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

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

With Super Mario Odyssey out of the way, this weekend I’ll be focusing mostly on finishing up Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Mario Odyssey was incredible and I’m still making my way through the post-game content, but it’s sharing “short burst” duty with Steamworld Dig 2 on my Switch — basically, anytime I’m a passenger in a vehicle, have a break between homework, or working out on the bike, I’ll be playing Odyssey or Dig 2, while my primary focus at home lies elsewhere.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus started off with a bang. Literally. Despite its strong sense of storytelling and character development, the gunplay feels just “fine” while the mission structure was incredibly dull during its opening hours. It eventually hit its flow by hour three and I’ve been enthralled ever since. This game presents so many “what in the ultimate fuck?!” moments and throws you into some incredibly visceral scenarios that it just feels surreal at times.

At first, though, it felt as if I was playing a different game than everybody else. It was universally praised on social media, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I watched the recent episode of the Giant Bombcast where Jeff, Brad, Ben, and special guest Greg Miller talked about their Wolfenstein II experiences, and mine echoed theirs in more ways than one. As Jeff mentioned, he eventually reached a point where he discovered he was playing the game “wrong,” aiming down the sights, hiding behind cover, and approaching Wolfenstein II as a traditional shooter. Rather, what the game wants you to do is dual-wield everything and never stop moving.

The game’s perk system automatically increases your effectiveness by playing a certain way, like burning enemies or killing them with heavy weapons. I was taking my time, sneaking around levels and taking out guards and commanders one at a time with throwing axes. However, I wasn’t gaining many perks in the process since I was only killing in one or two different ways. Once I took Jeff’s advice and started upgrading shotguns and grenades, rushing through doorways and leaving a trail of corpses in my wake, I started having a lot more fun with the gameplay aspect and stopped dying so often.

I also got to feed and pet a pig named Rosa, so yeah, GOTY and all that jazz.

I picked up Sonic Mania for my Switch, although I’ve never really been a fan of the series. I was in the market for something short and less story-focused so I figured I’d give it a fair shake. Unfortunately, it reaffirmed my opinion of the games and I was ready to throw in the towel in under an hour.

I can tell a lot of TLC went into crafting Sonic Mania and it’s definitely something fans of the series can be proud of, but yeah. Not for me. It just doesn’t seem to know what it wants to accomplish — go fast, but also take your time and explore and platform… nothing works incredibly well in tandem with one another. At least not for me.

This is what led to me picking up Steamworld Dig 2. It’s a 2D metroidvania-style game where you control a robot named Dorothy on a search for her brother Rusty (the protagonist from the first game). You reach a small mining town populated by fellow robots and begin digging into the mine below in search for clues. This plays into the game’s hook where you dig for minerals, bring them back to the surface for coins, and use the coins on upgrades that allow you to dig even further. I’ve only been at it for two hours, but it’s extremely rewarding and downright gorgeous to look at for a 2D game.

TL;DR – I should have Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus finished this weekend and I’ll fill in the gaps with Steamworld Dig 2 or Super Mario Odyssey’s post-game moon hunts. After Steamworld is finished, it’s on to Golf Story and Assassin’s Creed Origins and then back to Persona 5. I’d like to have Persona finished before Xenoblade Chronicles 2 releases in December, since I hate playing two RPGs at once, but that’s unlikely to happen. We’ll see.

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

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

  1. Glad you got into Wolfenstein :). It’s a GOTY contender for me. Between that and Original Sin 2 at the moment. I, surprisingly, agree with your criticisms of Wolfenstein. I was playing it the wrong way too by sneaking around, aiming down the sights and shit like that. Once I started playing it the way I play Doom I had a blast. I went through most of the game with a shotgun in one hand and grenade launcher thingy in the other.

    I just started Odyssey today and only played for two hours before I jumped back on Divinity. Once I complete Divinity, finally on the last boss, Mario will be the only game I focus on this weekend. Steamworld Dig 2 looks really cool. I need to get it at some point.

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  2. By some miracle I have the rare weekend off. So I’m probably going to get in some time with some vintage stuff I’ve gotten in recent weeks like the Xonox Double Ender Hungrygoriya was kind enough to send over. Chuck Norris Superkicks is awesome.

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  3. I’m planning on FINALLY finishing the last route of Collar X Malice on my psvita. I had to take a break from it for studying purposes, but I’m so close to the end! I need to be, I have a ton of other otome to get through!

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      1. Ohh, it’s a really good game! I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly! Darn, I hope you get it soon tho! I’d love to see your take on whats going on with it. I’m in the process of planning to write about it….*sigh* so much to write, never enough time!

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  4. Going to be working on more of Wolfenstein II as well. I entered my Yoshi Jack-O-Lantern in an online contest and won a copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins, so I just started that up too. My big hope is to get some friends together tomorrow to play through that game Hidden Agenda as it sounds like it is best played in a group.

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    1. Woah, congrats! That’s a nice score! I can’t wait to jump into AC once I roll the credits on Wolfenstein. Going by the missing story trophies, I have 4 chapters left. I’m about to hop in now and maybe I’ll have it finished before bed time. Hidden Agenda looks great. I loved what that developer did with Until Dawn.

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  5. Steamworld Dig didn’t click with me, but I enjoyed Heist a lot. Hope that game gets a sequel.

    Right now I am playing Dead or Alive Extreme 3, which I imported from Asia. This weekend has a bunch of new releases I want to check out including Summon Knight 6 and a School Girl Zombie Hunter game.

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