It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do this: tweak and tweak to the first of the month, and no returns! You were… Octobered. Hey, don’t sweat. You can keep that bloody nose all month to make a splash on Halloween. Gladly by the way.
What are you playing this weekend? Let’s click on that!
As I prepare for the most important holiday of the year, Cyber Monday, I’m feeling oddly withdrawn to Cyberpunk 2077. Even if there isn’t much new since I last played and it would be better to wait for the expansion? Ah no, I have a new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, except I left it for several months, I should clarify that. So much cyber, so little time (only 58 days left!). Oh, and I have to finish this Brutalist Quake map pack.
We started playing Splatoon 2 as a family spectator sport last weekend. I think we’ll probably continue doing this for a bit as both my kids seem to be really enjoying it. Might try Grounded now, which also no longer has early access, though likely has potato spider mode enabled. I played the Beacon Pines demo a couple of Steam Fests ago and had an interesting time, so it seems likely I’ll dive in a bit via PC Game Pass.
I’m a bit busy this weekend with – shock horror – a badminton tournament. So, um, I could maybe tuck in some late-night Xenoblade Chronicles 3 if I want to re-energize from typically insane anime battles. Otherwise I’ll probably catch up on the new Lord of the Rings show. It is very good!
It’s Fifa time, which means it’s the one part of the year that I attend to football. It’s going to be a long weekend of squad building, missed shots, and frustration as the opponent keeps pausing in Ultimate Team. Maybe I’ll stay in career mode and try to push Derby back into the EFL championship.
I lazily left the last two levels of Metal: Hellsinger unfinished so I should probably look into that. Then the song modding can begin.
I’ve been knocked out by Post-EGX Covid this week and while I think I’ve largely recovered (thank the stars) I’m still testing positive so no fun times outside for me this weekend. Which is a good thing, because I’ve got a ton of games to catch up now that September’s crazy review season is finally over. First on the list: Finishing Cult Of The Lamb on my steam deck while tucked under a duvet in bed. Then maybe more Xenoblade. There will always be more Xenoblade.
A month or two ago I realized that the Steam Deck is at its best when treated like a portable Xbox 360. Games from two generations of consoles run out of the box with very few problems, hardly use up valuable battery power and, thanks to the wonderful decks, use Xbox-like sticks and buttons. That’s all to say that this week I devoured the original Dead Rising, whose segmented mission design and fixed save points lend themselves perfectly to handheld play. This was a game that felt incredibly challenging when it launched in 2005, and here I am playing it at double the frames while lying under a duvet. This device, friends. It’s bloody sensational.
“Season 2 of The Cycle: Frontier released this week and that means a server wipe and lots of changes including a brand new island to explore. I’ve played a few matches already and oh boy did I miss the storms. Wonderful stuff. Mandatory link to my lengthy tirade about the best rain in games.”
I’m still struggling with slimes in Slime Rancher 2 and it’s going pretty well. My slime farm is working efficiently and I now have my goal to upgrade all my tools. As much as I enjoy it, I can’t help but be disappointed with how incredibly similar it is to the first. The developers at Monomi Park say they will be adding more interesting gameplay features during their Early Access development, so I’m curious what they think. Until then I’m just going to focus on what’s new like the loony slimes (!) which are super (!!) cute (!!!) so I’m happy for now.
I’m still on the post-EGX recovery wagon, so I’m in the mood to not move from my couch any more than necessary this weekend. Thankfully, Supermassive Games had my back with the free Man Of Medan and Little Hope updates released earlier this week. Hey, it’s October when you’re reading this: let the spooky season begin!
But you, dear reader, what are you playing this weekend?