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What are you playing this weekend?

Hello, weekend. We missed you.

It’s time to wash up the work week, put on some comfy clothes, grab some snacks, support those tired feet, and play games. That’s what we plan to do anyway.

This weekend, the usual chores and some socializing will surely take up some of our time, but we will have plenty of time left to play a few games.

For the weekend, we join the OSF, shoot the bad guys, watch our islands, hike, build a town, and maybe we’ll even try to survive being eaten by cannibals.

Sounds like a very wide and diverse weekend, doesn’t it? Anyway, here’s what we’re playing this weekend.

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Dorrani Williams, Video Producer – Scarlet Nexus, Valorant

This weekend I will rush a second part of Scarlet Nexus. Having already completed the game as Yuito, I want to see the story from a different perspective than the other protagonist Kasane. The cutscenes are long but luckily I’ll be able to skip most of them this time around and jump straight to what I love most, which is combat.

Also, I went back to Valuing recently. Riot is celebrating the game’s first anniversary and I’m so glad the game didn’t die in its first year. I’m not the sniper I once was when the game was first released, and so much has changed, but I hope I can steadily climb back to the diamond. Wish me good luck!

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Rebecca Jones, Guide Writer – A Short Hike, ACNH (As Always)

A little personal news: Monday will be my last day at VG247, so it’s my last report of the weekend! However, I won’t get very far: after a few days of vacation, I will start my new job on our sister site Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

RPS is a PC gaming site – and while I think I’m still allowed under the terms of my new contract to enjoy games on other platforms, it seems pretty fitting that I have the plan to spend some time this weekend lazing nostalgically on what has surely been my favorite console exclusive game over the past year or so. i mean of course Animal Crossing: New Horizons, about which I wrote a lot during my tenure here.

Between my participation in the first Bug-Off of summer 2021 and my 57th KK Slider concert (so close to this next Nook Miles stamp!), I intend to play A short hike. I recently remembered this cute indie game – which is perhaps even healthier and chillier than ACNH – and say that I want to spend some time in the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings of Hawk Peak Provincial Park n has not been exaggerated since.

I first played A Short Hike in one sitting in December, the day I found out that I would soon be working here at VG247. I only had the last section to go, but between the Christmas season and the start of my new job, unfortunately I never came back after this one marathon session. So I reinstalled it yesterday, and it feels pretty meaningful to come full circle with my time here by finally bringing Claire to the top of this mountain.

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Stephany Nunneley, Editor-in-Chief – Dark Alliance, The Forest, Foundation

There are three games I want to play this weekend, and I’m trying to decide what to allocate my time to.

First of all, there is Black alliance which just came out this week. It’s available with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, which I have, so I figured I’d try it with other friends with a sub as well. I’m very interested in trying this game and as a D&D nerd I’m really interested in the setting since it’s Icewind Dale. In addition, Drizzt, the handsome Drow from RA Salvatore’s books, is in the game. Guess who I’m going to play with? The group of four will also be made up of his pals Catti-Brie, Wulfgar and Bruenor Battlehammer, and they are no slouch. But they’re still not Drizzt. We’ll see if I can get all four of us playing, because some of my friends aren’t as passionate about the fantasy genre as I am.

With the Steam Summer Sale going on, I finally bit the bullet and bought The forest. It’s been on my wishlist for ages, and I’m not sure why I waited so long to buy it since it was already on sale. Who knows. I was probably too busy with my favorite Lotro or Age of Empires 2 games. Anyway, I’m definitely planning on launching it at some point during the weekend because I really like survival games, and this one has an aspect of horror.

Another game that I would like to try and find the time to play is Foundation, which I also bought during the sale. While I don’t normally buy games in Early Access yet, this one has very positive reviews so I figured I’d trust the masses and get in early. What interests me in the medieval town building game is the emphasis on “organic development”, monument building and resource management. In it, you are responsible for building a medieval settlement, managing resources, and increasing the population. It also offers narrative events, quests, and missions. Sounds like fun to me.

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Tom Orry Editor-in-Chief – Advance

prodea first appeared a few years ago as another growing trend in retro-inspired shooters. I had completely forgotten about it, but now it’s on Game Pass (as a game preview) for PC now and I’ve been through the opening level.

I had a good time. This is exactly what you would expect from an FPS with old-fashioned Doom harmonics but with the power of modern PCs. It’s fast, it’s bloody, and it’s a lot of fun. By the end of the first level, the music was in full swing, enemies were coming quickly, and blood was flowing. So far, very good.

It’s a bit of an eclectic mix, isn’t it? Speaking of games, what are you up to this weekend? We would like to know.

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