Weekend Gaming Playlist

Like many, my gaming backlog grew considerably over the holidays. I’ve got a whopping five new RPGs in my library, only one of which I’m still playing. Despite that, I find myself going into this weekend with not only the new hotness to work with, but also the old. I’m a glutton for punishment (and for replaying games in my catalogue), and I’ll be continuing that balancing act going into this weekend.

Fernz Gate

Why in the world am I replaying a game (one of only two) I’ve given a ‘Bad’ score to? I’m not entirely sure myself, other than the fact that I really haven’t been able to get the game out of my mind recently. Maybe it has to do with the fact that KEMCO super-fans swear by it as one of EXE Create’s best. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I never quiiiiite rolled credits on it, despite getting close. Or maybe it simply has to do with the game’s killer soundtrack (to borrow a phrase from a younger generation, the standard battle theme totally slaps). Whatever the case may be, I’ve decided to give the game a second chance and see if my opinion changes. If it doesn’t, then I’ll likely be moving on fast.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

While many have plowed their way through this November release and moved on to greener pastures, I still find myself exploring the pre-Calamity world of Hyrule with fresh eyes and much excitement. Every time I sit down to play this game, I like it a little bit more. That likely has to do with the growing movesets of the characters, which continually ramp up the feelings of empowerment as you progress. These Musou games really strike that one chord very well. Combine that with the prospect of witnessing the tragedy hinted at in Breath of the Wild firsthand, and each session with the game keeps me coming back for more.

Mario 35

Despite playing a TON of this game after its first release, and continually dipping my toes back in the water over the last few months, I still haven’t finished a critical milestone – I haven’t unlocked Luigi. As the youngest child of five brothers, I was the perennial Luigi growing up whenever a Mario game had multiplayer. As such, I have some affinity for the character, especially in a setting like this, and I’ve made it my goal to unlock him in Mario 35 before the game presumably goes away forever come March. Player 2, here I come!

Those are the games graced with my attention going into this weekend. What are yours? Let us know in the comments!

Jeremy Rice

Jeremy Rice

Staff writer for SwitchRPG. Lover of RPGs and retro games. Speedrunning and Smash Bros. fan. Currently playing: Fernz Gate, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

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Mark Portman
Mark Portman
10 days ago


10 days ago

I am playing Tales of Vesperia right now. It is pretty good, but there are soooo many cut-scenes and skits in this game. Good thing they are mostly funny as hell. This is my third Tales of… game. I played Tales of Destiny on PSX when I was a kiddo, and also tales of phantasia. Both were incredibly good games. These days I am too picky about gameplay and story so I was kinda worried about Vesperia. I just got into second “chapter” and I’m looking forward how the story will go. The battle mechanic got really intense at last!

Reply to  KingBartuc
8 days ago

Vesperia is sooo dialogue-heavy it’s crazy! It’s all good stuff though, like you said, but it is still a lot if you aren’t expecting it. Glad to see that you are still enjoying it, however!

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