What Are You Playing This Weekend?

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The first quarter of this year has been pretty crazy in terms of the quality and quantity of games. I’m taking advantage of the slight lull to catch up on a few releases I never quite got around to finishing.

I restarted BioShock 2 earlier in the week. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. As a huge admirer of the original, it’s been a pleasure to return to Rapture, comfortably one of the most fascinating game worlds I’ve ever explored.

The narrative hasn’t quite engaged me to the same extent as it did in the first game. In theory, the setup has potential – Lamb vs Ryan is a neat ideological dichotomy; playing as a Big Daddy, a creature with no free will, is a neat twist on the meta-themes of the original – but I’m not quite feeling that same pull, that same urgency.

I agree with N’Gai Croal when he argues that the opening setup was rushed. Like Croal, I wanted “the opportunity to form an emotional bond with my Little Sister,” an opportunity the hasty introductory sequence fails to deliver. If BioShock has always really been about familial bonds, then 2K Marin missed their chance to allow the player to really connect with their “daughter” and provide us with that pull, that urgency to rescue Eleanor.

But, on the other hand, I am loving the combat. I’ve focused my tonics on extracting the most out of my Big Daddy-ness: the drill is my friend, basically, and all my tonics go towards empowering it, while my plasmids offer support via Decoy, Cyclone Trap, Hypnotize, etc. I’ve quite deliberately avoided weapons and plasmids that rely on projectile attacks – except Telekinesis – as I feel the real fun of BioShock 2 is when you don’t play it as a shooter.

The triumvirate of defend-the Little-Sister, take-down-the-Big-Daddy and fend-off-the-Big-Sister set-piece battles are brilliant. They invert the usual shooter tropes that see the player constantly on the offensive; here, you have time to plan your attack, setup your defences, and then strike. You’re always fighting on your own terms and on your own turf. It’s great stuff.

I’ll be playing – and hopefully finishing – BioShock 2 this weekend. I’m also hoping to jump back into Call of Pripyat and finally check out Fragile Dreams on the Wii.

What are you playing this weekend?

Comments

  • No gaming for me this weekend – one musical (Cats) and one movie (Kick Ass) instead. The next two releases I’m looking forward to are some time away (Red Dead Redemption and something I obviously can’t remember that well).

    I had a few save issues with Bioshock 2 – but still thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • I’m jumping into Abe’s Oddysee and hammering away at the demo of Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse.
    I may try Bioshock 2 & Ratchet and Clank: Future again, even though I kept getting stuck on both of them.

  • I started playing through Splinter Cell Conviction last night. I enjoyed the first couple of missions, but there is a mission that takes you out of the moment (i’m trying not to spoil anything!) it’s done on purpose as part of the story, but it’s not Splinter Cell at all and I hope there aren’t anymore like it.

    I’ll also be investing some more hours into Pokemon Soul Silver and then spending some quality time beating up Nintendo characters with Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

  • playing gazing wistfully at the letterbox which didn’t deliver splinter cell and looking longingly at the dusty space where the ps3 slim was before it got sent in for repairs.

  • Just picked up Bad Company 2 and played through about a third of the campaign so far. I just love how that game FEELS.

    Also have a heap of old stuff to get through sometime soon (I’m looking at you Dead Space) and some second playthroughs to start (Bayonetta on Hard, Mass Effect 2 on Insanity.)

    Oh, and hopefully find the time to put an entry together for the Splinter Cell: Conviction comp!

  • Maybe a little CoH tomorrow night, but I’m kinda busy this weekend.

    If you are looking for something to play though I see EB has quite a few good games on the $25 table this morning: Mass Effect, Fallout 3, Farcry 2, Crysis, Battlefield 2, Left 4 Dead, Supreme Commander, Command & Conquer 3, and probably a few others (they’re just the ones that interested me). So go shopping 🙂

  • Pokemon Soul Silver on my shiny new XL. Whitney and her Miltank show the developers have no soul. Managed to beat it second time… just.

  • STALKER SoC mainly because of its replayablility, and because of the new Complete 2009 mod I recently downloaded.
    Burnout Paradise because I like to smash things up.
    And finally, Killing Floor, because I’ve created a fair amount of hype about zombies given the recent Adleaide Earth Tremor.

    I love my weekends.

  • I’ve been in a bit of a funk of late where I can’t seem to bring myself to start a solid single-player game. Instead I’ve spent my time wailing away on Band Hero with my girlfriend, and going back to arcade titles like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga.

    That being said, I have a copy of Bioshock 2 sitting there that I have been meaning to play for quite some time, so maybe tonight is the night.

    • I know how you feel. Probably has something to do with the uninspiring releases around. Maybe I’ll begin Muramasa again though. That game was sweet.

      • I think it might actually come down to sequel-itis. Looking at my pile of untouched games it includes Bioshock 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2 and Chronicles of Riddick.

        Bayonetta and BlazBlue, however, cannot be so easily explained away. Maybe that’s where I should start (Bioshock 2 didn’t happen for me. I instead spent hours chasing a new high score on Galaga. Mission accomplished).

    • *update*

      so i started playing, and it’s pretty sweet, but it has a bad case of tts (tiny text syndrome).
      my crap tv doesn’t like it, and neither do i. but the gameplay makes up for it.

  • Patchwork Heroes, on the train to bendigo and when I get bored down there, which is most of the time. Such a fun game, the sort of unique and enjoyable puzzle game I’ve been been waiting for on the PSP since Lumines.

  • I finished the new episode of Sam and Max last night – fantastic game. Really looking like the new season is going to be great.

    Other than that, FF 13, maybe finishing off Ace Attorney Investigations too.

  • Sam and MAx Season 3 and playing some Empire: Total war, I have Bioshock 2 and Final Fantasy but cant get around to playing games that i have to invest alot of time in. Plus for some reason Im finding it really hard to get through bioshock 2 which is weird because i really enjoyed the first and had no problem playing it for hours guess ive been to busy lately

  • Mainly Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce and finishing off Just Cause 2. Maybe a little Final Fantasy XIII as well

  • The “my computer just pooped itself so now I’m trying to backup everything and fix it up” game on PC. Released on Saturday.
    A thoroughly recommended play. I’ve played 4 hours straight so far. Addictive stuff.

  • Stalker eh? I must say I struggled with CoP even though I murdered the other 2 games. My non-OC’ed Q6600 still struggled with their lack of foresight at creating an engine that can run on 4 cores instead of 2, at least CoP fixed the whole random crash issue. It was still littered with ODD bugs that sent my PC into a spiralling BSOD, to the point where I couldn’t even complete a side quest.

    My weekend was going to be Bad Company 2 MP but I’ve maxed out all the classes now and find the game very boring. FFXIII I am now grinding away in Chapter 11, but what awaits me in chapter 12 and 13? Linear paths again I’m sure. Still I struggled 40 hours into it so far may as well finish it before downloading FFVIII and cranking that for the first time.

  • Picked up BFBC2 yesterday for 1/2 price…played that for a bit. Also picked up League of Legends retail pack as well. So I have been giving that a go.

    I still think Demigod is much better. I also feel that BFBC2 is much better than Mod 2.

    Sue me ;D

  • Finally get some good hours in on Dragon Age Origins. Also might go back in time and play some Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition.

  • FF13. Just got to Gran Pulse at 4:30am Sunday morning. I’d heard it all gets better from here. Well, I found a suddenly steepening difficulty curve… and sweet, sweet grinding. And chocobos.

    Why couldn’t this have happened 8hrs in instead of 30?

  • I’m pretty dissapointed no one so far is playing Sleep is Death. My brother and I downloaded it about 1pm Friday and were still playing it at midnight. Totally worth splittling the $15 between yourself and a friend.

    Anyhoo, while I have not been at work or writing 2000 words on German Expressionist cinema, I have been fitting in more games of Sleep is Death… and DoodleJump while I should be writing said essay… and that is about it, sadly.

  • Started a new title on each of my primary consoles (360 & PS3) so its exciting times.

    I’ve just starting out in Heavy Rain and overall enjoying the change of pace from a typical game.

    I also picked up Bad Company 2 because of the EB Games special this weekend and over a month of all my gaming sources telling me how good the multiplayer is.

    Two very different games that I might attempt to play in parallel for something different. As I often opt to play a game exclusively until I either complete it or place it on my shame pile.

  • I’m just starting on Bioshock (the first one) this weekend along with a second play through of Dragon Age as a rogue.

    I’m not sure what to go on with next as I’m nearing the end of both. I’m thinking about either Bioshock 2, Final Fantasy, Heavy Rain or God of War but I’m not sure which to go for.

  • Trying to finish off the last few activities in Saints Row 1, Getting the last few achievements in Forza 2 and working on finishing all the activities in Saints Row 2 before I start the main single player story (so far done all the hitman and almost finished all the chop shop).

  • Prinny 2 for my PSP is the only non-World of Warcraft title seeing playtime this weekend. Doing battle with a 100 Prinny survival fest is not my idea of easy fun. Difficult, maybe.. I’d go in more for “soul crushing frustration – in a good way” though.

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