It’s the weekend and danger lurks around every corner. In Cult of the Lamb, there is the risk that your followers will defect and take more good animals with them. In Rollerdrome, the danger is more immediate, as bullets fly around as you partake in the titular bloodsport. And in PowerWash Simulator, there is a chance that you will get the 99% clean level and you cannot find the last dirty spot.
Which of these fates is the most terrible? It’s hard to say. Of course, the greatest danger we face as human beings is not really knowing ourselves. For this, Kiryu, the tough but sensitive Yakuza gangster, must be our guide.
Andrew King, Features Editor
Cult of the Lamb was barely on my radar until last week and now I can’t stop playing it. I heard (and HLTB confirms) that it’s not super long at 1-4pm. As it stands, I’ve completed two dungeons and attempted a third, so I may be going through the fourth and final dungeon this weekend. I’m also playing an upcoming game that I can’t talk about yet. I haven’t been able to spend much time with it so far, but hope to record some serious hours soon.
Harry Alston, Senior Specialist
Cult of the Lamb, Farthest Frontier, Rollerdrome, I don’t even know where to start. Probably Farthest Frontier to start with because I have a long history with village management simmy gims, then onto Cult of the Lamb to see what it’s all about. My friend also put me on Across the Obelisk, that co-op roguelite card game from earlier this year, so we could spend a few hours on that as well. It’s a busy weekend, it seems.
Amanda Hurych, Evergreen Content Manager
I’m almost done with PowerWash Simulator. I metaphorically broke my fingers, knuckles, and wrists trying to clear that last level. I spent about three nights in an effort to thoroughly roam this gigantic place, which I won’t name as it might spoil PowerWash Simulator’s ever-intriguing plot. I can’t wait to finish the game, but I don’t know what I’ll do next. I could stare at my screen with complete satisfaction for a moment before falling into a hole of sadness that it was all over. No more gnomes hiding in the background while I’m washing things, no more pleasant pshwshwshwshshshshsh sounds while I’m spraying surfaces, and no more DINGS when an entire area is clean. What will I do ?
David W. Duffy, Editor of Evergreen
I’m starting the Yakuza series, probably with Zero. Not a day goes by that this isn’t mentioned in Slack work (or so it seems), and it’s led to some pretty big FOMO. Also, I was editing an earlier post that said there was a Pokemon parody in Like A Dragon, and it made me laugh so much that I want to play some more. However, given how long it takes me to complete these important games these days, and the fact that there are eight of them, I guess I should say goodbye until 2026.
Justin Reeve, editor
Believe it or not, I never picked up Spider-Man when it released on PS4 in 2018. I also passed on the game for some reason when it was ported to PS5 a few years later. The upshot is that for most of this weekend I’ll be playing Spider-Man on what I think is the best platform, PC. I’ve heard good things about this version of the game, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how it holds up under scrutiny. Getting into DLC right off the bat is just an added bonus that I’m sure is well deserved for waiting so long.
Issy van der Velde, News and Evergreen Editor
This weekend I will be playing Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne. You know those games from movies and TV shows that look cool but don’t exist? Well this one does, and it’s amazing. It’s a 2D platformer with crafting, followers, side quests, and more. It also reminded me how hilarious the community is. It’s also free, so there’s no reason people shouldn’t try it.
James Troughton, News/Pictures Editor
Yakuza. I’ve fallen into this pit, spiraling every time we enter what we play, and I can’t get out. Yakuza 4. Final chapter. Then it’s 5, then 6, then Judgment Lost, then 7, then I’ll feel empty because it’s over. Maybe I’ll play them again. Or heck, maybe I’ll get the PS3 spin-offs. I have a PS2 – I could always try the originals.
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