazon doesn’t cancel on me.

    • Crusty Old Dean

      I’m getting ready to head back to Princess Zelda and she what she thinks about that

      *repressed squeal*

      • RJC

        I had a really long reply about what this game did to me as a kid but I don’t want to post anything resembling spoilers. That’s one of the few games I wish I could go back and play for the first time

  • Drinking_with_Skeletons

    XCOM: Enemy Within mostly. I put an hour into it last night but hit a bug (I was replaying the tutorial, ’cause it’s been a while, and I glitched it out by not following instructions) and lost all my progress because autosave wasn’t turned on for some reason.

    I also discovered why some of my games (including XCOM) were stuttering on my laptop and found an easy fix online. Some testing reveals noticeable improvements to Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dishonored, so I’m kind of setting myself up for some replays in a few weeks. If you have ever had this problem (it’s related to Steam, especially with AMD cards), google Orochi…GEG? Orochi something.

    • The_Helmaroc_King

      I’m more-or-less switching to the PC for the next generation, rather than buying any new consoles, but I’m still surprised and/or irritated by some of the issues that I’ve run into so far. My PC is only one or two years old, but it still has its issues; Source games stutter whenever I hit an autosave, and Enemy Unknown stuttered in general. I think the latter was fixed when I updated my video card’s drivers, but I let the game fall by the wayside around the same time.

      Fortunately, about 80% of the games I want and/or play on Steam are indie games that a pocket calculator could run, so it’s not like I run into these issues often.

      • Drinking_with_Skeletons

        I’ve got a pretty decent gaming laptop (which, admittedly, is rapidly approaching obsolescence) and it’s amazing how anti-aliasing makes up for the lower resolution while allowing great performance on most titles.

        • Mookalakai

          That’s a good point. I’ve got a two year old gaming laptop, which is also showing it’s age, but I don’t really mind dropping the resolution if I have to. The only that bothers me is how the UI in most games gets blurry on lower resolutions.

  • snazzlenuts

    I’ll be playing Burial at Sea. Cue the BioShock outrage.

  • DL

    Finally got a Super Mario Wii U last weekend, but I have to travel THIS weekend, so it’s the 3DS until Sunday night. I’m up to World 8-2 in Super Mario 3D Land, but I’ve been collecting every coin and gold flag along the way, with a couple of exceptions. I’m going to fill in those exceptions during flights. (I’m keeping my goals short and simple, so I’ll actually accomplish them.)

    …Why do I skip games I need to finish, like 3D Land and Ocarina of Time 3D, to play games it’s impossible to finish, like Animal Crossing?

    By the way, the Wii U does a great job of keeping the TV free as advertised, but hasn’t isolated me enough to get engrossed or focused into a game. Also, I’m still trolling through Miiverse for some glimmer of meaningful conversation. It’s not going well.

    • Newton Gimmick

      Is there a headphone jack on the Wii U gamepad?

      • DL

        Indeed! It’s on the top left, which means the cord wraps around somewhat awkwardly, but it sits in your lap better. The volume slider is opposite the headphone jack on top right.

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons

      I keep chip-chip-chipping away at 3d Land. My initial view of it was that it was too easy and the levels were too short (I get why they were short, at least) and it left a bitter taste in my mouth. Then I finished World 8 and realized that the game’s still got its kid gloves on. You’ll see what I mean.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

      I’m gonna piggyback on your comment because it was the first I saw talking about 3DS games.

      I just picked up Animal Crossing, Mario Kart 7, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask last night. I’ve almost finished up Super Mario 3D Land and am way too excited to have a bunch of games to flip back and forth between.

      So yeah, is anyone still playing Mario Kart or Animal Crossing? They’re my first multiplayer games for this thing.

      If anyone is curious, Target is running a buy 2 get 1 free deal on all games AND they’ll price match with amazon/best buy/walmart’s online prices. So I got all three of my games for $60, which I’m feeling pretty good about.

      • DL

        Great deal, and nice choices that run the gamut of play options; pick up cheap titles like Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (turn-based strategy), Kid Icarus: Uprising (shooter), and Dead or Alive: Dimensions (fighting), and you’ll have a high-quality, comprehensive library, with lots of colons, on an extremely low budget. I can surely do some Mario Kart 7 at some point, probably next week, and I haven’t explored multiplayer on Animal Crossing yet. You have my Friend Code, and of course we can’t communicate through SwapNote, so we can play it by ear.

        Like you said, you’ll be busy flipping between those this weekend, even though Animal Crossing will likely dominate huge blocks of time to get your virtual life in order. Have fun!

        • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

          Yeah, I’m probably going to hold off on buying anymore games for this thing for a while, unless there is some great deal on something I want (like Kid Icarus, Luigi’s Mansion, SMT4, or maybe fire emblem or Ghost Recon… and maybe Tetris or street fighter 4…)

          And yeah swapnote being shutdown sucks in terms of me being able to figure out if people on my friend’s list want to play a game or something. Hopefully the miiverse thing next month lets people send messages.

          Until then I’ll try to hit up the Steam group and see if anyone wants to play when I can.

      • https://twitter.com/JoshlikeGermany JoshlikeGermany

        oh crap! i just looked on the site. im bummed no EO/rune factory/soul hackers, but nows a great time to finally get paper mario/monster hunter/mario and luigi/project x zone

  • Carlton_Hungus

    Probably keep logging hours in GTA Online, also need to finish up Super Mario RPG which I started on a whim last weekend.

    However, I randomly downloaded Lego Lord of the Rings for my iPad. I’ve never played any of the other lego games but it’s strangely addictive. It’s a cute cliff notes of the books. The gameplay, be it fighting, platforming, or puzzling is never challenging, but satisfying. It’s just sort of the pizza of gaming, nothing great, but still pizza. Also all the collectibles and unlockables feed my completionist addiction.

  • duwease

    Finally did all I’m going to do in GTAV single player (100%, missing some jumps and Kifflom missions). Now devoting some time into truly farting around in GTA Online for a bit. Will probably take a break to play the Saint’s Row IV DLC, as well as Blood Dragon finally. Open-world destruction, is what I’m saying.

    Got to go to Baltimore next week, so probably play the everloving mess out of Desktop Dungeons, and continue playing Hearthstone, which is fairly straightforward as a CCG, but still quite fun as the games are quick and streamlined.

    • CrabNaga

      Hey, maybe I’ll hop on GTA Online again. I’ve been neglecting it lately, and right after Rockstar decided to give me the money it’s been promising me for the past 2 months. I kind of want to go back and “true” 100% GTAV, but I feel like that would also entail doing all the random events as well (which are especially annoying since they don’t seem to happen for every character, or they only happen at certain times of day, or something else). I got all the Stunt Jumps on GTA Online, which actually gave me the achievement for getting them all, surprisingly. I’ve got like 2 left in single player.

      Anecdote time! One of the jumps was hilarious to me once I figured out how to get it in Online: There’s a big ramp in the airport that launches you really high, and you’re supposed to land in a parking lot. I took one of the fastest cars and just hit it straight on so many times as Franklin, landing in the parking lot perfectly, without it giving me credit. I took a slower car and hit the ramp in GTA Online, and landed in a parking lot and got credit. Turns out in single player I jumped OVER the parking lot, across a road, and into a completely different parking lot than the one I was supposed to land in.

  • c_bot

    Finally picked up “Gone Home” since it’s on sale, so I imagine I’ll be playing through some of that this weekend. I’ve also been playing a fair amount of “Marvel Puzzle Quest.”

    My husband’s game (Tower of Guns) is on pay-what-you-want sale this weekend, so hopefully that’s what some people will be playing. :)

    • DL

      Gone Home is great for winding down the evening before bed, and my wife and I “played it together” on the TV to great effect.

      • c_bot

        It’s good for that? It seems kind of creepy to play before bed.

        • DL

          It IS creepy, but unless you are particularly sensitive to it, you won’t lose sleep. My wife can be sensitive to those things, and she slept just fine. (Not being alone probably helped…we could discuss things while we were exploring.)

  • Chum Joely

    I knocked Fez off the backlog– just barely managed to get enough cubes to win– although in the last few minutes of the game I resorted to looking up spoilers online, so now I know how the Tetris codes work and will be able to actually find new stuff in my eventual New Game+. How the hell did they expect anyone to figure that out on their own?!

    So that minor victory obviously entitles me to spend the whole weekend playing some awesome games that I’ve only acquired in the last week or so, namely Dark Souls and XCOM: Enemy Within. I won’t rehash what I said in the Bioshock/Burial at Sea discussion about how great Enemy Within looks even in the first 20 minutes, but suffice it to say that I should be kicking quite a bit of alien (and alien-sympathiser) bottoms with my outlandishly dressed and multilingual group of supersoldiers over the next few weeks… Ironman-style, no less.

    In Dark Souls, I’ll probably just be going in circles around Undeadburg, Alabama, until I’m strong enough to wipe out the Taurus Demon, while everybody else in the Game Revue Club finishes the game 2 months ahead of me. So just the standard Chum Joely gaming experience on that front.

    • boardgameguy

      the trick in figuring out the tetronimos is in visiting the town that opens after getting 8 cubes.

      • Chum Joely

        Yeah, I got to the room which (in retrospect) shows how controller moves map to code elements, but for me the missing link was between that and reading the random-looking squiggles which, when rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise, turn out to be a list of code elements that you’re supposed to produce in order to open a door. Yeesh.

        • CrabNaga

          Yup, you need two bits of information. The rock that tells you what inputs you’re doing in tetromino form, and the classroom that breaks down a tetromino code for you. Something that’s a bit more obtuse is trying to figure out the language without looking it up online.

        • boardgameguy

          and that’s just dipping your toes into the water…..

          which can be ignored if that’s not up your alley. that’s why i was so impressed with the game.

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons

      One day I will try to tackle Dark Souls again and actually make something resembling progress. The Taurus Demon is so much easier if you’ve got a spell. The Sorceror’s starting spell is friggin’ awesome for that.

    • ZTO

      If you don’t have good magics or the tankiness to take on Taurus head-to-head, which is pretty common, there is a sneaky way to take him out pretty easily. Hafta remember that Dark Souls rewards exploration much more than other games!

      Also, keep in mind that the game gives you items to use, not to look at. Don’t fall victim to the classic “Elixir effect”, where you are too afraid to use your best consumables.

  • boardgameguy

    on the table top front, I’m excited about playing three games:

    Trains – a deck builder that incorporates a board as you lay rail and build trains all over Tokyo or Kyoto

    Hanabi – a cooperative game where you see only your teammates cards and not your own. one must give clues to the others to lay numbered cards of different colors in sequence. light theme is that we are master fireworks technicians putting on a show.

    Hansa Teutonica a cube-pushing euro set around the medieval hanseatic league, a loose confederation of towns that had set up a trade network. one uncovers a personal player board to upgrade abilities for actions on a shared map. lots of different ways to score and its about capitalizing on a strategy that others aren’t doing. this one i’ve played before and really like.

    if i play a computer game this weekend, it’ll probably be FTL or Trine 2

    • Pyrrhus_Crowned

      Hanabi is wonderful. It’s in that rare category of games that you can learn in 2 minutes that still has some strategic depth.

      • boardgameguy

        I’m intrigued by the idea that it is a cooperative game that relies heavily upon a deduction mechanic. I’ve never stopped loving Clue (or Inkognito when I found out about that) and this seems like an accessible way to get that fix.

    • Aurora Boreanaz

      I will be playing my second game of Eclipse with Ancients and Elders of the Solstice expansions. A fun game reminiscent of the Master of Orion series.

      Since I started playing with this board game group, I have “proudly” come in last place scorewise in all but one session. I hope to break that streak tonight, but will be just as amused if I continue it.

      • boardgameguy

        When I played Eclipse a few weekends ago for the first time I could tell early on that it is the kind of game I will enjoy for the engine building, but then lose spectacularly for my lack of tactical acumen when it comes to battling. I’m excited to play it again, whenever it is. Do you have a favorite “team” to play as?

        • Aurora Boreanaz

          Not yet, as it’s only my second time, and I played Human for the first game to get acclimated. We roll to see who picks races first, so hopefully there will be an interesting one left for me to choose.

          • boardgameguy

            Cool. I’ll be interested in hearing who you ended up with and what you thought.

    • The_Helmaroc_King

      I can second the praise for Hanabi, which is almost stressful (but in a good way). I haven’t played the other two, but I’ve had coworkers bring up Trains in a positive light.

      FTL and Trine 2 are also pretty good. The main knock I have against the Trine series is how obsessive the item collecting can be, though; if you want to go back and find the one item you missed in a level, it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.

      • boardgameguy

        thankfully i tend to avoid knick knack collecting in games so long as i can continue in the game without having to do it. but then sometimes the completist in me prevents it from being so simple. excited to give Trine 2 a try regardless because i’ve heard the graphics are so pleasing.

  • CountBulletsula

    I recently impulse-bought the Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection which is surprising because I tend to not enjoy games involving shooting things as I am really awful at them for some reason (my brother tried watching me play the first Uncharted for about 10 minutes before sadly leaving my room while shaking his head). I’m also really impatient and tend to not enjoy stealth missions in games, either. I’ve also never played a single MGS game. So, by all accounts, it was a terrible decision for me to buy not just one, but an entire collection of games in a series that I will probably hate.
    That being said, I am loving the shit out of Metal Gear Solid. It’s just so over the top and ridiculous that I’m completely hooked. Don’t get me wrong, I am, as expected, completely awful at the game, but I am having such a blast that I don’t even care. My favorite thing so far has been discovering how to actually damage Psycho Mantis. I really hope that the novelty doesn’t wear off by the time I start playng MGS2.

    • NakedSnake

      Just don’t burn yourself out. No one has ever played through two MGS games in a row and no one every will.

  • http://utau-inu.com/ Brain Stew

    The *plan* is to play KNACK with the family and Assassin’s Creed IV/Killzone in the after hours. I may just end up playing Ridiculous Fishing on my phone while I wait for tech support for my PS4, judging by early reports.

    • Crusty Old Dean

      Wait, is the PS4 out? Do you live in Singapore or something?

      • http://utau-inu.com/ Brain Stew

        Since Gameological isn’t a news aggregator, I have to suggest you add a Kotaku to your twitter feed or something just for balance.

  • mizerock

    Many of my GTA V crew members have already received their PS4, so I’ll be tackling some of the neglected games in my collection.

    Red Dead Redemption: I rage-quit early in my first play-through, since I couldn’t win the first mission (racing a horse against the ranch owner). I’m told that was a ridiculous move and that I’m required to pick it up again. Can I really continue the story without ever being able to win that first race? Huh. Wish I knew that years ago.

    Rock Band 3: having some people over on Sunday to play. We might also tackle some Pinball Arcade.
    First mission: update the firmware on my receiver I see if I need to buy a new one. I miss surround sound so much.

  • Anthony D.

    I’ll be taking my new PS4 for a spin, most likely with Lego Marvel Superheroes, which I’ve been waiting to play on PS4. Other than that I’ll be eagerly counting down the days until next week when Zelda launches.

  • Kyle O’Reilly

    I picked up the WB Games bundle and have been chipping away at Batman Arkham Asylum which is a pleasantly modern game.

    -Mostly skill free, combo and counter-based combat? Check.
    -Sorta Pointless but sorta not, hard to reach collectibles? Check.
    -Audio diaries to flesh out characters? Check.
    -Applied video filter for “secret” mode? Check.
    -Forced “Acrobatic” and climbing bits? Check.

    All this and more add up to one hell of an easy to digest meal. I feel like it’s a really good burger. Nothing fancy, no chipotle mayo or caramelized sweet potato. Just a good-ass burger, to quote one of my fav GTA V radio hosts.

    Also floating in my periphery are Dark Souls, Gunpoint & GTA V. I fell in love with the idea of a treadmill desk after reading a New Yorker article about them and while we only own an Elliptical in my house it’s surprisingly not that difficult to play GTA V while using an elliptical. True most of what I do is blare classic rock and run over pedestrians, and while doing some more involved driving I almost fall off because my brain gets confused but hey, I’m burning calories while I do it!

  • ZTO

    Pokemon! Raar! Recently found out that there is a very exploitable RNG breeding system which should allow me to make perfect or near perfect ‘mons much faster. I’ll have to test it out with the Trevenant I am breeding. Been doing some Multi battles with my friends but everyone is still using over-powered pokemon at the moment so it’s not exactly fun. If I run into one more team made of Protean greninja, galewings Talonflame, Leipard 2.0 version of Klefki, and Mega-Mawile, I think I will barf.

    Otherwise, perhaps some Dark Souls if my issues with Xbox live are finally resolved. I’ve played through the game so many times now, but every time I seem to learn one more thing I did not know the last time. For example, who knew that you can–

    *Minor Spoilers for an enemy type*

    hit mimics with Lloyd’s talismans before you open them to put them to sleep and avoid fighting them?

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons

      Care to explain a bit on the system?

      • ZTO

        I would be best to look up a guide, search something like Pokemon X/Y RNG breeding, but the basic idea is exploiting destiny knot and the way the game assign random stats to manipulate perfect pokemon.

        Destiny knot forces 5 IV’s of the parents to be passed to the child. So you get 2 pokemon that don’t have the same IVs in any stats and breed them as a test case. As soon as both are in the daycare, the games RNG decides which stats will be from mom, which from dad, and which one is random. It also decides the value of the random for the first egg.

        Once we get the egg, we check out what the IVs are by popping it up to 50 from the battle institute or by using the IV checker dude if they should all happen to be 31 or 0 on your test parents. Since we know 5 things are passed and we know the IVs of the parents, and we know none of them share the same IV in any stat, we can figure out who will pass down what stat and which is the random one. If the random stat is acceptable, say S.Atk for a physical attacker, then we soft reset and move on to the next step. If it is unacceptable, we soft reset and tell the breeder dude that we don’t want that egg. Then we save before getting the next egg and check this next egg’s IVs.

        Now, the RNG has been set from the time we put those test parents in and apparently it does NOT reset if we remove those parents and sub in what we want to breed. Knowing this, we can bring in the actual parents of the pokemon we want to breed, and manipulate their IV passdowns given that we already know for certain what will be passed by who. Using this method and using dittos with 2 or 3 perfect IVs, you can create poke with 5/6 perfect stats within a few generations. (Basically, you manipulate parents into having complementary sets of 31 IVs by using a few dittos with complementary IVs and then you can just crank out pokemon until you get the perfect one). Just have to remember to put an everstone on a parent with the correct nature.

        In theory, this seems hella fast but in practice it seems to be heavily reliant on having a ditto friend safari, which is something I do NOT have and will need to troll the gamefaqs forums until I find one I can add and will add me.

        • Drinking_with_Skeletons

          I hate this Friend Safari bullshit. I would’ve preferred if they had done it this way:

          1) Friend codes function identically as they do now. You no longer have to be online with someone to gain full access.

          2) Acquaintances (people you’ve traded or battled against) have their safari selection added to your master list. Acquaintance Safari works like Friend Safari, but the list automatically shuffles safaris (from your master list) every 24 hours. You can have access to no more than 10 Acquaintance safaris at a time. You may pay a fee to shuffle it more frequently.

          3) Passerby Safari allows you to do the same as Friend Safari, but only as long as the Passerby is on your list. It won’t kick you out of the safari mid-way, but if they are gone when you exit you won’t be able to get back in to their safari.

          But Gamefaqs is the place to look. That’s how I got a Ditto friend code.

          • ZTO

            Yeah, it’s an irritating system that makes me friend tons of people I don’t care to ever interact with, but I guess it’s only so frustrating because the pay-off for safari pokemon is so great.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons

            Don’t forget that it undermines the whole point of Friend Codes. Nintendo don’t want players interacting with just anybody–the SwapNote abuse being the perfect reason why–but their biggest game for the system has a feature that encourages you to pass your Friend Code around like a two-penny whore.

          • ZTO

            I guess GameFreak did more stuff to make my life easier than make it harder this generation, so I can hardly complain. Sure, it undermines pretty much the entire idea, but that’s really only true for the hardcore end-gamers who were all about trying to break the game in the first place. My biggest gripe is that I still need to endure ridiculously slow menus to do anything with my pokes, and that I still need to BOOT UP THE PC to use it. Also, that I cannot simply take pokemon out of my PC for battling and instead need for them to be in 2 distinct teams organized into my battle box and party.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons

            Agree on all points. The battle box can speed up the process, but there’s no excuse to not let us organize our teams between matches.

  • Passe_Partout

    I’ll be sending my XCOM soldiers to their doom in EW, which has about the perfect length for skirmishes that need to be fit in between loads of laundry and my grad school application. I’ll probably continue the slaughter with Pokemon X and Fire Emblem, which I keep forgetting I own.

    I’m also going to the Detroit Institute of Art to see what I hear is a wonderful exhibit on the history of animation.

    • Mookalakai

      I’ve been playing a lot of Enemy Within, and although it is pretty good overall, it really annoys me how much the missions rely on literally dropping enemy reinforcements from the sky. I’ve had many instances where they land on the same tile one of my guys is on, which both looks dumb and makes them extraordinarily easy to kill. It’s just annoying that so many of the missions revolve around waiting for enemy reinforcements to appear, kill them, and move on. The bomb defusal missions in Enemy Unknown already did this, but they rely on it a lot more in Enemy Within.

      • Passe_Partout

        Yeah I’ve noticed that too. I mostly just hate that they use Thin Men, which always manage to poison my team from all over the place. But I guess it’s better than walking back across the map for a few turns with nothing to do.

  • http://tmaiblog.wordpress.com/ Chalkdust

    Well, it’s PS4 day for me as soon as I get off work. My PS+ account affords me access to Resogun (holy crud this looks fun) and Contrast (middling reviews? oh well, it’s free, and looks neat), and Warframe is supposed to be up and running as F2P. As for actual big shiny games, I might also pick up AC4 to go with it. I am more excited for the small-game side of things at the moment, though, and if PS4 can effectively expose players to a healthy balance of great AAA as well as small games as time goes on (which from what I’ve heard about their dashboard and social/sharing ambitions it’s a big objective) , blast fax kudos all around.

  • aklab

    I have really got to start staying up past midnight for WAYPTW!

    I just started disc 3 of Final Fantasy IX. This game is incredible. What I first thought was a lighter tone turned out to be just the beginning of a long, slow burn. I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve beaten it but… could it be the best Final Fantasy? (Not counting VI of course.)

    I’ll also probably finish up Penumbra: Black Plague this weekend. Great game, and very scary. I’m near the end but kinda stuck. Up to this point you can run away from almost every creature you encounter, but now all of a sudden I’ve got to create distractions and sneak past guards like it’s Deus Ex or something.

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons

      It is the best Final Fantasy (not counting Tactics).

      • aklab

        Not counting Tactics just goes without saying, of course!

    • Crusty Old Dean

      Yes, the body count in FFIX is possibly the highest of all the final fantasies, based on my scientific estimations. It looks so cute but it goes seriously dark.

      • Drinking_with_Skeletons

        Yet it has one of the best video game endings I can think of. It’s well-paced and realizes that what the game was really about was the characters and the lessons they learned.

  • http://mrglitchsreviews.blogspot.com/ Mr. Glitch

    With all my crap packed up, my Vita and I have spent a lot of time together lately. I’m hoping to finally finish up Gravity Rush this weekend, and then move on to Uncharted.

    I’m gonna get the blog fired up again soon, once my new digs have been properly arcadeified.

  • dreadguacamole

    I’ll be playing a lot of XCOM: The Bureau: Declassified or whatever order those words go in. You know, the third person shooter everyone thought they would hate.
    I was pretty psyched for it when it was first announced, what with them talking about rogue-like elements, randomized missions and a really weird take on the alien threat. All of those aspects were either taken out or extensively re-worked, and the reviews pretty much slated it, so I decided to pass on it until now*.
    Maybe it’s the magic of lowered expectations or something, but I’m liking it a lot so far, lamentable NPC AI and all. It’s kind of like Mass Effect, with a fixed (bland) protagonist and next to no RPG elements, focusing instead on more tactical, harder shooty bits. There’s a lot to like here, though, which makes me sadder that the team never got to realise their original, far loopier vision.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.tuttle.79 Andy Tuttle

    A friend of mine who works at 2K was kind enough to gift me a copy of The Bureau and Bioshock Infinite, so I’ll toggle my time between those two, probably spending more time in Bioshock if I’m being completely honest.

  • His_Space_Holiness

    This week in Ferelden: I finished dicking around Denerim and beating up drunk mercs (and confirming that, yep, this is a game in which you can go to a brothel and hire a prostitue whenever you want. Idea: Saint’s Row Denerim). Then it was off to the Frostbacks to grab bits of Andraste’s burnt corpse to heal a poisoned guy. Disgusting? Yes. Hilarious? Also yes!

    It also drove home just how good an idea it was to play on Easy. Last time around I would make gameplay decisions based on how terrified I was of fighting people who would inevitably kick my ass, which led to me carting around the Cult’s vial of blood just to postpone for as long as possible the moment when I had to fight them. This time I just insulted them to their faces and got on with it. Screw you guys, you’re complete idiots.

    I was also amused by how easy the riddle game was in the trials chamber. I gimmick-posted as the Riddler for two years, dammit, you can’t stump me!

    So, having retrieved said burnt corpse and committed to planting Alistair’s sorry ass on the throne, it’s on to the Deep Roads. Damn, I’d forgotten how fucked up Dwarven society was. Caste systems: stupid then, stupid now. Then again, living next door to countless evil creatures that periodically try to kill everyone on Earth would drive anyone a little mad. Plus, the human society has slaver, for God’s sake, and… you know what, fuck Thedas in general. I don’t know why I’m saving these people.

    • Aurora Boreanaz

      That was YOU! Your riddles drove me nuts, as apparently I really suck at them!

      • His_Space_Holiness

        RIDDLE ME THIS, AV CLUB! Yep, that was me. Good times.

    • Fluka

      Do it, uh, for the elves? They’re not being genocidal slavers RIGHT NOW at least?

  • Kevin King

    Device 6

  • djsubversive

    This weekend will probably be spent with the usual suspects, starting with Arma 3′s editor (the heist mission is coming along nicely – I have multiple ways to achieve the main goal and an end-state. I just need to fill out the population in Neri a bit and tweak some waypoints so people don’t just stand around in one place the whole time).

    State of Decay (the PC version) is out of Early Access, and it’s still a pretty good little game. The UI is now fully PC-ized, and the graphical issues are pretty much all fixed. Still some occasional flickering, but it’s not nearly as bad as before. Also, they toned down the bloom and lens-flare-y effects, which is nice. I wish night time was a bit darker, but that’s a minor complaint.

    Payday 2‘s Armored Transport DLC is out, and it adds a Sig Sauer 556 rifle, a Walther PPK pistol, a Swedish K SMG, some very obviously Heat-inspired armored truck heists (one starts with the armored trucks next to an ambulance and a semi truck), and some new masks – the classic hockey mask (I made mine matte-black, Kilmer-style) and the Presidential masks from Payday 1: Nixon, Clinton, Bush Jr., and Obama. So of course I’m going to be spending some quality time looting and shooting. (Payday 2 is also -40% until Monday, and people can play the Armored Transport heists without owning the DLC, because Overkill is cool like that).

    Oh, I also have to finish up Sleepy Dogs and Saints Row IV (both of them are fun as hell), and spend some more time with Spec Ops: The Line and Batman: Arkham City (so much better than Asylum). So I have plenty of options this weekend.

  • beema

    Do they even make B- The Game?

  • Batzombie

    Got my PS4, so Killzone: Shadow Fall and maybe some Resogun to go with it.

  • Myles McNutt

    Probably some light Pokemon Y (where I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, being my first Pokemon game), a couple of 30 Years of Wrestlemania matches in WWE 2K14 (which I got along with Pokemon and GTAV in the Wal-Mart price error mayhem), and then I broke down and downloaded Mario and Sonic 2014 for Wii U because I wanted to try the curling and I wanted to celebrate my will power in not ordering a PS4 from Amazon by showing zero will power in buying a $50 Curling simulator.

    Worth it.

  • ImTheMomInTheSilverMazda

    Final Fantasy 8, dudes.

  • John

    I may be posting this near end of weekend, but I was and did play tons of Zelda Link Between Worlds. To fully take it in, you just have to fight off the other Zelda fan guy and the kids so demo time never ends! One of them almost hit the large glowing blue reset button on me!

  • KathleneKilburn

    Its very good idea to making the movie by the movie editor.
    http://goarticles.com/article/It-S-The-Right-Time-For-Building-Muscle/8327517/

  • LyndsayWaugh

    How to making the movie by the film editor.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/117604589@N03/12532479385/