[OT] What Games Are You Playing This Weekend?

Libra-75

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I've finished Stray (on PS5) now. And here's my thoughts about it.

I really enjoyed my playthrough of this game. Even though I am a cat person, I don't think you have to be to enjoy this, but you will probably enjoy it more if you are. If you enjoy an adventure with exploring and great atmosphere, you might like this. This game has a really nice art style, a lot of attention to details and is very polished overall. If only more indie studios would aim for this kind of quality and polish, then I would play a lot more indie games.

The main things you do in the this game is exploring, solve (simple) puzzles, "platforming" and interact with the robot characters and the environment. There's also some stealth and running from enemies. There's not really any combat to talk about, it's not that type of a game. Some people actually expected that even though there has been nothing suggesting that in any of the trailers or pr material shown.

I liked the exploration part of this game, the story was well executed and the sound design was really good overall. The soundtrack fit really well with the style and atmosphere of the game.

The game felt really smooth (at 60fps) and the image is very sharp and clean (typically runs in 4K with dips down to 1890p, according to Digital Foundry). I had no noticable hitches or such in my playthrough. And there was almost no bugs or glitches at all that I encountered in my playthrough.

The dualsense implementation is really good in this game. Both the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers (and the speaker) is done very well in this game. It definitely adds to the immersion.

The game could've been a bit longer, some of the mechanics of the game could've been more in depth and the story could've been a bit more fleshed out, imo. And there's always room for improvement, when it comes to polish and other things. But that's really just nit picky stuff.

Is this game worth $30? For me personally it was worth it, but I can see how some people think it's a bit much for such a short game. An average playthrough seems to be around 4-5 hours, if you try to do everything (like I did) it's going to take a bit longer than that (it took me somewhere between 8-9 hours to finish, even though I didn't go for the platinum). Going for a completionist playthrough and the platinum trophy is probably going to take you 10+ hours. One of the trophies is that you have to speed run the game in under 2 hours, so at least two playthroughs is needed to get the platinum.

For me personally this game lands somewhere around an 8 out of 10.
 

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I have been playing Ghostwire: Tokyo and have gotten quite far into it. So far it's a really nice experience, imo. Definitely above my expectations. I'm playing it in the performance mode, the fidelity mode with ray tracing felt way too floaty and sluggish to be enjoyable. Unfortunately you can't turn off acceleration and deceleration completely and even on the lowest setting there's noticable acceleration and deceleration, but it feels better in the performance mode (60 fps) at least. The dualsense implementation is quite good in this game, you can feel the rain and there's tention in the triggers for some actions and such. So that's what I'm going to continue to play this weekend.
 

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Hoping to get the Madden 23 review code for PS5 by this weekend. Will keep you guys posted. I reviewed Madden 22 last year for PS4 and gave it a 3.5/10. Hopefully playing it on next-gen consoles and hopes of seeing improvements to the overall gameplay and Franchise Mode, I can give it a higher score. We'll see though.
 
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I've finished Ghostwire: Tokyo now and I really enjoyed my playthrough. I really liked the story and lore, it was interesting. The combat, even though it was on the simple side, was satisfying. The overall gameplay loop was fun and engaging for me personally, especially efter I had unlocked a bunch of skills. The performance could've been better though. Sometimes it felt like the frame rate dipped down a lot (in performance mode). But other than that I really enjoyed the game.

I got a second game from the (PlayStation Store) summer sale, Borderlands 3 (Ultimate Edition). So, I guess I know what I'm going to do this weekend.
 

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I've been playing Borderlands 3 for a week now and so far I'm really enjoying my playthrough. So far there's no big surprises, it's Borderlands with a new story and new gear and so on. Not a bad thing if you like Borderlands (like I do). The visuals feels like they've gotten a face lift since BL2. It plays well on PS5, I'm playing in the fidelity mode that is targeting (dynamic) 4K @ 60fps. The performance mode is targeting 1080p @ 120 fps, but I don't have a TV that can do 120Hz, so I can't even test it.
 

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I've been playing Borderlands 3 for a week now and so far I'm really enjoying my playthrough. So far there's no big surprises, it's Borderlands with a new story and new gear and so on. Not a bad thing if you like Borderlands (like I do). The visuals feels like they've gotten a face lift since BL2. It plays well on PS5, I'm playing in the fidelity mode that is targeting (dynamic) 4K @ 60fps. The performance mode is targeting 1080p @ 120 fps, but I don't have a TV that can do 120Hz, so I can't even test it.
I bought Borderlands 3 for PS4, but now that I have a PS5, I should definitely try playing through more of it. I'd be interested in trying out the performance mode at 120fps.

I'm leaving tonight to go camping over the next week, so won't be playing much games. My Madden 23 review for PS5 just went live on PSU though. Check it out and let me know what you think.
 
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I bought Borderlands 3 for PS4, but now that I have a PS5, I should definitely try playing through more of it. I'd be interested in trying out the performance mode at 120fps.
Then it's good that the PS5 upgrade is free. Yeah, it would be interesting to hear what the performance mode is like. I don't remember what DF said about it, I know that they did a video about it, but I can't recall what their verdict was.
 

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Still trying to finish fallen order. Really don't like the fighting in it. Last time i played i got molested by some robot and thrown in a gladiator area (or something). I kinda got turned off because the only way to continue was to slog through the fights.

I think i have it on default difficulty but might drop it to easy to get it done. It's seems like it took the wrong sort of inspiration from Souls. Fights seem spitefully designed.

But that aside i really quite like the story and the worlds. So would like to see it to the end!
 

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Still trying to finish fallen order. Really don't like the fighting in it. Last time i played i got molested by some robot and thrown in a gladiator area (or something). I kinda got turned off because the only way to continue was to slog through the fights.

I think i have it on default difficulty but might drop it to easy to get it done. It's seems like it took the wrong sort of inspiration from Souls. Fights seem spitefully designed.

But that aside i really quite like the story and the worlds. So would like to see it to the end!
Yeah, it definitely seems like they took some inspiration from the souls-games when it comes to the combat. It's not as unforgiving as a Souls/Souls Like, but there are similarities in the structure of the fights, imo. Overall I didn't struggle much, but there were definitely some fights that I struggled a lot in. Even though I'm not a Souls fan I enjoyed the combat in this game. I also played it on normal/default difficulty.
 

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I'm finished with the main Borderlands 3 game now and I'm currently playing the first DLC. I've had fun with it so far, hopefully the DLC's holds up too.
 

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I'll be playing the new mid-season set in Teamfight Tactics. Maybe start a new franchise in Madden 23, since they released a new patch. Also, I'd like to get some time in on starting AC: Valhalla or Spider-Man Miles Morales this weekend.

Has anyone here played Riftbreaker? I'm thinking of buying that on Steam too. Looks dope. Wish it was multiplayer.
 
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Beat Spider-Man Miles Morales on PS5 over the weekend. Pretty short game. Was able to get 100% completion (not all trophies, just objectives). Debating on playing through in a NewGame+ to get the remaining trophies or just start a new game. Still have Ratchet & Clank, Demon's Souls, AC:Valhalla, Horizon Forbidden West, and RE Village to play.
 
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I'm now finished with the second DLC of Borderlands 3 and I'm currently playing the third DLC.

I pre-ordered A Plague Tale: Requiem (on disc), that I wanna play as soon as I get it. I'm hoping to be finished with BL3 until then and maybe be able to squeeze in The Ascent DLC if possible.
 

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I started AC: Valhalla this last weekend and got through all the intro stuff. Might play more of that this weekend or jump into Ratchet & Clank. On PC, I'm looking at buying Riftbreaker as it's on sale on Steam this weekend.
 
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I'm finally finished with Borderlands 3 and all four DLCs now. Overall it's a really good Borderlands experience, imo. Does it beat BL 2? It's hard to tell, I think it's up there, personally. The characters and writing is not quite as good as in BL 2, imo. If you have all the DLCs there's A LOT of content. The base game is definitely a good solid experience. My favourite DLCs were Guns Love and Tentacles (2), Bounty of Blood (3) and Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck (4). The first DLC, Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, was the weakest out of the four, imo. I would definitely recommend it to Borderlands fans.

So, now I'm probably going to start playing the DLC for The Ascent.

I'm a little bit tempted to get Scarlet Nexus - Ultimate Edition (to play later), it's $28 on Playstation Store right now, but I can't quite make up my mind. I have some time to think, the offer is up until October 13.
 

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I need to play some more of Borderlands 3. Maybe I'll boot that up this weekend on PS5. Also would love to try The Ascent.

I'll probably start a new campaign in Crusader Kings 3 and maybe playthrough Ratchet & Clank this weekend. Wife is out of town, so I'll definitely be getting some game time in.

*Update: Actually...I might start a new playthrough of Cyberpunk 2077. I haven't played it since I beat back when it originally came out. There's been so many updates / patches, it's probably waaaaay better now.
 
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Talk about being thrown into the deep end of the pool when starting to play The Ascent DLC. I haven't played this game in a while and I was really rusty when I started playing now. When you start the DLC missions you are up against a lot of high level enemies and overall this game is not exactly what I would call easy. But I'm almost back in to the controls now, so it's not as much of a struggle any more. I just hope there's new gear in the DLC, so I can get more powerful and can take more damage. It's fun with new content.
 

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I'm finally finished with Borderlands 3 and all four DLCs now. Overall it's a really good Borderlands experience, imo. Does it beat BL 2? It's hard to tell, I think it's up there, personally. The characters and writing is not quite as good as in BL 2, imo. If you have all the DLCs there's A LOT of content. The base game is definitely a good solid experience. My favourite DLCs were Guns Love and Tentacles (2), Bounty of Blood (3) and Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck (4). The first DLC, Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, was the weakest out of the four, imo. I would definitely recommend it to Borderlands fans.

So, now I'm probably going to start playing the DLC for The Ascent.

I'm a little bit tempted to get Scarlet Nexus - Ultimate Edition (to play later), it's $28 on Playstation Store right now, but I can't quite make up my mind. I have some time to think, the offer is up until October 13.
Scarlet Nexus is alright i think. If it's cheap i'd get it. I would prefer it if the team producing Scarlet Nexus work on the Tales series than the Arise team. I liked the graphic style of Scarlet Nexus better.

Scarlet Nexus was ok some of the gameplay was fun it was kind of reminded me of Astral Chain by Platinum Games
 

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I've finished The Ascent DLC now. It was really nice but a bit on the short side, on the other side it didn't cost much. I think it was worth playing if you liked the main game, like I did. I 100% it btw.

So, now I need something new to play that preferably can be finished in about two weeks, for me (before the 18th, when A Plaugue Tale: Requiem releases). I'll see what I can find in my back log or if something fun is on sale right now.
 

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I started playing Deep Rock Galactic this week. At first I really thought that this game wasn't going to be for me. I have a terrible sense of direction, so I failed the first real mission three times in a row because I couldn't find my way back to the drop pod in time. But I didn't give up and after a while I started getting better at navigating the caves (even though they are not the same every time). So now I've actually reached the point where I enjoy playing the game, I'm a few missions in so far. It's not an amazing game, but enjoyable enough for me to continue playing.