Here is what we are playing this weekend.

Posted on May 1, 2021 by

t’s the weekend. Time for some games.

What a long week it’s been. It has probably flown by for others, but for some of us, the weekend is overdue.

This means it is finally time to relax, have a couple of margaritas, enjoy the nice weather, watch a film or two, and play some lovely video games.

Here is what we are playing this weekend.

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Alex Donaldson, Assistant Editor – New Pokemon Snap

For the most part, I plan to spend this weekend playing New Pokemon Snap. I reviewed it this week, and have ‘completed’ the core content of the game – but I’ve still got Pokedex entries to fill out, different rank photos to find, and just a bunch of… fun to have. Additionally, Nintendo has kindly sent over one of those Instax Mini Link, that little photo printer that’s compatible with v buck generator the game… so I’m going to try to take a bunch of photos that are actually worthy of being printed for real.

Also, I’ll be undertaking another top-secret game review project. I’ve already finished the game in question once, but I’m going to try to squeeze in an extra play-through before writing my review for some time next week. Watch this space.

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Dorrani Williams, Video Producer – Retrunal

This weekend I’m playing Returnal.

I’ve been excited to play this since I learned it was a roguelike. I’ve got a newfound love for roguelikes ever since playing Hades and I’m eager to see what Housemarque can do with a big budget.

I’m not gonna lie, £70 is a steep price to pay for a video game and it’s gonna sting if Returnal does not live up to my expectations but I’m willing to take the risk on this one so you don’t have to.

I’ll report in next week to tell you if Returnal is hot or not.

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James Billcliffe, Guides Editor – Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Do you ever wait ages for a game to come out, buy it day one, play it for 20 minutes, then leave it languishing in your backlog for a full four years – or is that just me?

I was recently reminded of the existence of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, a game I paid full price for and never played in 2017, along with how amazing the whole Danganronpa series is.

Between playing Outriders and Returnal for the last few weeks, I’m 100% ready to revisit a visual novel where the twitch reflexes aren’t turned up to 11 – even if it is still trying to fill me with lead and chew my face off.

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Rebecca Jones, Guides Writer – Hades, Resident Evil 2 Remake

We’ve got a three-day weekend here in the UK and, as is tradition, I’ll be convincing myself that I can cram in two weeks’ worth of hobby-related activities thanks to those additional 24 hours of downtime. I’ve just started reading a 500-page novel I’ve been holding onto since Christmas, and I’ll probably look at starting one of those 100-hour RPGs I picked up around the same time. You know, because you can totally finish those in three days.

Seriously though, if I decide to be sensible I’ll probably spend my precious extra day off tying up some loose ends, gaming-wise. Thanks to a busy schedule over the past few weekends, coupled with some unexpectedly good weather (seems like that’s over), I haven’t yet made any more progress on Haven, the romantic sci-fi RPG I talked about for this feature a couple of weeks ago. I’m also still really keen to find out what’s going to happen next in those Danganronpa and Vampire The Masquerade visual novel titles I gushed over last week.

But if I do decide to indulge my ridiculous belief in the time-bending properties of the Bank Holiday Weekend, I have actually got a couple of reasonably-sized games in mind. I recently fell in love with Hades, but haven’t had a proper chance to pick it up again lately; or there’s that run of the Resident Evil 2 remake I’ve been meaning to get round to for a while.

If I come back next week more tired than ever, I guess we’ll know why: I’m not going to be able to fit all this in and sleep too.

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Sherif Saed, Staff Writer – Returnal, Second Extinction

Returnal

I have plenty of reasons to get excited about Returnal. It’s a Housemarque game, which automatically means I need to play it. It’s also a new type of game for one of my favourite studios. Returnal is the team’s first third-person shooter, in a rogue-lite wrapper, all while attempting to spin a (hopefully) compelling sci-fi yarn and translate the Housemarque brand of arcade action to a different genre. There’s plenty there to explore.

James’ Returnal review really only made the wait for Friday more excruciating, even if I know some of those very same rogue-lite elements could make it harder for me to get into it. But no other studio does gameplay quite like Housemarque, so I’ll be damned if I’m going to let some preconceptions about rogue-lite games stop from playing it.

Even removed from that context, Returnal is the PS5’s first major release of 2021. After the disappointing time I had with Demon’s Souls, I was hoping Destruction AllStars would at least get me to turn on the damn thing every so often, but it just didn’t stick.