A Weekend for Gaming!

Labor Day weekend is here, and with it is the PAX Prime convention and lots of free time to game! When I’m not with family and friends for the next few days, I’ll be playing some Saints Row IV. I was all over it last weekend but ran out of time to play after work during the week, so I’m looking forward to jumping back into it.

So far, what I love about Saints Row IV is that its premise allows anything to happen — and if something doesn’t quite make sense, that’s okay too. Because it’s a virtual world. You’re the president of the United States, and you’re forced into a simulation by a group of crazy aliens. And so, in this simulation, you get superhero-like abilities of super speed and super jumps. You can scale a building in dozens of chained leaps, Spider-Man style. And then you can exit the simulation to your Mass Effect-style spaceship. (It even makes fun of the romances, which is awesome.) It’s a ridiculous premise and a ridiculous amount of fun.

It definitely harks back to some of those retro video games that didn’t always make sense, but they were intended to be fun, and that’s it. Video games haven’t always striven for realism; they were originally made so you could have a good time playing. And that’s what Saints Row IV is all about, too.

Saints Row IV

Plus, I got my Dubstep gun. I thought it would let out sounds each time you fired it, but instead you hold to aim and let it charge up as you zoom in — and then as you continue to hold, it lets out its song until its charge depletes. It works better than the way I imagined it, and it’s always my first choice when enemies appear… even when it’s not necessarily the most accurate or damaging.

Other games I’ll be playing this weekend are Fire Emblem: Awakening and potentially some Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, or L.A. Noire. What’s everybody else playing this weekend?

— Ashley

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