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

My truck is back in the shop, I just failed an exam I drove three hours to take, and my Twitter account was hacked within the last hour, sending around 100 spam DMs to random people about expensive sunglasses. How is your weekend starting off?

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One Tamriel is the Improvement Elder Scrolls Online Needed, But it’s Still Missing Something

When my friends and I jumped in to Elder Scrolls Online at launch, there was a unanimous sense of disappointment in the air. As we created our characters and ended up questing on opposite sides of the world, we realized something: for being an MMO, they certainly made it difficult to play with other people.

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CA! Radio Episode 119: A New Path…

This week Chuck Zodl and I discuss the beauty of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and their respective DLCs. He goes in-depth with his thoughts on the current For Honor open beta, Yakuza 0, and Resident Evil VII, while I ponder my revisiting of Elder Scrolls Online and Neverwinter. On top of that, we chat about this week’s gaming news and discuss our favorite games that have crossed over from other media.

As always, if you have ANY questions for us, leave them here in the comments or over on Twitter. We’d be happy to answer them during the next recording.


CA! Radio Episode 119: A New Path… (02/10/2017) ♪This week Chuck turns his heart to stone and throws down the gauntlet while Brad travels familiar roads to discover something new.♪ Download & iTunes

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

The dastardly weekdays have been captured, burned alive, and hidden deep within the cold womb of the ocean. And like a phoenix rising from the ashes, our temporary hero adorned in masterfully crafted mithril armor, The Weekend.

How will you be spending it?

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World of Warcraft Expansion Warlords of Draenor Now Part of the Base Game

With the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Legion scheduled for an August 30th release, Blizzard has decided to include the current expansion, Warlords of Draenor, to the core game’s $20 price tag.

That’s $20 for World of Warcraft and its Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, and Warlords of Draenor expansions, plus a free month of paid game time. Not bad if you’ve been on the fence for the last 12 years.

Blizzard is also offering a free redemption code for World of Warcraft to anyone who attends a screening of the upcoming Warcraft film, which releases on June 10th. You know, the film directed by Duncan Jones… the son of David Bowie? I can’t wait.


Weekend Gaming: What are You Playing?


Things have been a little slow here at Cheap Boss Attack over the last few weeks, as I get closer and closer to the end of the semester. This week was spring break, and as much as I’d like to say I had a crazy time, it was mostly filled with running errands, watching opening day games for the Orioles and Nationals, catching up on TV via Hulu, and going out to see The Revenant (which was pretty great).

Now that the weekend is here, hopefully I’ll get a bit of gaming in.

Most of my free time has been split between Final Fantasy XIV and MLB The Show 16. My Dragoon is halfway through level 48, but I still have a long ways to go before I can step foot in to the new Heavensward content.

I’ve put aside my Orioles season in MLB to focus on other modes, mainly Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty. Road to the Show is essentially The Show’s campaign mode, where you create a player and go through the motions of getting drafted, playing in the minor leagues, and eventually working your way up to the majors. It’s a faster paced mode, since you only control your created player, but there’s an RPG element that allows you to allocate training points to various statistical upgrades and equip gear that you’ve unlocked in the booster packs I mentioned last week.

Since I’ve subscribed to EA Access I’ve been playing things I’d normally stray from. I’ve gotten in to FIFA 15 and NHL 16 pretty heavily (both have similar RPG-style card collecting, deck building modes), and I can see myself investing in their annual releases in the future. More recently though, I decided to give Battlefield Hardline a shot.

I don’t do competitive multiplayer, but I’m not opposed to killing a weekend with a short, ham-fisted shooter campaign. Hardline is set up like a crime drama TV show, focusing more on stealth, police chases, and arresting criminals, than mowing down terrorists in another war-themed shooter. It’s surprisingly not terrible.

That about rounds out my weekend. What about you folks? What are you getting in to?


Weekend Gaming: What are You Playing?


The weekend is upon us once again, and hopefully you’ll be ending your busy week with a little (or a lot) of gaming.

After a 2-week health scare with our oldest cat (she’s 12), we received some great news today and she’s well on her way to being 100% again. The stress of that combined with college classes made for something awful, so I’m definitely winding down this weekend with a game I’ve been dying to jump back in to for the longest time.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is having a free login campaign until April 13th, offering returning players up to 96 free hours of play time. The offer is a bit confusing, as you actually get four consecutive days to play from the moment you log in for the first time–not 96 hours of your choosing.

Returning players will most likely need to reinstall the game, but also log in to the client to begin the lengthy update process. It seems odd to start the promotion at the exact moment you log in to update the game, as that seems counterproductive, but hey, free time is free time.

Still, I can see lots of folks jumping back in to that one; myself included.

Now that my The Witch and the Hundred Knight review is up, I’ve been meaning to go back and finish Tales of Zestiria. I’m so close too, but now I’m sucked back in to FFXIV. It’s so good!

This is actually my third attempt at the game, but I don’t say that in a negative way. I’ve really enjoyed it each time, but I was also playing WoW and had no desire to pay for 2 different MMO subscriptions. Now that I’ve given up on WoW, I’m hoping to finally make it beyond level 42 and see where the story goes.

FFXIV does a lot that I enjoy, namely auto-looting and having the ability to level every single job class and profession on one character. It also runs very well on PS4 and I can cross-play with the folks I know playing on PS3 and PC, which is always a plus.

My first time playing I rolled a Summoner and had a lot of fun, but this time I just couldn’t get in to it for some reason. The last time I played I was a Dragoon, which I had planned to go back to, but I wanted to try something different. This time I went Archer, with the intent of going Bard in the long run. Archer has some neat abilities so far and the rotation is pretty forgiving, but I still have the itch to go back to Dragoon. We’ll see how things go.


If you’re looking for something new this weekend, Playstation is having a really nice flash sale.

I’m tempted to snag the first two Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth games on Vita for $9 each. I love me some quirky JRPGs and I’ve been meaning to snatch up the ReBirth series since I picked up a Vita last year.

There’s some really good stuff on sale overall, like Fatal Frame 1-3 for 99 cents each, which feels criminal. That’s definitely a steal. Sword Art Online: Re: Hollow Fragment is dirt cheap right now on PS4, which I’ve really enjoyed as an SAO fan. Lots of visual novel games and random JRPGs up for grabs too, if you’re looking for a cheap way to kill the weekend.

So how about you? What are you playing this weekend?