What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Crimes. That’s what I’ll be up to. I’m continuing on through Grand Theft Auto V‘s singleplayer and yeah, they’re pretty good crimes. As I mentioned in our verdict, I really dig the spectacle of its crimes. Finally, GTA learned something from Saints Row. I’m focusing on the side-mission encounters at the moment, though, as I like getting out and seeing more of the world – and less of Michael’s son.

I’ll also be doing crimes in Payday 2 too, checking out that new heist.

Beyond video games, though, I’ll be spending a whole lot of time at my beloved swimming pond. The water’s now warm enough (12°C) that I can comfortably spend an hour or two in there, doing laps, diving, drifting, and watching pondlife. The coots have been building a nest these past few days, I’ve enjoyed watching ducks snapping at flies that gather around dusk, and oh, it’s all just so lovely.

71 Comments

  1. luis.s says:

    Dirt Rally! As well as Sim City 4 and the Game of Thrones RPG from a few years ago for some reason.

    • Faldrath says:

      Dirt Rally here as well, what a nice surprise from Codemasters, this one. And also Path of Exile to check out the new 1-month leagues, and Euro Truck Sim 2, trucking along on Scandinavia :)

  2. Orontes says:

    Endless Legend, with the new DLC, Dungeons 2 (if it doesn’t crash every 10 minutes), a little Hearthstone, and maybe a little Dota 2 as well.

  3. Spacewalk says:

    Doom 2. I’m mapping so there’s going to be playtesting involved.

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      Anything that’s going to see the light of the internet?
      Always looking for something new map-wise.

      • Spacewalk says:

        Well I’ve started over about eight times already but maybe this one will be the lucky one.

  4. tomek says:

    Heores of the Storm. Can’t stop.

  5. prof_yaffle says:

    I got the GoatZ DLC on Thursday and have been playing it. At the moment I’m put off by how fast the food meter goes down. I’m spending so much time looking for food that there’s no time for goat based shenanigans. It’s made worse by the fact that when I do find some food the goat seems determined to lick everything other than the food.

    I’ll also play some Dead Island. A game that I dip into for a while every so often.

    So either way, there’s going to be zombies this weekend.

    • prof_yaffle says:

      It turns out there’s a mod for GoatZ called NoHunger which gives regenerating food and health. On the one hand it does remove a bit too much of the challenge, but on the other it makes the game a lot more fun.

  6. melnificent says:

    I just started playing politics. It seems fairly open ended but the story looks like it has more twists and turns than the standard narrative.

    • blastaz says:

      It’s also a cracking excuse to drink heavily.

      Assumed the header had something to do with the green fairy…

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    FhnuZoag says:

    What *is* that cover image depicting?

  8. Banks says:

    Klei just released the final version of Invisible Inc. for Early Access supporters and I freaking LOVE It.

  9. Le blaireau says:

    Underrail. That is all.

  10. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Mostly flight simming. I finally got my head round the Aerosoft Airbus A319 and got my new monitor so I have been enjoying the nice blue calming flight deck and lovely scenery. So far I have flown from Heathrow to Aberdeen, and from London Gatwick to Paris Charles de Gaulle. It made me glad I have other planes though because having forked out for a nice joystick I suddenly realised that, unless something goes wrong, in the Airbus you only touch it for a grand total of about a minute. And even then you mostly just pull it back. Its a good systems sim though, beautifully modelled and gives a great chance to watch the world go by.

    It has however left me with the impression that Airbus pilots mostly sit up the front eating muffins and playing Peggle (with the wi-fi switched off on their iPads of course)

    • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

      Well, that’s entirely your fault for not barrel rolling a little now and then just to keep your passengers aware.

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        Whenever I have accidentally clipped through the flight deck door to see what they are all up to I am appalled to see that the actual back end of my plane is missing, so I go into complete denial, sit down and carry on flying. Then that terrifying disembodied cockpit shadow sidles into view link to forum.aerosoft.com . * shudder *

    • Stellar Duck says:

      That’s the only thing I really miss about having moved countries. I left my PC back home as well as my stick and head tracker. I now cannot play DCS. :(

      • CookPassBabtridge says:

        That sucks. Can you get someone to ship it over for you?

  11. stringerdell says:

    Gta 5, Nuclear Throne and Diablo 3

  12. Ejia says:

    I’m going through my backlog of older shooters I never played yet. Red Faction won the coin toss over Deus Ex, so I’m doing that.

    I feel like smiting things with light, though, so I’m trying to look for games in which I can play a trigger-happy (spell-happy?) clericy type. I know I’ve played BG and NWN like that, but for the life of me I can’t remember the specifics.

  13. elderman says:

    Fez! I know I’m years late to this party but holy cow, what a great game.

    Also 80 Days and Monument Valley at odd moments.

    It’s nice to be behind the curve.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      I think its quite nice to look on Steam and see a ton of games you haven’t played yet. Good games don’t stop being good, and if you come to them later you can get a ton for much less money. I know that’s basically the principle underlying steam sales but when you have been off the scene for a while its like being let loose in Hotel Chocolat with free money. Be careful of the “GAME BINGE OMGOMGOMGOMG add to cart add to cart add to cart” effect though :)

    • sicbanana says:

      Oh boy! You’re in for an amazing time with FEZ! I loved every second.
      I was totally blown away after I finished collecting those gold cubes and started working on the purple ones… It goes SO DEEP. I had flashbacks to MYST, sitting there, biting on the end of a pencil, head hunched over cryptic symbols I’ve scribbled over a few sheets of paper, listening to those lovely chip tunes playing in the background. Fun Times!! :D

      PS: Don’t get too hung up on some of the last puzzles! I had to look up 3 in the end, because they we’re VERY obscure. Including that infamous last one… it’s just a Fish-Troll-Puzzle. Trust me on that ;)

  14. LionsPhil says:

    I’m playing “find out that Valve have once again broken the Steam client on non-SSE2 processors”.

    Why am I trying to run Steam on an old Athlon XP, you may ask? Because I have games from that era. But the DRM system only really cares about supporting (i.e. they only test it on systems from) the current one. One day this same thing will hold for the games you play today, when people sneer at the idea that Steam should support ancient processors like the i7.

    Actually that’s a lie. I’m going try to damn well finish off Warcraft 3 instead, because its horrid little CD-check DRM system at least doesn’t autoupdate to be incompatable with the system the game is compatable with.

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      Only if the games in question won’t run on a newer system in the first place, though.

      Do you have an excellent point? Yes. Is the blame solely steam’s? Fuck no.

    • Cockie says:

      I entered my Warcraft 3 CD-key in Battle.net, got the download from there and that version never asks for a cd…

      • Horg says:

        Blizzard patched the CD requirement out of WC3 years ago when they did the widescreen patch. All you need to do is connect to battle.net to get the update if you have a disk copy. You get it automatically with new downloads.

  15. Stellar Duck says:

    I’ll be finishing off Life is Strange and doing some more Scourge of War in anticipation of the release of Waterloo being near.

    Gods, I am looking forward to that one!

  16. wyrm4701 says:

    Oh, this weekend is for building more crap backyard furniture out of scrap wood and shipping pallets. Assuming I don’t remove any appendages with a jigsaw, I’ll try to get some GameMaker time in.

    Oh, and Transistor! I just installed it, and am looking forward to giving it a try.

  17. Laurentius says:

    GTA5, maybe some Pillars of Eternity, and who knows X-Winf Alliance ?

  18. yan spaceman says:

    I will be playing an Alistair Sim.

  19. Canuckde says:

    Witcher 2 again to get ready for 3… probably some casual war thunder as well

    • Horg says:

      Really can’t wait to see how much of an impact importing the Witcher 2 save will have on Witcher 3. Without spoiling too much, I was pleasantly surprised with how much killing I could avoid in the last chapter.

      • Henson says:

        The answer to that question, unfortunately, will be Bugger All. Imports never work very well, and I don’t expect it to be any different here.

  20. dskzero says:

    Hearthstone. Gotta get me dem cards.

  21. McGuit says:

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin DX11
    Going to die….a lot….

  22. Frye2k11 says:

    Racing! I bought Project Cars and Assetto Corsa, plus some Brazilian racing sim that came highly recommended but whose name i forgot.

    Have been up all night learning the Nordschleife.

    With Dirt Rally around the corner, I decided it is a good time to invest in some racing hardware. Hopefully pedals that respond to pressure rather than pedal position are within my budget.

  23. dangermouse76 says:

    Hopefully multiplayer Civ V, we have had an unusual run of the game not crashing on us. I also drunkenly bought GTA last night, I am pretty impressed how good I can make it look on i5 760 and a GTX660 with a stable 60fps.

    Civ is approaching that dangerous point where we are all starting to have guns and battleships. I see treachery in my future.

  24. SuddenSight says:

    I still have to beat the last story “mission” in Crypt of the Necrodancer.

    I might also play Broken Age act 2, or the new Valdis Story characters. Its a weird world we live in, where even when I don’t buy new games I still get new content.

  25. Philopoemen says:

    Getting my cyberpunk on with Dex, and wishing my PS3 controller would work properly with my laptop in Dex. M&KB in platformers aren’t great. Still the RPGy bits and story are holding my attention

    • Philopoemen says:

      And…now putting it aside until they fix the god awful save system. I don’t mind checkpoint saves, but the checkpoint is the time you enter the area – all the sub areas aren’t included. And that means if there’s six sub areas and you’ve gained and/or completed quests in five of those sub areas (re-entering the main area multiple times), and you die on the sixth sub-area, you lose all progress. I guess it might be able to be finangled with exiting and re-entering the main area, but that’s a lot of fiddling just to keep your progress.

      Pity because it’s probably the best cyberpunk game I’ve played in terms of initial world building and theme.

  26. Faran says:

    I’ll be driving around my home country Sweden in Euro Truck Simulator 2. I was strangely excited to see the familiar skyscraper “Skrapan” (link to en.wikipedia.org) as I was trucking out of Västerås, where I spent three lovely years studying music recently.

  27. EkoAzarak says:

    1. Firefall (ALOT)
    2. Dead Synchronicity (some)
    3. Crusader Kings 2 (until i get frustrated)

  28. walrus1 says:

    Nothing but GTA V.

    • caff says:

      This is pretty much what I’m doing. Still plugging away at the single player. As many have said, I’m not sure the story game is all that great, but the engine and world in which it’s realised are something amazing.

  29. Gibster says:

    I honestly don’t know. Part of me wants to continue my career mode game in KSP and take the first step to INTERPLANETARY. Another wants to finally work out how to play Distant Worlds Universe and various other lesser parts all representing other games I could play are joining in on the fight. Meanwhile I stare blankly at the screen refreshing my YouTube subscriptions page hoping something will inspire me to take action.

  30. kud13 says:

    Gonna do my best to finish Pillars of Eternity this weekend. Put in 5 or 6 solid hours last evening, and i’m close to finally starting Act 3.

    • kud13 says:

      EDIT: since I’ve heard Act 3’s much shorter, I’m hoping to get a chunk out of the Witcher 1 done with too (I’m going to replay both Witchers to get the save with the decisions that I like for TW3)

  31. JFS says:

    My guitar. I got a gig coming right up tonight :)

    Also, Battle Brothers. Very good for being in early access. Pillars of Eternity just didn’t grip me that much anymore. I’m in Act 3, and while it was fun somfar, the story isn’t that catchy anymore, and I’m way overpowered even though I don’t want to be. The Involuntary Steamroll Cipher (TM). A pity.

    • SimonSays says:

      Logic Pro X all weekend – finishing mixing a live album. Probably jam some and maybe try finishing writing some guitar parts.

      As for games – GTAV or Tron2.0 if I get some time. Might finish watching Bloodline on Netflix though as well.

  32. CarbonCopy says:

    Still playing Pillars of Eternity. I’m starting to get into the real meat of the game (Defiance Bay) and it is just incredible. I didn’t let myself hope that it would be so good so that I won’t be dissapointed, but man! It Rocks!
    Now I need to start ramping up my pace so that I’ll finish the game before The Witcher 3 releases.

  33. MrNash says:

    Going to put some more time into Dex now that it’s out of Early Access. So far I’m enjoying the cyberpunk motif, but the game is still a bit buggy and the save system is weird.

  34. Lizergamid says:

    Finishing Alien: Isolation on hard – what a great piece of code!

  35. ToomuchFluffy says:

    I have finished Far Cry 3 a while back (33 hours), which is somewhat surprising, since I really hated it in some ways. As always I had been trying out different games, till something managed to hold my interest. I played Total Annihilation for a bit, but with RTS-campaigns it always seems to end the same way for me: The game wants me to work through some stupid scenario, which seems to have been created specifically to frustrate me. I have been playing Starcraft 2-multiplayer for quite a while, so I don’t have a problem with challenges, but if a game wants me to do something very specific and doesn’t really allow for alternatives I get frustrated pretty quickly. Like in traditonal Adventure-games. Tried The Longest Journey and have now deciced to never do that again. After looking at a walkthrough I just realized how much I hate these contrived puzzles. Apparently enough to make nothing else matter.

    But… before you start despairing about my attitude, I actually managed to stay with Diablo 1. I had to install the Belzebub-mod to get it to run and the random sub-bosses and their minions have almost made me quit a few times, but fortunately one can just restart to make them disappear. The latter was only necessary in one case so far and aside from that encounter it has been quite a bit of fun. I have tried Diablo 1 Vanilla a few times before, but never stayed with it very long, so I was a bit surprised about how RPG-like it felt. Moreso than Diablo 2. The way the townsfolk of Tristram responds to me advancing deeper into the cathedral and how side-quests open up because of it, makes the experience feel more directed and meaningful somehow. It at least creates the illusion that I have some choice in how to do things.

    And I have finally started Alpha Protocol. I only have played it for an hour or so, but I’m already sure that I will like it quite a lot :-) But I should at least finish Diablo before I return to it. So I guess I will dive back into Level 13 after I finish this post.

  36. Darth Gangrel says:

    After getting tired of old-schooling it with the GoG insomnia sale games I started my way back to more recent games. Still had an RPG itch, but didn’t want to start anything massive and also wanted something lighthearted and funny for a change. Most RPGs are so damn dreary and apocalypic, where you have to save the world from certain doom. I gave The Bard’s Tale (2005) a try for that reason and really like it so far, don’t see much wrong with it, but then again I’m pretty sure I’d like the Syndicate reboot as well. Heresy comes easy to me I guess.

    Also, The Force Unleashed 2, because I wanted to play some of the Star Wars games I had yet to play that I got from the Humble Star Wars bundle a while ago. It seems an appropriate time, with a new Star Wars movie and Battlefront coming up in December. I liked the first TFU quite much and TFU 2 is more of the same mostly, but noticable improvements in both the PC porting and gameplay/controls.

  37. Baranor says:

    Airsoft… nothing like a little IRL FPS to get the blood flowing. A bunch of pistol matches probably followed by a few slower AEG matches. And LOTRO U16 I think.

  38. bill says:

    I have no time for playing games. I’m trying to keep up with Daredevil, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Penny Dreadful and all the other dramas that all started recently.
    Plus still trying to binge watch through Spartacus and Breaking Bad.
    Plus trying to purge-watch Arrow, etc..

    Geralt might be stuck in the merchant quarter for a long time…

  39. Kala says:

    “I’ll also be doing crimes in Payday 2 too, checking out that new heist.”

    We tried that at the weekend; hilarity ensued.

    In fairness, we’re pretty hopeless as a rule anyway, with ‘co-operative team play’ largely boiling down to ‘run in separate random directions and be killed’ but the blank slate of a NEW heist to try and figure out what the hell to do, we were doubly hopeless.

    As part of our entirely professional heist, the boyfriend got the forklift truck stuck. I was on the back trying to shoot the po-po, with a limited turning arc that was being filled entirely by a brick wall and some bins, while he tried to complete a 52 point turn under heavy enemy fire.

    In the end we just had to abandon the forklift and carry the warheads to the car ourselves. (belatedly realising we could’ve maybe *reversed* the car to be closer). I complained to the bf that his hapless driving felt like 3 armed heavies trying to steal nuclear warheads with Frank Spencer.