Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business, so grab a seat and discuss what’s in your gaming quest log for the next few days. Maybe even do so over a piping bowl of ogre blood stew, a roasted giant’s toe, or a cool mug of our freshest snail ale! There’s a great spot over near the fire with some of your fellow mages, and it appears a white-haired fella with a… smudgy pen-filled robe… is waving you over!
Hello, folks! I’m the Ink-Stained Mage, filling in for Trash due to travails and adventures on the road to the inn. Certainly not because I have him trapped in a vial upstairs as he slowly breaks down into sweet, sweet, mage-powered ink.
That would be ridiculous.
Anyways! This is my first Weekend Wizard Inn post ever and I can’t wait to see what everyone else is playing this weekend. As for me…
1: Bastion (Switch)
This one is a replay for me. I wanted to reacquaint myself with it so I can do a full write-up later in the month. If you’ve never played a Supergiant game, do yourself a favor this weekend. The art is superb. The gameplay is great. The narration is just off the charts. And Darren Korb composes a mean soundtrack.
I mean, listen to that.
I’ve been meaning to replay this one for awhile, and with Supergiant steadily teasing more for their next title, Hades, I figured now would be a good time to lose myself in one of their games again. After all, “a proper story’s supposed to start at the beginning…”
2: Spider-Man (PS4)
I’ve seen Into the Spider-Verse three times since it came out. It’s a ridiculous and wonderful achievement in filmmaking, and it’s the most fun I’ve had at the movies in forever. If you have time this weekend, GO. I finished the main questline on this awhile ago, and I keep meaning to play the DLC and finish all the side missions. I mostly don’t, though. I swing around for awhile, then stop some crimes. Then I swan dive off the tallest buildings in the city. Then I swing. Then I stop crimes.
I have such a love affair with Spider-Man. And this iteration just has the feel of being him. It’s become my number one game for relaxing, not thinking too hard about anything, and letting the zen take me. Honestly, sometimes I switch the time to day and just swing and bounce off buildings. It’s my gamer version of meditating. Anyway, here’s wonderwall.
Just kidding, it’s a music video of Spidey’s classic 60’s theme song cut to the PS4 game.
3: Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
Oh if ever there was a game made for the storyteller in me. This is an indie game I’ve been excited for since a favorite author let loose she was helping write it. The graphics aren’t anything to write home about, but the art is stunning and unique. The music gets repetitive, but it’s atmospheric as heck. The whole game beckons to the classic American idea of traveling the open road, looking for the unknown, searching out stories.
If you want a lot of gameplay, it’s probably not for you. If you love stories and how they form and change in the telling and the traveling, with a healthy heap of walking simulator, hop on board the train fellow wanderer.
And the stories, how they change. I love stories. I love what they do. I love how no two people will tell the same story the same way. What’s a comedy to me could be a tragedy to you. And no matter who you are, you have a story to tell.
I’m an absolute sucker for these things, and will be spending many hours traipsing across the digital Midwest. Also, your character is a bindlestiff skeleton sent on his quest by a wolfman who cheats at cards. I’m just… stories are really cool guys.
That’s what’s consuming my gaming time this weekend. Unless I break down and finally go pick up Tales of Vesperia for the Switch. I probably won’t yet. Probably.
Please someone stop me.
What are you all playing this weekend? I’d love to hear about it! It distracts from the screaming coming from the vials upstairs.
I mean… what?
The Ink-Stained Mage, aka Andrew Turnwall, sells books, writes microfiction upon topical request every Monday on twitter @AndrewTurnwall, and has an undying love of all things story from books to games to whatever it is his dog and cat are staring at in the corner.
Did you enjoy this post? Consider becoming a Warrior of Light and join us in restoring integrity and quality to games writing. We specialize in long-form, analytical reviews and we aim to expand into a community of authors with paid contributors, a fairer and happier alternative to mainstream games writing! See our Patreon page for more info!
Categories: Weekend Wizard Inn