What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Easy: Assassin's Creed II. I can't really imagine playing anything else until I've completed every assassination contract, looted every treasure chest, explored every tomb, plucked every feather, decoded every glyph and of course avenged the Auditore family.

I like to take my time with open world games, completing as many side missions and optional objectives as I can in between each primary task. Perhaps the depth of my love for Assassin's Creed II is down to the sheer quantity of these secondary activities.

Yet it's not just how much there is to do, what also impresses is the diversity of these challenges and the manner in which they're so cleverly integrated into the world. Sure, the treasure chests are an obvious collectathon, but you buy treasure maps from the town art merchant. Shooting pigeons in Liberty City was tedious, but here you can find assassination contracts in pigeon coops, unlocking some of the game's most freeform gameplay upon accepting the contract.

I've nearly upgraded my villa to its full capacity and have been working my way through the assassinations in Tuscany. Still haven't gone to Venice yet. It's an exceptional game.

What are you playing this weekend?


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    Uncharted 2 for the post update flurry.

    Borderlands still. I keep forgetting to grind and then I'm forced to sprint past every Bruiser I cam across that's a higher level than me.

      grind i nvr had to grind HS for the win

    Im totally with you on this David, Im going for almost everything.... not sure if Im going to do the feathers and dont care that much for the chests.

    This game is seriously good and all the side missions and assassin tomes are great fun.

    sadly aside from a few dozen chests i've finished AC2. and its on loan to a friend atm so it'll be a bit before my second run through.

    Also David if you read this keep an eye out for the fishermen/farmers/and the guys sweeping the road cause you can take their Broom/Fishing Rod/Garden Hoe and use it as a weapon

    Just bought a couple of Diablo 2 Battle Chests for cheap so I'll be rocking it old school as well as trying out Far Cry 2.

    AC2 all the way. Game of the year!

    Assassin's Creed II here also. I don't think I have enough dedication to look for and collect all the feathers to be honest. I should probably go and finish Dragon Age as well.

    Just looted my brothers Xbox 360 whilst he's in new zeal and So I'll be playing a range of splinter cell games and left 4 dead.

    Yes. Assassin's Creed 2.
    But I also just got a PS3 this week, so i've been mucking around with that, getting some Uncharted (1) on, and watching some blurays.

    If anyone has any suggestions for PS3 exclusives, let me know!

      well if your looking for exclusives you cant go past
      LittleBigPlanet
      Metal Gear Solid
      Resistance 2
      All of which are platinum so there only like $44 Australian

      If your up for a multiplayer only game may I suggest Warhawk

      theres some brilliant exclusives coming very soon as well
      Modnation racers
      MAG
      God Of War 3
      the list goes on!

        How did you forget killzone and infamous?

    L4D2 - what a fantastic game. So glad I imported.

    Also Peggle Nights n maybe a bit more online COD-MW2

    I have spent an obsene amount of time playing Assassins Creed 2.... probably 15 of the last 24 hours.....

    Assassins Creed 2 as well, when I find the time. I just got to Venice myself but I'm taking my time with it.

    Playing the occasional MW2 game but I'm going to try a bit of FF7 on the PSP as well.

    WOW u haven't gone to Venice yet?
    You are missing out! No matter how much fun you are having, GO TO VENICE!

    I just love creeping up on gondola rowers, jumping on and watching them shit themselves, jump into the water and i presume drown. Seems no one but Ezio can swim in this game!

    But i'm with you David, i just can't seem to move on, unless i have unlocked every treasure chest and complete evert assassination contract. The assassin's tombs are really great though - great plat-forming. Reminds me a lot of Uncharted gameplay.

    Is it just me or are the feathers REALLY rare? I know they aren't going to make them easy to find. But seriously i have only found like 20 of them!

    A Boy and His Blob, Muramasa, Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles, Left 4 Dead 2... oh my too much to play :(

    Trying to make my way thru Modern Warfare 2 Spec Ops on Veteran.
    Have 5 or 6 missions left.

      My friend is coming around tonight so we can get through the rest of Spec Ops mode.

    "I like to take my time with open world games, completing as many side missions and optional objectives as I can"
    Doing that with Borderlands atm, definitely getting my money's worth on that game.

    Yep im on Assassins also, finished it yesterday but not going to bother with all the chests lol. Kind of wish they had the "find the templars" from the first one, that was a collectathon worth having. I bought RA3 for the xbox 360 the other day, maybe i don't like it on the console or its the game itself but i miss RA2 for some reason. Anyway have a good weekend all.

    I'm around 90 hours into Dragon Age: Origins (second playthrough). I'm level 53 in CoD:MW2 multiplayer, with my eye set on level 70 by Monday, and I'm lightening up with Ratchet & Clank: Crack in Time, which is like playing through a pixar film. I'll start on Assassin's Creed 2 when I'm through with all this. Hehe, full plate, you might say.

    mw2 on 3rd prestege

    a little bit of AC2 when the kids are in bed tonight.

    And going outside and enjoying the sun. Which you should all do! 3rd time prestige? WTF?

    I'm going to try to play some multiplayer in Brutal Legend on the PS3, so I'll be spending most of the weekend attempting to matchmake *sigh*

    Mainly ACII and GOW collection. Want to sneak in some Uncharted 2 at night as well

    Was going to be playing Borderlands new DLC, but after installing it, my game save is now corrupt.

    Kind of put me off as I don't feel like building a level 50 character again. Hopefully I manage to find one on the internet some where to download and install.

    I'm not really a 'play through the full game with all the annoying little sidequests' kind of guy, unless there's some kind of benefit to it that helps me with the story or main quest. And there wasn't, the game was easy enough as is. In fact, difficulty was probably what I thought it was lacking a little.

    I've been plowing into Dragon Age: Origins as well as spending a bunch of time with League of Legends.

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