What Are You Playing This Weekend?

By Jim Rossignol on February 18th, 2012 at 10:20 am.


What are you playing this weekend, readerfolk? Anyone for Amalur? Anyone still lost in Skyrim? Or perhaps you are up to something multiplayery? Joining in with one of the RPS communities, perhaps? I’ll be wandering the kills of Perpetuum, I suppose, between a bit of messing about it the alpha of some peculiar RPG we got sent.

Anyway, let us know what you up to – speak your brains!

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  1. Bungle says:

    I will be playing Dota 2! Again! I think I might have a problem. If there is an RPS chat channel in the game, I will make sure to look for it so I can be all communityish and whatnot. I generally just go through the matchmaker but I know the good private games are where it’s at.

    • starclaws says:

      Ah I’ll be watching DOTA2 pros play instead. Love to spectate that game. SC2 as well. While playing Battlefield 3(Improving K/D), Minecraft(Building creep/melon/wheat farms), Dwarf Fortress(Fortress Mode), Football Manager 2011(Just hit 300th game on my Sunday Footballer No Club save), and maybe even some Deus Ex or Assassin’s Creed 3 that I have yet to finish. The problem with AC3 though is that once you get to the main city. It’s just shop buying and Templar minigames. Kinda ruins the story.

    • adonf says:

      I’ll be playing DOTT. Is this related to DOTA, is Dota 2 actually Maniac Mansion 3?

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    Hanban says:

    I shall be out in space with the RPS corp in EVE. Anyone is welcome to join us!

    (For anyone interested there is a thread in the community section of the RPS forum)

    • spec10 says:

      downloading right now. It’s finally time to dust off my beloved rifter and maybe my hulk too :)

  3. Jim Reaper says:

    There is only Crusader Kings 2 at the moment. Nothing else matters!

    • Lacessit says:

      Good god, how right you are.

    • MrThingy says:

      Indeed! CK2 is a rare beast, like EU3 and Civ where the hours mysteriously fly past.

    • Doctor_Hellsturm says:

      CK2 it is!

    • TimA says:

      Same here. Not sure if the new patch breaks my save game, so started again as Duke of Connacht.

    • Choca says:

      Same here and it’s all your fault, RPS people.

      No time to argue though, I have a Duke tu murder.

    • McCool says:

      This! The Dukes of Cornwall shall rule England, and soon all Christendom. You’ll see.

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      JB says:

      CK2 here as well. Lots and lots of CK2.

      I’ve united Ireland (and got control of the Duchy of Galloway as well) before my dynasty came to an end. Maybe Italy next?

    • Discopanda says:

      Crusader Kings 2 ftw! Holy Roman Empire is so OP, though :(

    • Discopanda says:

      Also… did anybody NOT start as Ireland?

    • nindustrial says:

      Addiction has set in; I’ll be on this all weekend too. And I started as the King of Navarra, but after an unfortunate bug, my restart was of course in Ireland.

    • zxc says:

      Spot on people.

    • Cheese says:

      Cee kay two indeed. I started as King of Poland, but ended up having to restart. I’m now the King of Leon.

  4. jaxlewis says:

    Planning to finally finish DX:HR and the add-on, has sat on my SSD for soooo long now. The fact I’m supposed to be joining some borderline alcoholic friends for birthday celebrations in a couple of hours may well put the kibosh on that though… damn these first-world problems

  5. theBU3NO says:

    I’ve been quite enjoying the Super Monday Night Combat beta!

    • Terr says:

      Me too! I just started getting the hang of it, which made the game even more fun!

    • Bungle says:

      Super MNC is awesome and so is the developer. Uber Entertainment deserves all the best.

    • theBU3NO says:

      I agree, and also both of our avatars are the Dude. Right on, man.

  6. MuscleHorse says:

    Once it gets dark I’ll be continuing my journey through Alan Wake. The game, not his digestive tract. It’s been quite fun despite the ropey writing, though I suppose that’s apt considering how much it hangs on Stephen King.

    • CilindroX says:

      Same here Alan Wake until my nerves pop, then it’s Assassin’s Creed 2 relax times.

  7. NathanH says:

    Mostly Crusader Kings 2, with a spot of Knights of the Chalice and the obligatory Duels of the Planeswalkers. May also finish off a game of Master of Magic. And finally, some new adventures have appeared in the online gamebook Sryth, so I will probably play those too.

  8. NieArch says:

    I’ll will be playing Dirt3, Dota2, Shazbot Ascend and AirMech since it is available to play now: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hdahlabpinmfcemhcbcfoijcpoalfgdn

  9. Dominic White says:

    I’m going to be spending more time on the Wargame: European Escalation multiplayer beta. Full game launches next week, and I honestly think it’s going to be the sleeper strategy hit of the year. It’s complex and deep, but with really simple controls and presentation.

    It’s the kind of game where three veteran tank squads can die in seconds to a tiny, cheap infantry division because the infantry were placed in such a way as to have close-range line of sight. It’s not about micromanagement, and it’s not about actions-per-second. It’s about putting the right tool in the right place and having enough scouts in place to know what the other players are doing.

    Edit: Here’s a full match played against the developers to give you an idea of how it works:

    • Doctor_Hellsturm says:

      Thanks for the link. Looks interesting! But the main battle tanks really had the edge on everything else.

    • James Allen says:

      Battle tanks can be taken out by helicopters or artillery or anti-tank infantry…you just gotta WANT it.

    • Dominic White says:

      Tanks have good range and power, but have so many weaknesses. Infantry can ambush them, artillery can pound them, helicopters can murder them, and even anti-air guns can pin them. Even cheap ATGM-cars can hunt them from outside of cannon range. That’s a lot of what I like about the game – it’s not rock/paper/scissors. Depending on position and intel and planning, a completely useless unit can do terrible damage and vice versa.

    • purdz says:

      After watching that video you posted I went and bought the game straight away, looks fantastic.

      I’m normally fairly competent with a strategy game but this looks like I will be happily overwhelmed!

      Is there some sort of RPS ‘team’ / group on the cards?

    • Dominic White says:

      Right now the game is pretty daunting – no tutorial, threadbare documentation. It’s just a multiplayer balance tweaking beta right now. The full game looks to have story, scenario and skirmish modes, so no shortage of solo/co-op bits.

    • purdz says:

      So a few games in and even a few victories I can honestly say this game is great! Takes a little while to get used to how powerful every single bloody unit apart from mine is but that’s life I guess.

      Also range is important, the days of flinging your tanks in a mad head on attack ala C+C are gone. you need to keep your distance and utilise cover as much as possible.

  10. 0positivo says:

    A friend of mine gave me enough of an excuse to reinstall Homeworld 2, and I’m trying to grasp my way through Complex 8.1
    Up until now, it looks like a gargantuan task. Not even sure I can use the word for that, but it sounds just fine for me

    Also, some evochron mercenary, minecraft, and Stellar Impact. Never enough space games around

  11. Arcanon says:

    The Mass Effect 3 Demo Multiplayer……never tought I’d like MP in ME, now I’m addicted!!!

    • The Godzilla Hunter says:

      I know, it’s weird. I went in positively assured that it would be stupid and terrible.

      And yet…its actually fun. Though adepts are way OP.

    • Noodlemonk says:

      I’m currently enjoying playing with no weapons and just swooping in and out of combat with my vanguard, with maximum cooldown :-)

      I do think the melee is a little bit frustrating at times. Oh, and just an hour ago I was teamed up with one american, one singaporian, and one south african. Being european myself, the lag was everywhere!

      But besides those issues, I’m having a blast. I think the rewards work out great, and I can’t wait to get my filthy paws on a Quarian Engineer, so I can make a sentry myself.

  12. affront says:

    I’m going to be collecting flags and going pretty fast in Tribes Ascend. Which you should all play because it’s been about a decade since success in a shooter felt as satisfying.

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      tomeoftom says:

      IT IS ACTUALLY SUCH A GOOD GAME. Going to play some right now.

    • Sarlix says:

      *nods*

    • deadly.by.design says:

      My problem with Ascend is that it does’t feel like complete Tribes to me. Sure, the speed and combat are there, but I miss the maps from the first game that had bigger bases.

  13. GallonOfAlan says:

    Still well buried in Skyrim. Actually, I wonder if they got the name from mistyping ‘Skyrun’, since ‘un’ are one left from ‘im’ on the keyboard. No, that would be silly. Anyway at the rate I’m progressing there will be at least one DLC ready and waiting by the time I finish.

    • Similar says:

      Skyrim for me too. Still on my first playthrough, 140 hours with the same character so far. I’m currently making an attempt at clearing up most of the loose ends in my very long quest log.

    • Fleurry says:

      I just finished 100% all the achievements in Skyrim. Now I’m forced to find something else to do.

  14. pmanpman says:

    Might try skyrim again, see if the lag was my compy being evil…

    If not, maybe pokemon (I know, not PC but sue me) or spending some time in race07 (assuming the new build of projectCARS still has control lag)

    • grundus says:

      I have heard the input lag was all gone a couple of months ago, though who am I to tempt you away from Race 07, or indeed the collection of small fake animals?

      This weekend I SHOULD be playing MGS3, BF3 or one of the many other games I have yet to finish. I really feel like starting New Vegas again since the Gun Runners DLC has added new stuff I’ll probably miss if I just finish off my current PT.

      However, I can’t do any of that because I went to visit my girlfriend, who promptly herded me into her sister’s shop and now I’m going to be here from 9.30 until 5.30 this evening. It is bloody boring, there’s not even enough room for me to lie down in here, and I’m only 5’10″. I do have a desk and a laptop, though. Maybe I’ll make my own game where I refresh RPS comments hoping for a pun thread to occur. Can’t be that long, surely?

    • pmanpman says:

      The input lag is only gone for most people…not me unfortunately

  15. pertusaria says:

    Driftmoon, which has a (fairly substantial) demo now!

    If you play it and find it at least vaguely interesting, do give it a shot on Warlord difficulty or higher. I’m not usually one for hard settings, but I’m enjoying having to work harder for my character advancement as well as finding fewer useful items and having to think harder during each battle.

  16. phoenixdk says:

    Possibly the Civilisation board game (if a couple more peeps confirm) as well as DOTA2 (i’m terrible, still learning with bots) and for nostalgia some Roller coaster Tycoon :)

    • Kohlrabi says:

      I envy you, I tried to get a Civ boardgame group going the last few weekends. I will probably have to stick to Civ5 and World of Tanks this weekend.

  17. Agricola says:

    Must get into Deus Ex HR. Got it at the same time as Skyrim released and its still in the shrink wrap. Might also try Driver San Francisco. Will probably end up playing some Skyrim too. Almost at the 200 hour mark now and Im starting to lose the rampant enthusiasm i once had for it.

  18. Arona Daal says:

    On one of my old Usbsticks i found lots of old Savegames,
    so i will restart Darkest Hour; a Hearts of Iron Game.
    And probably some Project Reality and DC Online.

  19. CrowPath says:

    Finally get around to finishing King’s Bounty – Armored Princess.

    • Sarlix says:

      Is the Princess actually armored? It seems rather unlikely somehow.

    • NathanH says:

      Some of her is armoured, but not very much. Basically, she’s perfectly dressed for a night out in Sunderland.

    • CrowPath says:

      Yup, with that sternum-endangering boob-plate that game designers seem so fond of.

    • Fierce says:

      You mean art designers. The art comes before the textures, as the texture artists need to know what it is they’re drawing and colouring.

      Much like the camera operators and lighting staff don’t get to decide how voluptuous the costume department makes the actress look, the crafters of game mechanics, engine designers and gameplay testers don’t get their input on how impractical her armor is added to the executive briefing organized by the marketers and accountants.

  20. MrThingy says:

    Crusader Kings II. Playing a particularly tyrannical King of Scotland.

    “Off wi ya haed ya wee bawbag!”

    • Grygus says:

      hahahahaha no idea what a “wee bawbag” is but it just became my go-to insult.

      CK II here as well, though I rotate it with Europa Barbarorum because sometimes I want the strategy, and sometimes I want the tactics.

    • wodin says:

      wee bawbag…little ball bag…

  21. Kaira- says:

    I’m on my Linux-puter this weekend, so… Frozen Synapse, Binding of Isaac and Towns are on the menu.

    [E] Might add to that that BoI is hell of a drug. I spent last night till 5am playing it, beating Satan on first try. On first run. On a fresh installation. Not bad, I think.

  22. Prime says:

    I’m trying to find the very best Star Trek gaming experience, one that does as well at capturing the entire spirit of the franchise, and not just the combat, as the Fleet Captains board game I’ve just bought my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day (she adored it). Odd that finding a digital version to keep me amused when I can’t see my girlfriend to play Fleet Captains should prove quite so tricky.

    If you go back in time to Birth of the Federation the game is utterly broken, ruined by a memory error that occurs mid-way through the game, while the supposed unofficial sequels to that great game – Star Trek Supremacy, as one example, plays beautifully but is frustratingly only half complete – have been stuck in vapourware limbo for over a year now.

    So far Mods are my last, best hope. I’ve tried The star Trek mod for Civ4, but that somehow ruined it by not including any sound effects from the show, and the play mechanics don’t quite fit. Meanwhile, the Star Trek vs Star Wars mod for GalCiv2 does better but doesn’t understand what roles the various ships are supposed to play, and even when adjusted to only use Star Trek races still has jarring images from the other franchise polluting many of the screens.

    Any ideas, anyone?

    • Sarlix says:

      Hmm that’s tricky. I’m not sure if there is any one Star Trek game that manages to capture the spirit of the entire franchise. Although I’ve only played a handful of ST games so I’m not an expert on the subject.

      I remember liking the 25th anniversary (a Dos game) But got stuck part way through (was only young)

      The elite force games were good, but shooters and not what you’re after.

      Star Trek online can be very good if you go in with an open mind and are willing to role play a bit.

      There is a Star Trek mod for Sins of a solar empire which is supposed to be pretty good.

      http://www.moddb.com/mods/star-trek-sacrifice-of-angels-2

      Maybe you should ask on the forum? I’m sure you’ll get plenty of suggestions.

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      Vandelay says:

      If you are wanting a point and click then 25th Anniversary is a good one to go for (or Judgement Rites, which is in the same vein,) but there is a also Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity. I loved that as a kid and it certainly felt very Star Treky. If I recall correctly, you could avoid taking part in the majority, if not all, of the space combat bits, something that most Star Trek games get wrong. Talking to various crew members on the bridge would give you different options on how to approach given situations, which was a nice little touch. Having said that, the bit that really sticks in my mind was having to collect samples from some sort of zoo, where you had to sit through an animation multiple times to get all the samples from the different areas. It took forever and was incredibly dull. I think the rest of it was grand though.

      Other ones I remember liking a lot were Starfleet Academy (Klingon Academy was meant to be good too, although I never played it), the Elite Force games (although, not very Star Treky) and the aforementioned Birth of the Federation. Such a pity that it had the bug you talk about, as it becomes unplayable by about 100 turns. Kid me rarely got that far though, so it didn’t bother me that much. Just scouting the galaxy and discovering all the Trek aliens was enough to keep me entertained.

  23. Chris D says:

    A bit of Shogun 2, a bit of Crusader Kings 2 and maybe some Space Pirates and Zombies.

  24. ThTa says:

    The ME3 demo co-op with friends, Tribes: Ascend with the same friends, and potentially Minecraft with, you guessed it, those friends. (Gosh, that’s been a while)
    And I get the feeling one of them will try to convince us to play Modern Warfare 3, now that its MP is free for the weekend (and yes, he’s fully aware it’s trash and does prefer T:A; he seems to enjoy it solely because it’s so tremendously easy, or so he says).

  25. westyfield says:

    Started my fourth Mass Effect playthrough yesterday. Gonna go through 1 and 2 + DLC before 3.

    • Vulpus says:

      I actually also started going through Mass Effect a few days ago. Got to get those saves ready for ME3!

    • NathanH says:

      I think I will stick with my non-perfect save from ME2 where I hadn’t played ME1. Basically all the ME1 decisions were assumed to be bad ones, which makes the galaxy a pleasingly crap place. Also, Miranda is dead. In contrast, my ME1 save is too fluffy and perfect.

      All I need to do is work out a way to persuade ME3 that Alenko is dead.

    • westyfield says:

      Haha, I’m not trying to get a perfect save this time – trying to make as many decisions the same as I did the first time. It’s easy to make the right person die on Virmire (bye Kaidan!), but I can’t remember what I did exactly to have Jacob be the only casualty of t he suicide mission. Think I sent him through the vents and had Miranda lead the second team, but it might have been Samara. Mostly playing through again to refresh my memory (and because it’s a fun game).

    • Vulpus says:

      The sad thing is, I finished both games 3-4 times but those saves never seemed to come to mind when i went to format my HDD. But that really doesn’t matter in the end. I’ll gladly finish them once more, because the game is just pure fun and pleasure, atleast for me… I am just frustrated at the inability to choose a harder game setting in ME1 without passing the game once, because I am not really interested in playing 10 hours of the same missions again in such short time. Veteran is ok, and hard, but I would like to make the game even harder for me. Seems i’m a masochist.

  26. captain nemo says:

    @prime: You could try ‘Star Trek Elite Force 2′ which is a fairly competent shooter. It’s set on Voyager, not the Enterprise, though.

    For me, after several weeks of distracting side-quests, I’m going to get on with the main story line in Skyrim. Just finished the ‘Night To Remember’ quest last night which strangely borders the line between game and real life.

  27. carn1x says:

    Playing games is for chumps…

    Now watching people MAKE games, that’s where it’s at .

  28. Icarus says:

    I’ll be falling back into my second Skyrim playthrough- really a rerun of my first character without making the mistake of signing on with Ulfric. I recently reinstalled UFO Enemy Unknown so I can foresee myself losing a few hours to that, if I get bored of Skyrim. Sunday night I’ll be running my weekly tabletop-style game of Werewolf: the Apocalypse.

  29. PeteC says:

    I might actually be able to finish off Skyrim. Completed the main quest the other day, now want to finish off the civil war and then I’m done for now.

    Then I might finally get started on Arkham City. Or maybe the Defense Grid DLC that came out in December.

  30. rufenstein says:

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – loving the combat system of this game.

    When the night will come I will probably switch to Thief: Deadly Shadows.

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    Bluerps says:

    I hope I can finally finish Skyrim. I want to play Amalur too, but I don’t think I’ll find the time…

  32. Ysellian says:

    Alec’s story has actually renewed my interest in FM2012, but this time in playing as a unemployed Sunday league amateur. Have to admit it’s been quiet challenging playing with a team struggling at the bottom of the Blue Square North.

  33. StingingVelvet says:

    I’m a month into a 5 month span in Europe without my gaming PC, so I am playing various point and click classics and such. Right now I am playing The 7th Guest (thanks GOG), Full Throttle and Thief Gold (thanks again GOG).

    Thief is clunkier than I remember and I am kind of in a hurry to get to Thief 2. Full Throttle is as fun as ever though man those puzzles can be abstract. The 7th Guest I actually really enjoy, professional opinions be damned!

  34. Apples says:

    I really need to try and properly get to grips with STALKER: SoC. I think I may actually be too stupid to play this game or approaching it from completely the wrong angle, since I keep getting shot and I don’t understand what’s going on in the plot at all, but damn it I can’t let the Zone defeat me. I read some things about Call of Pripyat and it sounds like it has much better anomalies, which are the things that interest me, so I don’t know whether to just move on to that instead.

    I may also give that free football manager game someone told me about a go.

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    Deepo says:

    I’m doing a last definitive play-through of Mass Effect 1 and 2 in preparation for number 3. I’m also going to dig out my old Driving Force Pro and have a go at some of the tips in the “Breaking Into Driving Sims”-articles. And I’m going to think about starting Amalur again, but decide against it because it’s enormous.

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    PoulWrist says:

    Hosting a lan party with around 20 participants :-)

  37. neolith says:

    Terraria, Tropico, Skyrim, Tribes Ascend…. aaah, so many games, so little time… :(

  38. jawfun says:

    Tribes ascend, I’ve just learnt how powerful the impact nitro is for the pathfinder. And also a bit of Shogun 2.

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    Yachmenev says:

    Still doing my best to tell the PC world about Pixeljunk Eden, by playing it and nagging about people not playing it.

  40. Enzo says:

    Arma 2 Combined Operations, because I’m always playing it.

  41. Bodge says:

    The Arma community is off to battle with Folk again on Sunday as usual.

  42. Perkelnik says:

    Alan Wake (yaaaaaay). Also want to finish LA Noire. Will probably add some L4D2 :)

  43. nabeel says:

    I’ve been playing the heck out of Tom Francis’ awesome Gunpoint, now putting together some thoughts for feedback. I keep coming back to SpaceChem because I love it, but it’s so damn tough. I started Gemini Rue a week or so back but haven’t had a chance to continue it yet. And of course, doing one last playthrough of ME2 to take forward my perfect save for ME3. Wish I could play Alan Wake but I’m waiting for the boxed version.

  44. Iskariot says:

    I will be playing some Skyrim and Supreme Commander Forged Alliance skirmishes and Homeworld campaign (again).

  45. Kollega says:

    I’ve already played some Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and will be replaying Psychonauts (all the news about Schafer got me to install it again).

  46. Pirateman3 says:

    I will be busy battling Posh Mudcrabs and mammoth chickens between “busywork” college assignments. These Steam Workshop mods for Skyrim are wonderful!

    As for Amalur: I tried really hard to like the game, but I just can’t for some reason. I’m a big fan of the genre, but the game felt somewhat awkward. A lot of people love it, and I respect that. I see the reviews and wonder if everybody else got the same game I did. I just want to know if there’s something wrong with me. Should I break into grandmas pill cabinet and shovel in medications until the voices go away? –I think so Mr. Pussykens!

    Oh, and maybe I’ll give ME3 demo a try.

  47. Shadowcat says:

    I’ll be playing Pandemic and Castle Ravenloft and Elder Sign. Maybe the LOTR card game too if there’s time (but that seems unlikely, especially as we haven’t read the rules to that one yet).

    • Kaira- says:

      Castle Ravenloft is quite nice, even if it has a tendency to get a bit hectic towards the end.

  48. Noodlemonk says:

    Shadows of Amn with a buddy and custom party, and I’ll probably get around to finish Beyond Good & Evil.

  49. airtekh says:

    I’ll be playing Assassin’s Creed Revelations in both single and multiplayer.

    The MP is superb so far. Really enjoying it.

  50. WaveMaster says:

    I bought “To The Moon” this week. And…*sob*…I…I’ll try and finish it before I turn into the kid whose pet puppy just died. I love the game so far and how it makes me feel.
    I’ve also just started my second playthrough of The Witcher 2. And pepper in a game of LoL every now and then between those two so I can get my heart rate up.