It's the weekend. Time for some games.
It's been a long week. Maybe it will fly for others, but for some of us, the latter is the weekend.
This means it's finally time to relax, have a couple of margaritas, enjoy a good time, watch a movie or two, and play some adorable video games.
Here's what we played over the weekend.
Alex Donaldson, Assistant Editor – New Pokemon Snap
For the most part, I plan to spend the end of week playing New Pokemon Snap. I reviewed it this week, and ' completed ' the main content of the game – but I still got Pokedex entries to fill, diverse ranked images to be found, and just a bunch of… fun to have. In addition, Nintendo advised to send one of the Instax Mini Links, the small photo printer compatible with the game … so I ' ll try to take a bunch of photos that really deserve to be print for real.
Also, I'm going to do another secret game review project. I’ve finished talking about it once, but I’ll try to squeeze in an extra play-through before writing my review a few hours next week. Watch this space.
Dorrani Williams, Video Producer – Retrunal
On the weekends I play Returnal.  I've been excited to play it since I found out it was a roguelike. I’ve gained a new love for roguelikes ever since I played Hades and I’m eager to see what Housemarque can do on a big budget.
I won't lie, £ 70 is a steep price to pay for a video game and it gets if Returnal doesn't live up to my expectations but I'm willing to take the risk on this one so you don't have to.
I will report next week to tell you if Returnal is hot or not.
James Billcliffe, Guides Editor – Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Are you waiting ages for a game to go out, buy it the first day, play it for 20 minutes, then leave it in your backlog for a full four years – or am I just that?
I was reminded recently about the existence of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, a game I paid full price and never played in 2017, along with the wonder of the entire Danganronpa series.
Between playing Outriders and Returnal fo the past few weeks, I'm 100% willing to revisit a visual novel where the twitch reflexes aren't raised until 11 – even though I'm still trying to fill me with lead and chew my face.
Rebecca Jones, Guides Writer – Hades, Resident Evil 2 Remake
We have a three day weekend here in The UK and, as is tradition, I can convince myself that I can cram in two weeks worth of recreational-related activities thanks to the additional 24 hours of downtime. I’ve just started reading a 500-page novel I’ve been holding since Christmas, and I’ll probably be looking at the start of one of those 100-hour RPGs I’ve gotten at the same time. You know, because you can completely finish them in three days.
Seriously though, if I decide to be smart I might spend my precious extra days tying up some loose ends, playing smart. Thanks to a busy schedule over the past few weekends, coupled with some unexpectedly good weather (it seems like that’s over), I haven’t made any further progress on Haven, the romantic sci-fi RPG I’ve been talking about. for this feature a couple of weeks ago I’m still keen to find out what’s going to happen next with the Danganronpa and Vampire The Masquerade visual novel titles I put together last week.
But if I decide to indulge my ridiculous belief in the time-bending properties of Bank Holiday Weekend, I've actually got a couple of reasonably sized games. I have recently fallen in love with Hades, but there has been no right opportunity to take it again these past few days; or there’s that running Resident Evil 2 remake that I intend to spin around for a while.
If I come back next week more tired than ever, I guess we'll know why: I'm not going to fit it all in and sleep well.
Sherif Saed, Staff Writer – Returnal, Second Extinction  Returnal
I have many reasons to motivated about Returnal. This is a Housemarque game, which automatically means I have to play it. It’s also a new kind of game for one of my favorite studios. Returnal is the team’s first third-person shooter, in a rogue-lite wrapper, while trying to spin the (hopefully) compelling sci-fi thread and translate Housemarque’s brand of arcade work into a different kind. There is a lot there to explore.
Reviewing James ' s Returnal really made the wait for Friday really difficult, even though I knew some of the similar rogue-lite elements might have been harder for me to get into here. But there is no other studio whose gameplay is like Housemarque, so I wouldn ' t be damned if I let some preconceptions about rogue-lite games stop playing it.
Although removed from that context, Returnal is the main PS5 release of 2021. After the frustrating time I had with Demon Souls, I hope Destruction AllStars is at least for me to open the damn thing often, but it does not stick.
I only buy consoles for the exclusives, so I need a meat game to get lost in the way I have in many PS4 games over the years. I can’t wait to get stuck in work and get started.
I always fall for some good shooty-shooty bang with friends. I looked at Second Extinction for a while, but the arrival of the Xbox Game Pass this week was all convincing I needed to give it a try. It's a small download too, at almost 10GB.
I just played the tutorial and a bit beyond that, but I want to go deeper into it. Something about the mechanical feel of Avalanche games takes a bit to get used to, for me somehow. I feel the same way about Rage 2, Generation Zero, and Just Cause before.
Being on Game Pass makes it easier for me to rope people into downloading it and playing it with me. Second Extinction is the co-op shooter about capturing dinosaurs, in case you’re new here. If you have a Game Pass, give it a shot, not on PC and Xbox.
Stephany Nunneley – News Editor – Stardew Valley, The Lord of the Rings Online
Yes, I'm playing again of The Lord of the Rings Online this weekend. The Anniversary Festival is in full swing, and I haven’t been getting enough Anniversary Tokens to get the Warhorse Steed cosmetics. These are 40 tokens a pop for each of the three items (what a grind) but I actually have caparison, bridle, and shinguards. I have a problem. Help.
I only plan on doing the seven quests needed to complete each day, which means I'll fire fireworks more than once to earn some tokens. There was nothing else for me to do, as I had completed all the annual adventures.
When I'm done, I'll pour more time into Stardew Valley.
The huge Stardew Valley 1.5 Update was released in winter 2020, and I still haven't completed all the adventures in the new place, Ginger Island. I almost had enough Golden Walnuts to unlock the Beach Resort and I could unlock everything on offer.
I enjoy planting Pineapple and Banana trees on the island farm, and it's great to have another house you sleep in if you find you can't return to the valley in time before you pass away at 2 in the morning. I tend to spend most of the winter on the island, because I don’t grow winter crops on my main farm, and the animals have hay in the barns to keep their stomachs.
Sure, I miss my husband Elliott very much, but he has a novel to write so I ' m positive he ' re still busy. I was excited to see Yeti, my dog (named after my dear departed soul dog), running around the area, but I tried to return to the mainland at least once a week. Who wouldn’t want to stay on a tropical island in the winter anyway? I mean, I’d rather it somehow, but again I’m not a big fan of cold.
According to Steam, I logged 1,001.7 hours in the game. I know it seems like a lot of time in a single game, but I have two different characters that I play with different builds and different motivations. I’m sure I spent most of that time playing my original character, who is enjoying Island Life now.
Like you, our tastes here at VG247 vary from scary games to shooters, and from RPG-sims to visual novels, our eclectic mix of tastes will surely reflect yourself. No one plays just a specific genre, I don’t think. People like to dip their toes in all kinds of offerings. With that said, what do you play on the weekend? We want to hear about it.
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