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

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

I’ve done it! I’ve managed to fend off the mightiest day of gaming in 2017 by completing Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, and, as of last night, Assassin’s Creed Origins. All three games were fantastic, as you’d imagine, but man… what a busy two weeks it’s been.

Assassin’s Creed took about 30 hours to finish up, which was surprisingly long given the length of other games in the series, but not a total surprise as it’s more an open-world RPG and less a mission-structured experience tailored around stage-by-stage narrative bits.

I’ve already gone over my thoughts on Origins‘ opening hours, which still ring true after rolling the credits late last night. The open world of Ancient Egypt is absolutely stunning, the quests varied and entertaining, and the revenge tale of a father struggling to cope with the murder of his son while being apart from his wife was emotionally gripping. With this being the origin story of the Brotherhood I would have liked a bit more of that thrown in, in place of the modern day Abstergo stuff. As someone in the minority who enjoyed the Assassin’s Creed film, I was happy to see it made canon through Origins within the modern scenes.

Bayek of Siwa has likely overtaken Ezio as my favorite assassin and I’d argue that Origins is the finest game in the entire series. Ubisoft went above and beyond to reinvigorate Assassin’s Creed and I hope to see that continue with Origins‘ planned DLC chapters and in-game events (right now you can battle the spirit of Anubis if you’re at the max level of 40). I’m now more interested and excited about Assassin’s Creed than I’ve ever been.

After selling off a few completed games from the backlog, I took advantage of Target’s Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion last weekend and picked up Middle-earth: Shadow of War, South Park: The Fractured But Whole (which came with The Stick of Truth for free), and The Evil Within 2. I had enough left over (and plenty of Best Buy coupons) to pre-order The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Resident Evil Revelations 1 + 2, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Switch, so I’m done for the year.

I’d guess I’m at the halfway point in Steamworld Dig 2, which I’ve been chipping away at in 30-minute increments while exercising. I’m hoping to have that knocked out by next Friday so I can move onto Skyrim for similar reasons. I’ve already finished all that Skyrim has to offer on two separate occasions, but it’s comfort food — a dose of familiarity that I can play around in without having to focus too much. I’ve never created a caster in Skyrim and look forward to taking my Orc Destruction magic user through the paces instead of my usual sneaky archer rogues.

I’m not sure what substantial experience to jump into next, though. Assassin’s Creed has me itching for more open-world hijinx, so I was thinking Shadow of War. I’d like something a bit shorter, but everything I have sits around the 20-hour mark.

I’m saving The Evil Within 2 to play with my girlfriend, so I’ll probably just devote an hour to South Park and Shadow of War and see which one sticks the most. I’m not at all into South Park and its brand of humor, but I’ve heard so many great things about The Fractured But Whole and The Stick of Truth, so I’m willing to give them a shot.

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

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

  1. I can’t stop playing Odyssey! It’s just so damn terrific. Logged a record amount of hours (for me) since I started and I’m collecting Moons like it’s my day job. Kind of wish it was my day job. 15+ hours so far, at least according to the Switches shitty activity log.

    Also, Ys VIII is still fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough. About 20 hours into that one.

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    1. Odyssey was absolutely incredible. I think I rolled the credits around 15 hours with 250-ish moons, and then jumped (no pun intended) into the post-game. I’m saving my hardcore moon hunting for my trip to Washington in December, since I have two 7-hour flights, a horrendous fear of heights, and I fucking HATE flying… so I think that’ll be a nice distraction.

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  2. Nice job on completing those games. I have Origins left to complete out of the 3. Right now Odyssey is my least favorite while Wolfenstein 2 is my fav by a mile. Still really enjoyed Odyssey though.

    I also finally finished Original Sin 2 :). Only took me 133 hours. I’m devoting this weekend to Nioh and Origins. More for Origins because Nioh isn’t very good right now…

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    1. I loved Odyssey so much. It was just so colorful and joyous to play around in and brought me back to playing Mario 64. Wolfenstein 2 was probably my least favorite of the three (though still a high 8/10 game, for sure). It felt fine and I loved the story and WTF moments, but it suffered from poor damage detection, a forced guns-out playstyle on anything but easy mode, and absolutely abysmal mission structure early on. I really loved how it eventually evened out, giving you crazy WTF? moments and then a rad Gone Home-style level to explore and reflect on everything going on. When the credits rolled I was madly in love with it, if I stopped after the first three hours I would have been entirely negative about it.

      Congrats on finally burying the dagger in OS2, haha. You’ve been at that one a while. Hopefully you enjoy Origins as much as I did. It *may* crack my #5 spot.

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      1. Don’t get me wrong I loved Odyssey too. I remember telling you on Twitter that I prefer my Mario games the classic way though. I’m hoping that Nintendo ports over 3D World or make a sequel to it at some point.

        Wolfenstein’s story definitely had some WTF moments. And that gone home stage was my favorite stage in the game. I love how Machine Games made B.J. a likable character in their games.

        Original Sin 2 is definitely my goty right now. It was so good dude. I’m really loving Origins right now. I’m not very far, but I love how Ubisoft finally managed to fill one of their open world games with meaningful content. If the game continues to impress me like this it’ll be a 10 game for sure.

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    1. Curse the internet! I had to do the same thing with Stranger Things 2 since Twitter was rife with spoilers that same night. My GF and I forced ourselves to binge the whole season in 2 days and I *hate* doing that. But I hate having things spoiled even more. Social media is a blessing and a curse, isn’t it?

      Enjoy Guardians. It’s one of two Telltale games I’ve yet to play. Is the entire season out yet? That’s mainly what I’m waiting on. I hate waiting for new episodes, since I tend to forget what’s going on over the course of the months in between them.

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        1. I made the mistake of doing that for the first season of Life is Strange and the wait was agonizing. Not just in the sense that I REALLY wanted to know how the story played out, but I usually forgot things in between them.

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    1. I found a list of 15 South Park episodes to watch before playing The Fractured But Whole and I’m halfway through it, so hopefully this’ll help. I had to learn all about cheesing, the Kanye west cameo in the fishsticks episode, the super hero identities, Butters’ Professor Chaos origin, etc., and I’m kind of enjoying it. I think I just gave up on South Park during season 3 because I had just graduated high school and was kind of over that phase. Enjoy Chaos;Child (which looks excellent!).

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  3. I’m really enjoying Origins. More than I expected. I think the quest structure goes a long way in shaking things up even if I still find some of the individual mechanics a bit janky. I’m only about level 15 in that so far, but am taking a break this weekend to focus on the Horizon expansion The Frozen Wilds which is delivering more of what I loved about the main game.

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    1. I enjoyed Horizon for the most part, at least enough to want to play through Frozen Wilds, but I was bummed to see that they didn’t go the Naughty Dog route and offer it as a stand-alone experience. I rarely keep games and sold Horizon right after rolling the credits. I don’t intend to double dip just to play DLC, so unless the “complete edition” ever drops down to the current price of Frozen Wilds I’m afraid I’ll be missing out entirely.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying Origins thus far. After finishing it, I’d honestly say I enjoyed it more than Horizon in every aspect but maybe the story (which was still pretty good).

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  4. I didn’t get much of any game time in Friday, as I finally replaced my tires. I did manage to get Wrecking Crew for my NES collection at a late night game trading event though. Today I had zero time to play anything as I worked. But perhaps I’ll get something in tomorrow or Monday. Busy, busy week.

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