What Are You Playing This Weekend?

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Friends, readers, countrymen, is there any way to start like that without seeming a total git? No, probably not. I’m back from France this weekend, having not found an apartment yet. I’ll keep on.

What’s on my playslate? I’m still baffled by Dota 2 6.84, having to look up items every time I play, so I’d like to come to terms with that. Heaven help me, I can’t leave Binding of Isaac: Rebirth alone for a single day. And I’m actually quite enjoying GTA V‘s campaign so far; I’ve got to do some silly things and some silly murders. I’m a bit behind on exploring Itch.io’s latest too.

But you: what are you playing this weekend?

102 Comments

  1. LuNatic says:

    Orion: Prelude. Surprisingly entertaining.

  2. ElDopa says:

    I’m gonna play some quadrant, maybe I’ll finally give stick of truth a try as well, not sure yet…

  3. Rao Dao Zao says:

    I’ve just finished replaying Fallout: New Vegas, so it’s time to catch up with the new games, starting with Saints Row IV. (“New” is always going to be relative with me.)

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      zinzan says:

      I Love Fallout:NV (esp modded) I might be playing this again tonight – wasn’t on my radar earlier.

      BTW: My definition of a NEW game is one I’ve just bought (generally 2-4 years after release) or one I Just started playing (a week to 10years after purchase).

      • dylnuge says:

        Joining the “games I just bought being new” train, I’m finally getting around to playing Mass Effect 3 this weekend. So far it’s been a blast, not sure why I didn’t play it way back when. Unfortunate none of the DLC has gone on sale ever though; kinda strange for a 3 year old game.

  4. NathaI3 says:

    Just picked up the one of the Star Wars Bundle on GOG.com, and my new joystick arrived yesterday, so i’ll be spending the weekend reveling in nostalgia with X-Wing

  5. Herzog says:

    Dirt Rally – Bought this yesterday. My first rally game since Colin McRae back in the day. Already loving it. Also first Early Access purchase ever. Everything stable so far, no bugs or crashes.

    Fract OSC – halfway through, but stuck at one puzzle. decent game, always like it when the music and beat kicks in after a puzzle.

    1001 Spikes – 600 lives left and currently 4/5 of Ukampa. The levels now are really hard, not sure if I will make it. Dont give up!

    • Mud says:

      Because of Dirt Rally I reinstalled RBR and having a blast with both of them.

      • SlimShanks says:

        I also reinstalled RBR like 2 days ago, what a great game. Sliding around corners that are barely even wide enough to turn your car sideways on. What fun! The Japanese stages in the rain are where rally drivers go to die…
        I’m really hoping that Dirt Rally (awful name) can approach RBR’s greatness. If it’s at least as good as WRC 4 I’ll be happy, but judging from the videos I’ve seen of players wrecking their cars every 30 seconds, it’s much better.

    • Moo says:

      Dirt Rally is going to make me buy a wheel, I can just tell.

      Great fun and incredible potential. Everything they’re doing makes me wonder what they did with the real codemasters and who are these devs pretending to be them.

  6. Bullfrog says:

    I’m playing Blood Bowl because smacking elves about just never gets old.

  7. Xan says:

    Shantae Pirate’s Curse – can’t stop gushing how fun and cute the game is

    Smite – gotta farm those points for Mutalisk Kukulkan skin

  8. GallonOfAlan says:

    Crysis 2, on the 260, halfheartedly. :/

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    Graham Smith says:

    I bought a Chromebook laptop so I can expand the number of games I play from the couch by networking into my games PC back upstairs. I think I am going to try to get into UnReal World at last.

    • heretic says:

      I got the Acer, installed linux on it (really easy) and neo scavenger and teleglitch work great! If you have a version with enough ram it should run door kickers easily

    • Mateflasche says:

      Good idea! Don’t give up on UnReal world too soon though, it can be a little frustrating in the beginning. Once you start getting a better it starts to be a lot of fun to find ways to survive as a fisher, hunter, merchant, thief… or cannibal…
      Talking about it made me want to start another session with it so I know what I’ll be playing today.

  10. akstro says:

    I have only spent a couple of hours in Gta online and found it dull but hopefully it grabs me. Then preparing for upcoming games by playing Witcher 2 and Arkham City with a little Dark Souls thrown in.

  11. Biggus_Dikkus says:

    adobe after effects

  12. FreeTom says:

    I’m booked for pub-based activities pretty much all weekend. But if I were playing games, it’d be Planetside 2, Half-Life 2: Update, TOTD: Overkill or Alien: Isolation.

    • Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

      …you really should try the half life fake factory mod instead.. Such an impressive piece of work, I feel guilty playing it knowing it was free..

  13. Doomstar says:

    Guild Wars 2 has sucked me back in after somehow I finally convinced all my friends to give it a go. Sure, it’s an MMO but it is very pretty, has neat systems and no ongoing fees.

  14. CookPassBabtridge says:

    The DPD Game. You know, the one where you stare endlessly at your email for that 1 hour delivery window notification which sometimes actually turns up 2 hours after they delivered it and even then with the wrong time.

    • Geebs says:

      Try living somewhere with no actual postal system. No, I’m serious, the courier and delivery services are a whole lot better!

  15. Ejia says:

    The old Techland FPS Chrome. The character models have not aged well.

    I want to play a lasery manshoot, though.

    • Ross Angus says:

      Ouch. It’s like a bootleg Crysis, from memory. Still, it left me with a fondness for the Chrome engine. The little engine which could.

      Check out what happens to the map, when you get to the level set on a space station: it’s the only one not based on a height map.

  16. DashingDorm says:

    Decided to give Unity of Command and got absorbed by it. It’s all Adam’s bestest strategy list’s fault. Also wrapping up WWE 2K15 showcase mode. And a bit of Heroes of the Storm for my moba needs.

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    Carra says:

    I’ve just finished Dragon Age: Inquisition after 70 hours. I’d like to play Pillars of Eternity but I’ll first play through some smaller games. Still got to finish Broken Age, the new Borderlands Episode and I’d like to play some Cities: Skylines.

  18. Ross Angus says:

    I’m playing Treeker: The Lost Glasses, which I picked up in the Debut 26 Bundle from Indie Royal. It has the looks of Grow Home, minus the winkies. It’s a lovely flat-poly world, but I’m currently stuck, and apparently no-one’s written a walk-through.

  19. Darkheart says:

    Finally started Silent Storm after I bought it a year ago. Great turn-based tactics! Still one of the best and if you are not a graphics fetishist it aged pretty well.

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      Earl-Grey says:

      Yes!
      Silent Storm is oh so damned good!
      I get all giddy inside when I think about how much spectacular fun it is blasting through walls/scenery to get at the nazis.
      Get the expansion too; absolute glee!

      Curse you for making me lament the fact that I’m “between machines” right now.

    • slerbal says:

      Good choice, sir. I popped a list of various Silent Storm mods up on Steam guides some time ago should you want to change things around. The satisfaction of destroying the scenery in ever more inventive ways never gets old.

    • SlimShanks says:

      I highly recommend Silent Storm Sentinels. It is basically better in every way, incorporates a light management layer, and only requires a couple of mods to be fully amazing.

  20. dangermouse76 says:

    Hangover, bacon rolls, and Call of Juarez Gunslinger a mighty fun game. The narration is well done and the cut scene style keeps the game moving along at a good pace. Feels like a modern day slightly on rails arcade shooter.

    BAAAAACON !

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      Earl-Grey says:

      And suddenly, just like that, all I want from life is a bacon roll and generous helpings of brown sauce.

      • dangermouse76 says:

        I am now living in post bacon sandwich world, and it is glorious. Join us……..

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        zinzan says:

        O GAWD you had to say the B-word!

        Am now lamenting the lack of microwave – as I stare at the most thoroughly frozen b-word pack.

        DAMN YOU, DAMN YOU Internet!!

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        artrexdenthur says:

        Oh right… My roommate left some bacon for the rest of us to use if we want…

        :D Thanks for reminding me!

    • Henson says:

      I’ll probably be finishing up this game during the weekend, too. I love the style, both visual and narrative, and the gameplay is fun in short bursts, but playing it also feels very repetitive. Like, I’ve been playing more or less the same level for the last six hours.

      • dangermouse76 says:

        Totally agree about it feeling samey but I like that the levels dont outstay their welcome. In short bursts, say 1 -2 levels at a time it makes for a great blast of old school arcade style action. I feel some Trials Evolution Gold in the offing.

    • LionsPhil says:

      It is indeed a fine day for bacon.

      And Gunslinger’s storytelling is excellent.

  21. TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

    GTA online, the first game that convinced me to get a mic, and i even used to be a WoW raider!

  22. lowprices says:

    I’d like to say I’m going to finally finish The Banner Saga and start Borderlands 2’s DLC as part of my ongoing effort to clear out my enormous backlog of games on PC, Vita and 3DS, but I’ll probably just end up playing Monster Hunter again.

    • jonahcutter says:

      All the way up to the B’s, huh? Got a long road ahead of you.

  23. Fenix says:

    Dota 2, trying to work my way through the All-hero challenge, stuck on Witch Doctor now (3 tries).. I like the new patch overall but I LOATHE the techies aghanim minefield nonsense.

    • VLTIONIS says:

      Stun, Maledict then Dagon/Ulti, and your friends will think that you’re trying to carry ;)

      • Fenix says:

        I didn’t play poorly in any of the 3 games, 1 was close and could go either way and I lost the other 2 to teammates with gem/necro 3 walk into minefield sign bomb stacks several times in the same game :(

  24. Darth Gangrel says:

    Played some Shadow Man until I couldn’t proceed at one point and had to look up a walktrhough on youtube. There I see that I’ve missed a hell of a lot of things and that I would need to backtrack an awful lot just to get further in the game. Looking at a text walkthrough it emphasizes that this game is really huge and unlinear, which could be great, but just makes me frustrated and lost.

    Since I’ve been in a old-school mode lately I tried out another game I got from GoG’s insomnia sale, Kult: Heretic Kingdoms, but it makes the screen freeze each time I save the game and then there’s nothing I can do but to manually reboot my laptop. The save is still there, but I can’t have a game that acts this way, so it’s getting burned like a heretic (i.e. uninstalled).

    I already played lots of Nox and kind of got burnt out on it, so that makes three GoG I don’t want to play at the moment and I’m lusting for something that works and isn’t tedious by technical limitations. Old-school games have their charm, but I won’t say that things haven’t got better since then in many ways. Will probably go for Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut version next, ending my old-school sessions for now.

    • malkav11 says:

      Kult is a fantastic game so it’s a real pity you haven’t been able to get it working.

  25. Kitsunin says:

    Killing Floor 2 mostly. I know there are going to be wipes but I don’t really care. While it does feel a bit empty without the sharpshooter or demolitionist, and less guns for the perks there are, everything about it just feels so fantastic. Originality be damned, the new boss is great, while the KF1 Patriarch felt kind of like a chore after the fun waves. I have complaints about the balance of little zeds vs big zeds, though, it feels like every zed that isn’t a Scrake or Fleshpound is capable of doing very little other than tickling you. Sometimes it’s a very troublesome tickle, but the point is they are basically completely unthreatening without a biggun’ in their midst.

    Also, Chroma Squad. It’s a good, maybe even great (haven’t played enough) tactical RPG, but I was hoping it would have management elements.

  26. Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

    Wrestling with stalker c.o.p. and complete mod. Decent framerate but there’s stutter and load/read spikes here and there so I expect to spend the whole weekend in a fruitless search for natty little fixes that eventually mean I don’t actually have time to play the game.. Any clues or pointers welcome!

    • fish99 says:

      Stalker games always stutter and you almost definitely won’t be able to fix it. It’s like the load zones are divided up into grids and as you cross the lines in those grids it triggers loading some new terrain, and you get a stutter. It can stutter when it loads assets for NPCs too. It’s just how the engine works. TBH once you get into the game you don’t notice it much.

    • SlimShanks says:

      Oh good my bazillion hours of playing Stalker can finally be of use to someone! So here are my pro-tips for minimizing “The Stutter” as it is known.
      1. Try running the game in different DirectX modes, performance between them can very wildly depending on Stalker game/mods/computer. 2. Turn off sun shadows. 3. Turn off dynamic lighting, if you have too. 4. Disable pre-caching, that helps some people, you will have to google that and find the appropriate file.
      Those are the only things that can reduce “The Stutter” in your game, aside from a faster memory device, and even an SSD only helps a little. Good luck Stalker!

      • Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

        Fish99, to counter the loading issues I got me a new ssd.. 850 evo, improvements are already apparent I think..
        Slimshanks, thanks, ill try these top tips tonight, though I’m going to mix it up by throwing more mods and sweetfx in so its probably about to turn in to a late night, obsessively trying every configuration until some agreeable result…

      • Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

        Its never too late to reply..;
        I read recently that grid2 stutter issues could be alleviated by installing to a secondary, non os drive. So.. I thought I’d try it with cop..(I have two SSDs running on my lowly laptop) and its given me the most significant improvement of all the things I tried.. Now to stalk… Or maybe I’ll test bumping up each graphic setting until I reach nirvana..

      • Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

        For posterity…
        finally, i am running this beauty stutter free.
        I have the Complete mod installed, dx11 lighting and everything fully maxed. I also have nvidia inspector configured to give me 8xcsaa.
        The final fix (and only thing that really made the difference) was to run a program called Process Lasso, and set it to run stalker with maximum priority classes for everything and full cpu affinity.

        NOW i can actually start playing the game..

  27. SuicideKing says:

    Programming an Intel Galileo Gen 2 with Arduino sketches and notepad++, finishing a project report, and studying for final exams. Graduating college this month! YEEEAAAHHHH!

  28. Ham Solo says:

    Playing some Skyrim, War Thunder and World of Tanks.
    And maybe some GTA Online.

  29. Agnosticus says:

    Some more Aliens vs. Predator Classic 2000 to test the new client GOG Galaxy, it’s great fun!

    Also hoping to finally have time to play The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead 2.

  30. VLTIONIS says:

    Chewing down on the backlog with some Borderlands 2.
    I didn’t quite enjoy the Zero character (I forget the class) I had, restarted with a Commando instead. The turret makes the world a less lonely place!

  31. unitled says:

    On a whim I downloaded Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive. While basically a clone of Commandos, it’s gorgeous, atmospheric (if you can ignore the pretty shakey voice acting) and surprisingly playable.

    Might also get started on a solo run through of Pillars of Eternity too :)

  32. jcvandan says:

    Re-installed XCOM Enemy Unknown, flicking between that, Football Manager 2015 (currently sitting at the top of La Liga with Los Ches, Barcelona a point behind and a game in hand…), then drinking copious amounts of alcohol in the evening, then playing said games again on Sunday whilst hungover.

  33. Volcanu says:

    Mostly tackling some of the backlog. I’ll be flitting between starting the Homeworld 2 campaign, The Evil Within and some Unity of Command.

    Monday will be Wolfenstein: The Old Blood….

  34. fish99 says:

    Still going through GTAV story mode. Something like 68% complete but feels like I’m near the end of the story.

  35. Matt_W says:

    Back into Kerbal Space Program after a long hiatus.

    • morse says:

      Was there any mention of Kerbal Space Program releasing 1.0 on RPS? I didn’t see any and thought it kind of odd.

      • Gibster says:

        I know it baffled me that they wouldn’t mention its official release. I was half expecting a Wot I think the day it came out. PC gamer has done their review of it an given it the Legendary 96 score (only 8 or so other games have been given that score, titles like Alpha Centuari, both Half Lives, and Quake). Its potential game of the year stuff. Ah well, guess they were to busy playing Pillars of Eternity to notice.

      • Kitsunin says:

        Pretty sure they did a pre-emptive article. It used the promotional image for the introduction of female kerbals, if I remember right.

      • Synesthesia says:

        I’m wondering this too. It isn’t even mentioned here! It’s one of the biggest releases right now.

        I’m playing that.

      • curiousepic says:

        Came to add my confusion about this too.

    • Monkeh says:

      Hadn’t played KSP since early alpha and have now finally gone back to it.. and my oh my am I enjoying myself!

  36. baozi says:

    Resumed playing Swords & Sorcery again for the xth time, though this time basically only to finally finish it and get it off my list. I like the visuals and the writing is funny in a contrasting hipsterish kind of way, but IMHO it feels tedious to play.

    Also »finished« Proteus recently; tried to like it more than I actually did, I think (same with Dear Esther). Was always just walking around until something happened, and I was seldom sure if, when something happened, it was because I was at a particular location or because a certain amount of time had passed. Liked following the animals for a a bit and the way audio is used in the game though.

  37. DrScuttles says:

    Toying around in Half Life 2 Update. Can’t often tell much difference, though I suspect were I to boot up the original I would. But then there’s occasional bits like in the train station at the start and you see the sunlight and shadows cast by the really high windows that make you go mmmm. Really just an excuse to play HL2 again.
    GTAV. I like the motorbikes and making Trevor look like that damn mean fiddler Warren Ellis.
    And now that I have a processor good enough to handle it, Shadow of the Colossus. Only 10 years late to this particular party.

    • SlimShanks says:

      When I played Shadow of the Colossus on my PC for the first time with HD resolution and MSAA, my mind was just blown. Makes the game even more incredible. Have fun!

  38. Gibster says:

    Kerbal Space Program! Started a new career mode game for the 1.0 patch and I’ve already launched one failed mission to the Mun (I was on a good descent and I had plenty of fuel, I just spent most of it fumbling around with the landing legs and I hit the ground to hard while doing so). The new aerodynamics model and re-entry heating effects make getting in to orbit and getting back on a Kerbin a lot more interesting (no more 45* gravity burns, you’ll flip your rocket that way now).

    I might fit in some Distant Worlds Universe as well, I’m craving a good Star Wars mod for it but I haven’t been able to find one.

  39. Rizlar says:

    Weird mix of PS2, Dirt Bomb beta and Endless Legend so far. Who knows what else the weekend holds in store (I might even go outside)!

  40. NetharSpinos says:

    Space Hulk: Ascension, Age of Wonders III and…ehhhm…not sure what else. One of our number was toying around with the Minecraft mod Civcraft, so we might band together and have a nose around with that.

  41. Chaoslord AJ says:

    Diablo 3 just to get the seasonal unlocks, GTA5 and Cosmochoria.

  42. jonahcutter says:

    Bouncing between Uncanny Valley, Darkwood, Darkest Dungeon, and Exanima/Sui Generis. With a little GTA 5 to occasionally lighten things up.

    Promises to be a grim, violent and disturbing weekend.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      How is Darkwood? Been thinking about giving it a try.

  43. Baf says:

    So far? Minecraft, mostly. A little bit of Trace Vector, because I have it from some bundle or other and it has Steam trading cards that are worth a fair bit, but I can’t bring myself to play it for very long. And I’m hoping to make some progress in Dark Fall: Lost Souls, because I think I’m nearing the end. But this is also something I’m not finding myself compelled to play lately. So mostly Minecraft.

    (I just got a sweet fully-automated sugar cane farm working.)

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    zinzan says:

    Some PBEM CMBN; some Fallout:NV, some Shadowrun Returns That’s probably it.

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      zinzan says:

      Monday update:
      So far it’s been CMBN PBEM, and a (surprisoing) 14 hours of CIV4???

      Wasn’t on my radar, but just read a post on Facebook had a look at civfanatics site for a “minute” then started up[ an old Nov 14 game (“just to correct an error) and started new game to experiment for an hour or so.

      Amazing how ntime flies and plans go out the window.

      Fun though

  45. SaintAn says:

    Witcher 2. My first playthrough of both games to get ready for 3. I beat Witcher 1 last week, and I’ve only just got through the first forest area in Witcher 2. Good games. On breaks I’ll be playing Toad’s Treasure Tracker and watching TV shows so I don’t get burned out.

  46. schlusenbach says:

    I just ended the Witcher 2 and it’s a weird game… great storytelling, setting and presentation; mediocre combat and awful boss fights and all of that in a seemingly quite small gameworld. But all in all I had a good time and I’m really looking forward to The Wild Hunt.

    Next I’ll replay Mafia 2.

  47. yan spaceman says:

    I know it’s kinda got some real crummy graphics, F-all content and wonky-shonky physics, but I just thought ‘what the heck’ and bought Tony Hawks Pro Skater HD cheaplike Steamwise. If you go in with low expectations there’s some fun to be had, particularly when accompanied with light intoxicants.

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    artrexdenthur says:

    I should not be playing games because final projects for the semester are almost due… If I were though it’d probably be Risk of Rain (trying to get the 5th Providence kill…), Dust: an Elysian Tail, or buying and trying Spy Party

  49. caff says:

    GTA V
    Life is Strange
    Pillars of Eternity

    Though so far I have only been working because people decide that it’s a good idea to do IT projects on bank holiday weekends >:-(

  50. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    Planescape: Torment.

    It’s my second attempt—I got stuck the first time, wandering around Sigil not knowing what to do or where to go, and just drifted away from the game. But this time—after finishing Pillars of Eternity and finding it mostly drudgery, yet with a spark of something burning slowly in it that only flamed in the final hours—I was wanting more; I decided to go back to Planescape: Torment, start over again, and see how I got on.

    And I’ve been really enjoying it this time. I’ve done a lot better than my first attempt, and have now for the first time managed to leave Sigil.