Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business after a LONG hiatus, so dust off a seat, calmly dispose of the cobwebs at your table, 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, pending the chef is still alive! There’s a great spot over near the fire with some of your fellow mages, and it appears a purple-robed fella with a… creepy mask is waving you over!
Happy Friday, folks! I’m Bradley, a fellow mage, and every Friday afternoon I’ll (try to) be here at The Weekend Wizard Inn chowing down on whatever garbage the chef cooks up and discussing my gaming plans for the next few days. Join in down in the comment section and let everybody know what’s on your virtual agenda this weekend!
Are you working through your backlog? Playing a hot new release? Maybe some retro stuff?
On deck for me we have…
1: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 (PS4)
After spending 75+ hours in the first game, I immediately dove into the sequel on PS4. I mean, how could I not? With THAT ending? I needed to see how things played out and the wait would have been painful. Plus, Cold Steel 3 is coming soon.
While the original game was a slow-paced introduction to the Cold Steel universe, Cold Steel 2 is anything but. I’m enjoying the more adventurous nature of the sequel, although I didn’t mind plodding through the world building and character growth before. As long as the story is good and the characters are interesting, I’m here for it. And, so far, the Cold Steel series delivers both in spades.
I’m currently 10 hours in, so by Cold Steel standards I’m not very far. Like, at all. These games are beefy. Still, this is my priority game right now because I want to be ready when Cold Steel 3 drops in October.
2: Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (PS4)
My all-time favorite Final Fantasy is FINALLY available on modern consoles, and I couldn’t be happier. Well, I guess I *would* be happier if they kept in the controller rumble feature for Squall’s gunblade trigger prompt, but hey, Square finally acknowledged the game’s existence and I’m not here to be picky.
This game is incredibly special to me and I know it’s pretty divisive among the fanbase, but right now I’m in my figurative heaven. The graphical upgrade is nicely done, the original soundtrack is in place (unlike the PC version, which requires a mod), and there’s quality of life modifiers that let you turn off random encounters, have infinite HP, constant access to limit breaks, and the ability to speed up the game threefold. The latter really makes the draw system more efficient.
But man, it feels GOOD to be junctioning and breaking the game, as well as playing Triple Triad until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore.
What about you, folks? What’s on your gaming agenda this weekend?
Bradley Keene is the Middle-aged Horror Mage here at TWRM and a self-proclaimed JRPG and horror game junkie. He’s also super into 2D fighters, namely Under Night, Street Fighter, and whatever SNK puts together. He always picks the grass starter Pokemon, still champions the Vita, and has an on-again-off-again obsession with WoW. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania for metal and hardcore Spotify spam, pics of his three fur babies, and Japanese wrestling nonsense!
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