What are you playing this weekend?

Robear wrote:

CM:Black Sea is *hard*. Either you nail the scenario, or it nails you. Seems like there is no in-between state with modern combat. (Well, relatively modern, everything is changing since Syria and in Ukraine.)

I agree, compared to CM WW2 games, modern combat is hard and confusing once the poo hits the fan.

Bouncing between Cult of the Lamb, Ghost Recon Wildands and Ghost of Tsushima.

I finished Observation last night, another of those smaller games which are the real champions of the new PS Plus IMO. Want to give Ghost of Tsushima another go as well!

Spent the past couple weeks playing Metroid Dread.

This weekend is devoted to finishing the final boss. This is a hard fight.

I’ve also fired up Slay the Spire again. I’m really feeling it this time. My pattern with card games (and others) is play them for a bit, fall off because I’m not really enthused or getting the systems involved then, months later, I’ll pick it back up and will completely click with it. Not sure if my subconscious works on it in the meantime.

Dug into Road 96, an interesting dictatorship exploration about how everyone is terrible, including every character you play.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Dug into Road 96, an interesting dictatorship exploration about how everyone is terrible, including every character you play.

Road 96 is pretty darned good and has a great soundtrack. Just finished it a few weeks ago myself.
Tbh, I didn't get that everyone was terrible. You get to choose to be terrible or not, and even most of the awful main npc's have some redeeming qualities (that sometimes you only get a brief glimpse of), or they are just plain broken by circumstance.

Maybe it’s just the point I am at, but so far I haven’t encountered anyone with many redeeming qualities, and…

Spoiler:

My first runaway got arrested after helping a cop escape a car wreck. So I feel like I was punished for doing the not morally reprehensible thing. ACAB

Higgledy wrote:

I’ve also fired up Slay the Spire again. I’m really feeling it this time. My pattern with card games (and others) is play them for a bit, fall off because I’m not really enthused or getting the systems involved then, months later, I’ll pick it back up and will completely click with it. Not sure if my subconscious works on it in the meantime.

I do this too, for all types of games. Not sure why but I've noticed it happening more as I get older - I wondered if it was a sign my brain was becoming slower at learning new skills (not to cast any aspersions on you!).

I’m certainly well into the ‘getting older’ camp. At this stage I could probably be considered straight up ‘old.’ I agree it’s likely to be something to do with learning new things. It’s good to notice how your brain tackles things and to go with what works. I’ll regularly start games now, fall off them, and know, if I give them another chance in a few weeks or months, they might stick better.

It’s got to be good mental exercise to be always learning new rules and systems.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Maybe it’s just the point I am at, but so far I haven’t encountered anyone with many redeeming qualities, and…

Spoiler:

My first runaway got arrested after helping a cop escape a car wreck. So I feel like I was punished for doing the not morally reprehensible thing. ACAB

Wow, I don't think I got that event at all. Closest I got was:

Spoiler:

Helping a cop with her broken down car. That ended up mostly positive for me. I did get arrested in another scene, but I was doing something that would directly irritate the cops.

I didn't replay the game and get different overall endings though, so I guess it may not be possible to see all scenes in one playthrough.

Higgledy wrote:

It’s got to be good mental exercise to be always learning new rules and systems.

Absolutely. Latest example: Ghost of Tsushima, which I am now knee deep into. All it took was letting it rest for a week or so, what I will now call getting over the Higgledy Hump

Ironically Slay the Spire is one of the few recent games that immediately clicked for me, and is still on rotation after 100s of hours.

I have struggled to click with a game since Elden Ring but I started Stray last night and seemed to enjoy being a cat so I will hopefully find time to do more of that.

Hope you enjoy it. It’s a delightful game and one I played from start to finish, which is rare for me these days.

In other news… I appear to have beaten Slay the Spire (for the first time.) I though I was probably a third or, at most, half way up the titular spire but after defeating ‘The Shapes’ it did endingy things and credits rolled. I’m gobsmacked really.

Many thanks to Spikeout who gave me an extremely helpful coaching session. My natural tendency is to take all the cards I can get my hands on but he kept emphasising the importance of a lean deck so, this run, I went against all my instincts and turned down a painful number of cards, only taking those that fitted my plan. I tried to roughly keep it down to twenty in total (I also aquired some rather helpful relics.)

Not sure I’m going to be much use for the rest of the morning. I think I might just bask in the afterglow and drink cups of tea.

Streaming more Stray for friends. Getting close to the end I think so I might beat it. Also going through my unplayed games that are installed on gamepass before I unsubscribe at the end of the month to see if any of them are worth picking up on Steam/etc. If I have energy past that, I'd like to make more progress in Yakuza Kiwami 2 and Metroid: Samus Returns.

This weekend will mostly be Gravity Rush 2, with some Persona 3 Portable. I bought Live-A-Live yesterday, but I want to remove a few games from my plate before I start diving in.

I might play some Gears of War 1 with my roommate as well. I got the 360 out of its box earlier this week, we were looking for something to play co-op.

I will continue my Chorus playthrough. Really enjoying this game. Probably also play a little Skyrim and Last of Us part 1.

I finished all the story campaigns of Wildermyth last weekend. But I've already played one generic campaign during the week. So I guess I'm done for pile purposes but I'm not done having fun yet

Also chipping away at Death's Door on Switch here and there. Up to the 3rd area boss so getting close to done

I'll be trying to squeeze in a few last minute goals in Final Fantasy XIV before next week's big patch. I'll also see if I can make any more progress in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Fashion Police Squad.

Sundown wrote:
Sundown wrote:

Basically just Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and that will be the case for quite awhile, unless I feel the need to mess around with something short on the PC.

Still this.

Still XC3. Now I'm up to Ch.4.

AUs_TBirD wrote:
UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Maybe it’s just the point I am at, but so far I haven’t encountered anyone with many redeeming qualities, and…

Spoiler:

My first runaway got arrested after helping a cop escape a car wreck. So I feel like I was punished for doing the not morally reprehensible thing. ACAB

Wow, I don't think I got that event at all. Closest I got was:

Spoiler:

Helping a cop with her broken down car. That ended up mostly positive for me. I did get arrested in another scene, but I was doing something that would directly irritate the cops.

I didn't replay the game and get different overall endings though, so I guess it may not be possible to see all scenes in one playthrough.

I think I will finish this up sooner rather than later. I will have thoughts later somewhere else.

Viva La Revolution!

Plugging away at Bad North. I am definitely struggling more than I was at the beginning. I am not sure I'll make it through, but it sure is addictively fun.

If I can resist the siren song of every single side mission, I'll run through the endgame of Cyberpunk.

Spiderman. Wasn't going to purchase it yet as had a big car bill this month, but made use of the 16% discount from GMG which offered a little bit of relief. Turns out I didn't have much time to play it this week. Did manage to get to the 4th mission, in favor of ignoring sleep, and its a lot of fun. Looks and runs great too. So looking forward to sinking some time in to it during the weekend without sleep sacrificing.

Since my time was limited I broke out Flight Control HD. This is the old phone game where you view an airport runway overhead and then direct planes to the runways. Playing it on the computer (Steam) and it was the perfect game to kill 15-20 minutes at a time. Was able to top some scores I had from years ago when I first purchased the game.

Final Fantasy X. I'm about 7 hours in, which is further than I got when I tried my roommate's copy back in 2001!

This weekend I will finally finish up Horizon: Zero Dawn. Then I think I'm going to go back and finish up Pillars of Eternity as well, though doubt I'll get all the way through it. I dropped it somewhere in act 3 a few years ago (well, 5 years ago anyway) when my Mac died and never got back to it after building a gaming PC. I watched a story video last night up to where I was and I think I'm ready to hop back in now.

Taking a few days at the beach and only brought my 3DS with me. Might simply dabble here and there with some of the games I have loaded, and likely will hit some of the DLC for Fantasy Life, take some battles in Devil Survivor: Overclocked, and some Pokemon Picross.

billt721 wrote:

Then I think I'm going to go back and finish up Pillars of Eternity as well, though doubt I'll get all the way through it. I dropped it somewhere in act 3 a few years ago (well, 5 years ago anyway) when my Mac died and never got back to it after building a gaming PC. I watched a story video last night up to where I was and I think I'm ready to hop back in now.

Nice idea. I reinstalled it myself a few months ago thinking I might try again. But wasn't sure if I should start over or try to keep playing.

I don't have as good an excuse as you, just fell off it for some other game years ago. Still have my cloud saves

Stele wrote:
billt721 wrote:

Then I think I'm going to go back and finish up Pillars of Eternity as well, though doubt I'll get all the way through it. I dropped it somewhere in act 3 a few years ago (well, 5 years ago anyway) when my Mac died and never got back to it after building a gaming PC. I watched a story video last night up to where I was and I think I'm ready to hop back in now.

Nice idea. I reinstalled it myself a few months ago thinking I might try again. But wasn't sure if I should start over or try to keep playing.

I don't have as good an excuse as you, just fell off it for some other game years ago. Still have my cloud saves

Here's the video I watched to remind me of the main story beats.

Still making my way through Horizon Forbidden West. That is a long game with a lot of stuff (to much?) to do.

I also have had an itch to play some kind of city builder or management game. So I picked up Parkitect. I'm about 5 levels into the campaign and it's just what I was looking for. Nostalgia of Roller Coaster Tycoon with some updated mechanics.