What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Attractive anime people kicking ass and brewing bombs.
Attractive anime people kicking ass and brewing bombs.
Screenshot: Koei Tecmo

This weekend is for calling up your broker on their day off and asking them to explain all this Gamestop nonsense. It’s also about going to the big city and practicing your alchemy skills in really short shorts.


Along with a game I can’t mention but am sure will appeal to at least nine of yous, my weekend shall be packed with material gathering, order filling, and monster killing, in that order. The latest game in Koei Tecmo’s long-running Atelier series has arrived, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. It’s the first numbered sequel in the series since 2007's Atelier Iris 3, and it is something else. The character models are gorgeous, they’ve added swimming to the game so the random swimsuit DLC finally makes sense. And the dynamic new combat system is really nice to look at.

Between this and that other game, I find myself with a glut of Japanese role-playing games. It’s a nice glut to have.

How about you folks? What are you playing this weekend?

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.


Faux Bravo

Ooooh, Dark Souls. I’m at the shitty part of Anor Londo and I’m almost into uncharted territory (though I don’t remember exactly how much further I’ve been into the game). I got shot off the ledge by those god damned archers so many times last night, and bailed after a relatively short session. But I will continue this weekend. I know what I need to do, I just can’t do it.

Grinding in the painting was pretty awesome once I opened up the shortcut back to the bonfire. You can make a ton of souls super quickly in there. What a lucrative section.

No other specific plans, but I think I’m gonna pop into random games in my Steam library and check out some stuff I’ve never played before, too. I’m feeling like I need something horror-y.