This week, we’re checking in on the weekend gaming plans of a few Gameological staffers. There’s even a guest appearance from a certain someone’s resurgent facial hair. As always, we’d also love to hear what you, dear readers, are playing this weekend. Let us know in the comments!
Anthony John Agnello
I’m going to be traveling most of the weekend, but I’m bringing along my 3DS for some good times. After spending most of the last few months trying to finish off Shin Megami Tensei IV, I finally put a pin in it. Now, all my portable gaming is going to be lighter fare for awhile. To that end, I’m going to be playing some Mega Man ZX Advent, which may prove to be the evolutionary dead end of the Mega Man series. I didn’t think much of the first ZX, but I hear this one is pretty neat. I’ll also be playing WayForward’s new Regular Show game because I’m a sucker.
This would normally be a no-brainer for me in a week with a new Assassin’s Creed game, but since prettier versions of that game are being withheld for systems that do not yet exist, I’m willing to wait a little longer. That leaves me more time to curl up with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Dual Destines. I’ve played every Phoenix Wright title ever released here, including the mediocre Miles Edgeworth spinoff, which I’ve just learned came out nearly four years ago. I guess I will have to play this new one with one hand while tweezing gray hairs out of my eyebrows with the other.
If I’m still taken by the Halloween season, I might sneak in a little bit of Gregory Horror Show, a whimsical survival horror game that only got an English release in Europe. Its looks have aged pretty well for a decade-old PlayStation 2 game. I’m curious to see if the playing part also holds up, or if there’s a good reason we never got it here. There’s probably a good reason we never got it here.
My ambitions for the weekend are quickly be outstripped by the harsh realities of time and space. If I lived in some kind of fully furnished hypercube, though, the first order of business would be to continue playing Assassin’s Creed IV, which I just reviewed. My only real complaint is that the multiplayer doesn’t involve naval battles, which seems like it would be the best thing ever. I’m also trying to carve out a chunk of time to play NBA 2K14. I’m really, really horrible at modern basketball games, but it’s not for lack of effort. I really just want to make a super team with JaVale McGee, Larry Sanders, and the ghost of Drazen Petrovic. At some point I’d also like to go back and finish Grand Theft Auto V, but that keeps getting pushed further down the queue. It was most recently supplanted by Rogue Legacy, which has just become available for Mac. But really, this is all to say I’m just killing time until November 12, when XCOM: Enemy Within hits. Have I told you guys that I’m really pumped for that one? Because I’m really pumped for that one.
I just moved out from New York to Chicago, and most of my worldly possessions are languishing in a moving company’s warehouse until they decide it’s time to let me have my stuff. So without any consoles or my PC, my options are pretty limited. Oh, well—I’ve got a go-to game for this kind of situation, namely Wordament, which I reviewed last year in a Sawbuck Gamer writeup that, as the commenter His Space Holiness accurately guessed, was mostly designed to taunt my occasional Wordament rival Ellie Gibson. Ellie doesn’t play anymore, but my wife does, and when we’re apart—as we have been often during this move—we like to fire up Wordament and see where we show up on the global leaderboard.