What are we playing this weekend?

While some of my friends (and colleagues!) are now off for Christmas, we’re still officially here next week. Down a few people, sure, but undoubtedly filled with enough festivity to compensate. By Jove, I will fill all with festivity. But first, what are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we click on!

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I’ve been playing Blacktail, a kind of first-person witch game where you run around the forest at the behest of swish moral binary mushrooms, shooting glowflies and little goblins. It’s weird, but I think… I think good?

I have new spells and weapons to enjoy in the first Vampire Survivors DLC, which is everything I had hoped for: more Vampire Survivors. And less than £2! Absolute bargain.

It’s a week until Christmas! How did this happen? I’m not even sure what year it is anymore. We’re away visiting family this weekend, so I doubt I’ll have much time for gaming, but I’d like to spend some time with Marvel’s Midnight Suns if I can. Every attack is just satisfyingly crunchy and explosive. I think I may have found my Christmas game of choice.

For some reason I’m now bouncing between two absolutely huge JRPGs: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and Persona 5 Royal. It’s a real problem, so what I’m actually going to do is play Fortnite with some friends. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying the new season. What have I become?

When The Witcher 3 came out, I immediately decided it wasn’t for me. I’ve been talking bad about my time with Geralt since then, but the fancy new upgrade has me cautiously interested, so I’ve downloaded it to give it another go over the weekend. Maybe I’ll be miserable, but there’s also a good chance that 14-year-old me was stupid and it’s actually okay. I’m excited to find out.

I’m still on that Darktide juice, but after playing Portal With RTX this week I’ve also developed a taste for more Aperture. Another Portal 2 playthrough is in order, I reckon.

After interviewing the developer just a couple of weeks ago, I’m finally getting around to Chained Echoes (which is also out on Game Pass if you also fancy a retro JRPG to sink your teeth into over Christmas!). I enjoyed the demo I played last month, so I hope the rest of the game holds up just as well. Could also sneak in a little more Pentiment, but it might be more of a Christmas game at this rate.

A few things! As we wind down Christmas, I’ve been able to focus on a couple of pieces that I’ve been picking away at for a few months instead of hunting for new releases. Persona 5 will be prioritized, which is exciting. I also bought Yakuza 0 to play on Steam Deck, partly because I’ve been meaning to for almost six years now, but mainly because Ed said that if I don’t play it over Christmas, he’s not going to be my friend anymore. He’s probably bluffing, but it’s not worth the risk.

I’m really looking forward to dipping my toes into the flames of Hunt: Showdown’s new Devil’s Moon event, which features a new map wildcard state that engulfs the map in a fiery inferno. Hunt has always had one of the most evocative vibes of any shooter I’ve played, and while I initially thought setting everything on fire might be a bit of a heavy-handed approach, the recent trailer really sold me. It’s a damn good fire.

I’ve become completely enthralled with the Lil Gator Game and will be spending my weekend messing around with it. I will also inevitably dip into the Vampire Survivors that have taken over my life like so many others on the team.

I am now off work until the New Year, but a positive covid test in my household has partly dictated our plans, and it will take at least a few days before we can travel. But (silver linings and all that) there are still a ton of less-than-portable games I want to finish, so it looks like I have an unexpected opportunity to continue with those. Sounds like a perfect excuse to wrap myself in a duvet and lose a final weekend of 2022 to Ghostwire: Tokyo, to be honest.

But you, dear reader, what are you playing this weekend?

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