Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

I just finished an insanely busy week of school-related stuff, so I haven’t had time to play much of anything. I’ve mainly been jumping into the occasional Overwatch match in hopes of securing a few of the new Uprising event skins and poses. Sadly, I haven’t had much luck.

Things were on the up and up when I got the Blackwatch skin for McCree in my second loot box, but the 12 I’ve obtained since then have mostly been nothing but white and blue quality voice lines and sprays. I really just want the new Widowmaker and Genji skins, and the new D.Va selfie intro. Excitement level: zero.

I’ve already completed my 9 weekly wins with the PVE event, though it’s mostly been an exercise in frustration. Unlike the PVP side of Overwatch, the event’s temporary PVE mode pits four players against waves of enemies where you’ll prioritize teamwork to complete objects. It’s similar to the PVP stuff, securing checkpoints and defending a payload, but it requires a different approach–much like the transition from PVP to PVE in an MMO.

The PVE mode is broken down into two categories: one where your team is forced to use Torbjorn, Reinhardt, Tracer, and Mercy for story reasons, and another that lets you play the same map with any character on the roster. A major change from the PVP side is that anyone can resurrect their dead teammates now, which results in an immediate defeat if not done within a specific time frame. It’s also game over if all four players are dead simultaneously.

In the first mode, it’s important for Reinhardt to protect the team with his shield while Tracer picks apart enemies and Torbjorn assists with armor drops and keeping up his turret. Protecting Mercy is always a priority as well. However, most folks just run off and do whatever they want until everybody dies. I’ve had more luck winning this version of Uprising than the other, though, since groups always have a tank and healer.

That’s not always the case in the any-hero variant.

Widowmakers and Pharahs head to far-off corners where resurrection is nearly impossible, players pick tanks without protecting their team or the payload, and people still feel the need to venture off on their own and die thanks to a serious case of wanderlust.

Worst of all, there’s no way to change characters once the match starts. So when there’s one spot left on your team and you assume they’re going to fill a necessary role, but pick McCree, you’re essentially stuck fighting an uphill battle or outright abandoning the game in hopes of finding a smarter group.

I’m not a great Overwatch player by any means, but I have a general understanding of the importance of teamwork; protect the healer, shield the teammates, stay together, it’s not rocket science.

It hasn’t been all bad, really. Being forced to use characters I’m inexperienced with has been a blessing in disguise. Had it not been for the Uprising event, I would have avoided Torbjorn and his loveable turret altogether. Now he’s one of my favorites. Healing incompetent players has given me quite the crash course in Zenyatta 101, an appreciation for area-of-effect ultimates, and I’ve grown quite fond of Orisa’s tanking skills.

Outside of Overwatch, I’m hoping to finally put a stop to Calamity Ganon in Breath of the Wild. I have one Divine Beast left (the lizard) and I’m not quite sure where the game goes from there. If I’m left to my own devices, chances are I’ll pay Ganon a visit and roll the credits on (what I feel has been) the most enjoyable Zelda experience ever.

Then. THEN I can redirect my attention to Persona 5. I can’t wait.

What about you, folks? What are you getting into this weekend?

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19 thoughts on “It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

  1. I’m taking a break from open world games this weekend. I’m focusing on Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I’m not a Deus Ex fan at all, but so far I’m really liking Mankind Divided. I’m not very far so that could change. The animations in Deus Ex are so bad that they’re funny to me, but other then that I’m really enjoying it :).

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  2. Being Easter, I don’t know I’ll get a ton of game time in, but I’ll likely try to get in some more time with the Mirage: Arcane Warfare beta. It’s been enjoyable thus far, and they just put up the latest balance tweaks so we’ll see if it’s been improved.

    Also have a trade event after work tomorrow night! Here’s hoping I can get some good trades, and some Commodore 64 goodness.

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  3. I decided to become one of the cool kids and added Persona 5 to my backlog :p

    I’m determined to start FFV this weekend. I was going to hop on it today since I was off, but I wound up getting buy with other things so any significant gaming was a wash. I’m still enmeshed in Brave Exvius, which is so freaking addictive. The story is getting interesting in the Final Fantasy way, and the music remains stellar. It’ll also be fun figuring out how to review this one, speaking of which, I’m still working on the one for WOFF. I think I can safely say that WOFF has the most annoying Final Fantasy character known to man and possibly on the face of the earth. She’s up there with Jar Jar, though Tama is at least useful and didn’t help contribute to an interstellar war.

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    • I picked up the special edition on Xbox but stopped playing within an hour when I found out I couldn’t earn achievements with mods turned on. Huge bummer. I’ll definitely check out the review! Zelda is incredible. I just finished it last night.

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      • Thanks! I started a few months ago and I was also disappointed with the mod situation, but I hadn’t played it in years and it’s one of my favourites so I couldn’t stop! Yeah, I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into Zelda.

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  4. I can’t put down Breath of the Wild. I’m trying my best to take down the 2 remaining divine beasts, but man there’s just so much shit I run into on the way that I can’t help to check out.

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  5. I haven’t picked up any skins at all. Must remember to buy the Mercy one before the event ends. The PVE content is awesome and I wish they would keep it around permanently. I main support so I can understand the frustration of wiping because my squishy DPS teammates cannot resist charging off in different directions.

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    • I main defense and heals (Mei and Zenyatta), so this isn’t new. Just more frustrating watching players lose to predictable AI because they want to be heroes. So far I’ve still only managed to secure the McCree skin, but I’d really like that damn D.Va intro more than anything. The Widowmaker skin would be nice too, as I’m starting to play her a little more.

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