Welcome all to the first What Are You Playing This Weekend of 2022, where we can discuss all the latest and greatest games that will be taking up our time this weekend. From big AAA titles, to lesser known indie games, we want to know from all of you what will you be playing this weekend?
Of course, this week marks the official release of the extremely anticipated Elden Ring by From Software, so we have an inkling that most of you will be playing that this weekend. Then again, there are loads of other games that just recently came out, and plenty more from previous months! 2022 is looking to be a pretty good year for gaming.
But first, here's what our very own GD staff will be playing this weekend...
Chad - As someone who generally doesn't enjoy MMOs but does enjoy ARPGs, I've been surprised as to how much I've been playing Lost Ark recently even though it's more MMO than ARPG. It was free and thought 'what the heck' and gave it a go. Now I'm 15 hours in and still enjoying it mostly.
However, over the past few weeks I have also been dropping in and out of the various Soulslike games by From Software like the Dark Souls series as well as Sekiro, just to get a feeling for the obvious big release of the weekend: Elden Ring, which will definitely be consuming most of my time for the next few weeks.
Stuart - So for me, it’s been Crusader Kings 3 and a smattering of Elite: Dangerous, plus a half-hearted campaign for perhaps the game that lives in the exact midpoint between these two…. Sid Meier’s Alien Crossfire. I’m also definitely what the kids these days might describe as ‘Elden-curious’, and I’d also like to see if Total War-Hammer 3 is as bad as half the Internet is saying, or as good as the other half reckons.
Felix - Hey all, I have been mostly playing Total War Warhammer 3. It's fun and surprise, surprise… chaotic. As you may know, this final version of the juggernaut Total War game has a focus on the 4 chaos gods and lets you lead their demonic denizens. And as you might expect, it's a total mess when you line up your dark forces and send them in to tear apart the opposite army. In the past you would clearly get a rock paper scissors kind of unit roster, with some units being heavy hitters, some being melee focused or perhaps were fast and ideal for flanking or maybe able to fly behind enemy lines to attack archers and so on.
Each chaos unit seems to have a bit of everything, so for example, making it tricky to know if you put your “sort-of” melee units at the front but they can also discharge poison, and are pretty quick and capable of vanguard but not really excellent at melee or really fast etc. So it makes you think about it a bit, until eventually you just charge them all in and enjoy the carnage. It is also really fun stomping around as a demonic prince of Khorne, where you are positively encouraged to run head first into all enemies, as quickly as possible.
Before that I was having a blast in co-op on Dying Light 2. It somewhat surprised me at how many puerile chuckles me and my co-op buddy had in this game. One such incident was when a nasty looking, brain eating zombie ran towards me and I booted it in the face, sending it stumbling backwards towards my fellow player, who had dropped down behind it just in time to kick it back towards me for an ongoing game of Zombie tennis.
Ok and despite those two great games, the day has come for Elden Ring, lauded as the most anticipated game of the year. Perhaps interestingly to some, I am in the camp of players that have never played one of the Soulslike titles. This time though the hype and incredible review scores are too hard to ignore. So I am hella excited to go and give it a blast, as soon as I finish writing this senten….(It seems Felix couldn't bother finishing the sentence, but he assures us that he will return later to finish it off and maybe tell us if Elden is any good on PC or not?).
And there you have it, that's what we're up to this weekend, now it's over to you guys to tell us what you'll be playing this weekend! As always, you can vote for the genre of game you'll be playing the most this weekend. Of course, some games like Elden Ring encompass several genres at once, so just pick the closest one you think fits the game's description best!
(If your particular niche of genre isn't covered in the polls below, then just vote for whatever's the closest!)