RPS Asks: What Will You Play This Weekend?

By Jim Rossignol on January 6th, 2012 at 2:54 pm.

One day games will all look like 19th century printing.
Hello. I hope you are having a lovely day. I wanted to ask you something. Now that the Skyrim frenzy seems to be dying off, and your gaming digestive system is bloated with games hoovered up from a run of excellent indie bundles, what will you be playing this weekend? How many of you are going back to things you bought before the Skyrim addiction set in? And how many of you are now faced with a stack of indie games that each demand your attentions? Perhaps you’ve finally realised how wrong you are about the Stalker games and have finally got around to playing them, eh? What shall it be? Speak!

Me? I shall be playing a bit of Starfarer, a bit of Perpetuum, and a smidgeon of Trine 2, just to balance out all those lasers.

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  1. Tuggy Tug says:

    Limbo – nearly finished…

    Heroes of Might & Magic V – potential to quit due to repetitive nature…

    Nuclear Dawn – looks really interesting, just finished downloading it to Steam via Indie Royale Bundle.

  2. Crainey says:

    I will most probably be playing World of Warcraft and trying to fight off the temptation to buy/play Star Wars: The Old Republic. haha. I will most likely play League of Legends with friends, Co-op Lara Craft and the Guardian of Light (which is very good by the way) and possibly finish Trine 2! #weekendnotlongenough!

    • Crainey says:

      @frightlever: Yeah same here, the £40 (£45?) price tag is pretty steep even if you get the first month free (I assume and hope.). I’m not as worried about EA as Bioware seem pretty intent on doing good by players. Playing this is inevitable for me. Problem with WoW for me is that I have done everything there is to do, all I play for is the resets each week which occupy about 3 days of the week for me max and I do those during the week leaving nothing for the weekend, I guess that’s my fault though.

    • Scatterbrainpaul says:

      I picked up Lara Craft and the Guardian of Light in the sale this time last year, but didn’t play it till a few months after, really enjoyed it, but couldn’t find anyone else playing the multiplayer. I wonder if the community has picked up a bit more now

    • sp0ng says:

      Price in Europe is 39.99 and I am playing it for a week right now. So for me it’s SWTOR this weekend. The game will hopefully keep you from buying other games, so in the end pricing is not much of a blocking issue.

    • Crainey says:

      @Scatterbrainpaul I couldn’t really tell you to be honest, I’ve been playing with one of my friends who got it in the sale you are referring to, I tried to get it during that sale but my payments wouldn’t go through some reason. The Co-op worked perfectly for us, he just created a game and invited me to it through steam invite which I accepted and we jumped into the game. There were however some issues such as your typical props not being in the same place which isn’t an issue really and spikes not appearing for me that are essential to doing a puzzle.

    • Milky1985 says:

      @sp0ng

      “Price in Europe is 39.99 and I am playing it for a week right now.”

      Last i checked UK was part of europe (even with the current idiots in charge trying to break that :P) and on origin its still not 39.99 :/

      http://store.origin.com/store/eaemea/en_GB/html/pbPage.SWTOR_EN/

      Do you mean 39.99 Euros (via germany or something) in whcih case thats not a bad price

    • mod the world says:

      Don’t buy SWTOR over Origin, it is way cheaper in retail stores. And even cheaper at onlinekeystore.com, where i got my key. (Altough my first key didn’t work and i had to contact support to get a new one…)

      Anyways, playing 16hours of SWTOR this weekend and yes, i feel ashamed.

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      jrodman says:

      Online key store seems to be a seller of used keys. I would recommend avoiding all the keys stores, actually.

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      Llewyn says:

      Surely it’s available for less than £40 by now? I have a copy to be returned to Amazon which, thanks to excessively early ordering, cost me a lot less than that. Wondering now if I shouldn’t sell it somewhere instead and let someone who wants to play it share some of the benefit of that saving.

  3. Mashakosha says:

    Arkham City, most likely. Terraria and probably a bit of Skyrim too.

    • Emeraude says:

      Hopefully you will not suffer from the same vicissitudes I had with AC: game won’t launch – and what appears to be a Securom-related trouble to add insult to injury, all my external Hard drives disappeared after installation. Thank god for good old system restore.

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    kregg says:

    Probably Saints Row 3 again.

    • Sweedums says:

      i think i will be playing some SR3 too, as well as L.A Noire and battlefield 3

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    dangermouse76 says:

    Battlefield 3. And Skyrim, I have a new night time mod and it’s scary as fuck. It has totally transformed the play experiance for me. I love it.

    Just need to find a way to get Breezehome without starting Dragons and life is good.

    • sephiroth says:

      Battlefield 3 for me and some L4D2 as I picked it up for me and my boy in the steam sales as I only played it on a tvbox so far (L4D2 that is BF3 isnt on the tvboxes just some shoddy spoof made by an EA marketing demon)

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      dangermouse76 says:

      A friend bought B3 on Xbox for my birthday, so I am doing the right thing and playing with him for a bit then jumping over to the PC version when my graphics card gets an update.

      On my 28″ CRT TV you can hardly make anything out it’s nearly unplayable for me. But me and the lady are investing in a projector soon, so will have it rigged up to that for some 12 foot diameter gaming goodness.

      Skyrim on a projector is unreal especially if you have some surround sound as well.

    • Blackcompany says:

      Could you specify that nighttime mod for Skyrim? That would be awesome.

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      dangermouse76 says:

      @ blackcompany I am sure it is this one http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=4323

      I also added lightening sound FX http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1702

      The sound for the lightening is really good on my speakers.

      The lighting ( as in night time lighting ) MOD is more; you either like it or not I think. It can wash out some whites in bright daylight but I like the effect to be honest. In the dungeons it means that using a torch actually makes a difference. And seeing just the blue eyes of Draugers coming at you is quite cool.

  6. Craig Stern says:

    X-Com. (I’ll also be playtesting Telepath RPG: Servants of God, but seeing as I’m developing it, that’s kind of a given.)

    • Beanchilla says:

      I want to get into X-Com because I love the idea, but man that game just kicks my ass for some reason.
      I’ll be playing binding of isaac in between my bouts of the usual confusion with X-Com

    • Craig Stern says:

      Yup; I started playing it, then lost 3 men to the very first alien I found. I think I’m going to need some practice with this one.

    • Kent says:

      I’ll also play X-COM. I find that I don’t enjoy the squad based combat as my guys are practically fit enough to storm whatever the aliens can throw at us right now, being decked with power suits and having heavy blasters equipped by 100% – it almost feels like I am commanding Space Marines. Of course, that also means that the interface is far too slow for me. x(

      I’ll also try out Galactic Civilizations II again, but I doubt anyone here knows what it is.

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    Rinox says:

    After a week of stomach flu joys, I will probably be playing Job Seeker 2000 during this weekend.

    • 4026 says:

      Oh yeah, definitely go for the classic version. They totally ruined the franchise with Job Seeker 2012: There Are No Fucking Jobs Anywhere.

    • NathanH says:

      Yes, I couldn’t complete the 2011 version until I bought the Belgium expansion pack. Bloody DLC.

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      Rinox says:

      I got that expansion pack but it’s still too hard for me. I may try another one, soon. I’m getting sick of having to hear I’m a bum all the time (and in the game).

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      James G says:

      I’m currently due to complete it on Monday, so tomorrow I’ll be playing the moving house minigame. I’m hoping that they don’t throw any last minute twists in there.

      Seriously though, good luck. It’s not fun I know, and gets really demoralising after a while. Oddly I found I actually faired better with my more ‘optimistic’ applications, possibly because I wasn’t swamped under thousands or other applicants.

    • DiamondDog says:

      Getting serious if I may. I’m there myself (probably like many others) so good luck Rinox. Hope things go well for you this year.

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      Rinox says:

      Thank you for your kind words, and the same to you. It’s a pretty shitty situation…I can’t seem to get into jobs that I am actually trained for, not enough ‘experience’ (ugh) and simple administrative jobs won’t hire me because I’m overqualified. All that’s left is to the absolute lowest rung of work. And given some past experiences, I’m not sure that’s not even worth the extra 100 € I may get from that. Meh. I’m thinking of emigrating and doing shitty work abroad, at least it’ll be something new.

    • Moth Bones says:

      Back on Panzer Corps, a really absorbing game, though I’ve still only scratched the surface as I restarted at a higher difficulty (the beginner level was too easy even for me). I also went back to The Witcher in an attempt to finish it, now on the final chapter.

  8. NathanH says:

    This weekend I will be playing varying degrees of the following:

    Avadon: The Black Fortress
    Depths of Peril
    Ultima VII
    Spectromancer
    Magic 2012
    Foot-to-ball Manager 2012
    HoMM3 Chronicles
    Panzer General 2
    Terraria
    Possibly a spot of Dragon Age: Origins or Baldur’s Gate 2

  9. povu says:

    I bought The Missing Link DLC for DXHR during the sale, time to give that a go.

    • MrPyro says:

      I got DXHR and a graphics card that could run it for Christmas, so assuming I get some time that’s my choice.

      Except Sunday I might be too hung-over from Saturday going out for my birthday

    • SiHy_ says:

      Happy birthday for tomorrow MrPyro!

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    Okami says:

    I’ve recently dusted off my old Box of X after not having used it in more than 6 months and will spend the weekend with Rayman Origins and Darksouls. If I play anything on my PC this weekend, it will probably be the Fortune Summoner demo.

  11. jimjames says:

    Guitar

    …until Diablo 3 comes out.

  12. Wolfman says:

    EVE Online
    League Of Legends
    Skyrim (I was late to the party)

  13. JonJ says:

    Skyrim – I got it in the Steam sale and so I’m only on my first play through. Currently playing without any mods, are there any out there yet that could be considered essential?

    • db1331 says:

      I would get the HD texture pack and the flora texture pack. They totally transform the look of the game. Especially the flora pack.

    • The Tupper says:

      The Sky UI interface mod is really nice and (touch wood) completely stable and hassle-free.

      For what it’s worth, my PC continues (exclusively) to be a Skyrim delivery system. I’ve barely sniffed anything else since it came out (220 hours in) and I’m still on my first character. I’m level 41 – anybody know what the level cap is?

    • Blackcompany says:

      As a special note here: I will include only mods which will compliment the vanilla game for now. Nothing that will ruin the vanilla feel, just enhance it. Fair warning, though, the game is not overly challenging the first time out. You will find rare items at vendors, etc. Something myself and many other modders will doubtless take care of as soon as we get the tool set. But below are a list of vanilla-friendly, game-play and visually enhancing mods. Nothing to ruin the original feel.
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      These mods will let you play through a visually more appealing game, with a more organized favorites list, while preserving the vanilla feel, so when the tool set does emerge you can know what you wish to mod out/into the game.
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      Sounds of Nature: water – http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=4226. New, immersive sounds for all running water in game. Includes waterfall sounds and is a nice change from vanilla. This is best with Immersive/Realistic Water from the Nexus, but I leave those to taste.
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      Dragon Retex Pack: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=3089. Improved textures for all Dragons, except Alduin, without cartoon recolor. Very nice addition to your game, if your PC can run it.
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      Categorized Favorites Menu: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=4862. This mod is the reason I play the game, now. The favorites menu becomes so crowded, and shouts and weapons so hard to find, that I had given up playing out of sheer frustration. Because of this mod I played 10 hours yesterday, through a head cold, after not playing the entire Holiday break. Might not work with other UI mods, though, not sure.
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      Odahviin Rexture Project: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=4008. Retextures a certain dragon in the game. Recommend you choose either Pearl Grey or the White retex for reasons that become obvious later. But feel free to pick another.
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      Alduin as Shadow Dragon: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1968. Makes the World Eater look the part. Very nice retex of the big baddie. Recommend this.
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      Glowing Ore Veins: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=193. Sacrifices a small amount of realism for the sake of being able to see and more importantly recognize the ore veins in the game from further away than 6 inches. Worth the time if you want to craft armor.
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      Quality World Map with Roads: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=4929. Now there are roads on your map. The things you walk down. Which appear on most maps. And the option of an old world paper map, too if you want it. Highly recommended, but there are other map mods too.
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      Animal Pack: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=3621. Retextures most animals, for now. Author has plans to add variety of colors to the game once Creation Kit emerges. Choice of colors for each animal included. Highly recommended.
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      All Black DB Armor: http://skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1418. Because the Red/Black “Superhero Costume” the DB uses in the vanilla game is simply comical. Get this and a high res Nightingale retex too.

    • db1331 says:

      The last level you get a Steam Achievement for is 50, but I think you can go higher, basically until you level every skill to 100 and can no longer earn any skill ups.

    • The Tupper says:

      Thanks. In that case I don’t see myself leaving Skyrim any time soon – I still have a huge amount of unexplored terrain to cover and dozens of skills to learn. Loving it.

    • Grinnbarr says:

      I was also late to the party and have been playing Skyrim almost non-stop – I installed an absolute ton of mods before I even started though – the aforementioned flora pack, better water, better night sky, QD inventory, Better Sorting (essential), a Quality World Map (also essential), Glowing Ore Veins, Ambient Seagulls… the list goes on. Basically, anything you don’t like, you can change!
      I highly reccommend Nexus Mod Manager for this, easiest thing in the world to change your mods on the fly. Just remember what you change in case there’s anything that stops you loading saves. Hasn’t happened to me yet, fingers crossed, but it can happen you know.

    • Blackcompany says:

      Skyrim is a good game. The mods make it great. The one I cannot live without now is the “Categorized Favorites.” It is, quite literally, the reason I am playing the game again. That ridiculous favorites list had grown so crowded in my game that I could no longer stand to even play. Combat was slogging through a list more than fighting.
      .
      Then this mod saved me from all that.

  14. Nuclear Frisson says:

    Finishing up Bastion and hopefully getting back to my Fallout playthrough.

  15. Blackcompany says:

    Original Trine – Got it for 99 pennies on Steam. It was put on sale for $0.99 for about 60 seconds before they corrected the price. I nailed it down during that error and actually got it for that price. I should feel guilty, because its worth well more than that.
    .
    Also finishing up the Civil War quest on Skyrim. Such a slacker. Just now hit 90hrs and defeated Alduin (the first time.)
    .
    Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. $9.99 Holiday sale. Single player though, since co-op is a broken mess.
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    Also, some LOTR: WITN and Saint’s Row the Third. Girlfriend cannot get enough of co-op in Saints Row. She loves that game and once we get going, its liable to be a late night of blowing shit up, stealing military aircraft via remote control and parachute and good old open world mayhem. And we owe it to RPS for their excellent review of Saint’s Row, and Green Man Gaming for their $20 discount code Christmas sale of Saints Row the Third (which really needs an SRTT, LOTR style acronym.)
    .
    So many good games, so little time.

  16. Meat Circus says:

    SWTOR. Need to make some headway on this so I feel I’ve done enough to return to Skyrim.

  17. sneetch says:

    BF3, Terraria and Payday: The Heist for me, I hope, real life allowing. Need to get back to Skyrim though.

  18. GenFailure says:

    This weekend i’ll keep dominating the stars on Sins of a Solar Empire. And of course a few hours of Battlefield 3. ^_^

  19. somini says:

    Max Payne 2
    Maybe Assassin’s Creed Revelations

  20. rei says:

    Hopefully nothing, because I have way too much other stuff that needs doing. Unfortunately I’m weak, so probably more Binding of Isaac, which I seem to have become obsessed with.

  21. bobiroka says:

    SWTOR – Doing my best to get both my Scoundrel and Jedi Sentinel to Lvl 20…

  22. timmyvos says:

    Probably some Silent Hunter 4. I’m currently playing as a sneaky U-Boot captain who, on his first voyage in the Pacific, managed to destroy the HMS Howe, a 35000 ton British Battleship, the USS Enterprise and the USS Yorktown, both 20000 ton Fleet carriers in the harbour of Fremantle, Australia.

  23. DeanLearner says:

    It’s a bit awkward actually, ages ago I had invited some friends over for dinner in Skyrim. I live in Breezehome of Whiterun but since inviting them I proceeded to lead a stormcloak attack to gain control of Whiterun. I’m probably being silly but I feel bad showing my face around there like nothing actually happened.

  24. db1331 says:

    I might start a Dark Mode game on The Witcher 2. Probably some RDR Undead nightmare DLC as well, and some Skyward Sword.

  25. Zenicetus says:

    Skyrim is on hold for a while, because it’s reached a point where the combat mechanics have become boring and I’m on autopilot half the time. I need some time away, so I can return later and just finish up the plot lines I’m interested in.

    So it’s back to strategy games this weekend. I’ll probably try the Rise of the Samurai DLC for Shogun 2 that I picked up during the Steam sale, along with the Blood Pack DLC for appropriate Kurosawa-esque arterial spray.

    • Blackcompany says:

      I know the feeling here. Something needs to happen in Skyrim to keep combat interesting throughout the entirety of the game. Once you receive high level armor you do go on autopilot. Puzzling over how to fix this for some time now; hopefully, i can come up with something by the time the Creation Kit is released.

  26. amorpheous says:

    Not sure yet. I’ll peruse my catalogue of installed Steam games when I get home. Still haven’t played Sword of the Stars II so maybe that, but if not most likely back to Skyrim. Haven’t played it since before the holidays and although I’m not shaking from withdrawals I feel something tugging at me to go and finish some things.

  27. Wizardry says:

    I’ll be playing World of Xeen.

  28. csuzw says:

    Probably SW:TOR and hopefully Napoleon: Total War (although I’ve been thinking about going back to this for ages and have yet to do so).

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    Colthor says:

    Deus Ex: HR, hopefully. Skyrim knocked me out of that, but then Newtontide knocked me out of Skyrim.

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    LieutLaww says:

    EVE Online and SW:TOR and maybe some Minecraft as well.

  31. Vinraith says:

    I’ll probably continue playing Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light in co-op, which is a great time, while dabbling with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Scourge of War: Gettysburg in single player.

  32. TormDK says:

    SWTOR, prehaps some Battlefield 3 now that one of my mates got a computer that can handle it.

  33. Mirdini says:

    League of Legends – A couple of games every day or so is always fun.

    Total War Shogun 2 – A friend bought it through the Christmas steamsale, and I’m having a blast with the co-op campaign (in Rise of the Samurai, but we’ll likely do a regular one once we’re done). Can’t wait for Fall of the Samurai.

    Napoleon Total War – So much more polished than Empire, even if it is somewhat less expansive. Jumped back in due to nostalgia while playing shogun, having fun with a prussian world domination campaign.

    Sins of a Solar Empire – Or at least that’s the plan – a few friends and I are going to play some multiplayer (if we can hopefully find the time).

  34. chopsnsauce says:

    Modern Warfare 3 of course!

    …………………

    I’ll get my coat….

  35. Gasmask Hero says:

    Now that i’ve walked away from Eve online..again..I guess some Blood Bowl practice is in order.

    Oh, and some Geneforge 1. It’s surprisingly engaging.

  36. FCA says:

    Skyrim. Maybe Bastion, and some Fallout 2.

  37. Olphas says:

    I plan to finish Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

    Also: The Binding of Isaac. Again and again. And again.

  38. Ross Angus says:

    Gave up on the Stalker mod Narodnaya Solyanka, so I’m on Tomb Raider: Anniversary. Don’t judge me: Tomb Raider is Christmas for me.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      I gave up on that mod too.

    • Ross Angus says:

      Fair enough. It was a little too grim for me. I could have grinded my way through it, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as vanilla Stalker. I’m glad they put it together and translating it, though.

      Oh – I did love the crazy vehicles though. The inexplicably fast bus.

    • westyfield says:

      I bet that bus still isn’t as fast as the sprint.

    • Mirqy says:

      I’m underground. In the dark. Bleeding. Low on ammo and bandages, stuck between some lethal anomaly and something…something else that will kill me if I get too close. And it’s your fault, Mr Rossignol. I hope you’re proud.

      Also been playing Alpha Centauri again, just cos. It still stand up well.

    • rei says:

      Aww. I’d been waiting for you to write about it again. I even used your save file to bypass the cave so I kinda felt like we were in this together :|

  39. Fuzz says:

    SWTOR for the most part, I’d imagine. I’m woefully underlevelled compared to most of my mates at the moment, but the Mrs has a shedload of catching up to do this weekend work-wise, so in the next 48 hours, I intend to crush many Rebel scum.

    That and some BF3 thrown in for good measure. And the odd LoL game too.

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    Nero says:

    Not much on my PC which is currently feeling like crap, but will probably finish Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD on PS3.

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    piphil says:

    This will be my first weekend home with my gaming PC in a while. Therefore – and I’m sorry if this is really boring – Skyrim.

  42. Daniel Klein says:

    I bought so many games in the steam sale that I can’t wait to try out. SPAZ sounds amazing, my first 3 hours in Blur were exactly what I wanted from a racing game, I got into the whole Skyrim thing way too late, so I’m only now getting hooked–so yeah, I’m probably just going to be playing League of Legends all weekend again, because I have so many friends who want to play it with me. I’ll just trick myself into believing that it’s homework for casting IEM Kiev later this month.

  43. Wang Tang says:

    Some Anno 2070, TF2. Also got DX:HR DLC to play, and wanted to replay ME1 and 2 to prepare for the third.
    Well, scratch all that. I’ll be learning for math exams… :(

  44. Keilnoth says:

    Skiing in Real Snow… For real…

    • Crazy Hippo says:

      DXHR dlc, BF3 and SWTOR. although i suspect that i wont play much other than swtor as im really enjoying it.

      wish i was skiing though!

    • SiHy_ says:

      Pah! Real activity is for overachievers ;)

  45. MuscleHorse says:

    Still hopelessly addicted to Skyrim. Will probably play a bit of Saints Row 3 too if I can stabalise the framerate.

  46. SandmanXC says:

    Gonna hit the Starcraft II ladder hard. To relax I’ll play some AssCreed II, cause I need to wrap that one up.

  47. Lucky Main Street says:

    Frozen Synapse. I just it over the holidays and I’m totally in love with it.

  48. tungstenHead says:

    SWTOR mainly, likely with some BF3 plus a splash of SR:TT for target practice. Terraria and Christmas books and movies are the backup plan.

  49. nabeel says:

    Only just finished Bastion, absolutely beautiful game. I am considering Limbo now.

    • Fierce says:

      Stop considering and get it. Immediately.

      Everyone should play Limbo.

    • nabeel says:

      Oh, I got it! Traded for it during the sale. Other than this and continuing Arkham City, I may start up another indie title, maybe Gemini Rue or SpaceChem, which I haven’t finished yet.

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    Arathain says:

    I’ll likely be playing a lot of Persuade the Newborn Baby That The Reason He’s Upset Is Because He Needs To Sleep, which seems to be a favourite game of his.

    If this leaves me any scraps of time I will try to squeeze in any of the following, as my whims take me: Bastion, SpaceChem, Sequence, Binding of Isaac or maybe some Serious Sam (the first one). I’d like to take my Orks out for some Dawn of War 2 multiplayer, but it is highly unlikely I will feel able to commit the time.

    • Drayk says:

      Yeah it’s surprising how popular this game is for babies… My 15 months old twins still love it…

      Courage !