Weekend Gaming


NieR is a weird game. That’s not a very hot take, I’m just being honest. I went into NieR:Automata knowing next to nothing about the NieR universe (other than I read you could fish in a previous iteration of the series and that the fishing was surprisingly fun). I’ve logged almost four hours in the game so far and, still being honest here, I have no idea what’s going on. I’m 2B, my friend(?)/partner(??) is 9S and I’m pretty sure we’re androids. There are these little floating drones that follow us around and shoot at things and occasionally serve as an assist when I make an ill-advised jump from somewhere high. I think the earth was overrun by machines at some point and almost all the humans live on the moon now (I think? I haven’t talked to many humans yet.)

I’ve been down to earth a couple times, fought a crane robot bad guy that would make the Constructicons proud and then a little while later this happened:

Japan, amiright?

Anyway, now I am working my way through an amusement park, populated by machines in clownsuits and robots that shoot balloons from their hands. I couldn’t be more confused and I think I really like it. If you want to read about reviews of other products visit top9rated.

So it’s a NieR weekend for me. I might squeeze in a Duelyst match or two and possibly some Dota, but I think NieR gets the lion’s share of my time.

What are you playing?

Weekend Gaming – Europa Univeralis IV

Europa Universails IV continues to morph into quite the juggernaut. First released in 2013, EU4 now hosts additional content which includes nine expansion packs (with #10, ‘Mandate of Heaven’, set to be released in two weeks) and a bevy, a hoard, a throng, a cacophony of cosmetic and music DLCs.

Want a good jolt? Go to the game’s Steam page and see how much all this crap costs. Here – I’ll link it for you. Europa Universalis IV.

Luckily. Thankfully. Paradox titles often go on sale. And given the base game’s age, these discounts are often steep and attractive. And not just on Steam, either. The Humble Bundle Store often hosts developer discounts – of which I recently (like, last weekend) bought the remaining EU4 expansions that had not already owned… and played.

The tenth expansion for Europa Unviersalis IV

Indeed. I’ve been stewing on EU4 for a while. Turning it down outright during sales and other opportunities to buy at discounted price. As shocking as the summation monetary figure is in the steam link above, price was and has never really been an impediment for picking up Paradox titles – although sales are definitely a huge motivating factor, of course.

No. The timing just never felt right for me to take the Europa plunge (And, to an extent, the timing never felt right for most games this past winter season). But, I’ve crawled out of the hole. I’m feeling increasingly rejuvenated and interested in playing video games again — not just playing, but also learning how to play. What better way to experience both at the same time than with EU4?

Yes. I feel like I’ve come full circle. I feel like my hero’s journey has brought me home. It feels great to be up to my friggin eyeballs in a Paradox game. Where once all the EU4 expansions and content scared me off, I now embrace it tightly, smooshing my face in and motorboating the game’s generous offerings.

What are you motorboating this weekend?

March Releases

The Nintendo Switch makes its first appearance on the Monthly Release list, which means the Wii-U will be dropping off shortly. Let’s all have a moment of silence for the Wii-U… Are you picking up a Switch?

I didn’t realize it until I started working on this month’s list, but March is full of some seriously good games — there is Mass Effect Andromeda (obvs), NieR: Automata, a new Ghost Recon and Ron Gilbert’s new game, Thimbleweed Park (which I backed on Kickstarter and am now really excited about). It’s a great month for gaming! On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of March 6th

Week of March 13th

Week of March 20th

Week of March 27th


Nintendo Switch

Week of March 13th


Nintendo Wii-U

No new releaseases.


Nintendo 3DS

Week of March 20th


PC

Week of March 6th
The Keep
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey
ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3
Danmaku Unlimited 3
Ghost Blade HD

Week of March 13th
NieR: Automata
Snowflake’s Chance
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Styx: Shards of Darkness
Dead Rising 4

Week of March 20th
Troll and I
Castle Explorer
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

Week of March 27th
Thimbleweed Park
Beat Cop
STRAFE


Sony Playstation 4

Week of March 6th

Week of March 13th

Week of March 20th

Week of March 27th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of March 20th

Week of March 27th


What are you picking up this month?
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In My Weekend Gaming Hands

Earlier this week I recently celebrated the greatest day in recent human history, the day the earth received my blessed presence and it’s never been the same since. This year I decided to splurge on myself and picked up an Xbox One Elite Controller. I’ve been dabbling more on the Xbox One lately and the cheap Xbox 360 knock-off could use an upgrade. So I traded in my VW Jetta for a Porsche Boxster. I always like to let my gamers know that there is gaming mouses for big hands for those who feel they can´t control there mouse while playing.

So this weekend, I’m going to delve into gaming in the Microsoft Ecosphere. I’m going to figure out how to get the most out of the Xbox One, Surface Pro 4, Elite Controller and Steam.

What are you playing this weekend?

February Releases

On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of February 14th

Week of February 21st

Week of February 28th


Nintendo Wii U

No new releases this month.


Nintendo 3DS

Week of February 7th

Week of February 28th


PC

Week of February 7th
Leaving Lyndow
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
WWE 2K17
8-Bit Armies: Arena

Week of February 14th
Sniper Elite 4
Dropzone

Week of February 21st
911 Operator
Shadows of Adam

Week of February 28th
Tiny Thor
DESYNC


Sony Playstation 4

Week of February 7th

Week of February 14th

Week of February 21st

Week of February 28th


Sony Playstation Vita

No releases this month.


What are you picking up this month?
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Weekend Gaming — Now What?

So the first game of 2017 is in the bag for me. I finished up Resident Evil 7 last night and have a weekend now ahead of me with the gaming possibilities wide open.

Resident Evil 7 was a very fine game, and hopefully there will be a few posts coming out in the next week or so with some of our thoughts, but I will say that in ended on the anticlimatic side. But that’s not to take away anything from the game that had me on edge for pretty much the entire ride. A+, recommended, would buy from seller again.

But now it’s the weekend and I want to know what’s on your gaming plates. I’ll probably head back to Thedas and pick up where I left things off in Dragon Age before I started playing RE7. I also dabbled a bit this past week with The Xbox One and The Division. I may head back to The Division to get a little more of that bio-terrorism kick I was feeling with RE7.

Or it might be something new out of the Steam library. There’s gold in them thar hills.

What will you be playing?

In My Digital Hands

I didn’t get in on the ground floor with the Resident Evil series. My first foray into the series was the RE remake on the Gamecube but I never finished it. When Resident Evil 4 hit, however, I was instantly hooked and RE4 kinda became “my thingaround these parts. I have played through RE4 more times than I can remember on more than one system. The Mercenaries (in RE4) is easily the greatest minigame ever and I will snap your neck H.U.N.K.-style if you say otherwise.

I ran through Resident Evil 5 co-op with my bro-in-law. That was a fine game and all but it didn’t capture the RE4 magic. I skipped Resident Evil 6 altogether (although it’s patiently waiting in my Steam Library for whenever I feel like loading it up). Early buzz has been positive for Resident Evil 7. I am ready.

I am also going to try my hand at this streaming thing. Nick (aka Subotonic on Twitch) has had the Twitch game going for a little while now, but it’s my turn to give it a go. I’ll be doing some late-night RE7 streaming, starting tonight hopefully. If you want to follow along with my antics, throw me a follow on Twitch and turn notifications on. Then tune in and watch me get skurred from all the scary bad guys!

What we’ve been playing

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so I figured now would be as good as ever to talk a little bit about what we’re playing:

What Tony is Playing

I declared 2017 to be the year of finishing games, and that is what it will be. I kinda, sorta wished I didn’t pick two huge, sprawling games to start with, but that’s where I am.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the first one to get attention and I’m now committed. It carefully follows the Bioware Way of Doing Things™ — a huge over-arching storyline, a group of disparate characters to amass as a companionship (each with their own storybranch that can be completed or completely ignored) and sidequests out the wazoo. Sometimes very incongruent to the storyline, like in Mass Effect 3 when you took time out from stopping the impending Galactic Annihilation to go find some idiot trader’s lost shipment. It doesn’t makes sense that I should take some flowers to some elf’s dead girlfriend’s grave when the Devil himself is coming for The Maker’s throne, but if it’s going to net me an inquisition agent, I guess I’m going to drop off these dang flowers.

But the main story is keeping me engaged and like a good page turner, I’m going from quest to quest with very little extracurricular activities. As a whole, this game and this world is polished. While not as open-world-y as Skyrim, DA:I feels enormous.

I don’t know where I stand, completion-wise, in DA:I. I also don’t know how complete I will play through the game. I reckon I’ll do most companion quests and put a huge dent in all the other sidequests, but I don’t know if I’ll 100 percent the collections or not. But for now, the Inquisition is coming together quite nicely, thank you very much.

When DA:I is finally vanquished, Fallout 4 will be the next to go.

I decided to finally take the plunge and join the rest of the Crew in Overwatch. The Black Friday deal pushed me over the edge, and even though I was very hesitant to give the game a try, I’m really enjoying it. I am not what you would call a good keyboard and mouse guy, but the game is forgiving enough to feel like I’m doing something right. Most of the time I have no idea what is going on, but I am starting to feel comfortable playing a few of the heroes, including Junkrat and Soldier 76.

Diablo 3’s newest season started last Friday, which will probably get some attention from me when I’m tired of the Dragon Age slog. It still counts as finished game, even if I’ve “finished” it a dozen times already, right?

What Nick is Playing

I hit the wall with video games a few months ago.

Nah, I didn’t just hit the wall; I hit the wall and then detonated, splattering myself across the surface, of which I have only just recently started scrubbing off the residual effects from such an event.

I have grown weary of stats, of leveling up, of painting the map. Stealth and pacifist runs bore me to tears. Frantic and bombastic runs quickly lose their lustre. I grumble at action point mechanics and chance-to-hit percentages. Crafting can be tedious and dull, as is sifting through caches of gear to equip that one item that has a mere 3% more fire dmg or whatever.

The thought of applying myself to have to learn a new game gave me boulder brain. I had spread myself way too thin.

Enter: Euro Truck/American Truck Simulator.

These titles have been the personal anchors during this weird and stupid and turbulent time within my hobby as a gamer. Driving trucks through the stretches of the Nevada desert or through the serpentine fjords of Scandinavia cleansed my gaming palette.

I find these games to be very soothing, enhanced even more so by my own iTunes playlists. All the commotion and static and heaviness of IRL fades to nothing in the rear view mirror. No ingame pressure. No crafting. No endless NPC dialog trees. No competition. It’s just you, your 20 tons of cargo, and the open road. And I come out on the other end with a clear, de-cluttered head and with jangled nerves settled – slowly rebuilding my desire to venture into the video game world once again.

What James is Playing

My gaming has been less as of late, there’s a post coming about that by the way. =)

Erryday I’m playing some Marvel Puzzle Quest so that’s my staple and go to when I need a fix. Otherwise, my time is being divided up between Dota 2 (the 7.00 patch changed a lot of things for the better), Overwatch, and Diablo 3. I’ve started up a Demon Hunter for Season 9 and I’m 100% sure I’ll get him to a higher level than my previous attempts. I’m feeling like I’ll be playing more Diablo 3 for a while. I kind of felt that Diablo bug starting to creep back in.

Weekend Gaming

It’s the first full weekend of 2017, so what’s on tap? What gaming do you see in your future?

For me, I’m declaring 2017 the year of finishing games. I have so many hanging storylines that it’s practically fringe on the Pile-of-Shame leather coat I wear. I decided late last year that I was going to wrap up at least one of the triple-A titles that I had started. So that meant I went back to both Fallout 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. I did a quick review of quest journals and reacquainted myself with where I left things and resolved to bring both games to a close. The initial plan was to alternate playing the two games, an hour of Fallout here, an hour of Dragon Age there. Seemed like a good plan at the time.

What actually happened was that Dragon Age dug its claws in deep. It took me a couple hours to get my bearings and to remember what I was actually supposed to be doing but now I’m up to speed and I’m in the process of bringing peace to Thedas once again.

Initially, I was focusing solely on the main thrust of the storyline, racing headlong into finishing the game and moving on. I had amassed all the companions and had found a team that seemed to work really well. Then, as I worked through the story dialog of each companion, I realized they were asking me to complete personal tasks for them. It was Mass Effect 2 (which is currently free, BTW) all over again. The companion quests have me revisiting parts of the map I had moved on from, encountering NPCs that previously shunned me now being open to my quest to amass an Inquisition of formidable proportions.

So this weekend is going to be mostly Dragon Age for me, perhaps with a little interlude to check out the Diablo 20th Anniversary events going on in Diablo 3.

What are you playing this weekend?

January Releases

For the new year, we’re playing around with the format of the list of games coming out this month. In the past, we’ve just listed the games with a little commentary. This month, we’re trying a more graphical approach. The Steam section requires a little work, we’re not quite sure how to do that, since Steam doesn’t have box art. We’ll figure something out. If you have any feedback, please let us know in the comments! On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of January 10th

Week of January 24th


Nintendo Wii-U

No new releases.


Nintendo 3DS

No new releases.


PC

Week of January 10th
Illyriad
Alien Shooter TD
DED

Week of January 17th
Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach
M.E.R.C.
Urban Empire

Week of January 24th
Tales of Berseria
RESIDENT EVIL 7

Week of January 31st
Disgaea 2 PC
Conan Exiles


Sony Playstation 4

Week of January 17th

Week of January 24th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of January 17th


What are you picking up this month?
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