What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Firstly, my weekend objective is steak. I'd really like some steak, at some stage. Once that's done, I'd like to explore some games.

I'll be taking a week-long break as of next week, so I'll be leaving you in the capable hands of Adam. While he looks after the ship, I'll be spending some time unwinding.

Some games I'd like to knock off in that timeframe:

Nier Automata: It's on sale for a decent price right now, and while the PC port is a bit turd, I've been waiting all year to knock this game off. Very excited.

Shadow of War: I've just finished a playthrough of Shadow of Mordor, so it'd be nice to see how the sequel holds up especially with all of the mechanics fresh in my mind. But I might not pull the trigger on this one. We'll see.

Hidden Agenda: This seems like a cracker of a party game. We got some codes in earlier this week, and with a birthday on the weekend (everyone say happy birthday to Hayley, Kotaku's social media editor!) it seems a great game to bust out.

That's the plan, anyway, although you'll undoubtedly see me on the comments and the site next week anyway. After which point Mark and Tegan will probably shoot me.

What are you playing this weekend?


    Divinity Original Sin and Everybody's Golf. That's been my entire gaming life for the past month or two, and that looks unlikely to change any time soon.

    Same here, hidden agenda with the girlfriend. She just finished until dawn and showed me this game, so keen to see what it's like.
    And picked up origins and shadow off war on the black Friday sales.

    Cuz the Xbox allows you to sort by recently played I've decided to trawl back through the games I haven't given much attention to

    Last night I played Lara Croft and the something something Osiris, and Chariot (this weird sidescroller where you drag a chariot around with a rope!)

    Wednesday was Super Mega Baseball Extra Innings (a freebie from ages ago actually pretty fun!) and AssCreed Revelations

    Tuesday was Thomas was Alone and Oddworld New & Tasty (I've been stuck on this one level and had to consult a guide but once I did that I knocked off the next five stages with ease!)

    So that's been a fun diversion. I feel like Titanfall 2 is on the cards for this weekend for MP and next on my gaming to do list is another freebie I've never played: Oxenfree

    I finally started playing The Witcher 3 last night for a couple of hours, but I already feel overwhelmed by the number of mechanics it’s thrown at me, plus the game making me feel slightly dizzy.
    I might have to shelve it for the moment and look at some of these Black Friday specials.

      No, you will stick with it and play one of the GOAT.

        I am trying.
        I am currently looking at options & advice online from others that have suffered the same dizziness. Most agree it's remedied by disabling Motion-Blur, but I do agree with the consensus that the FoV (which cannot be altered) is a contributing factor.

        To update from my previous reply:

        I have now given the game a total of 5 hours and that's all I think I can give it. Turning off Motion-Blur totally alleviated the dizziness, but I just cannot get past the clunky combat. It's terrible. Things hit you before you can hit first. Dodging leaves you too far away to consistently counter-attack. Enemies move around too much to make certain AoE abilities work.
        I have achieved platinum on Skyrim, every Dark Souls & Bloodborne, and multiple Assassin's Creed games. I thought Witcher 3 would be right up my alley but this shitty combat is clouding my view of an obviously great story.

          The combat is fine. If you're a From fan, you really should be able to get to grips with it. Yes, it feels clunky to begin with, but - trust me - it has more depth than is immediately apparent.

          If you stop playing because of it, you really are doing yourself a disservice. Please persevere!

          Try dodging or rolling sideways. What combat style are you using? I went with mainly fast attack and cat school gear. I found the two-handed attacks to be quite slow and left me open too much for my liking.

    Nier Automata.
    I bought it the other day on sale at EB and wow. Challenging in a good way, kind of like how I felt about Witcher 3, and I can't wait to get truly sucked in to it.

    Just got rocket league on the switch and have been pretty addicted to that. Kinda want a new mario strikers now.

    Also have to dip back in to splatoon to check out the new hair. I've almost unlocked my weapon of all time, the .96 gal. The grind is long though, feels a LOT slower than in the original.

    Happy birthday Hayley!

    I actually have some free time this weekend, so I'll be able to get into some Assassin's Creed Origins and some Super Mario Odyssey.

    Tarkov has a slick new update, Mortal Empires competitve campaign with a mate and hopefully breaking into plat in Paladins.

    Going to platinum Horizon Zero Dawn!
    A little bit of Star Wars Battle Front 2
    and MLB 17 the show

    Assassin's Creed Origins and maybe some PUBG until I inevitably encounter yingzao1111212qqll3 and co with their aimbots and speedhacks.

    Far Cry Primal. I have really enjoyed it so far, but I have just about upgraded everything and have tamed most pets and the game is just starting to get a little repetitive. I might just knock of the last few missions and put this game in the 'completed' pile.

    I might be buying a puppy for my kids tonight as an early Christmas present, so my game time may be very limited this weekend!

      I had that with Primal. It was gorgeous and I enjoyed it up until I just felt burnt out by it all. So for me it was "completed" even though I didn't finish the story.

    Probably some Metroid Zero Mission and if get time some Farpoint. Stuck on this stupid Queen boss. And maybe some Hyrule Warriors with my 7 year old daughter.

    Finishing Prey (fuck, Arkane, you really dropped the ball towards the end)
    Collecting more Odyssey Moons
    Maybe starting NMS, that I got ridiculously cheap on PSN.

    Just got Persona 5 on sale from PSN. So hopefully will be playing that.

    Finally getting around to playing Dying Light - straight into co-op campaign too.

    About 75 hours in on Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. Getting near(ish) the end and still enjoying it.

    Driveclub - revisiting some favourite and lesser-used cars and courses.

    Mass Effect Andromeda - slowly but surely flirting my way into Peebee's good graces. Also unlocking a shit-ton of side quests (I love busy work, so this is fine by me).

    HZD. Picked up a PS4 Pro for $400 thanks to a Gamesmen ebay deal, and went straight to Horizon having been jonsing to play it all year. Visuals amazing... got it on a new 55” 4K Samsung, and I’m not sure if it’s any worse than my PC. I’m about 15 hours in and explored less than probably 20% of the map, combat still feels amazing (auto-aim with the bows feel exaggerated), maybe a little grindy with all the collectibles, and side missions, and those tournaments / timed events. Funny that I only just finished Primal a little earlier this year and the parallels people draw is pretty spot on. I’m hoping the story really draws me in and pushes me through, as I feel I’ve only scratched the surface there (just done the first cauldron).

    And will continue my slow Odyssey play-through when I go portable.

      Did you turn off aim assist? What difficulty are you playing on?

      The story is pretty cool, but the open world means that you can easily, easily get distracted by side quests and the story then becomes somewhat badly-paced as a consequence. Keep an eye out for Nil if you haven't encountered him already :-) One of the most hilarious characters IMO. Not connected with the main story (shame).

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