Since, according to an old internet meme, you gotta get down on Friday, let’s discuss our weekend gaming plans!
I recently made a post going over my backlog goals, so the plan right now is to finish up Batman: Arkham Asylum in the Return to Arkham remaster and start working on… something. Probably World of Final Fantasy, since I just had to have it at launch.
I have a pretty busy weekend that’s chock full of homework and exams, but I’m sure I’ll find time to bust up some criminals and do Batman-type things. Return to Arkham, despite the negative reaction to its initial side-by-side screenshots, is downright gorgeous. Arkham Asylum was quite the looker when it released, and even having played Akrham Knight recently, I can still appreciate just how beautiful the atmosphere is. It’s a special game.
I don’t think I have it in me to immediately jump in to another meaty Batman game though, so I’ll be saving Arkham City for another day. I’ve been roaring to dive in to World of Final Fantasy anyway, so that’s perfect.
Outside of gaming, I’ve been reading a bit of non-superhero comics. I picked up Wytches, Alex + Ada, Outcast, The October Faction, Low, and Trees. I also have the first volume of Saga and volume 2 of Batman: Hush on hold at the library, which I’ll probably go pick up later today.
I just finished reading the entirety of Wytches, which was equally terrifying and bizarre. It has a distinguishably unsettling art style and an interesting premise about a small town that “pledges” people, typically children, to a group of witches that live inside of the trees. In return, the witches grant magical wishes, like immortality, wealth, and whatever self-centered thing you can think of.
Wytches centers around the Rooks family, who just arrived in town to get away from their series of misfortunes. The father is a fairly successful author of a series of children’s books, but has his fair share of secrets that unravel over the course of six comics. The mother is unfortunately resigned to a wheelchair after a nasty car accident, and their daughter, Sailor, suffers from anxiety, depression, and loneliness, after witnessing one of these monsters gruesomely murder her high school bully right in front of her.
Overall it does a great job at weaving a cohesive supernatural tale, while avoiding the pitfalls of confusion that usually plagues these shorter series that heavily rely on flashbacks as a foreshadowing technique.
I’ve also managed to chew through the first two (of three) volumes of Alex + Ada, which is a nice change of pace. Though not nearly as short as Wytches, this 15-comic series is about Alex, a lonely guy taking his latest break up pretty poorly, and Ada, his brand new A.I. robot that he inevitably falls in love with.
It’s set in a distant future where owning a robot is commonplace. They cook our meals, tend our gardens, answer our phones, and do whatever mundane activity we ask so that we don’t have to. However, a recent attack by sentient robots has the nation on edge.
Knowing that her grandson is going through a rough patch, Alex’s well-to-do grandmother sends him Ada for his birthday. Not a simple robot by any stretch of the imagination, Ada looks and feels just like any real girl and exists to provide Alex with companionship, or even sex, if he so chooses. It’s basically Chobits, but far less comedic or sexual.
But Alex has trouble connecting with Ada’s one-dimensional master/servant programming, and through the help of an underground android forum, hooks up with a group of “freedroids” (androids that have become sentient) that help him “unlock” Ada’s A.I. so that she can live and think as any human would. Which is illegal.
Clearly it’s more complicated than that, and what follows is a touching love story that not only makes you think about humanity within machines, but how machine-like humans become as they’re no longer self reliant. Add that to a world living in fear of sentient androids, and you have one hell of a series so far.
I’m hoping to finish volume 3 tonight, which is the end of the series. Afterwards I’ll probably jump in Trees, which seems to be more of a sci-fi tale about the world waking up one morning to discover mysterious obelisks protruding from the ground. I’m sure I’ll talk more about it next weekend.
Outside of Batman: Arkham Asylum and catching up on comics, my girlfriend and I plan on jumping in to the new Skyrim remaster on Xbox One. It’s one of our favorite games to play together, having done so twice, and we’re both stoked to experience the game together again over the next few weeks before she flies out to Oregon to visit her family over Christmas.
I’ll probably unwind on the couch and finish up Christopher Odd’s Dark Souls 2 (PC) run this weekend as well. I only have a few more episodes left, but it’s holding me over between his Ashes of Ariandel DLC uploads.
What about you folks? What’s on your agenda this weekend?