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

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!


RIP October. RIPtober. 365 days until Halloween, not that I’m counting…

Anyway, I guess we should kick November off properly, so what are you folks playing this weekend? It’s crisp and cool here in South Carolina, which is a welcome change from the excruciating humidity we normally have. Naturally, I’ll be taking full advantage of the weather to… sit inside and play video games.

The only game I have planned for this weekend is…

vampyr

Vampyr (PS4)

I already talked about this horror RPG a bit in last month’s final Holiday Horrors highlight, so I won’t bore you with too many of the details again. The nutshell version is that you play as a newly-turned vampire that has to balance his newfound powers with their fleeting humanity by either sparing or feeding on NPCs within the city. A city plagued by a Spanish Flu outbreak.

NPCs are important to the overall health of their districts, so killing off important figureheads will plunge London into chaos and spawn stronger enemies to contend with.

You don’t gain much XP by being the good guy either, so Vampyr is considerably more difficult in that approach since you won’t earn enough to really strengthen your abilities. You can gain more XP by completing side-quests for NPCs and curing their ailments, like headaches and fatigue, which makes them tastier targets. But, again, do you want more power at the cost of a more chaotic, human-free London? Or a harder game that doesn’t really let you do “vampire shit?”

vampyr

It’s an interesting dilemma, and one I’ve yet to see another game attempt (if you can name one down in the comments, I’d love to know). I’m nearing the end, though, so I want to prioritize Vampyr over everything else and maybe get another horror review up here before the JRPGs and visual novels take over again.

What about you, folks? Any big gaming plans to kick off November?

19 thoughts on “It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What Are You Playing?

  1. I gotta check this game out some decade (I’m being realistic about my backlog situation, haha). I haven’t touched a video game in a few weeks (lots of life stuff goings on), but hope to make some time to start Link’s Awakening this weekend.

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    1. Life always finds a way to intrude, yeah? I think you’d really dig Vampyr. Are you playing the LA remake? I went through the game boy version a few months back, for the first time ever, and now it’s my favorite Zelda.

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      1. Yup. I just want to live forever playing games all day. Is that too much to ask, universe? :) Yup! I’m planning to play the LA remake (still haven’t yet and it’s Saturday night, haha). I loved the Game Boy version when I was a kid but I don’t remember anything other than the 8th dungeon kicking my ass. I can’t wait to visit Cute Hyrule 😁

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        1. Oh yeah, the late game dungeons are rough lol. Hope you enjoy the remake! It’s high on my list but I didn’t want to jump right in since I JUST played the GB version and it’s basically just a fresh coat of paint.

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  2. Luigi’s Mansion 3 really took over for me this weekend. I love it. I plan to get back to Afterparty and MediEvil which I had started earlier in the week whenever I finish LM3. Afterparty has a really fun scenario and I love the dialogue so far. Probably only played an hour or so though.

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          1. To put it into perspective, I was in a clan for the Unreal Tournament series. Across all of those games, I had tens of thousands of hours. I absolutely loved the meta in them. It wasn’t just about shooting. It was map control, trick jumping, and footwork that decided a lot of matches. Plus there was a multitude of modes. There are a lot of parallels between UT and Splatoon despite being very different games. Movement, and trick jumping are key. You need to find faster ways around the maps. Just as UT had dodges, wall dodges, double jumps, dodge jumps, Splatoon has swim jumps, wall jumps, dualie dodges, and substrafing. Both have fantastical weapon line ups with nuances one had to learn in order to master them. Both have a wide variety of maps and modes. both games’ modes often required intimate knowledge of the maps to excel. It really can appeal to any range of players. I think many people overlook it because it isn’t gritty, gory, “Serious” stuff. on the surface. Go below the surface you have a well designed, hypercompetitive game with a lot of depth, great character design, a surprisingly interesting storyline about two warring factions, and a load of creativity throughout it all. Just like a certain FPS series I spent over a decade playing.

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