It’s the July 4th weekend, and for many of us, it means celebrating Independence Day, and keeping an eye on the skies just in case those pesky aliens decide to come and wipe us all out. You never know…
I know a lot of you will be wanting to celebrate with big parties, lots of fireworks, and even more meat and beer, but please try to keep your distance. In the great Land of the Free, the Rona is eating through the population. Many of our readers, and a few of our writers, hail from the great red, white, and blue, and I don’t want to see any of you end up in hospital – or worse. So please, celebrate, but carefully. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and don’t go mingling with too many people. The PS5 is right around the corner and you don’t want to be sucking on a tube in a hospital bed while we’re all playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in beast mode, do you?
Here’s what we’re doing this weekend:
It’s actually my birthday this weekend, and instead of going to Amsterdam to watch The Killers (tour postponed) and get jolly on any number of drugs, I’ll be a home eating cake, drinking milk, and getting jolly on any number of drugs.
When my eyes aren’t rolling into the back of my dense head, I’ll be playing some more Red Dead Redemption 2 on Stadia. I’ve fully invested in the platform now and honestly, it’s no different to picking up the PS4 or Xbox One controller. It just works, and I have the benefit of being able to sit on the balcony with a cold drink and enjoy taking the trail with Arthur and his motel crew of degenerates.
Jeremy has suggested we get together for some VR activities, and I’m down for that! My Quest headset has been neglected in recent months, but it’s a great way to get some exercise, so I’ll definitely be swinging my lightsabers and table tennis paddles for a bit.
I will be pushing a review out this weekend, but I’m trying to give things in PS Now a try. (Streaming on PS Now is also making me seriously consider running a physical ethernet cable to my PS4 instead of depending on wifi. That attic in 95 degree heat though…) With the third game releasing later this year, Wasteland 2: The Director’s Cut is a real gem so far, and I’m curious to see if it continues to hold up.
I will be indulging in a pile of comic books this weekend, although a few are digital and they tend to be called “graphic novels” these days. There’s a Riddler one, a Batman one, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spidey, too, so I think I’ve covered all bases…
I’ll be reviewing a game during the weekend. However, if I can justify the time; I’ll try and sneak a few more hours into my new play-through of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on the PS3 that I started last weekend. Only a few hours in, but so far the game is just as good as I remember.
I’ll be finishing off a game for review before ploughing through more of my backlog with the idea of getting as much finished before the PS5 releases at the end of the year. Between backlog clearing and reviewing, I think that’s my weekend fully booked.
After spending the last couple weeks playing through both The Last of Us and The Last of Us 2 back to back, I need something light and much less emotionally draining. I’m thinking of bringing the Oculus Quest out of retirement for some brainless VR shooters and some bowling. Maybe I can talk Chris into suffering through the heat and joining me in some VR shenanigans?
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)