Hopefully the next few days will be work-free for you, which means you’ll probably be playing some really fun games over the weekend.
It’s a holiday weekend here in the states, so between celebrating with beer, burgers, and fireworks, those of us who don’t celebrate will be playing.
This weekend we’ll be playing some interesting demos, pretending, channeling our inner demon slayer, solving puzzles with Legos, getting back to the beat of Valorant, and finally trying to outsmart a tall female vampire.
Alex Donaldson, Assistant Editor – Lego Builder’s Journey, MMO Tycoon 2
I did not finish at all The Lego Builder’s Journey last week, so I’ll be back this weekend to polish up the last of your cute puzzles. I love the implementation of ray tracing, and it’s just scratching my Lego itch in an exciting new way. Basically, I love it. That’s all I have to say.
Meanwhile – MMO Tycoon 2 It’s one of my Steam Summer Sale pickups. It’s an early access game and I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but a friend of mine has been pumping for hours and has been incredibly hooked on it, so it’s fair to say that I’m ‘really looking forward to doing it myself. I’m a fan of PC management games, sims, and tycoons, so it looks like this is going to scratch all the right problems.
Finally, I have some sessions of Sea of Thieves planned with friends. The A Pirate’s Life update has really appealed to all of us, and it has nothing to do with the Pirates of the Caribbean content, really, it’s just because the way it formats its story and adventures better suits the informal way in we play the game. It will take us a few weeks, but I think we will finish the whole story.
Dorrani Williams, Video Producer – Valorant
Not much to do this weekend for me, but I’m firmly back Valorant now. My goal is to get back to how I used to be and I am moving up the ranks after a slow start.
Also, I read the comment section on these posts and I see many of you responding with what you are playing on the weekend, but I often watch a lot of single player games, which is fine, but I would like to know what the ones are. everyone’s favorite multiplayer games.
Lauren Aitken, Guides Writer – The Sims 4, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Stellaris
Saying goodbye is never easy, and this week I said goodbye to Commander Shepard and company when I finally finished Mass Effect 3 Legendary Edition. I also finished GTA 5 for the first time and somehow managed to keep all three antiheroes alive, despite being chronically bad at it. Choosing who to keep in games isn’t always an easy decision, unless it’s Kaiden or Ashley, as both are just as terrible as the other. When it comes to goodbyes, the final conversations with my super space boyfriend, Garrus, were as painful as the first time and it will be a while before I’m ready to play again.
Speaking of goodbyes, this is also my final presentation for VG247. Fear not, sarcasm fans, as you will see me in a new place very soon. But for now, I would like to thank you all for following my guides and terrible jokes over the past few years and wish my colleagues the best.
So what am I going to play next? Well the new The sims 4 The cabin DLC seems too good to ignore and I have the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC to succeed before starting my new role. I also started my billionth Stellaris run-through where I promise not to take the synthetic route again. Maybe.
Sherif Saed, Plant Writer – Demos (PC)
The Steam Next Fest is technically over; now it’s about the summer sales. But as with previous Steam demo bonanzas, many of the same demos that debuted during Next Fest remain available afterward.
Understandably, many developers don’t want early, unfinished builds of their games for too long, which is why many of the demos disappear after the event is over. But others are happy to keep them, usually because their games are closer to launch and they want to generate buzz for their projects.
I’m still amazed that demos are back as a legitimate marketing tool, and I totally agree. This weekend, I’m keeping an eye out for some of the remaining demos and I’m going to try as many as I can.
I’m also playing a game that we can’t talk about yet, but that we will definitely see and hear about in the next few days.
Stephany Nunneley, News Editor – Resident Evil Village, decorating the home office
The friends I play with are busy this weekend with barbecues or are on vacation so it will be a single player weekend for me.
I really need to finish Resident Evil Village, but other than that, I have no idea what I want to play. I never got to play Dark Alliance last weekend because the people I play with decided they wanted to do other things over the weekend. This weekend, my main friend is going on vacation, so there will be no cooperative sessions with her.
For once, I really don’t know what I’ll be playing this weekend other than REV. I would like to dive back into Skyrim as I was able to get the game to work properly with all the mods I have installed. However, I have played that game so many times that I am a bit exhausted, something I thought I would never say about an Elder Scrolls game.
What I’ll probably do this weekend is work to finish my office. My mom helped me set up and finish some lovely bookshelves, soon to be filled with all my nerdy stuff like, well, Skyrim statues and books, my Zelda collectibles, Pokémon plushies, 1st and 2nd edition Poe books. and horse things. Really a very strange mix of things. I also bought some lighting strips to hang around the ceiling, and I have lots of paintings, tapestries, dragon reliefs, and flags to hang. These consist of prints from The Witcher, Skyrim, and The Lord of the Rings, and Lord of the Rings standards. I also have a musical poster that I want to frame, three of which are Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode and GNR. I know, it’s a weird mix of favorite bands. So while I may not be gaming much, at least my office will have a gaming theme. I guess that counts as something related to the games for the weekend.
Tom Orry, Editor-in-Chief, Doom Eternal
I love next-gen updates. Doom Eternal it is the latest game to be fixed, at no additional charge, for PS5 and Xbox Series X / S (and PC). I had been waiting to test this since the update was announced in August of last year. I jumped on Xbox Series X (thanks, Game Pass) and I’m definitely glad I waited.
For one thing, the game now has three visual options. There is a ray tracing mode, a high performance 120 FPS mode, and a resolution mode. It’s fair to say that these all look pretty impressive, at 60 FPS minimum. I opted for ray tracing once I played around with the resolution, and it looks great.
I’m still very early in the game, but the environments have been given an added sense of reality, although it’s unlikely that there will be many games that far removed from actual reality. Now you feel that you are part of the world.
I’m a fan of fancy graphics, and Doom Eternal has now shot to the top of the list of showcase titles for Xbox Series X and PS5.
If you live in the US, you will likely spend your time celebrating the 4th of July weekend with cookouts and fireworks (don’t blow your fingers), but surely you will also have time to play a few games. If so, we’d love to hear about your game plans.