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!