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What are you playing this weekend?
Nathan Carter, Staff Writer, @natedoggcata
I have been sick with the flu for the last couple of days. I will probably spend most of this weekend in bed with my PS Vita and my new addictions. First, I have discovered the greatness that is Persona 4 on the Vita. Only took me about 10 minutes to get hooked. I was never a fan of turned based RPGs, but the whole living-out-a-year-of-school thing is incredibly fun and I love hanging out with these characters. Second, Danganronpa. I already finished the main story of the original and Danganronpa 2. I finished both in less than a week because I was so hooked. But now I need to finish up these report cards so I can finish school mode. Hopefully, I won't be friendzoned by Junko this time around.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'm replaying Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood this weekend. I'll also dedicate some time to the original System Shock, which just rereleased on GOG. Still incredibly clunky, still way ahead of its time.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
When Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was free with Games with Gold, I downloaded it immediately, because I knew at some point I would want to play that game again. Over last weekend, I had a bit of time to kill, so I decided to boot it up and check out the shiny new coat of paint on one of my favorite games of 2013. Before I knew it, I was several hours into it, enjoying it just as much if not more than I had the last time. I've decided that this time, I'm going to try and 100% it—aside from maybe the multiplayer achievements, gross.
Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
Most of my time, lately—and likely this weekend—has me exploring the universe with a team of Guardians in Destiny. Between the major update and all of The Taken King content, I have been absolutely addicted to the game. This is the game that everyone wanted when Destiny launched. Aside from that, I am also taking a tip from Randy and testing the waters of Rocksmith. I ordered the game, which should be here for the weekend, and picked up a used guitar this week to see if I can actually make something melodic come out of the speakers.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
If your name is World of Warships, and you put a "play for free" button on your website, then I'm going to click on that play-for-free button. I'm old Navy. But my laptop was already mature when Windows 7 was an amateur, so wish me luck. Also, I'm finally making the leap into Destiny. I've got the vanilla campaign and three trigger-happy Guardians carrying over their time spent in the demo. I've got daily Rocksmith commitments to attend to. And The Talos Principle—a game I have for review on PS4—is dropping a Biblical ton of question marks into many things I've accepted as "existence" up to this point.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
I'm actually having a bit of trouble getting my career mode going in FIFA 16. I always start out as manager of UC Dublin, but they done got relegated last year and are no longer in the game. Now, I'm actually at a loss as to which team to take the helm of. Whether I sort that out or not, I'm at the very end of Metro: Last Light (or at least I think I am; the campaign feels like it's wrapping up), so I should be finishing that this weekend for sure.
Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I thought I had finished Metal Gear Solid V, after sinking more than 70 hours into it. Turns out that was just chapter one. I've also got a review due for Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, which mish-mashes some of my favorite anime characters into one fighting game. And then there is the ever-present grind of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. The 3.1 patch is just a few weeks away. Need to make sure my iLevel is up to snuff.