What are you playing this weekend - May 2019 Edition

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, May 17, 2019 4:17 PM
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Another weekend, another opportunity for some uninterrupted gaming bliss. Quite a few big games have snuck up on this week, including Rage 2, Sniper Elite V2: Remastered and, the surprise of the bunch, A Plague Tale: Innocence. Asobo's grim adventure through plague-ridden France has scooped up some incredibly positive reviews. What better way to while away the spring sunshine. 

Jon: One thing led to another and I’m actually going to watch sweaty men grapple one another at WWE Raw tonight. It did briefly cross my mind to give WWE 2K19 a download in preparation, or post-show, but those games have been on a downward slope from Smackdown for years now. Instead, it’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice time.

I started Sekiro last weekend and I’ve made some solid progress. Three bosses are down, about 10 or so mini-bosses have been sliced into tiny pieces, and I’ve met suspiciously few roadblocks so far. The early game, at least, is a much smoother ride than Bloodborne. I’m sure that’s all going to change soon though, and I’ll no doubt be in for a world of pain. Naturally, I’m extremely keen to hop back in for more. The combat and exploration elements are just sublime, and I’m also finding it pretty generous in how different avenues of progress it offers. You may butt heads with a particularly difficult boss, only to discover another route with a prayer bead, new prosthetic, and a mini-boss, all of which better prepares you to head back and take on that original boss.

There are few welcome changes to the Souls formula which I wasn’t necessarily expecting to like, either. No stamina limit is an absolute godsend, as are the nimble movement abilities, simplified loadouts, and a fairer punishment for death that doesn’t have me endlessly trekking back to scrape up my lost souls from the floor.

I’m only maybe 10 hours in but Sekiro is certainly right up there as a potential game of the year candidate alongside Resident Evil 2 Remake, and nothing else has really come close. Hopefully this weekend it can keep up the fantastic early impression.

Felix: I was playing Tropico 6 a month ago, as I suddenly developed that sandbox, management, city-builder itch. While chatting with Squee he reminded me that, while Tropico 6 [Our Tropico 6 review] is fun to pick up and put down, Cities Skylines is actually where the real city building lies. Skylines has tonnes of DLC for you to grab as well. And so when i find a moment I have been booting up Skylines to lay out the roads and designate the areas for development. Its pretty easy going to start with and now a dozen or so hours in I have a city of around 30K people. You can watch them all make their way around the place, jumping on trams and buses to get to the stinky industrial areas, where they work.

I certainly recommend a go on Cities Skylines if you want to leisurely while away a day of city planning. The devs have made it very accessible and it certainly sits top of my city building chart at the moment. Cities Skylines [Our Skylines review] released a few years back now, but to look at it feels like it could have released within the past year. New DLC for skylines is still being developed as well.

So that's us, but as always we're keen to know what your gaming plans are over the next few days. Are you getting busy with some hardcore Skyrim modding? Getting your traffic running smoothly in Cities Skylines? Or giving mutants a black eye in Rage 2? Let us know!

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05:05 May-19-2019

Mostly Fade to Silence and A Plague Tale: Innocence but also some of Titan Quest (AE): Atlantis and little Surviving Mars: Green Planet...

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22:39 May-18-2019

gonna play mutant year zero road to eden and a bit of paladins. can't always play the latest stuff.

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11:26 May-18-2019

Haven't finished A plague tale so i'll be playing that. I am at chapter 8.

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11:12 May-18-2019

Apex legends and RAGE 2

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10:05 May-18-2019

COH2 and perhaps SD: Normandy 44

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10:02 May-18-2019

How'd the sweaty man-sandwich go Jon ?


I had the same itch as Felix. Probably thanks to Anno 1800. But then the Star Citizen free weekend came along and got me playing it. And after that finished I still felt like playing a similar relaxing game so I started Eve Online again. Been playing that still. It's a great chilled out experience.


I'm trying to figure out what to play next though. Very confused. Maybe someone can help me. Choices are Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Far Cry 5, Yakuza 0, GTA V Online

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11:05 May-18-2019

well i would say Far Cry 5 or Deus Ex Mankind Divided for relaxing but if you are for something completly oposite then go with GTA V Online

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09:19 May-18-2019

Dabbling between A plague tale: innocence and Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

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07:49 May-18-2019

As was posted here and btw, tks for telling us cuz otherwise i would not know, Steep is free on ubisoft, and ill play that for a while, then sunday night ill probably get on Fortnite to do some of those John Wick challenges.

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07:07 May-18-2019

Just Cause 4

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05:27 May-18-2019

I'll probably finally beat SPAZ and play some Steep since Ubi gave it away for free to all of us! :D

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05:08 May-18-2019

bought devil may cry hd collection and started replaying those old great titles again after the latest masterpiece Devil may cry 5 . other than that it's the usual rotation between apex legends and monster hunter world

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06:52 May-18-2019

I tried the HD collection few weeks ago and lemme tell you its controls are NOT made for PC..

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15:50 May-18-2019

lol already beaten all 3 games and now going for some achievements , just use a controller as DMC games are meant to be played with a controller not k/b

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16:01 May-18-2019

Hunggar28 sayed just use controller i have beaten the game while i was waiting for dmc5

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03:27 May-18-2019

I'm going retro this weekend, Gonna speed run Max Payne 1 & might try Rage 2 :)

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03:13 May-18-2019

I bought Hellblade; Senua's Sacrifice off of Steam. It's a game that has interested me due to Senua having a mental illness similar to some women I have known the last few years, Senua actually looks like one of the ladies. I'll be playing that.


Really haven't played much of late; the PS4 is collecting dust, the Switch is still sitting in my drawer and I am playing PC games sparingly.

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05:11 May-18-2019

it's a great experience , hope you enjoy it , just Don't Watch the dev diary video until you finish the game first cause it contains alot of spoilers that would affect the game experience

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03:01 May-18-2019

Nothing, i have a busy weekend this time :)

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01:34 May-18-2019

I'll be trying to finish Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice . .


Lord have mercy

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01:59 May-19-2019

Update: Stuck on final boss will try again tomorrow

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00:47 May-18-2019

Smoking some pot and playing Viscera cleaning detail

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00:41 May-18-2019

Playing Yakuza 0 on PC and Tetris 99 on the switch

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22:51 May-17-2019

Currently playing A Plague Tale: Innocence while doing some screen-archery in it. Next up is probably Rage 2 and a bit of BFV probably.

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22:15 May-17-2019

Just got Fractured Lands off Steam for $2.49. Hoping this sale gets some people on the servers, because the game looks like a fun BR. https://store.steampowered.com/app/751240/Fractured_Lands/


Also gonna try to get on a server for Islands of Nyne, and then go for some Battlefield V

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21:40 May-17-2019

Rage 2 - and I am enjoying it, it is fun game like DOOM, but with no linear story, and Bethesda launcher key was only for arround 40 bucks on GMG!

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