What Are You Playing This Weekend? - August 2018 Edition

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Aug 25, 2018 3:00 PM
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Over here in the UK, it’s a Bank Holiday three-day weekend. Meaning, as per usual on public holidays, it’s going to be wet and windy. But while nature takes away from us with one hand, it does also offer us a bountiful gift with the other - a guilt-free gaming weekend.

It’s also pretty much our last weekend before the crazy season kicks off in emphatic fashion. The next fortnight or so packs a bewildering list of games that includes PES 2019, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Two Point Hospital, Dragon Quest XI, Spider-Man, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. For many people, it’s the last chance saloon in terms of clearing out that backlog during the dry summer months.

Jon - On Saturday I’ll be going out to stand in the Bank holiday rain, naturally, But once I get home from my escapades on Sunday, I’ve got about a day and a half of uninterrupted bliss. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the big one I’m waiting for but in the meantime, I’m planning to sink plenty of time into Celeste, A Hat in Time, and, most importantly, Hitman Season 1.

I’ve been dabbling with Hitman a bit over the years and loved what I’d played, although the episodic nature meant I was always waiting for to be the finished product. It turns out it’s actually been finished for about a year, but with the recent news that Io Interactive is putting all the levels into Hitman 2, I figured now would be a great time to sink my teeth into. I’m absolutely loving the variety of challenges it’s throwing my way so far. The only downside is the first couple of hours in a level are incredibly daunting, and dizzying to navigate, but once you begin to get a handle on it and see how this clockwork toy box can be messed with, it really starts to come into its own. I’m itching to play more in preparation for Hitman 2 later this year.

Squee - I would gladly swap you hot and dry for some of that rain (What rain? It’s sweltering heat here - Shaheryar). Here in California, we don’t do wet and windy. Instead, we do hugely destructive wildfires in a landscape that is basically endless kindling. The grass is always greener (or, in this case, yellower).

Assuming I manage to survive the looming fiery hellscape for another weekend, I am cracking on with the third chapter of The Council. Chapter, not episode. Because it’s like reading a lurid thriller full of murder, betrayal and incredibly unattractive faces. But - spoiler warning - I am sticking close to my original review on this one. It’s brilliant. I suppose that while I can appreciate the economic reasoning for the studio, I’m not convinced that the episodic (chaptersodic?) release schedule for games like this really works all that well for the narrative. There is a lot going on, and when a chapter opens with you being tested on your recollection of the precise spelling of a particular character’s name from the very start of the game - well, that feels a little unfair. There’s a lot going on, and if you want to really follow what’s going on, I’d suggest that The Council is best played as a whole.

Shaheryar: It’s Eid weekend and I will be spending it slaughtering walkers in The Walking Dead: Final Season. I don’t get why Telltale is ending the series when it's just getting started (cries slowly).

Aside from that, I also have a Northgard DLC on my hands which I will be trying out on the sidelines. The original game borrowed more than it actually reinvented but it did follow the rule “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it." I am hoping this time around, they changed the dynamics of game a bit to make it stand out and differentiate itself from competitors. Stay tuned for both reviews!

CorruptedCyborg -  F1 2018 - I’m a fan of racing games and an avid F1 fan, so it was only right that this is the game for me this weekend. I’ve stayed away from all the gameplay footage on YouTube as I want to experience the game myself. I’ll be starting a 100% race distance with full qualifying and practice sessions from scratch and I’m staying with the Williams F1 team throughout the duration of the career. Watching the Hungarian GP this weekend and playing F1 this weekend may be a little difficult this weekend.

But that's enough about us, it's a big weekend, what are your gaming plans? Let us know what you're up to below! PS, see if you can beat CorruptedCyborg's time of 18m17s on Silverstone!

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16:23 Aug-28-2018

Yakuza kiwami 2

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16:51 Aug-28-2018

The right answer! Going to have to pick it up this week I think, struggling to resist it

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12:41 Aug-27-2018

Jedi Outcast & C&C: Generals (ContrA mod)

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22:23 Aug-26-2018

Elder Scrolls Legends, Doom and to try to get 100% Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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13:19 Aug-26-2018

Mass Effect. The original one. Thought it was time for some good old Commander Shepherd action !

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18:12 Aug-26-2018

Played the first 3 games, i liked all those games, even in the first one i got very immersed in the world.

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12:29 Aug-26-2018

Just cause 3 for the first time, super brainless fun

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13:03 Aug-26-2018

put cars with bombs attached in the cargo plane and throw them

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13:09 Aug-26-2018

thanks for the tip, will do

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10:20 Aug-27-2018

go to youtube and search "just cause 3 creative kills" or "just cause 3 crazy moments" :)

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08:33 Aug-26-2018

Replaying Dragon Age: Inquisition - time for a gender-swap perfectionist playthrough :V

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06:01 Aug-26-2018

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02:17 Aug-26-2018

Mass effect andromeda, there is something in this game that seems off, it seems like it isnt mass effect anymore, graphics are good and a noticiable improvement over the last games.

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01:50 Aug-26-2018

Just Cause 3.

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23:19 Aug-25-2018

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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22:47 Aug-25-2018

I'll be setting up a bunch of old-school games on an old laptop I just upgraded with an SSD and a new mouse. Perfect combo, but had to be re-done since the HDD was on its last legs :D

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23:38 Aug-25-2018

What a coincidence! I added a new SSD to my laptop and got a new mouse (I managed to break the touchpad, somehow).

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Ha! Nice :D

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11:33 Aug-28-2018

Xquatrox let me know, if u plan on playing, how much cpu usage you get in assassin's creed origin

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22:44 Aug-25-2018

For honor, Destiny, Gwent and WoW

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22:25 Aug-25-2018

Finishing up my X-Com:War of the Chosen run that I started last December. Then, diving into some Monster Hunter.

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21:16 Aug-25-2018

The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Skyrim SE (Finally have a gpu that can handle ENB and more mods so I can finally do a full play-through on PC), also going to try out this Planet of the Apes Last Frontier game.

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I bought F1 2018 for the multiplayer. Full time, almost. The rest try free For Honor and a bit of Forza Horizon 3

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Quake Champions!

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Horizon Zero Dawn & FS 17

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Homeworld Remastered and Gauntlet Slayer Edition...

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Life is Strange before the Storm: Deluxe is all that I am looking forward to.

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I will be getting down on some Monster Hunter World later. Also I might be playing rocket league when I need a break from hunting monsters.

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