What Are You Playing This Weekend?

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Hello again, you. This weekend’s post comes to you from Hebden Bridge, as I’ve escaped my computer and come to The North for… a games event. I have brought my swimsuit for a dip in a river though.

It’ll be good to get away from my computer before The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth‘s daily challenges arrive and stops me from ever leaving it for a day or more.

Last night I dreamed about playing The Witcher 3‘s in-game collectible card game Gwent, so it’s probably good to get away from that too.

But you, what are you playing this weekend?

80 Comments

  1. Nathan_G says:

    Besides trying to finish my own frickin game and seeing Mad Max finally so I can stop muting people on Twitter, I’ve just bought Witcher 3. I hated the combat in the first one, and got about 30 minutes into the second one, so I’m not sure what the fuck I’m doing. But it looks very, very pretty…

    • Geebs says:

      You’ll hate the combat for the first hour. Then, hopefully, you’ll lose your Dark Souls muscle memory, figure out the controls, and find out it’s a huge improvement on the previous two games.

      • Nathan_G says:

        I put about 11 hours into Dark Souls and never developed any muscle memory, and instead remained completely terrible. I’m similarly bad at Witchering it seems, but I’m enjoying its combat quite a lot :D

        And good lord, it’s frickin beautiful

  2. Lakshmi says:

    Gwent. Playing the wrap-around RPG story to unlock more Gwent quests/cards/opponents.

  3. Schaulustiger says:

    I’ll be playing Witcher 3, of course. This game consumes every minute of my free time, because it is just so unbelievably good. I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that this is my favorite RPG of all time. Ultima VII? Baldur’s Gate? Dragon Age: Origins? Nah, I don’t think they are up there with Witcher 3. at least for me personally.

    • Paul says:

      I have already come to terms with the fact that Witcher 3 dethroned Deus Ex and Fallout as my favourite games of all time. And I still havent even been to Skellige and still havent even met Zoltan, Dandelion or Ciri.

      The only drawback of this realisation is that other games will have a hard time satisfying me. I am not so excited about Fallout 4 from Bethesda anymore (if only Obsidian was making it..).
      Well, at least there will be two more expansions to Witcher and then Cyberpunk in couple years. And Kingdom Come next year will hopefully not disappoint.

      • Schaulustiger says:

        It makes my head dizzy to think about what CDPR will come up with next. If Cyberpunk 2077 will live up to the expectations we’ll be in for a treat. But yeah, I’m not terribly excited for what Bethesda has in store (and certainly not excited for Bioware’s stuff anymore).

    • schlusenbach says:

      I’ll play Witcher 3, too. Have played 50 hours or so and this weekend I will visit the Skellige islands the first time. It’s a great game.

    • golem09 says:

      Same here. I also can’t believe how much I like the combat system. Even after 30 hours I’m still addicting to it and kill everything I can. Also thanks for casualizing the potions, CDPR.
      Looking through loot for actual items isn’t even that exciting, but the prospect of finding a recipe, like “enhanced Swallow” or some gear blueprint… Hell yeah. Also the hunt for those few rare ingredients… I love it, love it all.

    • Jonfon says:

      Just downloaded and started The Witcher last night (30 min download, thanks beloved cable tv cable). Was up way too late playing it. Sadly with sproglings running about the house it’ll be post-watershed before I can resume.

  4. lowprices says:

    Sunless Sea and Heroes of the Storm.
    HotS is the game that finally sold MOBAs to me. I’d tried DOTA and LoL and bounced off the near-vertical learning curve, but learning HotS has been practically frictionless. I can see it’s going to chew up an awful lot of my time in the way Hearthstone has.

  5. stripeless says:

    I won’t be playing anything today. I finished another full HL2-ep1-ep2 run through late last night, got all angry that the story still hasn’t been finished yet, couldn’t sleep. Too tired today.

    • Ross Angus says:

      I feel for you. I took some small solace from a comment Shamus Young made in a podcast – the Half Life games were never supposed to be about story: they were there to facilitate technology and game play mechanics which Valve found interesting at the time.

      I suppose we were just lucky that they realised they were done with Portal, and wrapped up the narrative.

    • Sarfrin says:

      I’m playing through HL2 again but the ant lion section is putting me off. So annoying.

  6. Vandelay says:

    I picked up Distant Worlds Universe yesterday, as it is half price on Steam. Not had a chance to play it beyond the first tutorial, so no idea if this will end up being another Crusader Kings 2, where I was never sure what I was actually meant to be doing and got bored of sitting waiting for things to happen, or if it will be the massive time sink I am hoping it to be.

    Also gone back to Arkham Origins, which I bought a while ago, but didn’t play too much of. It is definitely the weakest of the three already out, but still enjoyable. I do not see how Knight is going to continue the same pattern again though.

    Probably not this weekend, but I hope to play Thief 2 some more too, for the first time! I went straight into it after completing the first a few months ago and only played the first two or three levels. Decided this week to get back to it, starting over again.

  7. ExitDose says:

    Warlocks and Shadows
    Nuclear Throne will make its appearance as it always does.
    20XX
    I also need to play more Curious Expedition.

    • Agnosticus says:

      Hold on: Warlocks and shadows of all things?
      I’ve been playing with 2 friends and I’ve found it extremely repetative and underwhelming. Has the recent update improved the game?

      • ExitDose says:

        No idea. I bought it a few days ago when it went on sale.

        • Agnosticus says:

          Ok, sorry! Didn’t want to spoil the experience. Mabye it’s gotten better over the past 1-2 months.

  8. Akke says:

    Regular Human Basketball

  9. jon_hill987 says:

    Skyrim, with Skyvoice so I actually use the Thu’um this time.

  10. LionsPhil says:

    Skyrim. Riften is where they gave up and just padded it with fetch quests.

    • wyrm4701 says:

      Yeah, Riften’s the bit where the idea-to-execution ratio becomes laughably skewed. Every main quest there seems unfinished, and the lack of freedom of choice is really glaring. Also the bad writing, but that’s kinda Bethesda’s usual bugbear.

      • LionsPhil says:

        Also it totally sets you up for overthrowing the thieves guild, then never actually bothers to deliver.

        (Yes, I know the fanbase have tried to fill in the gaps there.)

  11. Banks says:

    Infinifactory. It makes me feel so smart.

  12. AriochRN says:

    Digital- Ronin, Elite Dangerous 1.3 beta and Mirror’s Edge time trials.
    Cardboard- Eldritch Horror and SOS Titanic.
    Real- running by the softly burbling River Ribble, through dappled sunlight, possibly getting chased by a bad tempered bovine on occasion.

  13. CarbonCopy says:

    *Sigh*
    Still Pillars of Eternity.
    Granted, it is incredibly good, and one of the most enjoyable games I played in the last few years. But it is so long. I’m playing mostly on weekends since the game was released and have not finished yet. I am now near the ending but I still need to go through all 15 floors of the Endless Paths of Od Nua and maybe do some more side quests.
    After I finish it, hopefully this week, I’ll get in to an even bigger game which I have been waiting to play for years- Witcher 3, of course. Wish me luck.

    • richard says:

      My situation is a carbon copy — loving Pillars (100 h so far) but also itching to properly start Witcher 3. The master below can have my stronghold for all I care, but I do want to resolve the story.

    • Zenicetus says:

      You can have it both ways. There is a point right near the end where you have to perform a certain action, and the text prompt makes it very clear that there’s no going back. Just make sure you have a save game at that point, and then you can go back and finish the Endless Paths dungeon levels later on.

      • CarbonCopy says:

        I don’t like doing things in big games after I defeat the main boss, it’s just not working for me. I already started and got to level 9 of the endless paths. After that I just need to do the quest for Juhylea and I can go finish the game.

  14. DaftPunk says:

    FEAR and PREY,Fuck yes to god old fps games. Better then newer ones to be honest.

    • Ross Angus says:

      Any love for Hard Reset? I tried playing that the other day, before realising I’m nowhere near as good as I thought I was.

    • welverin says:

      Not having played those two I can’t say how it compares, but did you try Wolfenstein The New Order? I really liked it though I am a sucker for any shooter that let’s me be sneaky.

      I also enjoyed Hard Reset. Though unlike Ross Angus, I was a wuss and played on easy.

      And in that vein, didn’t whoever review the new Shadow Warrior here rather like it?

      • Ross Angus says:

        Yeah, I meant to turn it down from meejum, but I figured it was just shooting. No exploration, puzzle solving or chatty time. Old school!

  15. Mr_Rosebud says:

    Mount and Blade, again. This game has personality abound and is just fun on a both immediate and strategic level, i.e., exactly what I need after another disappointing attempt at liking Rome 2.

    Also, this weekend I’m going to try not to buy Witcher 3 yet. Chances of success after reading RPS’s review: quite low.

  16. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Flight simming. Prepar3D, probably taking my Cessna 172 for a spin through my new ORBX pacific north west scenery, or maybe carrying on with learning the venerable Lockheed TriStar’s systems (which I painted with the Austin Powers shagadelic PSA livery).

  17. DrGonzo says:

    Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 again. Am I the only one who just couldn’t like Witcher 3? Uninstalled it after only a few hours. The plot and acting seem interesting and worthwhile, but the combat and even basic controls were just so terrible. Struggling to even get into doorways, and up stairs cases without clipping onto the banister and having Geralts legs turn into some kind of Cthulhu like monster.

    • Geebs says:

      TW3 needs a lot of adjusting to after Dark Souls (I’d just finished Scholar as dex/faith). After a bit of practice though, twirling about like a ponce in the Witcher’s combat actually feels pretty damn good. Takes a very different approach though.

    • jonahcutter says:

      I found it really helps to toggle into walk mode when trying to navigate narrow passages, doorways, stairs, etc. You can still sprint with shift for the straightaways, but the finer control of Geralt taking shorter steps lowers the frustration level some.

  18. melnificent says:

    Playing through the putt putt games with my 5 year old.

    She’s getting quite adept at mouse control and point and clock games in general.

  19. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Not entirely sure. Probably Guild Wars 2 (bought it earlier when it was discounted and installed it just a few days ago) which is pretty enjoyable if buggy on MacOS. Aside from that, maybe some Scrolls, League of Legends or something else entirely.

  20. amusingthebrood says:

    Binging on Crypt of the Necrodancer whilst my family are away. I am hoping to finish zone three before I have to leave and join them.

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  21. Horg says:

    Small bouts of FTL in between watching the DotA 2 International EU qualifier matches, and Witcher 3 when the games are done for the day. Any DotA fans should check out Na’Vi vs Hell Raisers game 2 and Na’Vi vs Vega game 2, some of the best spectator DotA i’ve seen in years, particularly the Vega game. If you watch the Ayesee and LD cast, be prepared to turn your sound down towards the end ¬ ¬

  22. yan spaceman says:

    Having a break from Elite. Will probably be looking at new purchases Killing Floor 2 and Distant Star: Revenant Fleet. Also trying some of the Workshop mods for Banished.

  23. Luciferous says:

    FFXIV – Need to get everything prepared and squared away to go Heavensward.
    Valkyria Chronicles – Recording episodes for a lets play, I’ll also be editing together the first batch.
    Life is Strange eps 2&3 – Keep putting these off, but I can’t stand it no more!

  24. Kefren says:

    HOMM2; finishing off Zeno Clash; not sure what I’ll start after that.

  25. wyrm4701 says:

    Sunless Sea. Maybe I’ll try Transistor again, but I keep bouncing off of it.

  26. fish99 says:

    Finished Dark Souls 2 Scholars of the First Sin a few days ago – all bosses, no summons. Dex build / black steel katana.

    Next up, dunno, I wanna start Witcher 3 but still having problems with it resetting my PC. Maybe time to start Bloodborne.

  27. sicbanana says:

    That ridiculous Humble Sale a few days ago ramped up my game count significantly, so I guess it will be a jolly flip-flopping between FTL, Civ V, Mark of the Ninja, Guacamelee, Banner Saga and maaybe some Dustforce (if I manage to get into those nasty controls, finally). Man, do I love sales!

  28. Silith321 says:

    I’m playing Witcher 2. I absolutely detested the Witcher 1 ever since “earning” my first nekkid woman card there and stopped playing soon after reaching Vizima. Hence I never even tried Witcher 2 (even though I bought it in some Steam sale years back) and watched the Witcher 3 hype mildy bemused. Then I started reading reviews and watching videos about it and suddenly I wanted to play Witcher 3 against all reason, heh. So I have this agreement with myself: if I make it through Witcher 2 and if I like it, I’ll get Witcher 3. Ha! So far, I’m 11 hours in and… gasp… it’s really good!

  29. Haphaz77 says:

    XCOM long war. Followed by waiting for the announcement of the next XCOM, hopefully Monday. See: link to adventfuture.org

  30. starclaws says:

    PC: Dota 2, Planetside 2, GTA 5
    Cardboard: Betrayal at House on the Hill, Pandemic,
    Also picked up the D&D 5th players, dm, monster, and some dice. Going to give it a try.

    • welverin says:

      I like D&D 5e, it gets back to being D&D after the detour of 4e (mind you I don’t think it was bad, I just didn’t like it). My gaming group is currently playing that on Saturdays, after completely abandoning D&D during the dark times of 4e.

      Now if only we could skip five years into the future over 3e Exalted and right to 4e.

  31. Carra says:

    I’ll be playing some Alien: Isolation. Although it’s one of the games that I can’t seem to play longer than one hour at a time, I just get too nervous playing any longer.

  32. AshRolls says:

    Project CARS. A very fun and imrpessively immersive driving sim (the weather effects are fantastic and the GT3 cars are just great to drive). I have all the vroom vroom!

    Distant Worlds: Universe is on sale for the first time, and only for a few hours. I am desperately resisting as I don’t have the time to invest in a game of that complexity at the moment… but… I love the idea and have wanted it for ages. Hnnnnngggg.

  33. particlese says:

    Grinding LinkedIn for a bit, trying to level-up a few characters.
    Then: Skyrim! I’m still in the midst of Dawnguard, being as anti-vampire as I can be (aside from the follower, Serana — she’s cool), and then it’s on to rummaging around Daedric libraries or whatever it is one gets up to in Dragonborn.

    • welverin says:

      Hmm, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks. After years away I finally started playing again to do the dlc.

      Though the last couple of days I’ve been playing Wolfenstein The Old Blood.

  34. fco says:

    I was gonna finish Broken Age, but yesterday I saw Kung Fury, and now I feel an urge to play Far Cry: Blood Dragon

  35. One Pigeon says:

    Stay in Hebden Bridge until next weekend as we have the handmade parade on, which is going to be awesome. If not, then just make sure you go to Ink folk tonight as it’s their Anniversary gig which is going to be great!
    Unfortunately I’m not in town and will mostly be away working playing my drum kit. But I’m looking forward to sitting down with The Long Dark and Subnautica when I get back from my travels.

  36. Gibster says:

    Well I’ll be damned but I caught myself playing Runescape this week. End of my highschool career and what do I play? A game I haven’t played since the start of Highschool. Ah the Irony. We’ll see how long this lasts, I did buy a 3 month membership package though so I’m set for the summer should I choose to indulge.

    • CarbonCopy says:

      I am also finishing my senior year in high school now and a friend of mine started playing runescape again after years he didn’t think about it. Granted, I never liked Runescape, but we keep making fun of him for playing it again after so many years…

  37. cvaldivia93 says:

    Playing FTL. Losing at FTL. Rinse, repeat.

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  39. Monggerel says:

    Twilight Struggle. Singing L’Internationale as I plunge the world into nuclear armageddon. That means I lost. Because I am suck.

  40. mpk says:

    I’ll be playing Yermaw.

    Cos that’s the name of my GTA:O character.

    Obv.

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    pertusaria says:

    I hope you enjoyed / are enjoying Hebden Bridge as much as I did on Friday, Alice! Sorry to have missed you.

    I played several games at Feral Vector yesterday, many of which I don’t have names for, but among which were: [encrypted], Bulbfish, Pushmi-Pullyou, Chime 2; and I watched A Light In Chorus, Gang Beasts and Game of War (tabletop) being played. There was also a versus platformer and a four-player arcade-y spaceship attack game which I thought was called Laser Knight, but that isn’t showing up on Google for me. It was great to be able to play multiplayer things that wouldn’t really work at home, particularly with Bulbfish where the whole hook is using an inflatable ball to control a fish which can either swim higher or lower in the screen. It’s also great when pretty much everyone is coming to things fresh and nobody is miles ahead of you in experience.

    Other than that, I’m not playing nearly as much as I would like. It’s mainly Pullblox with side orders of Fantasy Life and Link between Worlds, because you can carry a portable system with you and poke at it without taking over the living room.

  42. kirby_freak says:

    Probably continue playing through Divinity: Original Sin with my little brother, and play a lot more Splatoon.

  43. aoanla says:

    Probably more Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall. I’m playing two campaigns at the same time: a straight one, with an Elf Shaman who levels normally, and a cheating one with an uber character with basically max everything. I play a few hours into the game with Elf Shaman lady, and then switch to uber character to do the same missions but picking up the lore etc I missed with my proper character due to missing skill requirements or whatnot. It’s a good way to balance out my completionism with playing the game “as it is meant to be played” (I never get ahead of Elf Shaman with cheaty character, so there’s no spoilers in the game proper).

  44. ansionnach says:

    Been playing the original Shadow Warrior lately. It’s one that I’d been meaning to play since I was a big Duke3d fan but I never got around to it. So far I’ve played through the shareware and registered episodes as well as Wanton Destruction and most of Twin Dragon. In each case I’ve been playing the 3dfx version in DOSBox at maximum difficulty. Had to use a hex editor to create my own DOS 3dfx executables for the expansions as they didn’t seem to already exist. Curiously, the original DOS exe for Twin Dragon always switches off the music so I fixed that, too.

    The game’s nowhere near as good as Duke3d. The Shareware episode is pretty good but then the registered version feels like a load of tenuously-connected maps and due to lack of creativity and so much back-tracking fatigue sets in quickly. Of the expansion packs, Wanton Destruction is dire, but Twin Dragon is pretty fun. There’s a lot of wandering about wondering where some hidden switch or vent or something is throughout Shadow Warrior but I’d single out the game design in Wanton Destruction as being particularly mean-spirited, with plenty of insta-death and quite a lot of hidden switches or switches that might open up a new area somewhere completely unconnected with where you are. The plane level is particularly infuriating with plenty of enemies you can’t see because they’re behind curtains shooting you precisely from behind those bloody curtains. Finding that blasted key in the hold is a right pain in the arse and running around on top of the plane, climbing down a ladder hanging from the plane (and having to jump backwards off the ladder to safety) and surviving the plane crash are particularly infuriating. The plane crash bit is pure trial and error. Some of these are nice ideas, they’re just executed terribly.

    The two expansions were never released commercially because the game didn’t do as well as hoped. If they had then I’m pretty sure that WD would have been your typical farmed-out lazy cash-in while TD would have been the surprisingly fun one. Many of its levels are probably better than the ones in the original game.

    Not sure how Shadow Warrior’s sales figures affected the development hell of other 3D Realms games but if they were ever thinking of making a full sequel to Duke3d they’d have to have done much better than this…

    Must play the new Shadow Warrior game. I’d be surprised if it isn’t way better, even though they seem to have made Lo Wang young and possibly cool. Thought the silly old codger ninja idea really worked in the original.

  45. MrNash says:

    It’s going to be another exciting weekend of Skyrim for me. Slowly becoming a thane in more and more cities. Actually feel bad that I couldn’t bankroll building a house in Winterhold. I know the place got wrecked, but I’m flush with gold and have no qualms funding to help rebuild the city. =\

    Other than that, it’ll be more Regency Solitare, and maybe some Cosmonautica.

  46. simontifik says:

    I’ve been playing nothing this weekend while I study for uni exams, one more week and my masters will be over and I can get the Witcher 3! Yay! My girlfriend on the other hand has been on my PC playing Southpark Stick of Truth. After not playing anything but the Sims for the last 10 years she is loving gaming again. Now she is dropping hints that maybe I should build her a gaming rig…

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    zinzan says:

    Combat Mission: Normandy – 4 PBEM games ongoing,
    Civ IV (Rise of Mankind- A New Dawn Mod) addiction

    Playing that game of “try to catch up with my favourite web sites” after working a 60 hour week (5 days) – Not really fun, but somewhat of a NECESSITY to pay the bills :(

  48. tonicer says:

    I’m going to finally finish my playthrough of Lichdom.

    And if there’s still some weekend left i’ll play Running with Rifles with my buddy.

  49. wombat191 says:

    a mission in take on mars, dont know why im bothering it enters beta in a couple of weeks and ill loose all progress

    sims 3 my supervillian still has to create a zombie plague in the town and create a dystopian nightmare future

    armored warfare, loving the early access but still needs alot of balancing

    latest eps for game of thrones and life is strange

  50. jonahcutter says:

    Witcher 3, and I made the mistake of installing XCOM Long War 15e to just “check things out”. I ended up playing several missions in a row and am already developing an attachment to my new roster. I was pretty burnt out on it after finishing my last campaign, but the love is definitely still there and threatening to take over again.