What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Swords! Sorcery! Excitement!
Swords! Sorcery! Excitement!
Screenshot: Interplay

The weekend is for watching everyone else talk about Resident Evil Village while I have a damn good time playing a hack-and-slash action RPG from two decades ago.


Y’all can have your giant lady survival horror, this weekend’s all about Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance for me, baby. It’s been ages since I last played the Diablo-esque Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. I am long overdue for some Snowblind Studios action, courtesy of Interplay’s surprise re-release. Maybe after I finish Dark Alliance I’ll dig out my copy of EverQuest spinoff Champions of Norrath, make it a mini-marathon. Or I’ll play an hour of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and then take a nap. Gotta have all my bases covered.

What are you playing this weekend, and is it Resident Evil Village? If so, why?

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Faux Bravo

Despite desperately trying to minimize the number of games I buy, I picked up a few Star Wars games from the Steam sale last weekend. They were only, lik,e 3.50 apiece. Come on! They hopefully won’t sit unplayed. I actually started one right away. I am just about done with Republic Commando and I’ll be wrapping it up tonight.

The game is pretty good and wouldn’t have even been on my radar if I hadn’t heard it discussed so much recently. My only major gripes are how infrequently checkpoints are (coupled with my lifelong inability to remember to quicksave) and the game’s difficulty. I’ve spent a lot of time this week replaying pretty large chunks of the game. There are a ton of sections that you need to do just right or you’re not going anywhere. One other minor complaint would just be any scene where something is being destroyed (ships, underground complexes, etc.). The screen shake is insane and so frequent. There are a number of situations where you’re being flooded with enemies, and the screen is shaking like crazy the whole time. It certainly doesn’t seem to hinder their ability to aim.

Overall it’s a great game. I’ve really been enjoying it and I could see myself replaying it again sometime. Maybe I should have paid more attention to my Gamecube back in the day.

Probably on deck is Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. I actually didn’t grab the first two Jedi Knight games because they looked kinda meh. But now I regret it after reading Luke’s piece about Dark Forces. I’ll have to go back and grab them next time they’re on sale.

Also, I neglected Dragon Quest 2 and still need to work on that. I gathered me some five seals and now I’m in the middle of the Moon Tower. Maybe I can finally wrap that up, too. Dragon Quest 3 is ready to go, but maybe I’ll take a week off from the series so I don’t end up bailing.