PlayStation VR is coming in hot on October 13 at $399. The Xbox One Slim is 40 percent smaller, is 4K capable, and comes in at $299, $349, and $399, depending on the size of hard drive, this August. And Good Guy Bethesda will give you a free upgrade to the remastered Skyrim Special Edition this October if you already own vanilla Skyrim and all of its DLC.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
So, a few weeks ago I picked up Mega Man X7 on the PS2. I do plan to start playing it soon because I'm a sucker for Mega Man games, so, yeah, I might be losing what little sanity I have left that working retail hasn't taken from me yet. Provided I'm still sane afterwards, I'm hoping to dive into Wildstar since it's free to play on Steam. Looks interesting. I normally don't have a lot of time to devote to MMOs, which is why Tera, Rift, and a couple of others haven't seen the light of day in quite some time. But if it's FTP, I'll give it a shot.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
It's a little strange to say, but with the past few weeks being so busy I've been spending a lot more time with my 3DS, specifically Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It's an old game but I hold the controversial opinion that—in broad terms—it's the best GTA. Pound for pound, there's more to do than in any other game in the series, the DS touch screen is used for some really clever minigames like tattooing and making Molotovs, and the constrained format means that Rockstar didn't go too overboard with their obnoxious sense of humor, which can really start to grate in the bigger games. Plus the drug dealing metagame is all kinds of addictive (ironically), and it's a real shame they didn't include it in GTA V. Other than that, I'm really digging into prehistory by playing the original Quake. It's nice seeing that the series is making a return with Quake Champions, but I think I'm the only gamer who misses the strong single-player component that Quake used to have. I'm marveling at the level design and architecture they pulled off in 1996, and I wish Bethesda and id would come full circle with a fusion of the Lovecraftian themes of the original game and the cybernetic Strogg of the sequels.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
This weekend I'm hoping to wrap up the Blood and Wine expansion for The Witcher 3. The problem is that every time I make progress on one quest, I run across two to three more in the process. I've invested at least 15 hours into the game and I feel like I still have at least another 15 to 20 hours to go before seeing the credits. Outside of that, the wife and I have set aside some time to play through the Resident Evil 7 demo. We played through the P.T. demo together and we're hoping that RE7 comes close in terms of tension and scares. After that it will be the usual rounds of MechWarrior Online and Heroes of the Galaxy.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
The Skyrim Special Edition announcement drove me back to vanilla Skyrim on console. Nah, the Special Edition isn't for you PC folks. As John Yan tells me, "I've already got the Special Edition on PC just by downloading the top three graphical mods." John, however, likes to test our personal and professional relationship on many levels—not just this one. But for console peasants like me? Man. I'm ready. Hello, October 13. That gives No Man's Sky only two months of my time (at best) before I head back into the up-rezzed land of the Nords. Sure, I have 300 hours into my main character. What's another 300? Also, since I've finally jumped ship from Windows Phone, I'm rediscovering the joy of mobile gaming on an Android. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is going to tug at some heartstrings, I can tell.
Aidan Kelly, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
After nearly a 12-month hiatus from the epic grind that is Destiny, I received summons from my old squad that we're being reactivated. Hooyah! I am excite! I miss the sounds of the guns. The majesty of a Warlock, the surgical precision of a Hunter, and the brute force and ignorance of a Titan. What's not to enjoy? It's a Warlock's universe though, check yourself before you wreck yourself, Hunters and Titans. On my PC, I'm hoping to invest at least a dozen hours into Hearts of Iron IV. I haven't played HoI III, but I hear the learning curve in HoI IV is a lot easier to handle. If you're a history buff like me, you're going to adore this game. All the domestic, internal, foreign, and diplomatic events are fantastic. The technology trees and policy trees are so intricate and interconnected to the history, it's delicious. Each fresh start allows you to take your faction in any direction. You want a democratic Russia? Install a democratic reformer into your cabinet. Watch out, though: those Trotsky pig dogs are everywhere and will cause a civil war. Would you rather play as Hitler and not invade Poland? What's that you say, good guy Hitler? Well that's up to you, tovarishch.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Just as Aidan is coming back, I'll be talking my leave of Destiny after it being my primary game for the last four or five months. Bungie, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to needlessly tinker with the classes because it can't quite differentiate between fun and overpowered. Just because people like to use something doesn't mean it gives them a competitive advantage, Bungie. I've got too many unplayed games in my backlog to deal with this. I'll finally be diving headfirst into The Witcher 3 and maybe coming back to a little FIFA 16 as well. Going to try my hand at Pro Clubs with some clan mates from Destiny. Actually, I'm not jumping into The Witcher 3 just yet. Going to play through SOMA once first.