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

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

Another Friday is upon us, bringing with it the expected batch of due dates for college assignments. Boo hiss. That being said, I still plan on squeezing some gaming in before Monday rolls back around. Sunday is a wash, though, since we’re taking my mom to see the theatre rendition of Let the Right One In.

As of now, my goal is to finish up chapter two of The Journey Down, get another Itch.io Tasty post up for a rad (and free) horror game I just played through, and begin chipping away at my final, meaty RPG review of 2017 in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. I really want to finish Persona 5 and Yakuza 0 before the year is up, which are both 50-100 hour games, so I’m going to focus on reviewing shorter experiences over these last three months.

I really wanted to pick up Stardew Valley on Switch this week, but I know it’ll either detract me from playing some of the other games I purchased or will go largely untouched for months. I’m also super interested in Golf Story, despite its 20-hour length.

To be honest, I haven’t been using my Switch very much. The last game I got into was Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, but all of the games I’ve received to review have been on PS4 or PC. Disgaea 5 Complete has been sitting on my shelf since I picked it up for my birthday in August and I have no idea where it even fits into my gaming plans. I still love the Switch and I’m glad it’s getting a ton of indie support, but most of these games I’ve already played to death on PC, PS4, Xbox One, or my Vita. I’m glad a brand new audience gets to experience stuff like Quest of Dungeons, Volgarr the Viking, Axiom Verge, Oxenfree, and Syberia, though.

Outside of gaming, I picked up the first two volumes of Paper Girls, which I haven’t touched yet. Saga is easily my favorite comic series of all time, so I’m digging into the rest of Brian K. Vaughan’s catalog. I couldn’t get into Y: The Last Man or Ex Machina, but Paper Girls looks more up my alley.

This week I managed to plunge a stake into the heart of Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online, which was equally fun and unremarkable. As I mentioned in my review (which reads as mostly negative), I was the game’s target market and found something to enjoy as a fan of the self-aware, comedy RPG series. It’s definitely a hard sell otherwise.

I’m in the horror spirit and with next Friday being the 13th, I wanted to appropriately revisit one of my favorite NES games of all time: Friday the 13th. It’s often panned as one of the absolute worst games in history, but I disagree wholeheartedly. It captures part of what made the films so successful and adds a dash of much-needed horror to the NES library, while simultaneously giving the impression the developers never watched a single one of them. It’s special in a “so bad, it’s good” way and I’m hoping to play through the game this week (all 60 minutes of it) to have a review up on the 13th.

For those of you not keeping score on Twitter, my girlfriend and I have been celebrating #31DaysOfHorror by watching one horror film per day and documenting the list on social media. Here’s where we’re at so far, as of the 6th:

  1. Demons
  2. Little Evil
  3. Cult of Chucky
  4. Return of the Living Dead
  5. A Nightmare on Elm St. Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  6. Jason X

Dario Argento’s Demons still holds up as one of the most absurd, campy Italian horror films of the 80s. Little Evil is a Netflix exclusive that felt a bit too try-hard for a modern horror comedy, but it’s still worth a watch if you’re after something light-hearted. Cult of Chucky was a complete waste of time, but it’s on Netflix if you’re interested.

Return of the Living Dead is one of my favorite zombie films and still holds up incredibly well if you’re into laughable effects, quotable one-liners, and a punk rock girl named Trash taking her clothes off in a cemetery.

The second entry in the Elm St. series feels like Wes Craven directed an episode of Saved by the Bell, which is probably why I love it so much. It’s interesting in that it stars a male instead of a female (unlike every other film in the series), dabbles in sexuality and sexual orientation, the way mental health was approached in the 80s, and doesn’t feature a whole lot of Freddy himself.

Jason X is a terrible trash heap of a horror film, but it’s campy as hell and still a fun watch if you’re looking for gore and laughs over scares.

I’m not sure what’s on deck for tomorrow, but I still plan on going through Netflix and comprising a list of recommendations. I just haven’t had the time to do so yet.

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

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

  1. I’ll be working Saturday, Sunday will probably be an overdue trip to get an oil change done. I’ll probably get in a little bit of game time at night. Of course I’ll be getting more, and more stoked all week next week, as I’ll be going to RetroWorld Expo 2017, where I’ll be a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. Also hope to see Pixel Dan, and The Gaming Historian again, they were really swell the last two times I got to see them. Plus I’ll probably spend way too much money on Commodore 64, and Atari 2600 games, and beer seeing how City Steam Brewery is a mere block, and a half walk away from the convention center. I hope to get photos, and notes for the inevitable recap!

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  2. 1. Divinity: Original Sin – trying to finish it off so I can move on to the sequel.

    2. Arcanum: of Steamworks & Magick Obscura – almost done with this one, in the last chapters of the game.

    3. Dragon Quest VIII – still need to finish this one eventually, 2/3s of the way through.

    I never got into the Ys series; I suppose I should check them out when I have time.

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    1. This is my first venture into the Ys series as well. I watched Hungry Goriya play through the original game in its entirety on Sega Master System and they’ve apparently remastered most of them on PSP and Vita. I own Ys: Memories of Celceta of Vita as well (picked it up for like $3 USD on sale) but haven’t touched it. They remastered Ys Origins for PS4 and Vita for $20 which I have wish listed for a good sale price. We’ll see how it goes!

      Man, Divinity is one of those games I’ve been dying to play, but it’s so damn big that I just haven’t been able to squeeze it in. And the sequel looks and sounds fantastic. Arcanum is on my GOG wishlist. Dragon Quest VIII has been sitting on my shelf in the wrapper since launch. I’m… pretty fucking terrible about buying games at launch and not touching them for a year or two.

      Enjoy whatever you end up playing!

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  3. I really enjoyed Y: The Last Man. I thought it was fairly creative, although the pacing was a bit all over the place at times.

    In terms of games I’m going to give the MvCI story mode a try if I get time, and my wife bought me Nier Automata so there’s that too!

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    1. I think the pacing is what threw me off and I only gave the first volume a shot. Some comics, like Trees, took a while to get going and felt rewarding for sticking around. Maybe I’ll give it another go.

      NieR Automata is my current GOTY (even over Breath of the Wild), so hopefully you enjoy it. So far two people have purchased it based on my opinion and neither cared for it lol.

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  4. Always been curious about Ys games so hope you post an impression piece. Jason X was hilarious! Will be trying BF2 open beta on Xbone for sure because still on fence about purchase and still regret my purchase of Battlefield 1, even though that is the type of gameplay that works for me.

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    1. I received Ys VIII to review, so there will definitely be a full-length write-up whenever I get around to finishing. I got it at a bad time, though, since midterms are this week. Hopefully I can jump into it soon.

      Enjoy BF2!

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  5. OK, so the weekend’s nearly over now (Noooooooooo!), but I’m still thinking I might finish Thimbleweed Park before Monday morning arrives!
    As you say above, I’ve never played an Ys game before either (in fact I have to admit I’d never heard of it until a few weeks ago), but I read an article in Kotaku about the new one recently and then watched the trailer, and it looks like a game I’d really like. Not going to get my hands on it for a while though so looking forward to your review!

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    1. Thimbleweed Park is excellent! This week I’m buried under midterms, so I probably won’t get into Ys until next weekend. I also hear it’s 40+ hours long, so it’ll be a bit before a review goes up lol. I usually tweet my thoughts as I play it, though, if that helps?

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  6. Best of luck in finishing Persona 5 before the year ends. It’s probably my fave game of 2017 thus far.

    I am keen to pick up Ys and Neptunia, although I really should resist on buying anything new until I finish Danganronpa V3. Right now I am chapter 4 and it’s excellent. Will have to see if my opinion changes because I hear that the finale is controversial.

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    1. I *loved* P4 and P4G, so I’m sure I’ll dig P5 quite a bit. Right now, Nier Automata is my favorite game this year. It was BOTW, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about NieR since finishing it (whereas BOTW was incredible while I was playing, but now most of my experience has been forgotten — I attribute that to it having the least enjoyable major dungeons in the series).

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