What Are You Playing This Weekend?

It's a lot to get done, but I think I can fit this all in.

I’m not sure how much I’ll get to play this weekend, as I need to dive into my old PC and that’s certainly a right old rabbit hole. I want to dig up my Witcher 2 save to import into The Witcher 3, see, but should also have a scout to see if there’s much else I’ll want to salvage. I think I have a Planescape save I kept meaning to finish, one where I’d made conscious decisions rather than bumble through. Probably some pictures, though I imagine that’s mostly stuff I saved off Steve Gaynor’s Rekall. Maybe some documents?

Tell me, reader dear, which files will I unexpectedly miss or desperately need after I take this old crudbox out to a field and smash it to pieces?


  1. golem09 says:

    Bachelor Thesis Simulator

    • klops says:

      My weekend goes with the sequel. I’m finally trying to finish the MA thesis’s final level. Horrible grind!

    • Ostymandias says:

      hey I clicked on this article only in order to make that exact same joke

    • Cross says:

      I feel your pain, literally. Though i also do manage to sneak an occasional game of Invisible, Inc. in there.

    • Emeraude says:

      I was planning on… I don’t if playing is the right word, given the tone of the letter I wrote to old friends about the end of FFXI, I think making a pilgrimage is more like it, but I sure was planning on doing something in Vana’diel this week end… that 28652 files update looks like it’s going to take most of it.

  2. Andy_Panthro says:

    Finally getting around to Shadowrun: Dragonfall (after playing Shadowrun Returns last weekend, which was brilliant), and also figuring out what sort of character to play as in Pillars of Eternity.

    Oh and finish Space Quest IV for the nth time, alongside the good folks at The Adventure Gamer blog.

    • Cross says:

      Do get back to me on how the first mission turns out for you. It absolutely stomped on my face and i never returned.

      • Andy_Panthro says:

        First mission of Dragonfall? I found it was best to use plenty of shaman powers, get some elementals to help you out and you’ll be fine. Otherwise it’s pretty difficult, but I guess it’s supposed to be like that? I played through it twice and the first time I almost lost the whole party (but managed to get through with everyone on minimal health), second time I managed much better using elementals, and if there wasn’t a seemingly endless amount of new enemies I think I could have beaten it (almost got that orc security captain… but not quite).

  3. Seraphina says:

    I just bought a nice, pretty pink/white 3DS XL. So my weekend is going to be mostly Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D Land, and maybe a little Fantasy Life.

    • cpt_freakout says:

      The DS is amazing. Do try the Phoenix Wright games if you haven’t before! The e-store has the GBA trilogy for download, and it’s really good.

  4. TehK says:

    After buying the compendium, I need to get back into that after a 6 month pause. Which means: I’m terrible.

    Also I got Sunless Sea from the Humble Store sale, which I’m really enjoying in a strange, calm and creepy kind of way. I think TB nailed it when he said the writing is a bit like a mixture of Pratchett and Lovecraft.

  5. Falsen says:

    I picked up Sorcery 3 today on a whim since it’s currently free on Amazon. Played it for a little while and it seems pretty neat so far! I hope it doesn’t matter that I haven’t played the previous two.

  6. heretic says:

    CK2 from the Paradox bundle, don’t know what I’m going to do about HOI3 though…

  7. Xyviel says:

    Going back to The Witcher 2 to play Iorveth’s path and get ready for The Witcher 3’s launch.

    • Horg says:

      I did that a few weeks ago. Now all I got left is starting at screenshots on the Witcher 3 website : | May 19th cannot come soon enough.

      • Xyviel says:

        I put it off to the last minute on purpose. Plus, I just got a new GTX 970, so I wanted to see what the game looked like compared to my past R9 270X. And it looks good but still… can’t wait for Tuesday night!

  8. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Trying to remember what I forgot in only a few weeks of inactivity about flying a Cessna 172. Which apparently is: Everything.

    I’m only 37. Too young for senility :(

    • Schmouddle says:

      When I am getting back my medical it would be the same with Eurostar…3 months living in a no-fly zone..:/

  9. dawnmane says:

    Pillars of Eternity, Kentucky Route Zero, Dying Light, Starbound.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Hopefully try and finish Dark Souls 2: blah of the blah blah edition (yes i’m part of the problem, having already finished the original release).

  11. Le blaireau says:

    Underrail. That is all.

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      Leucine says:

      What’s that like these days? I recall playing it about a year or so ago but gave up once I reached the GMS Compound as the difficulty was too much to bear. Up until then it was hard but that was just beyond the pale. Which is a shame because I really want to love it.

      • Le blaireau says:

        Stunning. I still have to replay most combat encounters 2 or 3 times. But once you’ve got the tactics sorted it’s not too hard. It’s gloriously cerebral.

  12. Ansob says:

    Nothing today, because some friends have only gone and had the audacity to get bloody married, but I’ve just tried Heroes of the Storm and it’s actually fun, unlike every other MOBA, so I’ll probably be playing some of that tomorrow.

  13. Philopoemen says:

    KOTOR2 w/ TSLRCM as a Grey Jedi – I’m playing about an hour a day atm, so it’ll be a long haul until I’m on weekly leave next week. Just got to my first planet, Nar Shadda, and realising that the game is not suited to trying to be neutral at all. I may have to forgo a Prestige Class, as I’m neither light nor dark, and I’m not entirely sure you can complete the game without one?

    • Horg says:

      I’m fairly sure you don’t have to choose an advanced class to finish the game.

  14. Mud says:

    I wanted to play Kenshi after a year plus or so.
    The game won’t update, looks like the dev forgets his early buyers.

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      Leucine says:

      It updated during this week. Are you on the experimental or stable build?

      • Mud says:

        I have my copy from Gamersgate, the latest build there is 0.4 something.
        As far as I know the last build is 0.7 exp, but updating to any build fails.

        • Deadly Habit says:

          Hop on their official forums, I originally got my copy through the now defunct Indievana and they hooked me up with a steam key and all the help I needed.

          • Mud says:

            Thanks for the heads up, looks like the latest exp. build is only available via torrent.
            I am downloading atm, dunno of my key works but I probably end up with your suggestion.

          • Mud says:

            Activated on Steam :)

  15. tnzk says:

    Pillars of Eternity and Dragon Age: Origins on PC. Probably a couple of hours between them.

    Then there’s Destiny on PS4. That takes up a whole damn evening.

  16. Dilapinated says:

    Unhealthy amounts of Pinball FX2. I’m reaching the point where I can actually complete a few missions in Ghost Rider, and get an extra ball once every couple of games. I really want to hit the point where I can beat all 4 Villians + Wizard Mode, but that seems a fair way off yet.

    Aside from that, X-Wing Alliance, with the lovely X-Wing Alliance Upgrade mod. It can be buggy and woefully obtuse, but it is a lovingly crafted game that submerges you in its story and tries its best to get you more involved than the standard “You are Dirk FastFly, hotshot pilot of the Alliance!”. (..Even if you’re still called ‘Ace’ by everyone, it’s justified as an ironic nickname at the start of the story for a sim-obsessed fighter wannabe). Just hit the first Alliance mission and the start of the Game Proper, but the Prequel section is still meaty enough and sets the stage wonderfully. Also flying the (same ship-type as the) Millenium Falcon! Picking up cargo, redirecting cannons and whathaveyou. Tis fun.

  17. spec10 says:

    Invisible Inc.

  18. Kefren says:

    HOMM2 again. Playing The Slayer Legacy XL map for the first time. So far I have the SW corner of the map covered – my Slayer Knight ruling all the knight castles there, and a necromancer armed with skeletons and Titans in charge of the wizard’s area of the map. A few monster nests to clear then the two armies can expand north and east. Both heroes have Dimension Door for getting around (but sadly, despite 4 wizard castles with libraries and level 5 mage towers, I still don’t have a castle gate spell, which would make life easier on any XL map).

    • Kefren says:

      Oh, and hopefully my first game of K2 (boardgame) with my girlfriend. Gets me off the PC for a bit…

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      2 is still, if not my favourite Heroes, then certainly close. Was my first. The map from the demo – broken alliance, was it? – has basically burned itself into my brain. Could probably play it with my eyes closed.

      It shows its age, but there’s something magic about that game that’s never quite been recaptured.

  19. fish99 says:

    **minor spoilers**

    Dark Souls 2 Scholar of the First Sin, and GTAV. Not necessarily impressed with some of the changes to DS2, taking a lot of enemies out and replacing them with the same few NPC invaders over and over, plus some odd changes like letting you skip the whole dragon airie and most of the enemies gone from the dragon shrine. Anyway, bought the new version mainly for the DLCs and the first one is proving excellent so far. Just beat Elana.

    Getting towards the end of GTAV story mode, hopefully will finish it this weekend.

  20. Hogni Gylfason says:

    Elite or Project CARS with Oculus DK2 and Fanatec wheel.

  21. vahnn says:

    GalCiv 3, DiRT Rally, Elite: Dangerous, Environmental Station Alpha, and hopefully some Magicka: Wizard Wars if I can wrangle up a couple buddies.

  22. melnificent says:

    Alien:Isolation with a dk1, then pretty much anything else after those 5 minutes of terror.

  23. ExitDose says:

    I’ve been playing a lot of Nuclear Throne of late.

    20XX will be played, and I highly recommend that others should check it out. It’s basically Mega Man X with procedurally generated levels, permadeth, unlocks, and daily challenges. I’m kind of amazed that I didn’t hear about it anywhere else.

    On top of that, I’m going to try to play Telepath Tactics, OOB: Pacific, and Yomi.

  24. montorsi says:

    I will either talk myself into playing some AC: Unity or I’ll go back to leveling my jedi in SWTOR. The latter has been some good fun, though I do ignore all the MMO bits and just play through story quests.

    AC:U, well, I thought it had a nice start (would play more child Arno) but I’ve just not found the motivation to play through another AC game. A map full of missions I’ve done before in other games has limited appeal.

  25. MartinWisse says:

    The intention is to play Beyond Good and Evil, started yesterday, but I think a bit of FM2015 will also creep in.

  26. plugav says:

    Relaxing sessions of Sunless Sea punctuated by intense sessions of Invisible, Inc. And possibly some Teleglitch, which actually started this latest rogue-lite binge of mine, but I’m also absolutely terrible at it.

    Sunless Sea is the most pleasant surprise here, because the Early Access version was nearly unplayable. I was pretty much stuck on a very slow loop between London and Vanderbight, because going anywhere outside of that route meant I either ran out of fuel or got killed by enemies way beyond my level. The full version is much more generous with basic resources and the new combat system allows me to avoid fights when I want to (which is most of the time, for now). And, paradoxically, this makes play much more interesting and risky.

  27. NetharSpinos says:

    Chroma Squad! A little bit more of Space Hulk: Ascension, and possibly a dab of Robocraft. Or I might just resort to playing Age of Wonders III with The Unbelievable Truth on in the background again.

  28. lowprices says:

    The plan is try and carry on with Transistor, but the combat just isn’t doing it for me, so I’ll probably default back to Monster Hunter and Not a Hero.

  29. Deadly Habit says:

    Finishing up my yearly Shadow of the Colossus and Ico playthrough and gonna delve into Telepath Tactics and check out what state Beasts of Prey and Miscreated are these days.

    • Kefren says:

      Don’t know if Toren might resemble the first games you mention? link to gog.com

      • Deadly Habit says:

        Def has a similar vibe to Ico, but a bit more colorful, you’ve got it on my radar. Though I’m still helpful for The Last Guardian which has been in development hell for ages, yet not cancelled from same devs as SotC and Ico link to youtube.com

        • Kaeoschassis says:

          Yeah, still holding out hope for The Last Guardian, but probably just wishful thinking that it’ll ever see the light of day. Never played Ico, but SOTC is in my top ten easily.

          And yes, I’ll be grabbing Toren at some point, my it’s gorgeous.

  30. Samwise Gamgee says:

    Waking Mars and Ultima 7

  31. Carra says:

    Pillars and more hearthstone.

  32. wodin says:

    Making more counters for a certain wargame and one in development. Wings Over Flanders Fields, GTAV, Project Cars (I’m useless and racing games..I don’t actually drive in real life. However I love being a spectator and watching my car race aswell as trying out all the different cars. I am having ago at a Kart career though using the lowly keyboard after struggling with a Joystick) and maybe one of the Combat Mission X2 games.

  33. Ejia says:

    I got distracted by Red Dead Redemption. A pity R* never saw fit to port it to PCs, but I’m sure some enterprising modder somewhere is doing a total conversion mod of GTA V. Unless someone already did one for GTA IV and I just missed it.

  34. Wisq says:

    I was going to play some Silent Hunter 5, but then I went and read the subsim boards and discovered that no, even with mods, it’s still a pretty broken game. So then I started considering playing Silent Hunter 4, either the Pacific campaign or the excellent Atlantic “Operation Monsun” mod campaign.

    But now I’m pondering doing neither (yet), and instead, writing my own utility to do Target Motion Analysis (TMA) based on sonar bearing reports. That is, if the user inputs a series of observations and manoeuvres — “my hydrophone reports the target at xº bearing” & “I’m turning my sub to yº bearing now and travelling at z knots” — I can eventually lock down a target’s heading, speed, and distance, and then plot an intercept.

    There are similar tools out there — MoBo, Maneubo — but I’ve never been particularly happy with the data entry speed of either. So, time to write my own, and maybe I’ll actually finish it. I guess it’s the life of a programmer-slash-gamer … I don’t just play the games, I also have to come up with programs to help me play them.

    • wodin says:

      Wisq..actually with a decent mod soup the game is pretty damn good mate. Honestly aslong as you DON’T have the Steam version you’ll have a great time. The steam version you cna’t use a very important set of fixes. I’ve spent many many hours playing it.

    • wodin says:

      I think the ones still moaning are the type who are hyper critical.

      • Zenicetus says:

        Raises hand as a moaner! I don’t think I’m hypercritical, necessarily. I’m probably somewhere in the middle between casual and hardcore when it comes to sub sims. I just want the game to WORK.

        Several months ago I decided to finally give SH5 a shot. I was curious to see what the current state of modding was, so I bought it (non-Steam version). I did lots of research on the subsim forums, and carefully selected a proven mod soup. I booted it up and spent enough time to get a handle on it. Nope, it still doesn’t work for me. Way too many cracks showing through to make it both believable and fun. Others may disagree, but the constant feel of duct tape holding everything together just wasn’t worth it.

        I still wanted a sub sim available on the hard drive, so I went back and re-loaded SH4 with its own set of mods. It’s been a few years, but I’m having fun with it again. Radar on the US boats makes finding and tracking targets a little too easy, but the mega-mods (either Trigger Maru or Reel Fleet Boat) offer a challenge. Even though I slightly prefer the U-Boat scenario, SH4 for me is the sweet spot where a decent-enough underlying game has been modded to near perfection.

  35. Xocrates says:

    Diablo 2 and Torchlight 2.

  36. Alan Hazelden says:

    Snakebird! I am a sucker for puzzle games, and this is a good’un. Definitely the hardest thing I’ve played in a while.

  37. Gibster says:

    Returning to some Anno 2070 and decided it was about time that complete a game with three monuments. I also added a few easy expanding npcs to distract me in case I bored of production chains and wanted to kick some puppies. Tori’s become a bit of a nusiance though and has sunk a few of my cargo ships so I’ve had to keep extra escorts around, I’m starting to have some regrets. Also having to have a large navy around takes a toll on your income and I’m starting to feel the pain.

    Beyond that some possibilities include: Luftrausers, Silent Hunters (III or IV), Star Wars Battlefront II, or the usual multiplayer games.

  38. LionEyez says:

    I’m playing Age of Wonders III, my first random gen campaign as the Halflings. I may have chosen a bit too large of a map though. Turn 50 and not even eliminated a single one of my five opponents yet.

    Also Silent Storm: Sentinels. After X-Com (old, new – whatever) the best turn-based tactical RPG. Already completed the game numerous times but keep coming back to it :)

    • teije says:

      Two excellent choices! AOW games can take a looong time though.

  39. Mr Coot says:

    Desktop Dungeons. It really is a lovely little game. And I can convince myself that I will only spend a 30min sliver of time on it. (you know what happens with incremental slivers… whole areas under the curve of time vanish ;) )

  40. derbefrier says:

    I will be throwing a bachelor party, that will involve lots of good friends and boards games and booze. I went to the local nerd shop and picked up Kings of Tokyo and Zombie Dice because they looked fun and could easily be turned into drinking games and an impulse buy of Space Cadet: Dice duels because that just sounded like too much fun.
    Then probably some minecraft. I haven’t played in years but a buddy decided to setup a server with the goal of killing the ender dragon without using any cheats.

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    Hodge says:

    Still muddling around in GTAV, and tomorrow I’m going to binge on some Adventure Jam stuff before the voting ends.

  42. Henson says:

    Sadly, the sound on my PC is completely borked, so I’m playing anything where audio isn’t crucial. OH HI and OH NO, maybe some Rebuild, could also do some FTL or Don’t Starve. Could maybe work without sound. Maybe I could get back to SpaceChem after my years-long hiatus…

  43. Orontes says:

    Children of the Nile mostly. Might get Invisible Inc., and Gal Civ 3, but money’s a bit tight at the moment. In terms of non-games, I’m interested in getting Android Netrunner, although I won’t have anyone to play with :(

  44. scannerbarkly says:

    Windward. I can’t stop playing it. Somebody help me.

  45. raiders says:

    BLOOD BOWL………….(i know, i know….*sigh*)

  46. Yukiomo says:

    I have been on a huge Teleglitch kick lately, of all things. I still have never made it to the fifth level, but I have been inching my way through the fourth one. And I no longer scream and die immediately when I meet an enemies with guns.

  47. Jaykera says:

    If I manage not to play too much of Bloodborne I’ll finish my second play through Wolfenstein TNO and some nba 2k.

  48. kament says:

    Tried AssCreed China and found it lacking. Maybe it just was a bad day for it, though. I’m not sure.

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    keithzg says:

    Cities: Skylines, maybe a bit of GTA:V if I can be bothered to boot into Windows, and the new co-op campaign that’s come out for Towerfall.

  50. Kaeoschassis says:

    Just finished a run through of the Doom2 mapset Scythe 2 with my brother, and now I’m diving back into Dominions 4. Won my first singleplayer session with Tir na n’Og and now I’m trying Neifelheim, which I’m expecting to be significantly harder. It took me a long, long, loooong time to convince myself to get this game, but I’m glad I finally did.