What Are You Playing This Weekend - November 2019 Edition

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Nov 22, 2019 5:20 PM
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And breathe. That’s pretty much it for another year in terms of AAA releases. There’s a few dribs and drabs to come in December (Halo Reach! Mechwarriors 5!) but, for the most part, all the big games are now out and we get down to the business of actually playing them. The last few weeks spoiled us, to be honest, with the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order, Need For Speed Heat, Death Stranding, and Planet Zoo, to name but a few. Now it’s the tricky time to decide just which of these games we’re going to play next.

Jon: I’ve got a couple of gaming pies in the oven, so to speak. Chiefly, I’ll be playing a whole lot more Planet Zoo. It’s fairly unashamedly a zoological version of Planet Coaster, and one with a rampantly out of control online market that encapsulates late stage capitalism in a nutshell. Seriously, if I get offered one more inbred warthog with wonky teeth and a life expectancy of about six months I’m going to have to start playing a banjo out the front entrance with my sister/aunt. Seriously, all the good animals have been hoarded by a bunch of 1%-ers who are now slowly breeding and selling them off for obscene amounts of in-game CC (Conservation Credits). Planet Zoo went from a friendly game trying to espouse the benefits of conservation to a capitalist hellhole in which some users have quickly identified the quickest path to the most success and driven the planet to ecocide.

This aside, Planet Zoo’s a great little time. While the animals are an issue, it’s still awesome building a great zoo and ensuring it looks like a place you’d actually want to go. The Planet series is often more about aesthetics than deep management and the games certainly reward players to building something that’s easy on the eye.

Aside from this, I’ve got a handful of levels left in Luigi's Mansion 3. It’s been a really charming time for the 10-15 hours I’ve put in so far and it accomplishes that rare treat of getting consistently better the further in you get. It’s set in a gigantic hotel, and while the early floors are fairly standard receptions, restaurants, and hotel rooms, but they’ve gradually gotten crazier to the point I’m exploring through Egyptian tombs, film sets, and pirate graveyards.

Felix: Zwooom. That's the sound of my Star Wars Fallen Order lightsaber extending. I have been pushing through a chunk of Fallen Order over the past week, so it's more of that for me. Its pretty good, certainly scratches a Star Wars itch. Is it worth the monstrous full game price over on Origin? I wouldn't pay it. Is it worth the all access game Origin pass £15/$15 for a month to get the game and finish it? Yeah it is, I guess? Speaking of which, they're clever in their Origin subscription pricing. If you pay $90/£90 you can get the year access to all their games. So the entire EA back Catalogue, like BF5 all the way through to this years Fallen Order, Need For Speed Heat and FIFA 2020. That could be a lot of game access if EA’s catalogue floats your boat. I can feel an Up For Debate coming on.

Anyway, Fallen Order is a fun 3rd person lightsaber-centric puzzle solver where you get to force push large balls of stone around to unlock the next area in a fairly linear story arc. I would describe it as safe. EA played it safe with this title and so there's little really to get me properly excited. The force powers and character progression are lacklustre and it definitely doesn't have the sort of gameplay depth that Knights of the Old Republic game had all those years back. But if you want to run around slashing up aliens and Storm troopers with a Jedi, like i do, then Fallen Order is definitely a good one to pick up at a cut price. I won't care that I don't own it once I stop the EA subscription because, had I bought the game in the first place, I would still have only given it one run through and then shelved it forever.

So that's us, but what gaming delights are you up to this weekend? Let everyone know below!

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16:09 Nov-23-2019

"Fallen Order",but i have massive stutters,tho i have played with the options fair amount of time.

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16:02 Nov-23-2019

Borderlands 3


Zane is pretty hilarious. The whole game is really fun. A significant improvement over is predecessor.

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13:32 Nov-23-2019

Playimg star wars and after finishing it I will start shenmue 3.

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12:57 Nov-23-2019

Will be playing Episode Ignis and the special pitous dungeon from FFXV on my PC. honestly the game gets better with the DLC's and I am sad tht SE wont make anymore DLC's for the game as these episode DLC's do add a lot of cool gameplay elements and fill in some gaps in the base game narrative.


I will also play Shadow of Colossus in the PCSX2 emulator. the latest dev builds have seriously made PS2 emulation faster and accurate enough. I managed to defeat 6 of the colossus in this new build and maybe I will try and finish up to 10 of them this weekend.

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12:23 Nov-23-2019

Studying for exams :(

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13:00 Nov-23-2019

good luck. hope u will do well in it.

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15:55 Nov-23-2019

Thank you!

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10:29 Nov-23-2019

This is going to be a slight shock, but I'm trying to pause my gaming for this year.


No games, not even mobile ones. Just need to make sure I'm not wasting my time with YT videos or something else.
That would be a shame.

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09:53 Nov-23-2019

BattleTech - Heavy Metal, Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Revelations.

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04:21 Nov-23-2019

Full time on Shadow of the tomb raider!

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04:20 Nov-23-2019

The outer worlds, what an amaizing game even when it stutters when loading xD

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11:00 Nov-23-2019

Never stutters for me

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21:40 Nov-23-2019

Do you have SSD or HDD ?

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08:20 Nov-24-2019

Ssd

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04:14 Nov-23-2019

Serial Cleaner & Rainbow Six Siege.

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02:56 Nov-23-2019

Still chopping away and RDR2

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23:34 Nov-22-2019

After 18 long years of waiting, I'm finally playing Shenmue III and I'm really enjoying it !

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10:36 Nov-23-2019

Happy for ya.

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22:22 Nov-23-2019

Thx

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22:12 Nov-22-2019

Finished Stars Wars Jedi fallen order...and now on to continue with RDR 2

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22:03 Nov-22-2019

Half life, became a tradition of mine to play through the whole thing during my "end of the year" vacations, plus hl alyx got me hyped.

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21:46 Nov-22-2019

This War of Mine - Final Cut

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09:43 Nov-23-2019

good choice wish the final cut was on android such a good game to play on the go.

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20:22 Nov-22-2019

The Bestest thing about Sniper_Ghost_Warrior_Contracts is that it is already on GoG. Perfect time killer game with no reason to back off now that it is DRM-free

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19:10 Nov-22-2019

Now that the Season Pass is complete, I'll (finally) be diving all in to Battletech!

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18:42 Nov-22-2019

Ive been playing MTGA these days...great game!

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18:35 Nov-22-2019

The Outer Worlds, NFS Payback, For Honor or at least thos are the game if i had time left for them from Luxor Collection

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18:34 Nov-22-2019

I'm playing The Outer Worlds. Congrats to Obsidian, they did a great job with this game. I'm loving every second of it so far :)

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