Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Eleven
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Yikes, we're up to number 11?
So, OK, we've done some seasonal issues of this jolly series of features, so this isn't actually the 11th entry in the series. But the idea of shamelessly riffing off a Hollywood movie only came to us when typing out "Issue Eleven", so it is what it is. What we do have is another collection of weekend gaming plans from your humble Nintendo Life writers, and it's a typically varied mix of titles that'll ensure fun for all.
Another bonus is that the sun is starting to emerge from hibernation for many of us, so let's pretend we'll be busting out the 3DS while sun-bathing in the warm Nevada sun, before going on a photogenic caper in the casinos of Las Vegas. That'd be the life...
I'm finally entering the world of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, thanks to the timely arrival of the Circle Pad Pro XL. I'm something of a newcomer to the series and find it all a little intimidating, if I'm honest - I seem to be dying with depressing regularity but hopefully come Monday I'll have a little more skill! I've also got Fire Emblem: Awakening and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon calling for my attention - the 3DS really is on fire at the moment.
I’m still chipping away at Lego City Undercover on the Wii U with my 5 year old daughter. She gets a kick off driving to the missions and taking detours to pick up super bricks and go to the fair in town. I get to enjoy the slightly more complex bits. Most recently I have acquired the power to glide with a chicken in my farmer disguise, then I terrorised Lego City with a giant T-Rex. Such a brilliant game, it would be perfect if not for the annoying loading times!
On the 3DS I am still really enjoying Luigi's Mansion 2. I tend to play one level every other day so I can savour the ghoulish experience rather than just rushing through it. Having never played the GameCube original, I am pleasantly surprised by how well-crafted and engrossing this game is. It’s such a joy to play.
I'm on a mission to clear my backlog once and for all at the moment. I'm down to a mere five games, which I'm really proud of considering the height of the pile originally. Most should be easy to get through, but there's a big Wii RPG standing right between me and the finishing line — this weekend I'll be taking on The Last Story.
With Fire Emblem: Awakening getting ready to destroy my admittedly woeful social life when it arrives in stores this week (quiet, North American FE gamers), I plan to try and finish off the campaign in Luigi's Mansion 2. I don't want that to sound like a chore, because it's been so good I'm not sure I want it to end. I'll also be trying to resist button-spamming and inevitable death in Code of Princess, too, while I can barely contain my glee that I can get stuck into Runner 2 with-a-really-long-title on Wii U as well; again, please don't gloat, Wii U owners in North America, us Europeans have to be patient.
My head is still in the clouds after having finished Bioshock Infinite this week and it's been hard to come down. Hopefully a touch of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Lego City Undercover will ground me, although I'm awfully tempted to submerge myself in the original Bioshock again too.
I've literally not played a single minute of a game since last weekend so I'm looking forward to getting back to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I'm new to the series, but thanks to our handy little guide I'm starting to get into it more. I think I'll just spend time on that as Fire Emblem: Awakening will consume me instantaneously upon its release - severely impacting my monster hunting escapades.
I managed to pick up three of Nintendo's highly anticipated titles last week - LEGO City: Undercover, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. So far I've given LEGO City: Undercover most of my time, and who could blame me? It's fun, it's witty, and has some of the most lovable characters you'll ever come across. I'll most likely try to complete a chapter or two this weekend, but I want to dive into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate a bit more, as shamefully I've left it sitting on the side. It's my first time playing a Monster Hunter title, so I've been jumping back and forth to our recently published MH3 Ultimate Beginners guide and looking for advice.
I'll also tap my feet through HarmoKnight; I've become slightly addicted to that game. Other than those three games, it'll be a quiet weekend on the gaming front for me due to work.
Philip J Reed
I wonder how many consecutive times I'll mention Lego City Undercover? I hope to finish the main storyline this weekend, and after that...well, who knows? This is the funniest, most charming, most impressive, most addictive gaming experience I've had in ages. I can't imagine anything is going to pull me away from Lego City for a long while...apart from, hopefully, the 3DS prequel. Otherwise I've got a couple of games to review, and I'll be trying to gold-flower the rest of the stages in HarmoKnight. Hopefully that doesn't take me too long, because Rex Fury must be brought to justice!
I really need to invest more time into Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. I picked it up near launch, but I haven't spent nearly as much time with it as I would like. I feel the same way about my copy of Fire Emblem Awakening. I've been a very neglectful 3DS owner as of late.
I'll also be pouring many weekend hours into Injustice: Gods Among Us for review. I'm really looking forward to this one, and I'm hoping that my good ol' Tatsunoko VS. Capcom FightStick works with it!
It's a 3DS weekend for me! I'll be decrypting Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for our review, and continuing my rhythmic ride through the decidedly less demonic lands of HarmoKnight. I say 'less demonic', but after recently working my way through World 8, now I'd say it's a toss up! I'm still trying to gold-flower as many stages as I can, and I'm having an absolute blast doing it.
Lego City Undercover - I'm in love with this game. I really haven't had this much fun with a game for quite some time, and I am enjoying simply exploring the world. When a game is so utterly charming that it makes waiting for a train at a station a worthwhile use of time, you know it's good. That and the quotes just keep tumbling out of this game, the Space Centre in particular was outrageously funny!
Bit.Trip Presents: RUNNER 2 - Legend of Future Rhythm Alien (Wii U) - It's finally here! As I write this RUNNER 2 is downloading it's way onto my Wii U, and I can't wait to play it. The original RUNNER was one of my favourite games of 2010, and the promise of more brilliance from the guys at Gaijin has me very excited. Let's face it, the game has to be something special to draw me away from Frank Honey and co.
My gaming plans for the weekend rarely ever seem to pan out as I would like. Nevertheless, I'm hoping to at least spend a couple of hours enjoying Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords. I think the recent news regarding the demise of LucasArts has impacted my nostalgic side, making me want to revisit some of the best third-party Star Wars games.
Motocross Madness (360) — I'll be trying to get all the gold medals in everything here - it isn't a perfect game by a long chalk, but it's darned addictive.
ZombiU — I haven't completed this, and I've left it for far too long. Looking forward to getting back to zombified London and...probably failing miserably multiple times.
NBA Jam (Genesis) — Was reminded how good this was by a friend this week, so I'll be revisiting my wasted teenage years. Boomshakalaka!
So those are some of our weekend gaming plans, what about you? As always we want to read all about them in the comments section below.