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

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

All of my classes this semester, unfortunately, have due dates during the weekend. So unless I manage to cram everything out during the week, I don’t have a lot of time for gaming until Monday rolls back around. That didn’t happen this week, but I definitely plan on making the most of my free time.

destiny2

My girlfriend and I are still working our way through Destiny 2’s campaign, which has been treating us well. We’re both into the world design and its enhanced verticality, and there’s no shortage of content at this stage in the game. We just opened up Nessus, so hopefully we’ll jump back in over the weekend and continue our journey to level 20.

Destiny 2 (and my slow progress through Yakuza 0) aside, I have four games on deck to review.

thimbleweed

I’m currently working my way through Ron Gilbert’s newest point-and-click title Thimbleweed Park, though not this week’s Nintendo Switch release. Review keys were limited, so I opted to cover the game on PS4 instead in hopes of sharing my experience while the game is in the spotlight again.

It’s a neat adventure game that feels like equal parts X-files, Twin Peaks, and Wadjet Eye Games’ Blackwell series. A body has turned up in the river of a small north-western town and two hotshot federal agents show up to play detective.

It’s typical adventure fare, where players scour the ends of the Earth (or, in this case, Thimbleweed) for items to use, combine, and solve puzzles, while exhausting dialogue choices with a plethora of colorful characters. Some of the characters, like a foul-mouthed circus clown and a fledgling game developer, become playable as the narrative moves along, which has been interesting.

I had a nice power session with Thimbleweed Park today and should have it finished up by tomorrow night. It’ll be the next review to go live here, probably in the next few days.

Korea must be celebrating Halloween early, as I just reviewed the recent remaster of White Day: A Labyrinth Named School and I’ll soon be dodging my ax-wielding┬áteacher in The Coma: Recut from Seoul-based developer Devespresso Games.

The Coma: Recut is a 2D hand-drawn horror game where the worst day in a student’s life worsens after Youngho’s teacher (yes, his name is Youngho) becomes possessed. Oversleeping on exam day certainly sucks, but not as much as being stalked and butchered by your once-attractive instructor.

The concept is very similar to White Day, where a high school is the game’s stomping ground and the flow of gameplay requires plenty of exploration and item discovery to progress. However, the 2D nature and overall narrative flow reminds me of Claire: Extended Cut with a little visual novel flair thrown in for good measure.

Idea Factory’s newest entry in the Neptunia universe, Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online, is slated to release on October 10th. They were kind enough to grant me early access to the PS4 release, which is a party- and class-focused hack and slash RPG with everyone’s favorite CPUs and their equally adorable sisters.

The four saccharine sweet CPUs create a fantasy MMO based on themselves, because of course they do, which adds a new element to the Neptunia series — online co-op. It’s being helmed by Tamsoft, who did an admirable job on the combat featured in Senran Kagura: Estival Versus and Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, so I have a good feeling about this one.

Neptunia is a series I’ve enjoyed throughout the years and I look forward to jumping into 4 Goddesses Online well before its October 10th release date.

The last game sitting atop my review pile is the action RPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana on PS4. I’m relatively new to the Ys series, having only watched Hungry Goriya play through the original Ys: The Vanished Omens on Sega Master System. I’m not sure what to expect, but I’ve been hearing great things about it on social media.

From what I’ve gathered of the story, series mainstay Adol becomes shipwrecked on the cursed Seiren Island when a mammoth sea creature demolishes his vessel. Aside from being extremely high on the combat and soundtrack, Kotaku’s Mike Fahey praised the game’s narrative, touting it as the first game in the series to truly present a memorable story. Folks have also been comparing it to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which excites me to no end.

That’s my weekend sorted. What about you, folks? Got any big gaming plans?

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

  1. I’m going to continue playing Divinity: Original Sin 2. I have over 30 hours in the game I plan on putting at least 100 more before I’m done. I’m addicted to it. I also brought both Xenoverse 2, and Pokken Tournament on the Switch. I played Xenoverse 2 for about 3 hours this morning and I like so far. I know when I get into Pokken Tournament all my other games will be put on hold so I’m trying not to play that right now lol.

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    1. I tried to get into Xenoverse 2 on PS4 and couldn’t. Just not my kinda game, but I know folks who were utterly obsessed with it. Pokken looks rad and I know I’ll grab it at some point.

      Glad you’re enjoying Divinity 2. I still haven’t gotten around to Divinity 1 and I’ve had it for almost a year. Story of my life, I suppose.

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      1. Divinity 1 wasn’t as good as everyone made it out to be. Part 2 is better in every way. Pokken is worth the asking price imo. There’s a lot of new content in the deluxe version. Xenoverse definitely isn’t for everyone.

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        1. I don’t think I’ve witnessed anyone else have anything negative to say about Divinity, even that it’s in the slightest bit overrated. It seems like my kind of game, though, and I don’t have as many basis of comparison as a PC gamer like you would lol. This style of CRPG is still relatively fresh for me.

          I couldn’t justify grabbing Pokken at launch because I just don’t play fighting games online anymore and my GF isn’t into the genre at all, so it’d have to be something like Injustice 2 or Killer Instinct where it’s loaded with content. Otherwise, my fingers are crossed for a sale… but, yeah right. It’s Nintendo. That game will be $60 forever.

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          1. Look on the Steam forums and you’ll see plenty of negatives on Divinity lol. The story/companions is complete shit. The gameplay is nice though. I’m glad part 2 is better. It made me like Divinity again. And good luck waiting on Nintendo to put a game on sale lol.

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  2. Thimbleweed Park wasn’t on my radar but I may check that out now. I have Dishonored coming in from GameFly so I’m hoping to start that up this weekend. I think I may buy the recent Life is Strange game/first episode and start that up as well.

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    1. I loved Dishonored, but never started the sequel (despite picking it up last year on Black Friday). Death of the Outsider looks super rad, though.

      If you’re into old-school point and clicks, Thimbleweed is cool so far. I keep hearing it falls apart at the end, so I guess I’ll find out later today if that’s true or not.

      I was a big fan of LiS. Waiting for new episodes was rough. I definitely want to play the new one, but I think I’ll wait until all 3 episodes are available.

      Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. I’ve had Dishonored Death of the Outsider on my shelf since it arrived last week but haven’t had the time to play it (actually I did load it up the other night but ended up playing Life is Strange once I discovered it needed a Day 1 3gb patch). I’ll try and take to the streets of Karnaca once more.
    Failing that it’s been ages since I flew around in Elite Dangerous and I’m still playing Breath of the Wild.

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    1. Breath of the Wild is seemingly endless, haha. I had to pull myself away from exploring and buckle down to finish off divine beasts and kill Ganon. Excellent game, though. I loved Dishonored and look forward to checking out DotO at some point.

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  4. With a coworker being away on vacation for a week, I’ve been in overtime mode with only today (Fri) being free. So I haven’t had much time to play this week. I did manage to get an impromptu stream of Toxikk out earlier this week which was fun. Sunday night I’ll be headed down to Game Haven for their going out of business hurrah. So that will be a giant LAN party whilst watching No Mercy. Sad to see it go. Hopefully my buddy Shinbojack lands on his feet.

    I did get in some 2DS game time today getting tea at Starbucks, and I’ll probably hop onto Overwatch for the first time in months later on.

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    1. It’s always a bummer when small business go under. Enjoy the LAN party, though I’m sure No Mercy will be a marginally good at best. WWE has been on a steep decline lately, which is absurd given the depth of their current roster.

      Enjoy your Overwatch time. I haven’t been on since Uprising ended, myself. My PS Plus subscription expired and I only pay for that *or* Xbox Live. Since Xbox is where I play Destiny 2 with the GF, that’s where my money is going. This paying for online multiplayer shit suuuucks.

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  5. I’d meant to write up my own instructions for getting through FFV’s Karnak Castlw with all the treasures in enough time to defeat the boss. I failed last time because I’m terrible at direction hehe. I haven’t had time because I love to punish myself and decided to utterly reedit/revise my WIP FFVII fanfic, because clearly I worship the dark seraph *headdesk* O only have three more characters from Type-0 to level so hooray, and I also need to finish the Octopath demo.

    I need to check out Thimbleweed. That sounds boss.

    I realize why Destiny is not for me lol. I’m not into FPS, and I don’t play well with others ­čść Except racing. Speaking of which…

    Anyone for more MK8? I’m doing 200cc now. It’s a bloodbath!

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    1. Wow, you’re going hard in the paint with T0HD lol. I think I maxed out three characters. You should have NO problem steamrolling the game now!

      Thimbleweed was great. Highly recommended if that’s your thing and it just came out on Switch, which seems perfect.

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