What Are You Playing This Weekend - October 2018 Edition

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Oct 13, 2018 4:00 PM
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We’re deep in the thickets of gaming season now. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is providing us with hundreds of hours of action-RPG goodness, battle royale goes AAA with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Forza Horizon 4 is proving an utterly fantastic open-world driving game. With Red Dead Redemption 2, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2 right around the corner, there’s also plenty to look forward. With all of these choices though, what are you spending your hard-earned free time playing?

Jon: This weekend I’m mostly planning to scoop up the remaining collectibles in Forza Horizon 4 and then play through this week’s season winter content. That should take up a nice afternoon of blazing around the countryside without having to overthink.

At the same time, I’ll also be trying with all my might to resist picking up a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. I have literally no interest in the game outside of the Blackout battle royale mode, but £50 for a single mode is a little rich for my blood.

I’ll be off in London for most of the weekend, but should I have any spare time outside of my Forzathon then I’ll probably try to pick away a bit more at Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s not really grabbed me yet, to be honest. The core is still great but it’s hidden by too many dense layers of systems and content, none of which prove particularly excitement. The adage ‘less-is-more’ has seldom seemed more apt. Hopefully, I can around on once I sink a little deeper though.

Felix: As Jon said, I also had a go at AC Odyssey but after a couple of hours I turned away from it. I don't have the time to sink in to grind through the levels. It seems like it does offer a lot of value for your money and is certainly going to be a lot of entertainment to the right person, but for people who are time poor, like me, it doesn't return enough to make me want to pick it up and play it as I cant achieving anything worthwhile in my time with it. Hence the reason for the Up For Debate article last weekend about the paid XP bonuses.

Ubisoft seems to think that people who are time poor are also cash rich, and so will pay more to get 50% extra XP to get to the good stuff a bit quicker. Nah, not doing that.

Almost contrary to what I have just said I have also started a game of Pathfinder Kingmaker. An epic Baldurs Gate style game that will probably take 80+ hours to get some way into it. But, Pathfinder Kingmaker lets you roam across a global map uncovering locations that your party can explore. These explorable location maps can take about 20-60 mins. So that makes them much more achievable, plus you can quick save anytime.

Kingmaker is a conversion of the best pen and paper Adventure Path, that Paizo publishers have made to date. You get to explore and rid a land of bandits and nasty creatures while meeting and helping a wonderful assortment of characters and beings. Then as you level up your party, discovering equipment and treasures that have localised history, you really get to know this land and form a bond. Then, making the most of that connection the adventure culminates in you getting the chance to become the ruler of this land. And that’s only just the beginning.

Squee: Pillars of Eternity 2, The Bard’s Tale IV and the latest episodes of The Council - it’s getting mad RPG up in here yo! I can’t remember the last time I clicked a mouse button to fire an assault rifle! Must have been months ago now.

So as the autumn nights draw in, I’m sat in the light of my silver candelabra (worth 20 gold pieces), sipping aged brandy and pretending to be a level 8 elf.

It’s a good haul for me, actually. Pillars 2 is almost as good as the original and offers a different take on the things that made the original one of my favourite games of all time. Bard’s Tale IV is perhaps a little ‘modern’ in its take on the RPG genre to really call itself a direct successor to the hardcore nuts and bolts of the first three games all those years ago, but is still playable. And of course, The Council is my big discovery for 2018. It’s a terrific game that does things in a unique and highly fun way.

Reviews for all three on the way!

That's what we're (hopefully) up to, but what are your gaming plans for the weekend? Picked up any new indie gems from Steam? Or planning to knock something off your backlog? Let us know!

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11:46 Oct-15-2018

Watch Dogs 2, Borderlands Pre Sequel lan with freind and maby some Rome total war against friends

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18:46 Oct-15-2018

Think the weekend is over mate ;)

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18:53 Oct-15-2018

if you are a player the weekend never ends ;)

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20:33 Oct-15-2018

expecialy if y lose track of days bec y dont do anything else, but i really would lose track of days and months if not for Relase Dates :P

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06:55 Oct-16-2018

XD

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08:16 Oct-15-2018

Stop lying people. We all know you play Pubg and dota 2

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08:29 Oct-15-2018

the day I play them alone out of my own free will I'd bomb the world or die trying... -_-
Those games are all that is wrong with games... simplification, castration of genres done wrong on top of that... MOBA and Battle Royale can go die for all I care.

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08:42 Oct-15-2018

No me mate.

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00:43 Oct-15-2018

Nothing i had to study!!!

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07:42 Oct-15-2018

What's your major?

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20:18 Oct-14-2018

Completed just cause 3 today, so some more R6 siege.

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18:16 Oct-14-2018

Quake champions and Elderscrolls online! ;)

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18:08 Oct-14-2018

Played Primal (2003) on PlayStation 2 a bit. Pretty cool action/adventure game. Going to complete it.
aaand Overwatch like every single weekend.

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18:01 Oct-14-2018

Nothing i'm afraid... But at least i will stay clean cuz i refuse to get piracy sh*T !

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14:59 Oct-14-2018

i play Zuma

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14:26 Oct-14-2018

fifa 19 (first time i qualified for the weekend leage) and ac odyssey for me.

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11:52 Oct-14-2018

Dragon Quest 11, I ****ing love this game.

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12:23 Oct-14-2018

I definitely have to get that game: it has been a while since I've played a good turn based JRPG.
The soundtrack seems awesome too.

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09:54 Oct-14-2018

Ridge Racer Unbounded...

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09:35 Oct-14-2018

American McGee's Alice 2000 and Bulletstorm :FCE.

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09:35 Oct-14-2018

Black Ops III - Love it. The multiplayer is like playing the old Black Ops 1(especially since they brought back a lot of the original maps) but it works better, looks better, no grenade spam. It's just a really good FPS experience

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06:56 Oct-14-2018

Rise of The Tomb Raider
Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Sleeping Dogs.

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06:09 Oct-14-2018

God of war and horizon zero dawn side quest...

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04:33 Oct-14-2018

FFXV

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02:38 Oct-14-2018

Some more Ark! Though working 7 days a week really limits my gaming nowdays :/

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01:26 Oct-14-2018

Just Cause 3.

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00:47 Oct-14-2018

Horizon: Zero Dawn

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00:26 Oct-14-2018

Nothing as my entire weeks have been reduced to nothing but homework and classes this semester, much to my annoyance. I have been preparing a modded Skyrim SE though for the time I can finally play it heavily modded on PC for once.

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