WEEKEND GAMING: Finally Scoring an Xbox Series X, Upgrading My TV, First-Person Parkour, Alchemy, and Spooky Spookies!

Another weekend is steadily approaching, so let’s get into my upcoming plans.

Firstly, and most importantly, I FINALLY scored an Xbox Series X after struggling to do so for the last 10 months. As someone who has primarily been an Xbox guy since the original console (camping out at a Meijer for 8 hours on day one and coming home with Halo and Dead or Alive 3) and lasting up until the middle era of the Xbox One (pre-Game Pass), not finding an Xbox Series X at launch was heartbreaking. And now it’s good to be back.

With that, I was in desperate need of a new TV. I’ve been using my 1080P LG since 2013 and it’s showing its age, but I’ve never felt the need to upgrade until now because I didn’t have access to 4K capable gaming consoles. I didn’t pick up either console’s mid-generation upgrades (PS4 Pro, Xbox One X) and the Switch isn’t exactly a graphical powerhouse. I did buy a PS5 back in March but I’ve still yet to pick up any games for it because nothing interests me yet. I just needed to replace my original PS4 since it was struggling to run games like The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima without sounding like it was creating a black hole in my office.

With the Xbox Series X I have a ton of games that have been upgraded with next-gen enhancements and FPS boosts, along with a handful of games that are exclusive to it (meaning they won’t play on Xbox One at all, not that they’re console platform exclusive). Microsoft also just added Dolby Vision support to the Series X/S, which allows supported TVs to push out even better quality visuals and audio (being the only home console that offers this). So I knew that if I was going to upgrade my TV for my new Series X, I’d want one that has that.

Both the console and new TV arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait to put them through their paces. So let’s talk about games.

I’m not currently in the middle of anything, but I do have three reviews lined up for Ghostrunner’s Xbox Series X update, the first-person horror title In Sound Mind, and the Stardew Valley-meets-Atelier sim Alchemic Cutie. I’m genuinely stoked for all three, but mostly Ghostrunner to see what the Series X can do.

Otherwise, I’m looking forward to seeing what DIRT 5, The Medium, MLB The Show 21, Forza Horizon 4, and The Ascent look like. I need eye candy.

What about you folks? Any big gaming plans this weekend?

11 thoughts on “WEEKEND GAMING: Finally Scoring an Xbox Series X, Upgrading My TV, First-Person Parkour, Alchemy, and Spooky Spookies!

  1. I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed Origins again so trying to get back to doing some story in that (I’ve been exploring haha). I’ve got a few smaller games I want to have a play of soon but hoping to be a bit further along with AC before I start anything else.

    Hope you enjoy your new TV and Series X!

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  2. Congrats! I’ve heard the new Xbox has been just as elusive (if not more) than the PS5 (though Sony keeps sending me invites to buy one…when I already have one). I’m trying to finish up The Lost Child. I’m at an annoying place in both the main game and R’lyeh Road. Some of the gimmicks in the game are irritating and there aren’t any walkthroughs out for it, but it’s still entertaining.

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    1. I had a hell of a time with a specific dungeon in that game where you couldn’t look at mirrors? I did find a guide, but it was in Japanese and I had to use google translate lol.

      I’ve seen the all-digital Series S in stores, but never a Series X. I’d love to have a Series S just for the living room and for my partner to use if they want. Their Xbox One crapped out a few years ago.

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      1. Ahhhh I just did that one! You can’t look at the pictures on the way and you have to sidestep through. I was able to figure it out, but it was a trial. There was one floor in R’lyeh Road where I didn’t map the whole thing. I think it was Floor 7 that had all the pit fall traps. I looked up the guide for it because it was so annoying. I have one more of those “light up one and the adjacent lights change” puzzles to do and I’m 100% using a walkthrough. There are a few LPs on YouTube, which makes it a bit easier.

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              1. I love it! It’s easy to use and I can just drag it over and play something on my Switch while doing it. The only thing I have to worry about is knee pain the next day so I’ve been doing it every other day to give myself a rest.

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