Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Eighteen
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
WGAYPTW is all grown up
Issue eighteen. It's been a long journey for this little feature, in which Nintendo Life staffers share their weekend gaming plans and the community does the same in the comments, leaving us with so many dreams laid out in front of our eyes. This series has now reached adulthood, bringing a tear to the eye.
Fond reminiscing aside, we're aware that this issue has returned after a spectacular failure to maintain the fortnightly promise we made. Many of us were messing about at the Eurogamer expo two weeks ago, you see, and despite many staff diligently submitting their parts the lazy editor responsible failed to pull it all together. He's also the editor writing this article, and courtesy of the site style is writing about himself. It's like The Matrix, or some other random sci-fi meta-alternate reality nonsense, but with a budget roughly 0.0000001% in size.
So WGAYPTW is back, and this week you get one guess what various members of the NL team are going to be playing. Go on, see if you can figure it out...
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD — Although I thought Wind Waker looked great at the time of its original release, the HD remake looks absolutely gorgeous and is a joy (pendant) to play again on a much bigger TV screen. I'm just about to get the third pearl as the nostalgic juices get into full flow, excellent game.
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3) - Having read the wildly mixed reviews over the past week I was even more intrigued to play this game, I've really enjoyed the first few hours and so over the weekend will be getting deeper inside the mind of Jodie (Ellen Page). For me, it's been so far so good for David Cage's latest work, but how will it end?
This weekend I will be continuing my Wind Waker HD adventures. I'm playing through with my 5 year old daughter as the back seat driver. I absolutely adored the original game on the GameCube back in 2002, so revisiting brings back so many fond memories. This time, however, I am experiencing the game through a child's eyes and being coerced into doing all the little side-missions like catching the Killer Bees. Oh yeah, I also have to get every message in a bottle - even if it's just a blip on the horizon!
I am also planning to make more progress in SteamWorld Dig this weekend if I get a chance. I shamefully never got around to downloading this when it hit the eShop, but Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson was so charming when I bumped into him at Eurogamer Expo I immediately remedied this unfortunate situation. I have no regrets as the game is truly excellent, if you like Metroidvania style games then this is definitely one you will want to pick up right away. Don't forget to check out our exclusive interview with Brjann from EGX.
I'm working on a couple of retail reviews, so I'll mostly be playing EMBARGOED and EMBARGOED, and so far I think EMBARGOED. When I'm not playing these latest entries in the EMBARGOED series I hope to continue my progress through The Wind Waker HD, which I didn't play in its original form — go on, sharpen those pitchforks — and is charming me silly at the moment. I'll also continue my incredibly slow progress through The Last of Us, which is equally marvellous while being the polar opposite of Link's adventure.
There's only one game on my radar this weekend: Pokémon X. I'm really looking forward to jumping into the Kalos region and having a good old explore! There's something pretty magical about the start of a Pokémon game. I can't wait to get my starter 'mon, meet all the new characters and venture off into the long grass! I still don't know which Pokémon I should choose out of Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie. At the moment it's Chespin, but the decision will likely go down to the wire!
I'm also heading to Play Expo in Manchester, UK this weekend where there will be a few Wii U titles to play including Super Mario 3D World. I'll be sure to have a couple of goes at least, while spending plenty of time in the retro area!
It's that time of year for a good ol' video game spooky time hootenanny! This year will be a lot of catch-up: I'm finally going to boot up ZombiU to get some zombie on, and if I've got time I hope to make some headway in Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition. Last I played RE4 was on GameCube so I'm excited to both revisit this gem as well as see what the pointer fuss is all about.
It's not all Halloween, though — gotta get my groove on for the Just Dance 2014 review. Early impressions are that it's a better package than last year's entry. It even allows you to record and share videos...
This weekend I'll be spending most of my time catching 'em all in the Kalos region. I've decided to go digital with Pokémon Y, it's just the perfect game to keep with you at all times for playing around the house or on those awfully long train journeys. I've managed to avoid spoilers and most of the reveals that have been plastered throughout the internet, so I'm sure to get a couple of surprises when I start the game.
This Saturday morning, I'll be doing something I haven't gotten to do in fifteen years - wait outside the store for a brand new Pokémon game. Last time I was the only one there, clutching a treasured Nintendo Power issue in which the games still went by the name "Pocket Monsters", and I walked out with a shiny new copy of Pokémon Blue. This weekend it'll be Pokémon X, and somehow I imagine I won't be the only one in line - but just like last time, the rest of the day will be spent happily curled up on the carpet with a cartridge full of furry new friends and endless adventure. I can't wait!
I'm going to level with you. I have no desire to be the very best, the best there ever was, and it's highly unlikely that catching them all with ever come to fruition — let alone be my true test. But that won't stop be from trying when Pokemon X/Y downloads itself onto my 3DS, and I'm more excited than a Geodude in a landslide to get started this weekend. I skipped the Black and White games, but this newcomer looks to be just the ticket to get me back into the Pocket Monster saga. I'm sure I'll get some gardening done in Animal Crossing: New Leaf as well, but that's no surprise; I haven't stopped playing that game since its release.
I've had The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD sitting on my desk since last Friday, and thanks to real life getting in the way, I've yet to play it. I'm really looking forward to delving back into what I consider the greatest Zelda game ever made, so hopefully I can find some time for it this weekend!
Pokémon X will take over my weekend, as it will for roughly half of humanity, according to my empiracal and unbiased estimates. I've decided to go with Chespin this generation, with Squirtle as the original starter pickup, because they totally look like they would hang out together. Pokébros!
I'm sure I'll be stunning everyone when I proclaim that this weekend I'll be playing Pokémon X & Y. Not both... but I haven't decided which one yet. I like Xerneas. I think it's one of the coolest designs for a legendary in quite some time. So probably X. But I'll let my wife decide (we'll be playing a version each.) I'll be picking up my game after just one more sleep. It feels like Christmas to me! I guess there is a benefit to living in New Zealand, because I can get the game somewhat early.
I honestly don't think I'll have time to play anything else. I may finish Professor Layton and the Last Spectre at some stage because I'm at the very end of the game, but Pokémon will consume my time for the next few weeks and months.
So those are our weekend gaming plans, let us know what you'll be up to in the comments below.