It’s April. You’ve survived April Fools Day, the sun is shining and you’ve got a bag of GD Gems to spend. The manic month of March is over and April looks a decidedly quieter affair, with The Elder Scrolls Online and Dark Souls 2 being the big hitters this month.
If you’re not prepared to get neck-deep in the RPG goodness these two are sure to provide then April is surely a time for clearing backlogs, kicking back with a game of Battlefield 4, or dusting off the old classics for a walk down memory lane. With that in mind, we want to know what you’re playing this fine weekend…
Jon - ‘Tis the weekend of backlog clearing for me, provided I’m not out (hopefully) enjoying the sun. It’s most definitely a novelty for now which makes its charms too difficult to resist. When my body’s not in shock from the sheer amount of fresh air it’s receiving I’ll be having a backlog clearout. First up is Dishonored - I’m only on the first level proper I believe, having only just got the Blink ability. I enjoyed it when I booted it up the first time but I’ve been struggling to come back to this one, so now’s as good a time as any. Alongside this I might have a go at ploughing through Call of Juarez: Gunslinger; I’ve heard it’s pretty good with its gun-slinging antics and not too much longer than having to sit through an interminably long film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Katie - I am off to sunny Lanzarote today to bask by a pool and to appreciate the kind of consistent glorious sunshine that England never seems to be able to provide. I don’t really *do* packing heavy (trusty hiking rucksack, I choose you) so I will be taking my Nintendo 3DS with me to keep up my gaming fix on the flight there and back. Like Jon, I’ve got a bit of a backlog to sort through, in particular an RPG backlog (the worst kind! Too many gameplay hours!). I have barely touched Pokemon X since I got it for Christmas, and I am only a handful of hours through Bravely Default too, so that can go on my list of Things To Pack. I might not be around on GD for a few days, which is sad, but I shall be back next weekend after my brief rest and relaxation.
Felix - I am desperate to find some time to play Age of Wonders 3. I have been trying to play it for a couple of weeks now. Its a game that I know will tick lots of my favourite boxes. A great balance of high fantasy, turn based, realm management, unit development, leveling your leader and offering a sandbox for endless replays. Now if only I could get enough time to play it through once. I wanted to have Titanfall as my go-to game for that quick adrenaline shooter fix but I can’t help but feel that it lacked depth and quickly turned into a one-trick pony. Far too overpriced for my liking. Not a bad game but certainly not worth its current price tag. This fact has led me to an idea for a new cool feature that we will add on GD in the near future, to help us deal with this sort of situation. Finally, in case you missed it, another awesome indie title I wish I had time for was Shadowrun: Dragonfall. If you get a moment, go check out Squee’s review on that one as well.
Squee - It’s alright for you lot over there in the Olde Countrye. Over here in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, we’ve just had a blizzard and everything’s covered in snow. It looks like Skyrim. Skyrim with a Taco Bell. So mostly this weekend, I’ll be standing out in the garden dressed as a nord, soaking up the ambiance. When I finally do get round to gaming, it’ll be in much the same spirit - The Elder Scrolls Online beckons, with maybe a sneaky appetizer of Age of Wonders 3 while I wait for TES’s outrageously huge download to complete. Plus I have the beatnik point ‘n’ clicker 1954 Alcatraz for a change of pace, and an excuse to wear thick-rimmed glasses and a beret with my nord outfit.
Divayth - Can anyone relate to that weird feeling you get when you feel like eating? You go check on what’s in the fridge, can’t find anything you like, but you return to the fridge a couple of times after expecting to find something you may have missed the first few times.
That’s how I’ve been feeling about my Steam library lately. Port Royale 3 isn’t a particularly good game, but aside from a ketchup bottle that’s been in that fridge for way too long, and some eggs I had no intention of spending the time to cook properly, it’s the best thing I could think of to play the last few days. A huge time sink-hole and strangely addictive for some reason. For a quicky of fun I’ve been indulging myself in Hawken. A FREE, first-person mech-shooter suggested to me by a good friend a couple of weeks ago. I find it odd that this game manages to stay hidden under the radar of the gaming community, considering how well it does gameplay, graphics and awesomeness. And, best of all, totally free!
Chris - In the rare moments I get to game on my rig, I’m putting my brand new nVidia graphics card to full use with classics like 11th Hour and I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream. Fair to say I’m going through a nostalgic horror phase, which to be honest happens about ten times a year with me.
Otherwise, I’ll be getting stuck into more mobile games, hopefully while enjoying a bit of sun outside (I miraculously now have a garden, which in London is near unheard of). I’ve tried playing Surgeon Simulator on a packed-out train this week, during my hellish commute - it ain’t easy pulling out kidneys while a grumpy suit slaps you in the face with the Financial Times - and that dastardly tooth extraction will finally be beaten this weekend, even if it kills me!
So, over to you GD’ers, what are you going to be playing this April weekend?