In the UK, this weekend is the Platinum Jubilee (or “Platty Joobz”). This means that the British monarchy welcomes the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. However, British or non-British, you are not obliged to participate. The weekend is for video games, after all, and while this month is a bit messy for AAA titles, there are still tons of games, new and old, that our team is diving into. weekend.
But, and you? What games are on deck for your weekend?
Andrew King, Features Editor
I revisited Cyberpunk 2077 and just encountered a certain person with a silver hand. If I remember correctly, Act 2 is where all the best side quests open up, so I can’t wait to have a good time with Keanu and Judy. I’m also halfway through the much smaller (but also cyberpunk) RPG Citizen Sleeper, so I’ll probably spend the weekend using dual-wielding dystopias. Also, I played a bit of Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, but didn’t get a chance to um sink my teeth in, so that’s also on the role. In other vampire related news, Morbius is back in my local theater and the deluge of memes has given me a morbidcuriosity id. I have AMC Stubs A-List and can watch it for free, so who knows? I can make an appointment with the doctor. Then again, I only have this precious life.
David W. Duffy, Editor of Evergreen
I return to No Man’s Sky after another of my signature long breaks. There’s a new expedition, Leviathan, and it’s an appropriate word for the challenge of trying to remember what to do and figure out what’s happening on earth. Permadeath isn’t helping matters, but I’ve noticed a quirk of being able to claim the Twitch rewards given a while ago every time I respawn. That means five ships to scrap and millions of credits, which should make things more palatable. I also plan to do a lot of grinding in Dislyte – I’ve hit a wall in terms of progression, so it’s time to focus on strengthening my Espers.
Stacey Henley, Editor-in-Chief
Are you ready to be blown away by my freshness, ladles and jelly scoops? I’ll drop two megatons of Chad on you and tell you I played [Redacted] and [Redacted]. Yes, like all those video game journalists on Twitter who certainly don’t get high on their own sense of grandeur while perpetuating the irritating stereotype that all we do is get paid millions to play video games , the two games I played have not yet been released. You can’t put your dirty mitts on it, but I have them because I’m just built differently. In other news, for completely unrelated reasons, I tried out Mario Golf: Super Rush and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Helen Ashcroft, Editor of Evergreen
With the release of version 2.9 earlier this week, I’m back on Genshin Impact for the weekend. I had the chance to shoot Yelan and I already love it. I was looking for the perfect bow user for my team and now here she is, with amazing hair and a backstory about running an illegal casino. Now comes the part that is always a pain, bringing it down to a usable level. I have hidden materials but ascending it requires more chasm exploration. This means it’s time to break out Diluc so I can explore new Chasm quests and events while gathering all the ore for grounds. I don’t know what it is since I have more ore than I can ever use, but I need it. I can’t leave ore lying around while I have pockets to fill. It is not fair.
Jade King, Features Editor
I’m getting into some scary horror game I can’t talk about yet, but when I’m not getting murdered teenagers in the woods I’m battling rivals across the courtroom in Phoenix Wright : Ace Attorney Trilogy. Although I briefly dabbled in this franchise during my teenage years, I never got a chance to play the original games, so I finally decided to dive in and see what the fuss was all about. I fell in love. The characters, writing, and gameplay mechanics are all so charming and adorable, providing a playful twist to an otherwise mundane profession. Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth are also lifelong lawyer boyfriends, and being able to manifest that romance as they look at each other during a case is a delight. Beyond that, I’m diving into the likes of 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand and Horizon Zero Dawn.
Harry Alston, Editor-in-Chief
I had a sleepy, slow week heading into a rare holiday, and the games I played matched that – Cities: Skylines and APICO. Skylines is a must-have game for those quiet days when I just want to get on the roads. I’m not very good at that. My town is covered in traffic and no one can get to the hospital. Never mind. APICO is a beekeeping simulator I played for this week’s indie spotlight, another slow-paced game about collecting, raising, and eventually manipulating magical bees to produce materials which you then sell to nearby villagers at exorbitant prices. Great.
Amanda Hurych, Evergreen Content Manager
I’m hanging out with my sister this weekend, and while she doesn’t play video games regularly, she’s absolutely phenomenal at Pac-Man every time we hit the arcades. So of course I downloaded Pac-Man Museum+ (courtesy of Xbox Game Pass) to see if anything in there would be up its alley. It turns out there are plenty of mediocre Pac-Man games out there. We cried out in frustration at Pac-Land’s weird racing mechanics (you have to mash a button to make your Pac-person move faster) and Pac-Mania’s isometric perspective that doesn’t let you see everything. Pac-maze at once. This is very fun. We are having the time of our lives.
Issy van der Velde, News and Evergreen Editor
I’ve returned to the comforting neon haze of Need For Speed: Underground 2 for the past two weeks. Even after all these years, it still hasn’t lost its charm. Racing around Midnight City with Riders on the Storm blasting the speakers in my boot (it’s a trunk for the Yanks) clearly never gets old. Does the game look blurrier than I remember? Absolutely. Is it important? Absolutely not. The thrill of hitting the NOS is still unparalleled. Watching the world twist and contort as my taillights flicker behind me is electrifying, and the nostalgia of playing on my GameCube – the most perfectly designed console ever – makes gaming a wonderful cocktail of relaxation and excitement. excitement.
Rhiannon Bevan, Editor-in-Chief
The only game I can think of right now is Baldur’s Gate 2. So many other games have been dropped in favor of this BioWare classic, so much so that I’ll probably write about it next week as well. I don’t know what my playing time is, but I easily passed the 40 hour mark and only in chapter four. And honestly, that’s because when I say I’m “playing Baldur’s Gate 2” it usually means I’m writing character diaries or doing a new character portrait. Do not start playing this game if you are a writer. I accidentally kept playing until 4am twice this week. The end is far from in sight.
Justin Reeve, editor
Pardon the pun, but after enjoying my dive into In Other Waters, I was really excited to play Citizen Sleeper and let me assure you that the game is well worth your money. I worked on a second part and this time Citizen Sleeper clicked with me even more. I had just started college when the Great Recession hit in 2008 and over the next decade I had to fight for a stable job in the face of almost constant economic downturns, the latest of course being the pandemic in course which has created serious disturbances at all levels. Citizen Sleeper perfectly captures not only the inherent contradictions of capitalism, but manages to reflect the general feeling of helplessness that so many people have felt in the wake of disastrous neoliberal initiatives since around 1990, including globalization. Give this game some good thought.
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