What are you playing this weekend? (December 17)

Alana Hagues, staff writer

Chained Echoes is going to be my game of choice for the coming weeks – I’m only a few hours in, but it’s really good. The plot moves at a great pace, and the combat has just enough wrinkles to make the otherwise old-fashioned turn-based combat system feel fresh. Honestly, nothing feels more cozy and festive to me than curling up with an SNES-style RPG.

And even though I should be buying gifts for others, I bought myself the Lil Gator Game, so I’ll probably start on that this weekend. I think my love for crocodiles is well documented (Totodile, Kookodile, Skeledirge) and I need something a little more wholesome compared to some of the events of Chained Echoes.

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

With the news of Death Stranding 2 from The Game Awards, I’ve been firing up the old PS4 this week in an attempt to get around to finally complete the first game. Apart from having to learn all the controls from scratch again and being washed away by BT players left, right and centre, I’m still having a good time with it and can’t wait to play more.

In the Switch world, who knows what the weekend will bring? I recently finished all my current playthroughs – just in time for the meaty Switch eShop sale, I might add – so maybe something new will be on the cards. To my shame, I’ve never actually played Hades, and it’s being given a tasty discount at the moment, so maybe it’s time to finally take it on.

Kate Gray, Staff Writer

YYYY my pre-Christmas gaming calendar is pretty full. I’m playing Metal Gear Solid V for the first time – it’s also my very first Kojima game, so it’s an experience – and it turns out I’m really good at it, which is a nice feeling. My partner is also playing Outer Wilds for the first time, which I’ve been waiting for YEARS, to the point where it’s actually a bit stressful!

On the Switch, however, it packs in Pokemon Scarlet, and I just bought Aka… which is lovely, but a bit broken so far, which is a shame. But I’m sure a couple of patches will help!

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

With this weekend marking the 35th anniversary of the first Mega Man game, I’m going to be booting up the Mega Man Legacy Collection on Switch and… playing all but the first title. See, we all know it’s the most inferior. Still, I’m looking forward to diving back into the series, and who knows, maybe we’ll get some news from Capcom about where the franchise is going next…

Elsewhere I’ll be booting up The Witcher 3 on the Series X. I’ve already tried out the new update and although the visuals don’t look considerable unlike me (I play on Performance Mode), the changed camera angle is a huge improvement, so I’m looking forward to digging into it a bit more.

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Still working on Front Mission 1st: Remake. It’s great that the same tactics used all those years ago on the Super Famicom still work on the Switch today, so whenever I’m strapped for money to upgrade my wanzers to the ultimate metal threats, I just strap Gregorio in the worst the parts available with two powerful melee weapons and watch him dismantle opponents who have 2.50 odds against. This should be illegal! On that note, France won the Virtua Striker 3 ver. 2002 Shiryu Living Room World Cup 2022 on Gamecube.

Game of the week is Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion. Sony’s PSP was a latecomer to my gaming scene, but I still managed to amass a nice collection of games. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time for JRPGs, so I only played a few hours of this one’s original outing. I plan to make up for it, and who knows, this might just be my gateway to Final Fantasy VII Remake. PS: Sephiroth did nothing wrong.

As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to leave a comment below with your weekend game plans!

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