The weekend is finally here. Huzzah! It took long enough, amirite?
Along with important things, such as enjoying the weather, taking a necessary vacation, planting shrubs, working on the farm, showing their mother the finer details of Pokemon Go, or reading the latest and greatest novel , we will enjoy some game time as before.
This week, we again have some eclectic entries because we all enjoyed the weirdness of the occasion.
Alex Donaldson, Assistant Editor – Nier Automata & Arcade Light Gun Games
For the first week in full age, I’m not in the middle of a major examination. I have a few smaller games that I work on … but none of them will win over my entire weekend. So, I’ll play for me a little bit.
The first on that list is Nier Automata . I’ve played it before, many times, but I recently beat Nier Replicant as part of the review process and I just found myself eager to experience Automata again … so that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll be playing it on the Xbox this time around – a new set of achievements to get, a completely fresh start, and it seems like the Become as Gods Edition on the Xbox and Windows Store is meant to be the best version of the game. It should also run very well on the X Series.
Additionally, I also have some maintenance work that I need to do on arcade machines. I have a couple of arcade cabinets at home, and I need to rearrange one and update the software to get everything in order with the Sinden Light Gun. That would mean a lot of tedious fumbling with menus, but it would also mean playing a lot of Time Crisis, House of the Dead, Point Blank, and Virtua Cop to try it out, obviously. And perhaps a place of Confidential Mission. Why not?
James Billcliffe, Guides Editor – New Pokemon Snap
After a two weeks full of ghouls and gun in Resident Evil Village, I'm in the mood for a game with a variety of shooting types: New Pokemon Snap .
The original Pokemon Snap was relatively new to my time on home consoles, but as a dedicated Pokemon obsession, it was always something I really wanted. So now that the game is available on a platform I actually own, I plan to take advantage.
I was a sucker for generation 2 and 3 nostalgia, and when I saw one of the missions that involved a friendly Meganium and her BFF Hoothoot, I was sold – I didn't need to over -sell.
Rebecca Jones, Guides Writer – HuniePop 2
This week, I did something I almost never did: actually finished a game. I’m very self-conscious about it, considering that the game in question is Vampire The Masquerade: Shadows of New York-a five-hour visual novel I’ve completed at an average rate of twelve minutes per week since November. (I wanted to joke.)
Behind this resounding success, I caught the completion bug. And with the weather forecast this weekend indicating that once again I will never get lost far from home, I thought I would put in some time to finish another game that I was about to end.
I've been playing the former sim / puzzle game hybrid HuniePop 2: Double Date pretty regularly since it came out in February. So far I’m at almost 90% completion and got 23 of the 24 pairs of fairy wings I need to unlock the final boss level. (And considering the extreme NSFW nature of the game, that’s all I’ll say about its mechanics in this article.) Ending the story over the weekend feels possible at this point.
Really enjoyed the goofy interruption of the HuniePop series during this past year's extreme stress; so it is fitting that after the latest just like I start to think about my first temporary steps back to quote-unquote normalcy. And my well-honed “match three tiles so cartoon girls will like me” practice should easily be translated back into socializing in real life… right?
 Sherif Saed, Staff Writer – Returnal, Battlefield 5
You might not be surprised to know that I'm still next to Returnal train. I’ve been playing the latest Housemarque almost every day since it came out. So far, I’ve been able to make it fair to the game’s third biome.
My understanding is that the first three biomes make up Returnal ' s first action game, so I don ' t expect to pass the suicidal TIE Fighters looking for fuckers with their impossible-to -Dodge missiles. I was still intrigued by the story of the game, and I seemed very close to knowing what the source of the signal was.
But I would be lying if I said I don't lose steam fast. I can’t really get into rogue wants. Despite my love for everyone else in Return, having a start every time you make a mistake just grinds me.
I'm kind of forcing myself to play it so I can just see the rest of it, which is usually a good sign that I'm about to drop the game and move on. Random crashes, and having to re-download the entire game due to a broken patch won’t help eliminate this friction, either.
Check back next week for the next chapter of this thrilling story.
Battlefield is very much on the mind now. We’ll soon reveal this year’s expected game that we’re starting to get some releases. Now, I can’t play competitive shooters on a controller to save my life, and I already have that damn thing installed on my PC. I can just double click the EXE now and play with my preferred control method, but… I better understand playing Battlefield 5 on a controller.
The game is free on PlayStation Plus now, which means there ' s likely to be an influx of new, curious gamers like myself, who I hope will pity and matchmaking together so they ' t get killed of veterans at the level of 500.
I also wanted to explore how goal handles of DICE help these days. I've played a bit of Battlefield 4 on PS4 so I know those games can be nice on a pad, but I seem to remember DICE revamping how the help works on consoles and pissing a lot of Battlefield 5 players Two years later, I think I’m interested now to see what the excitement is all about.
Stephany Nunneley, News Editor – For the King
Over the weekend and we friends were take a break from the Anniversary celebrations at The Lord of the Rings Online by playing For the King .
IronOak Games ' The title is rather fun and blended turn-based combat and roguelike elements. Each playthrough is different, and it features process maps, adventures, and events.
It can be played in single player or online co-op-but it's more fun in co-op. Just be careful: if your party clears, you have to start all over again. We learned that the hard way never before.
Released in February is the Lost Civilization Adventure Pack that the three of us plan to pick up this weekend.
It will be fun because it includes the new land of Jungle Falls, two new playful characters (I'll give the Astronomer a try!), New fighter arenas, dual -use weapons, and wands and over 90 new items and over 50 new enemies.
It's like we're going together for a challenge.
So, those are the games we played this weekend. What’s going on with your gaming plans over the weekend? We want to know.
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