TheGamer staff is playing Final Fantasy VII Remake and Animal Crossing: New Horizons this weekend

Lately it has been extremely hot where I live. As I write this, I’m in my home office, sweating it out, drinking fresh coffee with as many ice cubes in a mason jar as I can get, and daydreaming about when the next polar vortex will bring my home back to a more manageable ice cream. Age group time.

The temperature will briefly return to the 70s – Farenheit, to be clear; I know that sounds weird to my Celsius friends – over the weekend, before soaring into the mid-90s for much of next week. When the outside is this unbearable, the only solution is to point an oscillating fan at your head, slip an ice pack under your t-shirt, and play, baby, play. Here’s what TheGamer staff will be playing while hiding from the heat.


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Andrew King, Features Editor

Well, between Pentiment and Starfield, I feel very excited about the future of RPGs. At the moment I have a few that I would like to complete, including Citizen Sleeper and Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong. But, I’m most excited about the Obsidian Isometric RPGs I downloaded this week, Tyranny and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Am I trying to play too many games? Yes. Will I quit anytime soon? If my decision to download Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge this afternoon is any indication, no.

Justin Reeve, editor

I’ve had a busy week so I’m going to dive back into Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While sometimes you want a real challenge, other times you want a game that won’t push you back too hard. When you just want to relax, you can’t do better than Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I haven’t played the game in a long time, so I’m looking forward to a whole lot of lawn care, a little tinkering, and some reunions with friends. That’s it. It’s my weekend.

Stacey Henley, Editor-in-Chief

Keep an eye out for TheGamer next week, because what I’ve mostly been playing are previews, previews, previews. I’ve played (almost) all of the Tribeca Festival games, plus an unrelated preview, and I’m still working on the review I mentioned two weeks ago. It’s an incredibly long delay, but also, we just got SGF and that game is massive, so I’ll still have to rush into it. Fantastic. Between all I’ve played Perfect Gold, which is a lesbian visual novel on Switch, and from there, you’ve all already decided if you love it or hate it, right?

David W. Duffy, Editor of Evergreen

Guess it’s gonna have to be Final Fantasy 7 Remake, right? The announcement of Rebirth reminded me that I still hadn’t finished 7R, although I considered the original FF7 to be the game that had the most impact on me as a youngster. It’s not that I Do not like Remake, it’s just that life got in the way, so I’ll probably start over and really try to absorb everything it has to offer. Oddly, however, I find myself more excited for Ever Crisis. Oh, and I still have to complete the Leviathan Expedition in No Man’s Sky, before it’s too late.

Harry Alston, Editor-in-Chief

Neon White is my favorite this rainy weekend (yes, it’s hot everywhere but where I live, go figure) and I have a few people on my friend list that I want to beat. I have a real case of “one-more-runs” and if I don’t see a doctor soon, I’m afraid I won’t be working next week as I try to squeeze 0.3 seconds off my best time. Other than that, I’m going to dabble in Frozenheim, because a sleepy Sunday is really nothing without a citybuilder of some sort.

Rhiannon Bevan, Editor-in-Chief

I just finished Cyberpunk 2077, after the recent update finally gave me an excuse to pick it up a second time. And even though after all the hype it turned out to be nothing more than a slightly above average RPG, I can’t fucking put it down. I’ve rolled the credits twice on this game, and I keep mindlessly blasting some gigs. Some people have Skyrim as a game forever, others have GTA 5 or Fallout 4. After years of not seeing the appeal, I’ve found the game I’m going to sink 2,000 hours into for the rest of my life. And like Skyrim fans, I don’t even know if I like it this a lot. But yeah, I’ll be in Night City this weekend, and probably every weekend for the rest of my life.

Helen Ashcroft, Editor of Evergreen

I’m jumping on the DLC bandwagon this weekend. My two favorite simulation games decided to release new content at the same time so now I’m spoiled for choice. After finishing the campaign in Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn, I’m now about to get stuck in Chaos Theory mode. I’m ready to collect these dinosaurs and show Owen how to run a real dinosaur sanctuary on a ranch. The Sims 4 also brought werewolves into the game, so I’m going to howl at the moon, bite random people, and scratch furniture. Then I’ll play The Sims 4: Werewolves…

James Troughton, News/Photo Editor

I just finished my first game of Silent Hill. Already. And I didn’t imitate, little promise. I bought my PS3, went to eBay and found a semi-cheap copy for £50. Manual and all. It was a little clunky at first, maneuvering with a single analog stick and archaic tank controls, but I’m glad I persevered. There’s a reason this game is recognized as one of the best horrors in the medium and that’s because it’s terrifying even by today’s standards. The Otherworld is a gruesome, industrial version of our mundane normality, like a piece of Nine Inch Nails coming to life, while the monsters are all vaguely familiar, dropping into this strange Valley territory. Sure, the characters are uncertain and I didn’t feel invested in the hunt for my daughter, but the atmosphere came through. Now onto the original Resident Evil 2.

Issy van der Velde, News and Evergreen Editor

I played Dislyte for a review. It is a mobile gacha game that draws heroes from gods and mythological stories from multiple cultures. Not only that, but it also makes them absurdly sexy. My team is made up of those I find the hottest and that’s it. The guy with the ridiculously muscular six arms? Check. The rock chick in fishnets? You bet. The scorpion-tailed woman wrapped in embalming bandages that look like a straitjacket? Yes too. I’ll be going there soon, I promise.

Amanda Hurych, Evergreen Content Manager

I finally have some time to myself after spending weeks visiting my sister, so I’m going to spend my weekend doing (hopefully) endless, uninterrupted runs of Risk of Rain 2. I have the Metamorphosis artifact unlocked, so I’ll just activate it and enjoy the ability to be different characters all at once. It’s extremely fun having to acclimate to a new Survivor kit every 20 minutes, especially if I’m going from something like Commando to Artificer to Mercenary. And just to add more spice to my life, I’ll do it on Monsoon. It will be the most enjoyable weekend ever.

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