The God of War has returned, and much of TheGamer staff is preparing for Ragnarok. Of course, Kratos isn’t the only hero we’ll be hanging out with for the next few days.
Sonic explores new Frontiers, Master Chief can now be joined by Spartan friends for Halo Infinite campaign (network) co-op, and Harvestella’s amnesiac protagonist has potatoes to plant and slime to slaughter. And of course, it’s close enough to the end of the year that we all want to try to check a few 2022 games off our shame pile before making our final lists.
Andrew King, Features Editor
Tonight, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; tomorrow, God of War. It’s a weekend of epics. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the 2018 series reboot, but it seems like God of War Ragnarok has won over a lot of Sony Santa Monica skeptics. Also, after playing through The Last of Us Part 1, I’ve been itching for a brand new game in Sony’s house style. This weekend (assuming my TV, which is in the shop to repair a broken backlight panel, is fixed in time), I’ll be whacking gods with an ax and having long conversations with Richard Schiff’s Odin. Can not wait.
Amanda Hurych, Evergreen Content Lead
HALO INFINITE CAMPAIGN CO-OP.
Harry Alston, Senior Specialist Writer
I’m going to play FIFA 23 this weekend as I’m totally fed up with football ahead of the World Cup, although the competition is bad this time around. My team, Southampton, are in relegation territory and we have Liverpool at the weekend. All in all, I’ll probably scream at the TV when we lose 5-0, then throw my controller out the window when I lose again to Mbappe and Haaland in the FUT Champs. I’ll probably never play God of War, because I’m a fake gamer.
Ben Sledge, Features Editor
I sold my PS5 so I won’t be playing God of War Ragnarok this weekend. Instead, I’m working my way through some of this year’s Game of the Year contenders. I’ve spent a few hours on the hardcore skate sim Session, and I’ve just booted up its arcade cousin OlliOlli World, which works great on the Steam deck. I’m also hoping to put a few more hours into Ghostwire: Tokyo, as I’m enjoying exploring spectral Japan so far, but I’ve heard mixed reports about the ending.
No new games for me this weekend. A friend of mine got me hooked on a little roguelite called Gunfire Reborn that came out way back in ancient history in 2021 (although it just got a new DLC update so we’ll consider it new). Simple mechanics and simple concepts come together in a well-if not perfectly executed experience that can be experienced in a 30-minute session, or an 8-hour marathon in equal measure. Sometimes when I play games I don’t want to think and this is right up there.
David W. Duffy, Evergreen Editor
Most of my weekend will be spent playing God of War Ragnarok, but as I write this I’m downloading the other title that will be vying for my attention – This Way Madness Lies. A new game from the creators of the excellent Cosmic Star Heroine and parody titles like Cthulhu Saves Christmas, TWML is a turn-based RPG in which a team of Sailor Moon-like Magical Girls must save Shakespeare’s various worlds from “eldritch evil”. What’s not to love about it?
Justin Reeve, News Editor
I play through The Witcher 3 every other month and what do you know, it’s that time of year again! So, I’ll be exploring the northern kingdoms most of this weekend, killing monsters and casting sign magic along with a lot of hacking, slashing and stabbing. I think there might also be some card games in there somewhere. Gwent, right? Oh yes. You can find me at the Kingfisher Inn if you need me for anything in the next couple of days.
Stacey Henley, Editor-in-Chief
Nothing makes me feel cooler than playing a game no one has heard of. The smug sense of superiority it gives me burns my bones before winter. I know it’s a big triple-A title everyone will be playing this weekend, tearing you through the emotional saga like a classic, about a small one-dimensional, video game legend being reinvented and given a new sense of depth and power. I am sure you all will like it. But I’m a real gamer, I don’t follow the crowd. So while you guys are playing Sonic Frontiers, I’m sinking my teeth into God of War Ragnarok. You probably don’t know what it is…
Rebecca Phillips, Evergreen Editor
This weekend I’m playing Harvestella – to be honest, I was a bit hesitant about it at first, as I’ve played Rune Factory before and the mix of JRPG and farming sim didn’t quite hit me (it somehow felt there) wasn’t enough of any of them to keep me going), but Harvestella seems to be right where I want it. It leans much more into the JRPG side of things, which I love, so I’ll be watering my crops in the morning, fighting monsters in the afternoon, and petting Cluffowls when I get home in the evening. Happiness.
Rhiannon Bevan, News Editor
I beat Sonic Frontiers on PS4 for our review, so of course I immediately bought it on Xbox Series S just to go through it again. As much as it sucks that it’s limited to 30 frames per second on the platform, it’s a real treat on current-gen hardware. Even after spending 20 hours on the Starfall Islands, I’m very happy to spend another 20 doing it all over again, and actually exploring some of the side content this time. It’s keeping me away from Overwatch 2 at least, and that can only be a good thing.
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