It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

It’s week three of the fall semester and I’m finally starting to get into the swing of things, which means better time management for video games and stuff. Kooloo-Limpah, my dudes!

Since last week’s post, I’ve finally managed to complete Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4. I’ve been chipping away at the game since the day it launched at the end of February, getting sidetracked the first time with NieR: Automata, then again with Persona 5, again with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and my Nintendo Switch purchase, then again with Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and finally again with Final Fantasy XIII. It’s… been a long ride.

It was mainly a victim of poor timing since there were plenty of other games I was more interested in playing. I’d get really into Horizon for a day or two, get sidetracked, forget it existed, and jump back in weeks later. I absolutely loved what Guerrilla Games pulled off after breaking away from the Killzone series and I know Horizon: Zero Dawn will end up as that one game I wished I could have given my full attention in 2017. There’s always New Game+ during a dry spell next year, I suppose.

In any normal year, Horizon would be an easy Game of the Year contender. With a year as stacked as this one, in which I’ve already been blown away by NieR: Automata, Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Thumper, and Resident Evil VII; have Persona 5,¬†Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Nioh, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Disgaea 5 Complete sitting on my shelf; and still have Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid: Samus Returns, Fire Emblem Warriors, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to look forward to, it’ll be lucky to land in my top 5.

Since I’ve been focused on tying up loose ends, I reinstalled Final Fantasy XV and finished up the DLC episodes for Gladiolus and Prompto. I’m actually working on short reviews for both, so I’ll spare you the details (I enjoyed them both, though for different reasons).

I also played through the new Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack on Nintendo Switch, which I reviewed earlier this morning. It’s a great compilation of games for fans of the Mega Man series and worth every bit of its $40 asking price.

I haven’t gotten back into Final Fantasy XIII just yet, but that’s next on the agenda (along with Final Fantasy XV’s new Assassin’s Festival event). I pooled together my birthday funds and picked up Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Nioh, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Disgaea 5 Complete at respectable prices, but I don’t want to move on to another game until I finish the ones I’ve started. I also have the horror title White Day: A Labyrinth Named School to review on PS4 and just received a review key for the Vita horror/dungeon crawler hybrid¬†Mary Skelter: Nightmares. I’m not big into dungeon crawlers, though, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually accept that one.

Outside of gaming, I talked myself into watching Netflix’s new Death Note film. I’m a big fan of the anime (though I never read the manga), so I went in with low expectations that were already lowered after the film was torn apart on social media. It’s definitely poor use of the source material, having taken liberties with character motivations, speeding up story arcs, and losing focus at times, but as a whole, I didn’t entirely hate it.

It wasn’t great by any means, or even good, but this is what I’d imagine happens when you take 37 episodes of TV and crunch them down into a 100-minute movie. I liked Willem Dafoe as Ryuk and Lakeith Stanfield as L, and even thought Margaret Qualley was a fine Mia (that wasn’t much the Mia from the anime), but it certainly had some glaring issues. I don’t regret watching it and thought the soundtrack was excellent.

I also tried to watch the latest Resident Evil film, The Final Chapter, but it was just an incredibly shitty combination of Mad Max and the worst season of The Walking Dead I’ve ever seen. If you thought Death Note took a dump on the source material, I implore you to watch just about any of the Resident Evil movies. I only made it 45 minutes before throwing in the towel.

Time permitting, I’d like to check out Alien: Covenant and Ghost in the Shell this weekend. I also started watching Rick & Morty with my girlfriend (she’s obsessed with it, but I’ve never watched a single episode until now) and we’ve been wanting to jump into the 2nd season of Scream on Netflix.

Glow is still on my radar as well, and I haven’t started The Defenders yet. Now that I think about it, I left off somewhere in the middle of Flash’s 3rd season too.

What about you, folks? Have any plans this weekend?

 

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

  1. Woot!! Congrats on beating HZD. I loved the story in that game. There are SO MANY great games this year… I gave up trying to keep up. I’m just gonna have fun in DA Origins, until the end of time apparently, haha.

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    1. Thanks! HZD’s story was so good that I didn’t want to stop progressing in fear of getting sidetracked again and losing track of the goings on. Slowly uncovering where and who you are, the “big” moment that led up to the current day, etc., were just so well done. I did end up missing one optional story arc near the end, but I definitely want to revisit the game next year for a 100% run. The DLC comes out this winter and it’ll be nice to take care of it all at once.

      Dragon Age: Origins is one of those games I could replay over and over again. I love the cast and the different playstyles, having different factions to side with, romance options, etc. Hopefully you dig Inquisition!

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  2. Nice run of stuff! Per usual my Saturday will be work filled. But I did just find a nice bounty of boxed indie PC games at a Gamestop a few towns away. I’ll have been paid by Saturday, so I’ll likely take a trip back on Sunday or Monday to get more, as for whatever weird ass reason they’re ridiculously cheap. So I’ll be getting some to put away for the holidays assuming they don’t all sell by then.

    As for gaming I’ve been using Steam Link late at night for some living room gaming, and I’ll be playing some more Rogue Stormers, and probably Rogue Legacy too, now that I have this bitchin’ Steel book edition of the game to play. I’ve also got a handful of GBA, and GB stuff in the mix. So there will be some fun this weekend. But I’m also typing away.

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    1. I’m wondering if some locations are just trying to clear out some of their retro stuff in favor of handling that aspect solely through their website/warehouse? I found Dragon Quest IV and V on DS last summer for $15 each, which seemed well under their value. I don’t even think our sells GBA/DS stuff anymore and got rid of all their PS2 and Wii games recently.

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  3. The Resident Evil movies are a guilty pleasure for me. They’re terrible but I can get some enjoyment from their terribleness. I’ll try and play a little Redout this weekend, but I doubt I’ll have time to.

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    1. I’ve seen all of the up until The Final Chapter, but this one was just too bad to finish. I enjoyed their campiness, but now it just feels like they have no idea what to do anymore and just throw a bunch of tiny setpiece moments in until the credits roll.

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  4. I’m planning to buy Mary Skelter, when it comes out, so I envious that you get a copy for free. From what I recall the Death Note manga is identical to the anime. As a fan of the series I have avoided the movie because I presume it will anger me, much like when my DBZ obsessed friend saw Dragonball Evolution.

    This weekend I am playing Rabi Ribi, a metroidvania game staring a bunny girl. I am also working my way through Last Day of June, a time travel adventure about a guy trying to save the life of his girlfriend.

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    1. I was going to try and review Rabi Ribi, but the publisher I spoke with only handled their EU distribution. I may not redeem the Mary Skelter key, though, since dungeon crawlers aren’t really my thing anymore. The last few I played didn’t do anything but frustrate me and we’re largely devoid of story.

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  5. I ended up liking Horizon more than NieR mainly because of the combat. Both had compelling stories and will be in GOTY lists. I hate to say I hated NieR’s combat but I could never get the hang of it and dumbed it down to easy just so I could get through it.

    Alien: Covenant was funny… I know it wasn’t supposed to be but I laughed constantly. Then again, my sense of humor could be a bit off. I want to rent Ghost in the Shell since it is only 99 cents on PS Store but…

    With college football kicking off my gaming time will take a plunge but I hope to finish the last episode of Batman: A Telltale Series before Destiny 2 drops.

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    1. We are still trying to figure out whether to grab D2 at launch on XB1 or wait until winter break. I’m sure we will cave, though.

      I haven’t heard very many good things about Covenant, but Prometheus seemed to have similar negativity surrounding it and I ended up enjoying it a bit.

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      1. I didn’t pre-order D2 on PS4 until late last week. It was an eventually for me.

        Prometheus wasn’t that good but it wasn’t as bad as some made it out to me. It just wasn’t enough of an “Alien” movie for most people’s liking.

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  6. Vacation baby! Although I spent most of yesterday runnung errands and working on reviews and stuff I did manage to squeeze some Type-0 play time in, lid over the weekend. The coliseum opened up and that leveling trick works like a dream. I feel like a time lord lol. My husband thinks it’s cheating, but since I’m more interested in the story side of things, I’m unbothered.

    This year has been great for games and I feel you on there are even more coming out. I’m so pumped for Mario Odyssey, and MK8 is so much fun. I lost to my friend’s right year old son, and I am unashamed!

    HZD is my next “newer” game since I bought it the same time as Type-0.

    My Christmas list is going to be filled with games this year.

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    1. Woo! I breezed through the game with a max level King, Cinque, and Cater, especially the sortie missions (since King can shoot the enemies on the screen and one-shot them at level 99, the sorties are super easy, even on the hardest setting).

      HZD just added a new easy mode called Story that lets you pummel enemies and take a massive beating so you can just enjoy the story and basics of combat. I know a lot of folks wanted this since not everyone is interested in action RPG nuances, but enjoy a great story. I used it to do some side stuff I just wanted to get out of the way. No shame!

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      1. I managed to get Ace up to level 50 or so the other day, and I was planning on doing some more leveling this evening, while catching up on some of my many YouTube to watch videos. I still might. I don’t have to work tomorrow, and it would be nice to get at least one person to level 99.

        That’s speaking my language! I’m guessing it’s something you can update? I bought the game around the same time as Type-0. I’m really liking that games are doing stuff like that, because with stuff like HZD and Type-0 (though that was obviously not what they’d planned for the special missions lol), I just want to experience the story. Of course there are the hardcore combat gamers who want all the trophies, and if that’s the case, here’s Hard Mode for you. I’m all about having the option to experience a game however you want to experience it.

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