What Are You Playing This Weekend - New Year 2017 Edition

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 4:00 PM

And so we bid a (not so) fond farewell to 2016. Despite being a year of extreme highs and lows however, gamers were spoilt rotten. I mean, you only have to look at the 12 Game of the Year nominees in the Global Game Awards 2016 to see there were literally more great games out this year than there is time to play them. Yet play them must, like the troopers we are. So the all important question is, what are you playing this fine New Year?

Jon: Having recently finished Dragon Age: Origins, my next aim is to take on Dragon Age 2. I know, I know, it’s probably terrible, but a small part of me just has to know how BioWare screwed things up so badly. As well as that I’m a few hours into Stardew Valley. Better late than never I guess. It’s the Harvest Moon successor I’ve been wanting for years, and a damn sight better than Farming Simulator 17 from the sounds of it. There’s something about the addictive formula of growing crops that can keep me occupied for hour upon hour.

All these plans will probably fall apart while I'm nursing a sore head, so I can see myself settling down to a relaxing afternoon of Steep, scoping out a few more drop points.

Squee: A new year means new resolutions, and for me, I’m going to finally play a game of Crusader Kings II through to its inevitable, bloody conclusion. While many of the videogames I play might be inappropriate for the eyes of my precious children, there’s something about CK2’s emphasis on removing any offspring who show even the slightest imperfection that is perhaps even worse than the blood ‘n’ guts we’re all used to. But - by blimey, I might as well out and say it - despite me giving it a mere 9.5 when I first reviewed it, Crusader Kings II might very well be my favourite game of all time. If I could review it again today, I’d give it a clear eleven.

Felix: Each year at this time I look past the digital format and instead get out some board games. Have some nice food and drink with friends, while we play an enjoyable mix of sci-fi and fantasy board games.
This year we will be playing Relic (which is basically Warhammer 40K, but using the classic Talisman boardgame as its core mechanic) and if time permits, a great game of Mage Knight. I highly recommend both of these. They have a nice amount of coop play woven throughout. Another cracker is Zombicide. Basically it's Left for Dead the boardgame and plays insanely well with you and a couple of friends as you work together to try and escape the zombie hordes.

Ed: As I will be returning to the big city for the big day, as size correlation is important, I’m going to be razzing on my now slightly upgraded rig for at least a part of the new year period. I plan on cracking out some of the games I’ve had to watch float by. Probably going to give Cities Skylines a whirl again, having played it so much previously that I began dreaming about road designs, I’m keen to actually put some of them into use. That and quite like the idea of flooding all my hard work with the new disasters expansion.

Other than that will probably give Besiege another whirl as building a ballistic cannon that doesn’t explode itself on firing is still the dream for me… I love that stuff man. But of course a Jackbox Party Pack is almost definitely going to come out again at some point though. God me and my housemates love that game.

Now, I know a lot of you would rather have your heads in a toilet cistern right now than be reading this, but there's only one way to get over a brutal hangover - a gaming session to take your mind off it. What are your plans this fine day?

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05:26 Jan-04-2017

I am immersed in TESIV: Oblivion. I never thought i would be so engaged in a game, which has pretty old graphics. But its really good. Now, i see, from where Skyrim got its inspiration.

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06:58 Jan-02-2017

Borderlands 2 with ma bro... :)

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11:34 Jan-01-2017

I am playing metro 2033, and overwatch. Happy new yea to everyone and i hope 2017 to be a year full of great gaming!

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04:24 Jan-01-2017

Bully scolarship edition on my laptop, and in a week i would play just cause 3.

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21:06 Dec-31-2016

I'm playing the Christmas present from my son: CS:GO & I'll be playing it with my other present, a Zowie ECA-2.
This could become a serious addiction :-\
As usual, I'll be playing UT3 to warm up.

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12:45 Dec-31-2016

PES 17 master league mostly likely for the whole weekend.

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11:40 Dec-31-2016

W3: Wild Hunt

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11:04 Dec-31-2016

Arkham knight...

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09:13 Dec-31-2016

Assassin's creed unity Assassin's creed 2 and csgo

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09:09 Dec-31-2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and its great but im so stuttering while running around in prague. Really wish I would win that GTX 1060 Graphics Card Giveaway Christmas 2016 and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!! :D

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07:52 Dec-31-2016

Also, Great to see that others also found out Black desert online.
This is really a hidden gem game. If you like to do whatever you want, even if you are afk, then definitely go grab this game.
It can be had for just 10 euro, but you really need a pet, so better go grab one of the more expansive packages.
But damn BDO is great :)

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07:50 Dec-31-2016

For me its plain simple.
I really fell in love with Black desert online lately.
And if i dont play that it will be either Fifa 17 or Dishonered 2 :)
If i still dont want to play these i have GTA online, Spellforce 2, far cry primal, TM turbo and batman arkham knight laying around.
If i then think i want to play something else, then i will download a Ubi30 game :)

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07:36 Dec-31-2016

I'm getting married today :-) That is no joke, I'm serious. Gonna "play" husband and wife for the rest of my life :-)

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08:00 Dec-31-2016

Better make a save file... just in case of a "its not what it looks like" moment :P


All jokes aside, wish you and your loved one all the best.

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08:46 Dec-31-2016

Thank you buddy ;-) Gonna use your advice, but I hope I'll never use that save file :-)

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06:37 Dec-31-2016

I'm gonna finish Dishonored 2 and then start one of the following:


Doom (Probably this)
Quantum Break
Mafia III

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05:47 Dec-31-2016

A job simulator I guess. Since I have to be at work both days -.-
But normaly I play Black Desert Online and 7 days to die.

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04:17 Dec-31-2016

.hack part 1 infection and the witcher 3

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03:28 Dec-31-2016

Witcher 3 Blood & Wine
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Batman Arkham Knight
Star Wars Battlefront
Endless Space 2


I will be bouncing around between all of those this weekend.

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03:24 Dec-31-2016

I play Black Desert Online, Watch Dogs 2 and Battlefield 1!

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03:00 Dec-31-2016

replaying the walking dead & tales from borderland.

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01:59 Dec-31-2016

I just got into dying light yesterday...that itself is going to take quite a bit of time

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