What Are You Playing This Weekend - February 2016 Edition

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 3:00 PM
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I don’t know about you, but February tends to be a teeny bit crap. It’s January’s equally ugly twin, and usually it’s a gigantic black hole of nothingness during which time precisely nothing tends to happen. Until this year bucked the trend. Not only have publishers remembered people are holed up in the cold weather and want games to play, but they’ve gone and released a bunch of good ones! They’re truly spoiling us.

The last few weeks have ladled on that sweet, sweet gaming sauce big time, with some sublime games arriving like XCOM 2, Firewatch, The Witness, Pillars of Eternity: The White March and American Truck Sim. It kind of makes me wish February was longer this year. But I digress; with this many games out, what are you choosing to spend your time playing this weekend?

Jon: Having only just finished Enemy Unknown I thought I was resilient to XCOM 2’s charms. Like an insidious sectoid however it’s burrow itself deep into my consciousness. I’ve now hit that heavy ‘just one more turn’ phase and it’s proving a habit difficult to kick. As I get sucked in though I’ve begun appreciating its intricate systems more and more. Everything was going swimmingly too, until a Blacksite mission wiped out three, count ‘em THREE of my top-tier units. That’s keyboard smashing time that is.

In amongst all that I’m sure I’ll find time for a bit of my other vice. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but Rainbow Six Siege continues to be impossible to resist, with a quick round swiftly turning into a bleary eyed start to the next day. I’ve been slaving away to unlock those two new operators, but I’m still getting twisted upside down by the new Yacht map.

Squee: So the twin pillars of gaming wonder for me this month are XCOM 2 and , well, Pillars of Eternity. So maybe Pillars counts as more than one pillar? This metaphor seems to have escaped from me.
Nevertheless, it’s nice to spend some time in the world of Eora, slaying monsters and stealing their stuff in the time-honoured tradition of fantasy RPGing. Pillars always brings the heavy-duty storyline so I’m looking forward to seeing The White March Part 2’s pretty generic setup inevitably mutate into something more complex and rich.

Jac: I feel so spoilt for choice that half the time I spend more time deciding what to play than actually playing something. I’ve definitely been riding the XCOM 2 train with everyone else, along with dashes of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dying Light: The Following, Cities: Skyline - Snowfall and a cheeky bit of Warframe where I can. It’s been a pretty busy few weeks for games and with Far Cry Primal and The Division just around the corner my wallet is starting to feel sad and a little scared.

As ever, League of Legends keeps its claws firmly in my soul and I still find time most evenings to smash a few games. I’m currently trying to rank up out of silver but I just don’t have the time or passion to played ranked matches these days so it looks like I’ll be remaining a scrub for the foreseeable future.

And now it's essay time, featuring Divayth and Felix: 

Divayth: I couldn’t help myself. And why should I defend myself for it? The past few weeks I’ve been re-enjoying the greatest PC game of all time. The source of the nickname I use everywhere I go on the internet, the game I suggest to anyone who very generally asks “suggest me a game please”, and the music I listen to in my car when I feel down. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

Once a year or two the call to head back to my beloved Vvardenfell becomes too loud to ignore. So I have played it many times over, but this time it had been a while since my last playthrough. You’d think that a game relying so much on story and lore would become boring after playing a couple of times but it just doesn’t. Not to me. Just running around the island and its many different regions brings me a joy no game has been able to give me ever since. People sometimes jokingly say you can’t finish TESV: Skyrim because there’s always something to be done that you haven’t done before. Well the same goes for its predecessor as even now I’m still finding stuff I never saw before. If possible deepening my love for the game even more.

For a quicker bit of fun I will be playing Elite Dangerous, with my new HOTAS setup. Admittedly the entire opposite of the gaming spectrum compared to Morrowind, but the variation is nice. I have played Elite Dangerous before, with just mouse and keyboard, but with a throttle and joystick it really does soar to new dimensions. Even gave me the courage to engage other real life players in the universe and in close quarters combat. And when its rival Star Citizen ever finally releases, some day in a distant future, I’ll have my weapons ready!

Felix: It’s been a while since I really, actively tried to snatch some time at the end of a day to play a game. I thought it wouldn’t be until Total Warhammer comes out in April that I would do that next. But XCOM 2 has been making me do just that. I am a fair way through my first play and it is running suitably on a GTX 950. Not brilliant, as it does sometimes stutter every now and then, but it is absolutely playable. I am still amazed at how the game keeps ramping up the difficulty to suit my squad's experience and capability. Putting pressure on and making me think I could fail at any moment.

At one point I had to pop over to South America and take out an Advent Blacksite or the game would end. But I couldn't do it until i made contact with the South American resistance. And I couldn’t make contact until I had enough contact slots available. I couldn’t get enough contact slots as I didn’t have the power to run the facility to help me increase my number of resistant contacts. So first I had to build a power facility. But I couldn’t do that until I had cleared enough alien debris from my alien space craft, that you use as a flying base. The clock to the end of game started running down and I did all of that with just 18 hours of game time to spare. Which is scarily close. I am still playing that same game. I also have my eye on Pillars of Eternity, but will return to my game of that once I am done with XCOM 2, assuming Total Warhammer hasn’t released, of course.

Over to you then on this Friday afternoon then, what are you daydreaming you'll be able to spend your time playing this upcoming weekend? 

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16:41 Feb-21-2016

front mission 5

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20:18 Feb-21-2016

Front Mission 3 is my #1 game of all time :] i still play it sometimes on pc now that my ps1 is long gone.

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06:44 Feb-22-2016

yeah, after playing 3,4 and 5, front mission 3 is the best.. and it is also one of the best game i've played, and yeah, that's the joy of having pc, retro gaming

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10:29 Feb-21-2016

I've been playing the division and enjoying it quite alot videos to follow shortly

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10:25 Feb-21-2016

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

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08:15 Feb-21-2016

Battlefield 3 always!

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06:49 Feb-21-2016

The Division Beta!

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10:25 Feb-21-2016

Same here man loving this game

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20:10 Feb-21-2016

And surprisingly, I can run it at Full 2K Ultra. So I guess they're serious about either optimizing it, or downgrading the graphics (slightly?)

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18:45 Feb-20-2016

I've almost completed rise of the tomb raider and GTA V PC rerun. I'm also playing some dying light co-op.

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02:45 Feb-21-2016

Havent you got 100% comp in GTA V yet ? LoL

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13:37 Feb-20-2016

I'll play Black Ops 3 Multiplayer a bit.. then i'm going for Skyrim or ARK :)

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12:26 Feb-20-2016

Ill be up all night to play DayZ ;)

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10:57 Feb-20-2016

Ghost Recon 2001

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17:59 Feb-21-2016

Didn't complete first mission, Uninstalled same day.

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18:00 Feb-21-2016

Now Going for GRAW 1.

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09:15 Feb-20-2016

HITMAN beta for me!

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08:55 Feb-20-2016

Binary Domain that I got for free today is what I am playing. It is actually a decent game that I had never heard of before. Surprisingly good.

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13:13 Feb-21-2016

Sega giveaway ftw XD

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07:35 Feb-20-2016

Life is Strange and little bit of Black Ops 3 but first i'll complete Life is Strange i'm in love with this game ;) (but the lip syncing sucks!!)

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09:56 Feb-20-2016

Amazing spidermax :D

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13:18 Feb-20-2016

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

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06:53 Feb-20-2016

Between Witcher 3 and Call of Duty Black Ops 3 then, I will start playing Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, Crysis 3 and Otlast.

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13:44 Feb-20-2016

hoho nice collection... but havent you finished Crysis and Phantom Pain yet? i finished them ages ago lol

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04:05 Feb-20-2016

I've been playing American Truck Simulator with a few mods and after about two years I decided to play GTA SA with SA - MP Mod again and I'm still going nuts in panau in JC2.Oh and been playing Surgeon Simulator 2013 AE Version. :))

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03:17 Feb-20-2016

Still witcher 3(Damn the game is so big),Dying light the following,fallout 4,rainbow six seige

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03:12 Feb-20-2016

Black Desert Online Beta :D
then probably more Dying Light

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03:10 Feb-20-2016

Black Desert Online Beta and Blade&Soul.


Having a hard time deciding whether to preorder BDO or not.

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02:28 Feb-20-2016

Fallout 4, The Division Beta, American Truck Simulator, and Empire: Total War

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02:08 Feb-20-2016

My favorite COD of them all,Modern Warfare 2

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02:08 Feb-20-2016

And Far Cry 3

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Crusader Kings II and World of tanks.

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