Weekend Gaming Playlist (12-30-22)
The holidays have hopefully given us an opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, but chances are, some of us have gained access to new game titles and are itching to delve into them on the weekend. Whether it’s an old title with new content or a completely new experience, there’s plenty to look forward to playing on the Nintendo Switch. Here is what I have lined up for this weekend:
My unexpected favorite RPG of the year is a gift that keeps on giving in the form of its seven star raid battles, event Pokémon with enhanced stats, movesets, and abilities that make for particularly eventful encounters. The rewards that these monsters offer are extremely worthwhile, making these raid events an opportunity for team building or crafting even stronger creatures for future raids. It also helps that the first two seven star raids have been Pokémon the player cannot encounter in the base game, giving them the opportunity to play around with series favorites. It’s a fun way of extending the game’s lifespan, and if you play your cards right, you can exploit the game’s weird time-keeping mechanics in order to tackle these fights again and again.
Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden
This game is a part of a trilogy that has always piqued my interest, if only because it utilizes narration and cards to create its overall aesthetic. There’s not much else to the tabletop theming here, though you do get to roll dice in order to add damage or make an attempt on inflicting debuffs on enemies, which is neat. The first installment did not generate as much interest in me as this title, whose character designs and plot contrivances were a bit more engaging to my tastes. I’m now about three quarters into the game and I have been sold on Voice of Cards as a series, so much so that I will now be picking up the first game at its substantially low seasonal sale price, and will eagerly anticipate the last game, The Beasts of Burden, dropping in price slightly, itself.
This is one of those “got an Amazon gift card and decided to take the plunge on a questionable title” scenarios. I loved classic Sonic as a youth and tolerated the series’s repeat stumbles to a point, but I have always wanted to see a Sonic title that allows for free movement across large swaths of terrain. Sonic Frontiers seems to offer that, sometimes, which is why I am curious enough to drop some money on seeing what this latest installment has to offer. My expectations are substantially tempered due to the game’s reception and my own skepticism, but who knows? Maybe I’ll find this new Sonic title somewhat fun.
That’s all I have on my playlist for this weekend, as there are still plenty of holiday happenings to enjoy. Have you been raiding in the latest Pokémon titles? Do you like the weird aesthetics of the Voice of Cards games? What did you think of Sonic Frontiers? Let us know in the comments below, or on any one of our social media channels. Have a great weekend!