Alice has been away this past week, and so I'd imagine is presumably playing the game of "If I swim to the other side of this loch and run away, perhaps I'll not have to return to work on Monday." The rest of us however remain on dry land and I've gathered the team to ask them what they'll be playing this weekend. Leave your own response in the comments below.
Let's start with lovely comrade Joe Donnelly, who has been pitching in this past week to cover the absences of Adam and Alice. Thanks Joe!
Much like Graham and Alice of late, I'm still playing The Phantom Pain. But it's taking over my life, I feel. The other day, I watched a new neighbour move into the flat across the road from my window and thought about what I'd like to Fulton from their delivery van, and what I'd let them keep. I was waiting in line for bread at the local shop and pondered choking out the man in front who was taking an inordinate amount of time to count his change. I caught myself scoping out the crowd at the train station, placing make-believe orange markers above their heads, wondering if they'd rank A or above in medicine or combat. I bought a horse. I need help.
I'm keeping a beady eye on the Civ Beyond Earth Rising Tide situation, and planning to hop back in if a patch for its currently unhappy diplomacy system arrives. Will my feelings towards it warm if I'm not constantly under siege by malfunctioning AI? It's a funny old situation; in a way, it feels unfair to have reviewed a game with a known problem and a fix in the pipeline, but on the other it seems even more unfair to have released something broken and expect people to pay a whopping £30 for it. I would genuinely like Beyond Earth to have a redemption song, so it's a great shame that this was a bit of a bungled launch.
[Alas, John remains steadfastly taciturn. But luckily we have an answer from reader 'lowprices' who writes:
"This weekend John has been driven feral by his crying child. He remembers what a lovely time he had playing The Forest, and has run into his local wood, choosing to spend his weekend taking an axe to the local wildlife and running in fear from strangers. He’ll return on Monday, half-naked and covered in blood, refreshed and ready to form some strong opinions about Videogames."]
You know, I think it might have happened. I think my love of The Phantom Pain might have run its course. We'll still remain friends, I hope, but we've grown apart as time has gone on. So I'm at a loss. I don't know what I'll be playing this weekend, though I have many games I'd like to try: Mad Max, Armello, Prison Architect, more 80 Days, Concrete Jungle, Samurai Warriors 4-II. Gosh, the world is my lobster.
This weekend I will be mostly watching the group stages of the League of Legends World Championships - it'll be nice to have the time to get my teeth into it after the frantic pace of the previous weekend, trying to keep an eye on it while absorbed with Road to Blizzcon things! During odd moments I'll either be working my way through solo stuff on Hearthstone, finally, or desperately trying to save my small cluster of outposts and factories from destruction at the hands of my friends in Subterfuge on my mobile.
But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?