Game Debate is a community, and as such, we like to know how you’re doing. We want to know what you’re playing, and whether you’re enjoying it, and if other members are joining you. So, each weekend, we will be sharing what we’re planning to play this weekend and why.
We’ll also be encouraging you to share your own upcoming gaming endeavours so you can see what your fellow GDers are planning, and perhaps even join them for a spot of co-op or PvP...
Felix - This weekend I will mostly be playing
Speedball 2 HD - A retro revival of a game from probably a time when most GD'ers didnt even know how to write. It’s a good revamp though and great to play in HD. However, as we can expect far more complex games nowadays its simple gameplay mechanics means you may tire of it sooner than I did when I encountered it first time around, but nevertheless it’s a cracking cheap little sci-fi game. GD will be writing a review on it shortly. A point to note, Speedball 2 HD has multiplayer, but only on the same PC.
Pro Evo 2014 - I have also been trying to squeeze some more game time with the year’s PES title, which offers great co-op fun while enjoying a glass of beer.
Battlefield 4: I will certainly try and grab a go on Battlefield 4, which is an awesome game when it works. But i am always put off by the thought that I will waste an hour or two just trying to find a stable, suitable battlefield for me to run and gun on. It would be great to get the GD-Warriors back together as well.
Katie - What I’m playing this weekend
Dragon Quest: Sentinels of The Starry Skies: I recently bought a Nintendo 3DS as an early Christmas present to myself. Unfortunately, since it is just before Christmas, that blew my entire gaming budget, and as a result I can’t actually afford any 3DS games. Bummer. Fortunately, since I never got around to playing this game back when it came out on the DS, I’ve been kindly lent a copy of that to enjoy on my shiny new toy.
Broken Sword V: The Serpent’s Curse: I’ve been rather apprehensive about playing this game. I
have such fond memories of the earlier 2D Broken Sword installments from the 1990s that I can’t help but worry that this won’t live up to it, especially now that games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us have made me a little more discerning about the adventure game genre. Should be a good dose of nostalgia, nonetheless. I’m also hoping to turn out a review on it later this weekend, so check in if you want my view on how it measures up.
Jon - What I’m playing this weekend
It’s going to be a busy weekend for me after not getting around to any gaming last weekend, trying to catch up on the flurry of games that have been released over the last month.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - I think I’m about fifteen hours into Edward Kenway’s adventure and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of this amazing game. I’m still finding lots of tutorial elements this far in the game, with it looking like I’ve got a long ways to go. Hoping to finally get the elusive diving bell this weekend so I can see what the wreck scavenging is all about.
Knack - The PS4 will have to be given a workout this weekend as I look to polish off the second half of Knack for a review. It seems pretty basic so far but it’s pretty charming in its Pixar-like qualities. I will still no doubt have the nagging feeling while playing it that my time would be better spent on a pirate ship, Arrr!
Super Motherload - When I got sent over a review code of this mining adventure I was assured it would send me into a zen-like state and they weren’t kidding. Super Motherloads seems to be straddling that fine line between horrendously addictive and horrendously pointless, but I still keep finding myself coming back for more drill-based fun. This scratches that OCD itch many a gamer feels as you drill deeper and deeper, upgrading your drill/helicopter hybrid.
Oratane - What I’m playing this weekend
Battlefield 4: This weekend I am going to be jamming some Battlefield 4 with friends, as the social aspect is probably the only thing keeping me playing games like BF4's MP. It’s honestly way more fun than playing alone and you usually also have some very funny moments in-game that you laugh off with friends. It’s 100% more tactical and if you have a solid 5 man squad with voice chat, you will probably never lose a game, unless the opposing team has even more tactical 5 man squads shouting out your location as you drop them one by one of course. Feel free to hop onto Skype this weekend with me and some other GD buddys and let’s game!
Divayth - I'll be playing Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag like the rest of the world. I've been waiting for a good pirate game for so long, and seeing as how good this one is I don't intend to let it go anytime soon.
Ever since I played Pirates of the Caribbean in 2003 not a single good similar game has been released, which has been a shame. There are good piracy strategy games out there, and there are a few piratical action games, but there is a veritable hole in the market when it comes to piracy ship simulators as advanced as PotC and AC4. Games where you can steer your ship in real time, attack other ships to loot and sink or simply to add to your ever-growing fleet.
The mechanics and graphics of AC4 are very next-generation, so to say, but when it comes to gameplay options it still doesn't compare to the decade-old Pirates of the Caribbean title. This had an advanced trading system, you could sail your ship to various islands, buy goods that were low in price at that time (prices varied) and you could sell them at a profit on other islands and so forth.
Squee - Fresh from victory in a titanic (if admittedly single-player) campaign of Sid Meier's classic Alpha Centauri, it's back down to GD business, and cosying up with my review copy of Darkout. Is it a RPG? Is it a Mark of the Ninja clone? Is it some kind of Minecraft whatsit? Time, my friends, will tell.
What do you think of our weekend gaming choices? What are you planning on doing with your Saturday and Sunday? Are there any games you just picked up and can’t wait to try, or are you going to relive one of your old favourites?
Also if you are stuck for ideas, dont forget to pop over to OSUBoarders 365 Days of gaming blog, as he has tried all sorts of titles over the course of this year. Some free, some cheap, some old, some new, some indie….he’s got something for everyone.
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